Outdoor Photography Podcast

Outdoor Photography Podcast

Join Brenda Petrella from Outdoor Photography School as she sits down with top landscape and nature photographers and leaders in the outdoor industry to unpack their approaches to creativity, connecting with nature, and working safely and comfortably in the natural world. This weekly podcast is a mix of interviews and quick tip episodes. The Tidbit Tuesday episodes include nuggets of practical information and a Q&A section where Brenda answers your submitted questions. Be sure to follow the podcast on your favorite podcast player and get ready to be inspired to create better images and reconnect with nature!

Episodes

October 19, 2021 80 min

#029:  Today, I sit down with Texas-based landscape photographer and personal coach, Brie Stockwell (www.creativemindscoach.com), to chat about how a personal coaching experience set her on a journey to learn landscape photography, learning how to fail well and using it as a growth experience, moving past fear, self-doubt, and comparisonitis, and much more.  Enjoy!

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#028: In this short Tidbit Tuesday, I answer a lister question about camera backpacks and also give some tips for how to protect your camera gear while spending time in the great outdoors.  Enjoy!

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#027: Today, I sit down with Scotland-based landscape photographer and educator, Alister Benn (expressive.photography), to chat about what expressive photography is, the idea of possessing creativity through creative living, the role of emotions in personal expression, his five figures of engagement: luminosity, contrast, color, geometry, and atmosphere and how they allow us to compose more creatively, and a whole lot more.  Enjoy!

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September 28, 2021 14 min

#026: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I share six photography tips that will help you create amazing images of the fall colors.  Enjoy!

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#025: Today, I sit down with Vancouver-based landscape photographer, Karen Cooper (karencoopergallery.com/), to chat about how a debilitating accident led her to nature photography, why she decided to open her own art gallery, how she uses photography as a way to inspire others to respect nature and appreciate it on a deeper level, nature deficit disorder, why she doesn’t share locations on social media, and so much more!

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September 14, 2021 17 min

#024: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I answer a listener question about how to deal with scenes with high dynamic range, such as a sunrise or sunset image.  What is dynamic range?  Do you expose for the shadows, highlights, or both?  What’s a stop of light?  I answer these questions and more and provide five tips on how to capture images with a high dynamic range.  Enjoy!

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#023:  Today, I sit down with Colorado-based nature photographer, Jennifer Renwick (jenniferrenwick.com), to chat about how to know when it’s time to take the leap and do nature photography full-time, finding abstract compositions in nature, expressive photography and storytelling, what the Slow Photography Movement is, the value of having photography projects, and a whole lot more.  Please enjoy!

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#022:  In today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I answer two listener questions.  It’s always great to hear from our listeners!  The first question is all about how to plan images and compositions, and the second is about my experiences with switching from DSLR to mirrorless cameras.  Please enjoy!

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#021: Today I sit down with Pennsylvania-based nature photographer and creative writer, Cody Schultz (codyschultz.com), to chat about his journey into nature photography as a way to boost his mental health, his decision to shoot exclusively in black and white, the challenges and benefits of using large format cameras, connecting with nature by slowing down, and a lot more.

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#020:  Today, we celebrate our 20th episode by paying tribute to the ten amazing guests we’ve had on the podcast so far.   Each of them has shared so much wisdom and valuable nuggets of information about photography, creativity, composition, and connecting with nature.   This special edition of Tidbit Tuesday is a compilation of their responses to the question: what does connecting with nature mean to you?  Please enjoy!

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# 019:  Today, I’m sitting down with Arizona-based landscape photographer, avid writer, and educator Colleen Miniuk (colleenminiuk.com) to chat about the value of following your curiosity, letting go of expectations, playing, and being open to experimentation with your photography; Gestalt psychology of visual perception and how to use it to create more meaningful images; the five inventories to take in the field to discover compos...

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August 3, 2021 18 min

#018: Light creates everything we see - colors, contrast, shapes, lines, etc., and therefore learning how to “see” light is an essential step in creating more compelling images.  So, in this Tidbit Tuesday, I break down the different characteristics of light, how to effectively use whatever light you have, and how light shapes the mood of a scene or subject.

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# 017:  Today, I sit down with award-winning writer and photographer, Charles Bergman (charlesbergman.com), to chat about his passion-filled journey into photography, the importance of storytelling in creating meaning and connection, our relationship with animals, his expedition experiences to several continents to learn about and photograph eighteen species of penguin, what we can learn from animals, and so much more!

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#016: Do gloomy grey days bring you the photography blues?? When the sky is drab and the light is blah, it can be hard to be inspired to get out to do some photography.? But, even in these conditions, there are plenty of compositional opportunities.? In this short Tidbit Tuesday episode, I chat about how to think about light, the benefits of photographing on overcast days, and share potential subjects that work well in flat even li...

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# 015: Today I sit down with certified wilderness first responder and instructor, Courtney Harvey, to chat about all things related to safety in the outdoors. We cover a gamut of topics, including preparation, risk assessment and management, gear and clothing, what to do when things go wrong, safety tips around wildlife, fire, and drinking water, and a whole lot more. You might want to have your notebook ready for this one.  Enjoy!

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#014:  Now that the world is opening up again in places, it’s exciting to start planning your next photography trip!  So, in today’s Tidbit Tuesday, I share some tips and helpful reminders on packing and traveling with your camera gear.   It can be tempting to pack everything to keep your options open, but bringing it all may be unnecessary and even impractical given your mode of transportation.  

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# 013: Today, I sit down with Colorado-based nature photographer, Sarah Marino (smallscenes.com), to chat about creating images as a way of self-expression, her approach to composing small scenes and intimate landscapes, letting go of expectations, slowing down to connect with nature, and much more!  If you are drawn to the finer details and stories of nature, then you will appreciate hearing what Sarah shares in this episode.  

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#012: In today’s Tidbit Tuesday episode, I answer two listener questions about how to get sharp images and discuss four key steps to nailing focus in landscape and nature images.  We chat about autofocus settings, depth of field, hyperfocal distance, image stabilization, and more!  

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#011: Today I sit down with nature photographer, Linda Nickell (http://lindanickell.com), to chat about the vast and wondrous landscapes throughout her home state of Texas.  Texas is the largest state in the continental U.S., and yet, it doesn’t get as much attention from landscape photographers as the Pacific Northwest, California, or the Rockies, for instance. 

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#010:  Do you have days when you feel burnt out or totally stuck in a photography slump?  Do you ever feel like your creative juices are just all dried up?  Or nothing feels exciting to photograph?  I know I do.  In this episode, I share five ways to help you get through the photography doldrums and back to feeling inspired about your work.  And then, I answer some of your submitted questions. 

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