I'm really excited to announce that The Candid Frame is now part of the TWIP Network. Led by my friend Frederick Van Johnson, TWIP is shaping up to be a powerful network of photography podcasts of which I'm glad to be a part.
When I launched TCF in 2006, it started because I wanted to hear a show that focused more on creativity and process and less on equipment and technique. Though there several great photo-centric shows, there was nothing that regularly visited the ideas and stories behind great photographs. I quickly realized that if I wanted something like that, I'd have to create it myself. I did and The Candid Frame is the result.
Now, it's almost 10 years later and the world of podcasting is changing from a niche embraced by the few into a mainstream phenomena. Instead of having to have a computer and some complicated piece of software to search and subscribe to RSS feeds, you can subscribe directly to your tablet or phone, and increasingly even on your television and soon even your car. Podcasting is becoming a greater source of entertainment and information for new people worldwide and I wanted TCF to be part of that evolution.
So for me joining the TWIP Network was a no brainer. Not only are there some great new shows to be found on the network, but there are also some OG podcasters that are joining to together to create a destination unlike anything else on the web. It's really an exciting time.
I know that this show is as important to you as it is to me. Whether you've been with me for months or from the very beginning, it's always been my goal to provide you some of the best conversations on photography that I am capable of.
So, what changes? Not much really.
If you are currently subscribed to the show on iTunes or some other aggregator, you'll still enjoy receiving the show as you have been. We'll eventually make some technical changes to where the files are stored and distributed from but hopefully that will be completely invisible to you.
While we have some long-term plans for consolidating parts of TCF under the TWIP Network banner, we are committed to doing in a way that isn't disruptive of your experience. But we'll let you know as things develop.
So, thank you for accompanying me on what's proven to be an amazing journey. The last decade has been phenomenal and the next one promises growth, challenges and some wonderful conversations.
Juan Martinez is the co-founder of Beers & Cameras. Beers And Cameras is a bi-weekly meet-up group that meets at local breweries and restaurants, bouncing from one to the other every 1.5 hrs. All while taking pictures, geeking-out on gear, and enjoying delicious indie-beer. The meet-ups are attended by photographers, videographers, and creatives looking to build a stronger local community.
In this week's video, Ibarionex discusses how to create more dynamic and interesting silhouettes by paying careful attention to the background. By observing the stage onto which the person move into, you can create more pleasing compositions that are strong graphically.
Ada Trillo is a Philadelphia-based artist who was born and raised on the Mexican/American border. She had long wanted to do a body of work which focused on the social problems in Mexico to raise awareness and try to make a difference.
Several years ago, she was afforded the opportunity to capture a series of photographs centering on the lives of prostitutes in her hometown of Juarez, Mexico.
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A few years ago Jim Harmer was a law student in Florida, and a passionate photographer on the side. He started his blog, Improve Photography, while pretending to listen to his law school professors, and it changed his life.
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Paul Friedman is the founder of the camera equipment rental service Lens Pro to Go. He always had aspirations of having his own business and being his own boss, but there was a host of challenges when he launched his now thriving business. It was both his passion for photography and an idea about how to service his customers that have allowed him to succeed.
In this week's video, Ibarionex asks the question of “Is it street photography?” He asks the question not in pursuit of an exact definition, but rather to challenge photographers to consider when and how they choose to photograph a scene whether it’s in on a public sidewalk or elsewhere.
Josh Coombes is a UK-based hairdresser and when he started to reach out to the homeless in his city and offer them free hair cuts, he started the hashtag #dosomethingfornothing. It wasn’t long before he decided to take this idea to more than just his native city.
The idea is that as the hashtag and online presence grows, others will be inspired to ‘do something for nothing’. Whether that may be to people sleeping rough or basically anyone in need of some love.
He recently collaborated with US-based street photographer and educator Valerie Jardin. They took to the streets of New York City to offer haircuts, compassion and interaction with a community often disregarded in our culture.
In this week's video, Ibarionex walks through his process for creating a pair of street images during his recent trip to South Africa. He explains how he worked the scene in a variety of ways considering light and shadow and the different elements that entered and exited the frame.
Johannesberg-based photographer Alastair McLachlan decided to investigate the city the heart of the matter, so to speak, and made the 19th floor of the Lister Medical Building his home. From this vantage point and over more than 12 years he witnessed and tried to understand and make sense of Johannesburg.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about paying attention to transitions between light and shadow and using those as the foundation of a photographic composition. Using listener images, he demonstrates how a photographer can produce a carefully composed frame that builds on the strengths of light, shape, color and gesture.
Anton Bosman is a South African photographer based in Johannesburg who specializes in both natural and urban landscapes. However, it is images of Downtown Johannesburg that demonstrate his passion for the city. Through his photographs he reveals the urban center’s beauty and history, while countering the often negative perception of the district.
Fadi BouKaram was born and raised in Beirut and never wanted to be a photographer. Growing up in a war-torn country, photos often were -- and still are -- the only remnant of the many people who don't exist anymore. These people unwittingly became mythical, for each photo of them hid fantastical stories that only the adults lived and told; it was magic.
In this week's video, Ibarionex, spurred by a comment by a viewer, examines the idea of street as character. Though a lot of street photography utilizes people as their primary subject matter, Ibarionex considers what happens when the photographer doesn’t include people or only uses people as a graphic element in the photograph.
Catherine Just is an award winning photographer, artist and mentor living in Los Angeles, California with her son, Max. She travels the globe capturing the Breath, Heartbeat and Pulse of the planet with her 4x5 camera, Polaroid, Pinhole and other alternative film cameras. Her career began in 1987 studying photography, film and video at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
In this week's video, Ibarionex talks about the choice of using a telephoto focal length for street photography. Rather than dissuading people from using longer focal lengths, he stresses the importance of paying attention to light, contrast, foreground and background elements and gesture.
Doug Menuez is an award-winning photographer whose career over 30 years has ranged from photo journalism to commissioned work, personal book projects and documentary film. The driving concern of all his work is to explore and reflect the realities of the human condition. His work Fearless Genius documents the early rise of Silicon Valley and the digital revolution.