The Photo Brigade Podcast

On this episode Robert speaks with Allen Murabayashi, chairman and co-founder of, a platform that Robert has personally used since the service became available back in 2005. PhotoShelter is the backbone to the workflow of many professional photographers who use the service as a redundant, online, and searchable backup of their archives, to deliver files to clients, to sell prints and image licenses, and even as their online portfolio with their stylish BEAM platform. They talk about Allen's background...he's a smart dude having graduated from Yale and was one of the founding employees of which thrust him into the world of technology. A photographer and accomplished musician himself, they also discuss everything from workshops, blogging, Search Engine Optimization, using social media to your advantage, the terms of service around Facebook, their recent changes in their newsfeed algorithm, and his favorite social media these days: Instagram. So sit back, relax and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast. 

Direct download: 040_-_Allen_Murabayashi_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 2:05pm EDT


On this episode Robert chats with a blast from his past, James DeCamp, a freelance photographer based in Columbus, Ohio. Robert grew up seeing James's photos on a daily basis in the Columbus Dispatch where he spent over a decade as a staffer.  It was at the Dispatch where they met eachother and where Robert worked with him and a host of great shooters over 10 years ago. They talk about his transition from staff to freelance, contests, copyright, business, and how he started his career in photojournalism following a 1978 military helicopter crash he photographed as a middle schooler for the Cincinnati Enquirer. So sit back, Relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast!

Direct download: 039_-_James_D._DeCamp_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 3:29pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with the husband and wife, tag-team, photography duo David Walter Banks and Kendrick Brinson of Brinson Banks. He met them both in the pre-Facebook days through an awesome email listserv called A Photo A Day. They met up with them at a noisy beer garden on a recent visit to Los Angeles where they're now based and chat about a range of great topics from building lasting relationships with editors, working with those you love, workshops, promotion, their transition to corporate photography, internships, photo collectives, the evolution of social media and adapting to it, contracts, knowing when to say no to a bad deal, and their general advice to the next generation of photographers. Sit back, relax, and eenjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!  

Direct download: 038-_Brinson_Banks_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 4:13pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with Elizabeth Griffin, photo editor for and the Hearst Corporation. They both found themselves on an Acela Express train heading back to Manhattan from Boston where they were both were on assignment covering an elaborate Gregory Heisler Sports Illustrated cover shoot in Boston. They had a great discussion about everything from print promotion to email marketing, pricing standards, the Eddie Adams Workshop, portfolio reviews, her background as an intern at VII, Getty's new free embed function, social media, and much more. So sit back, relax, and have a cocktail with Robert and Elizabeth on a severely delayed train back to New York City on this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 037-_Elizabeth_Griffin_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 9:10am EDT

On this special episode Robert chats with the portraitist Gregory Heisler who he'd just met in Boston, while they were both on assignment for Sports Illustrated Magazine where Gregory shot a cover photo that involved an elaborate production, closing down a busy city block at the Boston Marathon finish line on the one-year anniversary of those terrible Boston bombings. It turns out they have a lot in common, including a mentor, Arnold Newman, who in a strange way brought them both to Manhattan at the beginning of their careers. They talk about connecting with those who inspire you, how to build on those relationships, professionalism, looking back on Gregory's own bushiness practices, branding, promotion, social media, networking, and much, much more. So sit back, relax, and and have a coffee with us at the Westin Copley Place in downtown Boston. 

Direct download: 036-_Gregory_Heisler_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:11am EDT

On this episode Robert Caplin follows up with his friend and Ohio Bobcat graduate student Sara Lewkowicz. Robert first chatted Sara with on Podcast #4 last year just after she had shot a powerful project on domestic violence that began as a simple class assignment in her Photojournalism sequence at Ohio University. After documenting a violent exchange between a couple she began documenting, her project began to gain national and international acclaim after it was published in TIME Magazine. Since then, Sara has won a host of awards, grants, and even her upcoming internship at National Geographic Magazine as part of her College Photographer Of the Year win. They talk about going through all that, what's next, and much more. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast.

Direct download: 035_-_Sara_Lewkowicz_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

On this episode Robert chats with his friend and fellow Ohio Bobcat alumnus, Marcus Yam who is currently serving as a 3 -year resident photojournalist at the Seattle Times. Before photography, Marcus was on the path to becoming, get this, a rocket scientist, but changed his career path by attending graduate school at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication a few years after Robert graduated. He came to New York and apprenticed with Robert for a bit and soon after graduation, like Robert, landed an internship at The New York Times. There continued on as a freelancer working on amazing projects where he won a host of awards including an Emmy. There's something really special about Marcus from his humility, his generosity, and tremendous love for life. There's so many quotes and words of wisdom that come out in my chat with him, so get your notebook ready! Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade podcast.

Direct download: 034_-_Marcus_Yam_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 8:25am EDT

On this episode Robert chat with Jared Polin, Mr. Fro himself, a photojournalist specializing in documentary in the music industry who runs a really fun photography website called If you haven't heard or seen his video podcasts, you're in for a treat...he's got quite a personality and his website is full of fun and informative videos about the latest gear and tutorials on lighting, photography, and much much more. They talk about the origin of his afro, his beginning in photography with his mother's Fuji Discovery 2000, covering the Philadelphia Flyers season at the ripe age of 16, schooling at the Antonelli institute in Philadelphia, dealing with the music industry, those pesky concert rights-grabbing releases, the Terms of Service on social media platforms and more. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast! 

Direct download: 033_-_Jared_Polin_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 12:50am EDT

On this episode Robert sat down for a chat last month with his friends Matt Slaby and Kevin German of the visual agency LUCEO. They've worked to build a brand for their visual style offering everything from stills, filmmaking, production, and more. With a background in law, Matt splits his time between New York and Denver. Kevin has a background in newspaper photography which he left to moved to Vietnam for years and is now currently based in Paris. They're both constantly traveling the world to provide high-end visuals to their clients. They talk about the use of social medial, the terms of service, the recent controversy revolving around press access to the White House, copyright, LUCEO's annual student award, Slaby's Carhart fashion, his colorblindness, and much, much, more. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast!

Direct download: 032_-_LUCEO_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 5:49pm EDT

On this episode Robert chats with his good friend Vincent Laforet whose photojournalism work caught Robert's eye over a decade ago when he was a college student at Ohio University. Lately Vincent is known mostly for his work in the film industry, a transition he's made over the past 6 years, and now many don't realize his background began in journalism. Straight out of college he spent over 300 days per year covering sporting events for Allsport, which later became Getty. He was later hired as a New York Times staff photographer where he shared a Pulitzer prize for his work in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2002. They talk about his background from the age of 15 when his father first  put a camera in his hands, to working his way through college at Northwestern University, his internships, and his transition from a top photojournalist into a successful film director who just completed his first big-time campaign with Nike. Oh, he also just wrecked his right arm shattering it in a dune buggy accident in the deserts of Dubai. Robert took advantage of Vincent's fragile state as he recovered a few blocks from Robert's apartment in Manhattan. Sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast.

Direct download: 031_-_Vincent_Laforet_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:11am EDT