The Photo Brigade Podcast (photography)

On this episode Robert Caplin chat with his good friend Guy Rhodes, a stellar photographer, videographer, and lighting designer based in the Chicago area. He was in New York for a visit and stopped by to chat with Robert about his career as we looked at some of his amazing photography ranging from the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, his experimental work including his wet plate, tintype work, and oh, that one time he used powered mash potatoes and strobes to fake a snowstorm for a portrait. They also discuss how his visual diversity has helped him thrive as a freelancer for over a decade. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!

Direct download: 062_-_Guy_Rhodes_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 12:04pm EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with the formidable Joe McNally about his life, career, and the business of photography. They discuss Joe’s path from his earliest days in college, getting his feet wet as a copy boy for the NY Daily News, his growth into a trusted and proven photographer working for the likes of LIFE Magazine, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, just to name a few. They talk about Joe’s transition from staff to freelance, editorial to commercial, and how he expanded upon his talents to also start lecturing, holding workshops, writing books, to endorsements and collaborations with brand manufactures and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 


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Joe McNally ( is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose career has spanned 30 years and included assignments in over 50 countries. He has shot cover stories for TIME, Newsweek, Fortune, New York, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times Sunday Magazine, and Men's Journal. He has been at various times in his career a contract photographer for Sports Illustrated, a staff photographer at LIFE, and currently, an ongoing 23 year contributor to the National Geographic, shooting numerous cover stories for those publications.

Joe was listed by American Photo as one of the 100 Most Important people in Photography and described by the magazine as "perhaps the most versatile photojournalist working today". He has been honored as a member of Kodak-PDN Legends Online, as well as being a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens. In 2010, he was voted as one of the 30 most influential photographers of the decade in an industry-wide Photo District News survey. McNally won the first Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Journalist Impact for a LIFE coverage titled "The Panorama of War." He has also been honored numerous times by Communication Arts, PDN, Graphis, American Photo, POY, and The World Press Photo Foundation.

In the aftermath of 9/11, McNally, using the world's only life-sized Polaroid camera, created a project called "Faces of Ground Zero," which traveled through 2002, became a book, and helped generate approximately $2 million for the relief effort. It is considered by many museum and art professionals to be one of the most important artistic endeavors to evolve from the 9/11 tragedy. His fine art work is represented by Monroe Gallery of Santa Fe, and his prints are in numerous collections, most significantly the National Portrait Gallery of the United States.

He shot the first all-digital coverage of the history of the National Geographic, called "The Future of Flying," a 32-page cover story commemorating the centennial observance of the Wright Brothers' flight. The coverage was deemed noteworthy enough that it has been incorporated into the archives of the Library of Congress. In the last two years, McNally has written two books, The Moment It Clicks, and The Hot Shoe Diaries, both of which cracked Amazon's top ten list of best sellers. His advertising and commercial clients include FedEx, Epson, Sony, Nikon, Land's End, General Electric, MetLife, Adidas, American Ballet Theater, and the Wildlife Conservation Society, among others.

He's known internationally for his ability to produce technically and logistically complex assignments with expert use of color and light. As part of his teaching activities, he conducts numerous workshops around the world.

Direct download: 061_-_Joe_McNally_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 5:13pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer and commercial director Vincent Laforet. Robert and Vincent have been friends for over a decade and they discuss Vincent's background in photography, his transition from sports to news, from staff to freelance, from editorial to commercial, from stills to video, and back again. They talk about the importance of networking, workshops, diversifying, and the business of photography. They also learn more about Vincent’s upcoming project that’ll have him shooting aerials of major cities around the world. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this special birthday episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 060_-_Vincent_Laforet_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:30pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with sports and music photographer David Bergman. David runs and is Bon Jovi's official tour photographer. They talk about David's recent book titled WORK comprised of 3 years worth of his tour photos from around the world. David has also been moving into the world of selling fine art prints with Rock Paper Photo and they discuss his transition. They talk about David’s background, his career as a staff photojournalist for the Miami Harald and how he went freelance, moving to New York City and shooting for Sports Illustrated, Major League Baseball, and other bands and celebrities. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 


Direct download: 059_-_David_Bergman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:11am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin chats with General Counsel of the National Press Photographers Association, Mickey Osterreicher about all things legal in the photo industry. They talk about 1st Amendment issues, photographers being unjustly arrested while covering news events, the use of drones, the shady terms of service for social media networks, all about copyright, registration, and much more!

Direct download: 058_-_Mickey_Osterreicher_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 5:17pm EDT

On this second video podcast, host Robert Caplin chats with Portland, Oregon-based freelancer Craig Mitchelldyer about all things photography. They talk about the nuances of negotiations with clients, using various applications to assist in quoting for projects and licensing, Craig's background, and a whole lot more in this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 057_-_Craig_Mitchelldyer_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with a someone whose work inspired him to become a photographer as a kid, and that’s Eric Albrecht of The Columbus Dispatch. Robert grew up admiring Eric's work because Robert's parents subscribed to The Dispatch, a large, family-owned metro daily where Robert also interned during college. They talk about Eric’s nearly 30 years as a staffer, as well as his early days, and how a middle school chemistry class started his love for photography. They also discuss the benefits of picking up a physical newspaper and how things have changed and newsrooms have adapted in this digital age we live in. This and much more on this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 056_-_Eric_Albrecht_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 2:07pm EDT

055 - David Burnett - Photo Brigade Podcast

On this very special episode, legendary photojournalist David Burnett, joins Robert in our first Video podcast, recorded live in NYC. Today, David and Robert talk about everything from getting his start in photography in high school, his first time being published in Time Magazine, his time in Iran, Vietnam, his relationship and access to Bob Marley, business of photography, and so much more. This is one you don’t want to miss. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 


Direct download: 055_-_David_Burnett_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 12:24pm EDT


On this episode Robert chats with born and raised Bostonian, Rick Friedman, whose studio Robert visited while he was on a corporate shoot in the area. Rick's photos have graced the covers of many Newsweeks and various other publications. They talk about how he got into the world of Photojournalism without a degree from a photography school and thrived as a freelancer for so many years. We talk business, networking, his workshops, and much more in this Episode of the photo brigade podcast.

Direct download: 054_-_Rick_Friedman_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 9:02am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with a blast from his college past, fellow Ohio University VisCom alumni, Michael P. King, who was a few years behind Robert in college and they followed a very similar path in the photo business, both growing up in Ohio and being inspired by the same photographers at The Columbus Dispatch, where they both interned before starting their careers. Robert became a freelancer and Michael became a staffer where he’s currently working for the Wisconsin State Journal covering sports full-time. He’s also national secretary of the NPPA. They discuss everything from getting into photography, the state of the photo industry, and the importance of supporting organizations like the NPPA. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast over clam pasta in New York.

Direct download: 053_-_Michael_P_King_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 2:03pm EDT