PODCAST

The Photography Lounge

SmugMug + Flickr

Welcome to The Photography Lounge, home of inspirational conversations with the world's best photographers and leading minds from the photo industry. Join your host, SmugMug and Flickr’s very own, Alastair Jolly as he goes beyond the lens and dives deep into the stories of what inspires and motivates the photographers and creatives we love and admire.

Alan Schaller - Black & White Street Photography
On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with the wonderful Flickr Pro, Alan Schaller.Alan is a London based photographer who specialises in black and white street photography. His work is often described as abstract and it incorporates elements of surrealism, geometry, high contrast and the realities and diversities of human life.He has been featured in publications including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Washington Post and he regularly has exhibitions in galleries such as Saatchi Gallery, The Leica Galleries in London and throughout the US.As well as a wonderful Ambassador for Flickr he is well known as an Ambassador for Leica Cameras. Join Alastair and Alan as they discuss Alan's approach to Street Photography during the Pandemic and find out more about Alan's gear and style. We also get a little insight into the foundation of Street Photography International and what's ahead in the future for Alan. Watch Alan's SmugMug Film here: https://youtu.be/v4H6eWE1SPI Awards 2019: https://youtu.be/OzdCtzXpcXALearn more about Alan:Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/alanschallerWebsite: https://alanschaller.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/alan_schaller/Find out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://news.smugmug.comFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.net
Apr 28 2021
52 mins
Jill Heinerth - Into The Planet  -  Underwater Exploration Photography
On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly has a conversation with the incredible Jill Heinerth.Jill is an underwater explorer, photographer, writer, speaker, and filmmaker. A pioneer of technical rebreather diving, she has led expeditions into icebergs in Antarctica, volcanic lava tubes, and submerged caves worldwide.She is the first Explorer-in-Residence of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.Her memoir, INTO THE PLANET, has been lauded by the Wall Street Journal, Oprah Magazine, and the New York Times.She is also a Fellow of the International Scuba Diving Hall of Fame, Underwater Academy of Arts and Sciences, Women Divers Hall of Fame, and the Explorers Club, which awarded her with the William Beebe Award for ocean exploration.Join Alastair and Jill as they look back at what drove Jill to become one of the worlds leading cave divers and as they discuss the dangers, the beauty and the technical difficulties of the work that Jill does and the worlds she loves to explore.Learn more about Jill:Website: https://jillheinerth.smugmug.com/Into The Planet: https://www.intotheplanet.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jillheinerth/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jillheinerthTwitter: https://twitter.com/jillheinerthFind out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://news.smugmug.comFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.net
Mar 23 2021
1 hr
Laura Zalenga - A [Self-] Portrait-ArtistEmily Teague - Fashion, Editorial and Commercial PhotographerAnton Lorimer - SmugMug FilmsLou Noble - Polaroid Portrait PhotographyCurtis Jones - Raw Adventure & Exploration PhotographyBella Kotak & Pratik Naik - A Photography Industry Power Duo.
On this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly is honored to be joined by not one but two guests in the lounge. A real power couple in our industry, the incredible Bella Kotak and Pratik Naik.They discuss the real story behind how they both met but it will be up to the listeners to decide which story they believe to be true.They also get into the interesting backstories of the winding paths they both took to eventually fall in love with photography and retouching. There is a discussion about the importance both of them put on personal/passion projects and how much the incredible communities, we have fostered in the photography industry, mean to the motivation, inspiration and love they have for photography.Learn more about Bella:Website: https://bellakotak.com/Bella's SmugMug Film: https://youtu.be/oSvvhmmI7AcFlickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bellakotakInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/bellakotak/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bellakotakphotographyLearn more about Pratik:Website: https://www.solsticeretouch.com/Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/solsticeretouchInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/solsticeretouch/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/highendretoucher Infinite Tools & The Color Lab::https://infinite-tools.com/https://thecolorlab.com/Find out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://www.smugmug.com/lensFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.net
Aug 27 2020
1 hr 18 mins
Tina Eisen - Beauty and Fashion Photographer - Passion is Beauty
In this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Tina Eisen and looks at her career as a Beauty and Fashion Photographer. Diving into the story of why Tina is so passionate about beauty photography. They discuss how to go about building a team to collaborate with on a shoot and how to start from scratch to build relationships when just starting out in the industry.They look at how her macro beauty photography requires trust from everyone on the team as they get extremely close to the model, including sometimes putting glass around the model's eyes!We also hear how after starting her career and spending so long in the UK, Tina now finds it difficult to teach and talk photography in her native German language.Find out also how focusing and spending time on Social platforms, photographing for 'likes' and engagement, left Tina unmotivated and unhappy with her work.Learn more about Tina:Website: https://tinaeisen.com/SmugMug Site: https://tinaeisen.smugmug.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tina_eisen/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/beautywithtina/Find out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://www.smugmug.com/lensFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.
Jul 27 2020
43 mins
Jared Platt - Documentary Wedding Photographer
In this episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Jared Platt and they discuss the nuances that make him describe himself as a documentary wedding photographer and not a wedding photojournalist.Jared grew up in a small, rural, town in Arizona and fondly reminisces about some of the unique daily occurrences at school. Initially dreaming of being a rock star then starting out as a Theatre major he quickly realised his path actually lay in the world of photography.Jared is recognised throughout the photography industry as one of the leading educators in process and workflow. His foundations in commercial photography and his experience of the transition to digital have led him to focus on how the power of all the amazing tools we have at our disposal today can only be unleashed with the right focus on process and workflow.As a father, the conversation turns to how to find a good work-life balance and how his use of good processes and workflows allow him to spend quality time with family rather than being tied to the editing suite.You can find out more about the tutorial that Jared made together with Profoto here:https://profoto.com/us/academy/courses/wedding/fundamentals-of-wedding-photographyLearn more about Jared:Website: https://jaredplatt.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jaredplatt/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jaredplattFind out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://www.smugmug.com/lensFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.net
Jul 13 2020
1 hr 3 mins
Renee Robyn -  Blending fact, fiction, and a little digital alchemy.
In this second episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Renee Robyn and discusses her recent projects, her love for travel (and food), and have a look back at the lifechanging moments that have lead Renee to become one of the worlds best-known photographers.Coming from Alberta, Canada, the job prospects for a young Renee Robyn were very much those found in the traditional labour-based industries but a motorcycle accident and a desire to not take work away from the creatives around her, saw her follow a direction inspired by the kid who lived on video games and fantasy novels.We will hear how Renee believes that the universe has a plan for her, forever knocking her plans off track or making her take two steps back for every one that she takes forward but ultimately leading her to a better outcome than she had initially anticipated.Renee's SmugMug Film:Dreams of a Digital ArtistLearn more about Renee:Website: https://www.reneerobynphotography.com/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/reneerobynphotography/Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/reneerobynphotography/Find out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://www.smugmug.com/lensFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.net
Jun 28 2020
1 hr
Brooke Shaden - Conceptual Self-Portrait Photographer & Artist
In this first episode of The Photography Lounge, your host Alastair Jolly sits down with Brooke Shaden and they discuss the backstory of how Brooke became one of the leading photographers in the world of conceptual self-portrait photography.We learn how photography was not the path that Brooke had ever considered and how her early career in the film industry lead her to find a future where she could work individually.It's hard to imagine how someone who is such a leader in the photo community, gives so much to supporting others and educating others can be a self-confessed introvert and someone who does not like working with people. Despite this, we discuss how much she gives to her community, her workshops and her humanitarian work with The Light Space.Of course, we also talk about her approach to her photography and the often dark subject matters, dealing with death and decay, that she visits. Even though she is someone who is 'scared of everything', Brooke manages to portray the beauty and positivity in the darkness.Brooke has been a leading Flickr Pro for 12 years now.Learn more about Brooke:Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brookeshadenWebsite: http://brookeshaden.com/gallery/Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/brookeshaden/Promoting Passion: https://www.promotingpassion.com/The Light Space: http://www.thelightspace.org/Find out all about the features SmugMug & Flickr have to offer at:https://www.smugmug.com/https://www.flickr.comFollow SmugMug:Facebook: http://facebook.com/SmugMugTwitter: http://twitter.com/SmugMugInstagram: http://instagram.com/smugmugBlog: https://www.smugmug.com/lensFollow Flickr:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/flickr/Twitter: https://twitter.com/FlickrInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/flickr/Blog: https://blog.flickr.net/
Jun 1 2020
55 mins