The Grumpy Podographer Podcast

The Grumpy Podographer Podcast

It's a podcast show about the working life of professional photographers and the photography industry as a whole. Join Dan M Lee & Mick Ryan as they blow the lid off the real events and issues that challenge them daily. Listen to our fun, grumpy but highly entertaining podcast episodes about all kinds of genres, topics and even poke fun at ourselves, peers and the photography industry. Join in with our random game This or That which we play with our amazing guests, and get grumpy with us in Curmudgeon Corner. Our guests come from all corners of the photo industry, why not tune in and hear what we have to say. The only place where podcasting and photography collides with two grumpy photographers from both sides of the Atlantic.


May 26, 2023 47 mins

This week, Dan M Lee and Mick Ryan talk about . . .

Challenges of being a wildlife photographer and how to improve and challenge yourself in EDUcorner.

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In this episode the boys are BACK with a new season, so the band is back with more info about where they have been and what they have been doing since they have been off-air.

Is DSLR dead, do they have an actual use in this mirrorless world, and do they produce enough megapixels Social media is changing with new subscriptions for extra features, will it do us photographers any go...

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May 19, 2022 66 mins

In this episode Dan is BACK, so the band IS back together and with a special guest this week with photography content creation ninja, Daniel Norton.

Both Dan and Mick have been unwell, coughing no less which makes making a podcast difficult. Dan has returned from travels covering the length of the country from Milwaukee to Miami. We chat about Daniel Nortons work, history and how he creates projects, content and his life making and...

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April 14, 2022 54 mins

In this episode Dan is AWOL, well is producing the show while Mick takes the lead with our special guest and returning friend of the show Jessica Haydahl Richardson.

We tackle the important topic of collaboration. Is working with other photographers all it's cracked up to be ? Are there pitfalls to look out for. Also the guys and gals discuss workflow, which tools do Mick and Jess use to speed up their processing time and reduce im...

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March 29, 2022 55 mins

WE ARE BACK !!! After a short break we are back in the saddle, which is all Dan's fault. Find out why in our "Glorious Return" show, did you miss us ?

In this episode we celebrate the arrival of spring, and turn our attention to tripods and their uses, are they still reverent for most photography given the advances in technology ?

Curmudgeon Corner is back with client struggles and why doesn't anyone pay on time ?!!?

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February 24, 2022 80 mins

This episode builds the excitement for the imminent release of the new "OM" flagship the OM-1. The last camera with the Olympus trademark embezzled in its front.

No stone is left unturned as both guys try to work through the highlights of the new OM-1, while Dan debunks the size benefits, Mick is excited for some of the headline features.

Our guest, Rob Bamber from PRARTIST in the UK (, arrives to come and ...

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February 10, 2022 72 mins

A full episode about street photography, pitfalls, techniques and much more. Curmudgeon Corner is back.

Street Photography is the topic of this week's show and we discuss the important parts of the genre. Which cameras are best, techniques and Dan and Mick disagree on which cameras work best. Also the guys chat about what rules and local laws have changed the way people shoot in the street.

Mick talks from Facebook jail, find out ...

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January 27, 2022 92 mins

In this episode we have our guest Canadian commercial photographer Giancarlo Pawelec (GC) who comes into our international studio for a fireside chat.

Dan and Mick reveal what they have been doing in Prague and Vegas with Dan detailing CES 2022 in all its glory, before we head into the meat on the bones.

First off we talk NFTs, what are they, will Mick ever understand how to spell NFT, and whats fungible ? We cover all the hard hit...

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January 14, 2022 51 mins

Back from the Xmas break, Dan and Mick start their travels. Dan is off to Las Vegas and Mick is off to Prague, both cities of sin ! Will we see them again ? Who knows . . .

In this episode, Dan M Lee and Mick Ryan talk about all the hard hitting stories nobody wants to talk about. Why does everyone leave their #2s all over the place, an issue thats been growing in the pandemic as those get outside more often.

Being an ambassador ?...

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Our almost kind of late 2021 and New Year episode is here with our special guest Jessica Haydahl Richardson who joins us for this bumper sized episode. Jessica helps us keep the fun levels high as we entertain you on the best photography podcast around. 

Mick starts the show complaining about his dinner, Jessica shows us her camera rack, but it all gets better from there was we chat about lenses.

Which lenses do we use the most, ar...

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December 16, 2021 55 mins

Our festive holiday episode is here !! Ready for your enjoyment and in this new happy but grumpy episode we change things up a little.

In our first section we talk about where does photography end and art start. Should we mention we have been using photoshop on an image too much ? Mick discusses why image editing doesn’t feature too much on his photography workflow, Dan prefers Capture One edits if anything. But is it cool to over...

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December 2, 2021 46 mins

This episode welcomes special guest Kirsten Alana to the Grumpy Podographer Podcast. Kirsten discusses places she's travelled all over the world. Plus we chat about challenges female photographers are presented with when traveling alone overseas and issues Kirsten has encountered.

Curmudgeon Corner this week tackles the impact of social media on sensitive locations and how manipulated images have become the norm.

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November 18, 2021 44 mins

New beginnings for Nikon and "OM" with a new flagship camera and OM with their uninspired name change. Dan is super excited about the new Z9.

Setting clients expectations is important, so why did it all go wrong for Dan this week ?

Dan has spent his entire Christmas allowance on the new Sigma Sport Telephoto Zoom 150-600mm f/5.0-6.3 DG OS HSM for the Lumix S1R, tested at the beach with surprising results. Also the Z9 has been order...

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November 4, 2021 71 mins

In this XXL special, we talk about road trips Dan (USA) and Mick (UK) went on in their respective countries during the final weeks of semi COVID lock down. We also welcome JR from Outex into the podcast to talk about his adventure in Alaska with Dan.

Dan and JR cover lots of ground in "the last hire car in Alaska" as they travel The Last Frontier in search of wildlife, icebergs, avoid bad weather and death.

Mick talks about his ro...

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October 21, 2021 58 mins

This episode Mick reveals his alternative jobs and discusses his wildlife "talks" in Scotland.

Dan learns something about mice.

The guys talk drones and the issues with flying them both in the UK and US, creative ways to use them and Mick talks about using drones to show habitats of animals in the wild.

Dan and Mick then move onto the last remaining industries that are accessible to beginners, which photography sectors can help ...

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October 7, 2021 53 mins

In this XL episode of The Grumpy Podographer Dan and Mick talk about cameras, and the need for more megapixels. Have cameras just gone plain silly with pixels you can cram onto a Full Frame sensor. Is there any need for Micro Four Thirds while Mick talks in depth and pros and cons of using Olympus for wildlife photography.

On the subject of wildlife photography Mick also talks about "Field Craft" and how to get the best shots given...

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September 23, 2021 44 mins

In this episode we get grumpy, very grumpy indeed, so much so that Mick gets squeaky when we start talking about camera reviews. Dan says bad words about YouTubers which annoy him (no names mentioned). Grab your tin hats for Curmudgeon Corner

Dan talks about how to successfully market and make your website so its found by potential clients and new visitors. Mick doesn't have a website and is looking to build one, Dan offers some ...

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September 9, 2021 41 mins

In our second podcast we get down to serious business, mostly the art of photography business. 

Dan & Mick have had very different careers and approach marketing differently, and ask the question. What makes you a professional photographer or as Mick says "non-professional". What are the components that make up being a professional ? We take a look at those that create and what makes them successful.

Working for free, is it coo...

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August 27, 2021 39 mins

This is it ! Our “Hello World” Episode.

We have been meaning to do our podcast for a while and now its “hear” for your listening pleasure and our glory. Well every two weeks or so anyway, we are listed on Deezer, iHeartRadio, Spotify, Google Podcasts and soon on Apple iTunes.

In this episode Dan and Mick will be talking about a few subjects in their amusing but grumpy style. Firstly taking to sword our recent f@k ups while working...

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