Outdoor Photography Podcast

Brenda Petrella

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!

Macro, Abstract, and Impressionistic Photography With Charles Needle
Nov 1 2022
Macro, Abstract, and Impressionistic Photography With Charles Needle
Episode 83: Today I sit down with award-winning fine art photographer, Charles Needle, to chat about:How photography helped him recover from a debilitating illnessThe benefits of having a mindful approach to photographyPhotographers who mentored him early in his photography journey and helped him to find his vision and encouraged him to teach photographyPhotography as a subtractive artHow to let the subject speak to youWhy you should consider using a smartphone over a DSLR or mirrorless camera for creative photographyWhat the differences and similarities are between macrophotography, abstract photography, and impressionistic photographyThe key types of contrast that generally work well for impressionistic photographyTechnical and creative tips on using techniques like intentional camera movement (ICM) and multiple exposures (ME) - even with a smartphone!Compositional elements and assets he looks for when creating abstracts and impressionistic imagesCompositional tips for abstract and impressionistic photographyPhotography as a performance artCharles answers your submitted macrophotography questionsAnd much more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website: Photography, by Charles NeedleCreative Macro Photography, by Charles NeedleCharles’ Gear RecommendationsCharles’ free Multiple Exposure Script for PhotoshopFollow Charles on InstagramFollow Charles on FacebookNancy RotenbergFreeman PattersonTopaz Gigapixel AISlow Shutter Cam AppAverage Camera Pro AppThe PlampFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
Photographing the Wonders of Washington With Photo Cascadia
Oct 18 2022
Photographing the Wonders of Washington With Photo Cascadia
Episode 81: Today I sit down with six of seven members of the esteemed Photo Cascadia team, to chat about:How the collective got started and what keeps them going strongThe inspiration behind their newest book, Washington Evergreen: Land of Nature WondersThe diverse photographic opportunities found in the seven regions of WashingtonPreparation tips for exploring remote wilderness areasSome funny stories from the trailReflections on our relationship with nature and our positive and negative impactsTurning points in their respective photography careers that challenged them creatively or contributed to their growth as photographersWhat the photographers want to express through their photographyAnd much more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website: Washington Evergreen: Land of Nature Wonders, by Photo CascadiaFollow Photo Cascadia on InstagramTeam Members:Erin Babnik: Erin on InstagramSean Bagshaw:  Follow Sean on InstagramDavid Cobb:  Follow David on InstagramAdrian Klein:  Follow Adrian on InstagramKevin McNeal:  Follow Adrian on InstagramChip Phillips:  Follow Chip on InstagramZack Schnepf:  Follow Zack on InstagramFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on InstagramTo become a member of Nature Photographer’s Network (NPN), go to and get 10% off your first annual subscription with the coupon code "OPS10" at checkout.
How to Protect Yourself From Ticks [REPLAY]
Oct 11 2022
How to Protect Yourself From Ticks [REPLAY]
Episode 80:  In today’s quick Tidbit Tuesday, I share five quick tips on how to protect yourself from contracting a tick-borne illness after spending time in nature.  Ticks are prevalent all over the world, and while their bites are sometimes harmless, they can also transmit pathogens that cause pretty debilitating diseases.  Preventing bites in the first place can go a long way in keeping you safe from these little critters.  LINKS MENTIONED:Submit your favorite photography or outdoor tip for a special Tidbit Tuesday featuring our listeners by Sunday Oct 16, 2022 here: or go to and click the “Submit a Question” button to record your voice message.  Be sure to include your photography website and/or social media handle in your recording! Informational Links:Outdoor Photography School Tick Safety GuideHow to Safely Remove a Tick VideoSymptoms of Tick-Borne Illnesses (CDC)Environmental Protection Agency’s Repellent Search ToolList of Repellents Safe for SkinNote: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.Product Links:Sawyer Permethrin ProductsSawyer Picaridin Insect RepellentOutdoor clothing companies that provide permethrin-containing clothing:LL BeanREIFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
Being Responsive to the Landscape With Kristen Ryan
Oct 4 2022
Being Responsive to the Landscape With Kristen Ryan
Episode 79: Today I sit down with landscape photographer, Kristen Ryan, to chat about:How taking photographs of her young children transitioned into her passion for landscape photographyHer deep-rooted connection to the Teton MountainsBeing responsive to the landscape rather than approaching it with a rigid structure or expectationsHow having a restrictive schedule of being a mom of four has made her be open to photographic opportunities as they comeHow her music background as a freelance harpist has influenced how she approaches the art and craft of her photographyThe value of practicing the technical side of photography when it comes fostering to the creative sideWhy she decided to offer women-only photography workshops and what they entailHow she brings a mindfulness approach to her photography and lifeHow she’s learned to get better at the ever-elusive work-life balanceAnd a whole lot more!LINKS MENTIONED:Websites:  ***Get 10% off mentoring sessions with code “OPS10” Follow Kristen Ryan on:InstagramVeroKristen’s article: 4 Ingredients to Impactful Landscape PhotographyZojirushi SM-SC60AV Stainless Steel Vacuum Insulated Mug (affiliate link)Submit your favorite photography or outdoor tip for a special Tidbit Tuesday featuring our listeners by Sunday Oct 16, 2022 here: or go to and click the “Submit a Question” button to record your voice message.  Be sure to include your photography website and/or social media handle in your recording! Full Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
An Intentional Approach to Photography With Anna Morgan
Sep 20 2022
An Intentional Approach to Photography With Anna Morgan
Episode 77: Today I sit down with nature photographer and writer, Anna Morgan, from British Columbia to chat about:Using photography as a tool to ask deeper questionsHow photography helps her to understand herself betterThe importance of observation in her approach to nature photographyThe concepts of finite and infinite play and how it applies to photography and lifeHow her intentional approach to photography helps her to pay attention and be more mindfulHer approach to creating photographs of natural abstracts and when she decides to use techniques like intentional camera movement or multiple exposuresHow to find nature all around us, even in urban areasOther ways to relate to nature and what is considered wildernessHow her masters research in conservation medicine has influenced how she approaches her photography and how she defines conservationSystems thinking in conservation, ecology, and environmentalismAnd a whole lot more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website:  ***Use coupon code “OPS10” to get 10% off purchases until the end of November 2022***Follow Anna Morgan:InstagramVeroFacebookNote: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.Recommended Reading:Finite and Infinite Games, by James CarseThe Infinite Game, by Simon SinekThe Wholeness of Nature: Goethe's Way Toward a Science of Conscious Participation in Nature, by Henri BortoftArt and Fear, by David Bayles and Ted OrlandFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
Photographing Canadian Wildlife With Colleen Gara
Sep 6 2022
Photographing Canadian Wildlife With Colleen Gara
Episode 75: Today I sit down with Alberta, Canada-based wildlife photographer, Colleen Gara, to chat about:How her lifelong passion for the outdoors led to her path to becoming a wildlife photographerHow having created portraits of people has helped inform how to create portraits of animalsHow to connect with and capture the personality of wildlife while respecting their space and normal activitiesTips on how to minimize disturbing an animal while observing and photographing itWildlife safety considerations and tipsHow to stay warm doing photography in winterCompositional tips for photographing wildlife to help best tell a story about the animalHer favorite animal to photograph in the Canadian RockiesThe value of preparation (research), opportunity, and luck when it comes to wildlife photographyThe important role of predators in the maintenance and balance of the biodiversity and health of a regionHow to use wildlife photography to raise awareness around conservation issuesHow to get more young people involved in wildlife conservation and photographyAnd much more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website:  Follow Colleen Gara on:InstagramTwitterFacebookNote: Some of the resources below may be affiliate links, meaning I receive a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.Garmin InReach SE Satellite Communication DeviceHitching Rides With Buddha: A Journey Across Japan, by Will FergusonFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
Photography as a Gateway to Curiosity With Benjamin Williamson
Aug 23 2022
Photography as a Gateway to Curiosity With Benjamin Williamson
Episode 73: Today I sit down with professional landscape photographer, Benjamin Williamson, to chat about:How he transitioned from being a musician and bartender to being a professional photographerThe two-way street of curiosity when it comes to creativityWhat he learned during his time as a photo editor and staff photographer at Down East MagazineBalancing photography with a family of three kids under the age of fourFeeling deeply connected with natural and man-made environments and the relationship between the twoFinding inspiration in other photographers’ work and how to integrate what you learn into your own creative visionHis approach to teaching photography and creativity in his workshopsThe value of doing photography every day (or as much as you can)How to find narratives in landscape photography while incorporating cultural stories and weatherSome tips on reading weather forecasts and eventsAnd a whole lot more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website:  Follow Ben Williamson on:InstagramFacebookTwitterBen’s photograph of migrating alewives: Liquid MigrationBen’s Favorite Weather App: Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
Creative Flow and Being a Content Creator With David Johnston
Aug 9 2022
Creative Flow and Being a Content Creator With David Johnston
Episode 71: Today I sit down with Tennessee-based landscape photographer and educator, David Johnston, to chat about:How he got interested in photography and how and why he decided to become a professional photographerHow his current podcast, the Landscape Photography Show, differs from the first podcast he startedWhat he’s learned from his conversations on the podcast about connecting with your emotions through your photographyThe idea of “creative flow induction”The benefits of starting a YouTube channel from a business perspective and the impact he hopes to have as an educatorAdvice on how to start a YouTube channelHow to deal with internet trollsBalancing work, family, and time for his own creativityHow he manages to work two days/week so that he can spend time with his young daughterHow he repurposes long-form contentThings to consider before going full-time into photographyHis ideas around visual flow in compositionLINKS MENTIONED:Website: David Johnston on:InstagramYouTubeMy interview on David’s Podcast: The Landscape Photography ShowThink MediaFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
The Value of Being a Generalist Photographer With Viktoria Haack
Jul 26 2022
The Value of Being a Generalist Photographer With Viktoria Haack
Episode 69: Today I sit down with professional photographer and artist, Viktoria Haack, from British Columbia to chat about:Her winding journey into photographyHow photography has served as an open-ended creative outlet for herThe creative benefits of being a generalist photographerHow nature serves as the basis of all of her photography regardless of genreHow doing different genres of photography cross-pollinates her approach to compositionBalancing the expectations of clients and social media with her own creative pursuitsSome of the challenges with working with human and animal models and the value of going without a planInsights into how she creates her environmental portraitsWhat it’s like working as a brand ambassadorThe benefits of switching to a mirrorless systemAnd a whole lot more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website:  Follow Viktoria Haack on:InstagramFacebookTwitterJack the Wolfskin on InstagramViktoria’s article on 500px: Why You Should NOT Specialize in One Type of PhotographyWim Hof MethodFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram
Let Go of Expectations and Embrace Failure With David Thompson
Jul 12 2022
Let Go of Expectations and Embrace Failure With David Thompson
Episode 67: Today I sit down with landscape photographer, David Thompson, to chat about:A story about the photograph that sparked his early interest in photographyHis relationship with creativityHow being naturally curious has shaped his approach to photographyThe importance of accepting failure as part of the learning processHow composing small scenes has changed how he composes grand landscapesHow to achieve visual flow with your subject, structures, and other compositional elementsHow he continues to challenge himself in his photographyHis approach to composition and how it depends on what the light is doing at the timeThe importance of midtone contrast and luminosity in the way he post-processes his photographsColor cast - how it can negatively impact color separation and how to fix itAdvice for finding your creative vision for your photographyHow to make landscape photography and the outdoors more inclusive and accessibleA whole lot more!LINKS MENTIONED:Website: davidthompsonphotography.comFollow David Thompson on: InstagramFacebookFlickrMention this episode to David and get 15% off of his post-processing Skype sessions for the entire month of August 2022 @ $149 for a 2hr session.Parks Rx ProgramPark Rx AmericaDevelop a Park Prescription Program for your communityFull Show Notes***HAVE A QUESTION?Record a Question for Tidbit TuesdayLOVE THE OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY PODCAST?Ways you can support the show:Buy Me a CoffeeLeave a Rating and ReviewSign up for the Outdoor Photography School NewsletterShare the show with others!CONFUSED ABOUT WHERE TO FOCUS?Download my FREE Hyperfocal Distance Made Easy EbookABOUT BRENDA PETRELLA (host)Learn more about meVisit my online portfolioConnect with me on Instagram