The Photo Brigade Podcast

On this episode,  Robert met up for coffee in his neighborhood with an up-and-coming photographer named Alex Trautwig, who he met when he started his career as an intern at the New York Times while covering the US Open Tennis tournament back in 2005. Alex was about 14 at the time attempting to shoot sports action with a short lens and a prosumer body. Alex's father is a well-known sports broadcaster, so he grew up around all these amazing sporting events. He reminded Robert of himself at that age, eager and ready to learn, so Robert took him under his wing and let him use his lenses for the day. Since then, they've kept in touch through email and social media and he's been able to see him graduate middle school, high school, college, work at his school paper, intern at Getty Sport, intern with the New York Mets, and grow into a young, professional photographer. They talk about all the steps that let him to where he is today from internships, making connections, and learning the busisness of photograpy. 

Direct download: 010_-_Alex_Trautwig_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 10:27am EDT

On this episode, Robert visits his good friend Brad Smith who recently became the Director of Photography at Sports Illustrated. Prior to working at SI, Brad was the sports photo editor at The New York Times where he gave Robert his very first assignment for The New York Times when he was an intern back in 2005. Prior to that he was the White House Photo Editor under the Clinton Administration. Brad really gives some great advice to our listeners about getting your work in front of him and others at Sports Illustrated....and guess what, he even share's his email address where you can send your work and submit photos for consideration for the 6 pages of prime real estate in the front of the magazine called the Leading Off Section. They also talk about the new direction in which Sports Illustrated is moving....all really cool stuff. 

Direct download: 009_-_Brad_Smith_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 1:40pm EDT

On this episode, we move the show to Chicago where Photo Brigade's very own Pixel Pimp, Photo agent Warren Winter of PSG chats with two former Chicago Sun-Times staff photographers Rob Hart and Brian Powers, who were unceremoniously laid off, along with the rest of their photography staff. Nearly 30 in all. Warren gets right down to business as they discuss the meeting where it all went down, how it's effected their lives, the outpouring of support from the photojournalism community, and what's next for them. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the photo brigade podcast from the windy city!  

Direct download: 008_-_Rob_Heart_Brian_Powers_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 6:33pm EDT

In this noisy episode, I chat with my pal Michael Rubenstein who's a freelance editorial and advertising photographer based in New York City. Michael and I met while he was attending grad school at Ohio University while I was just a lowly undergrad. Michael has traveled the world making pictures for some of the biggest publications and companies in the world, from the New York Times to Master Card. In 2008 while living in Mumbai he found himself in the middle of a deadly terrorist attack and became the go-to photographer for the New York times covering his first, and hopefully last conflict zone. Now back in New York City, last year got in a terrible motorcycle accident that has sidelined him for the past year  and he's been recovering ever since. I caught him while at a coffee shop in my neighborhood just prior to a meeting he had with a new client. The cafe started to fill up and get noisy during our chat, so excuse the background noise as you sit back, relax, and enjoy this episode of the photo brigade podcast. 

Direct download: 007_-_Michael_Rubenstein_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 1:57pm EDT

In this episode I chat with my pal and veteran SF Bay-area sports photographer Brad Mangin, who was in NYC this past week to, among other things, speak at the Apple Store in SoHo about his not one, but TWO new books he's just had published. The first, Never Say Die,  a book full of all his great photos of the 2012 World Series Champion SF Giants, and the other Instant Baseball, a book chalk full of all his Instagrams from the same season. We talk a lot about the business of photography, the importance of retaining one's copyright, the recent news of the Chicago Sun Times photo staff being fired .  We find out how one of my favorite websites,, a site he co-founded came to exist. We also learn about how a an early job at Chuckie-Cheese funded Brad's first camera, a $249 Canon AE1!  So sit Back, relax, and enjjoy as we crash our friend Allen's apartment in this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast.

Direct download: 006_-_Brad_Mangin_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:00am EDT

In this episode Robert Caplin chats while taking a stroll in Central Park with CS Muncy who's name you may have seen from his many gear reviews and photo features here on CS is both a Manhattan-based freelance photographer for various publications like The Village Voice, New York Daily News, New york times, Wall Street Journal, and Newsday.. He's also a hustler because not only does he chase spot news and protests, but also he's an active duty Air Force photographer by day and commutes daily between his base on Long Island and his apartment in New York's East Village. We talk about why he got into photography in the first place, which was girls, getting started in NYC by making contacts and working for various publications, his work covering the Occupy protests in the city to make a name for himself, his current transition from chasing calamity to quieter subjects. We talk about the education he received as a used camera salesman at BH Photo in New York which led to his camera collection from rescuing the junk cameras. We also talk about some great business topics like diversifying your skill set and client base. So sit Back, Relax, and take a stroll with us through central park in this episode of the Photo Brigade Podcast.

Direct download: 005_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast_-_CS_Muncy.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 12:49pm EDT

004 - Sara Lewkowicz - Photo Brigade Podcast

In this episode I chat with Sara Lukewitz who is a talented graduate student at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication. If you dont recognize her name, you may have seen her recent project in which she bore witness to an act of domestic violence between a young couple who she was documenting in Lancaster, OH as part of a class project. The incident she documented was published by Time Magazine and other worldwide publications both online and in print. This exposure gave the world a peek into the harsh reality of domestic violence and what battered women face on a daily basis. Sara and I chat about her class project that's helped create an international debate on the topic and on a more more personal note, Sara responds to a debate that many viewers have criticized her for documenting the incident rather than intervening. 


Other topics we cover:

Her beginnings at UNC as a psychology major and as she transisitioned to journalism as a writer, and eventually found her calling in photography

How Insturctor Pat Davidson encouraged her to take a photography class

How social media turned her class project viral after applying for a grant from fotovisura

Why you should value your work and skill and not sacrifice exposure over getting paid for your quality content

Direct download: 004_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast_-_Sara_Lewkowicz.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 12:13pm EDT

In this podcast Ohio University alumnus Robert Caplin chats with the director of Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, Terry Eiler, who recently announced his retirement as director after over 35 years at the school.

We discuss:

- How Terry got into photography and began his career shooting for local papers in high school.
- His beginnings as an intern at National Geographic and his intense interview with legendary Geographic director Robert Gilka.
- Marrying his wife Lyntha and their fun career shooting projects together for magazines.
- Terry's transition into teaching at Ohio University in the 1970s.
- How he and his father-in-law Chuck Scott, together founded the renowned School of Visual Communications at Ohio University.
- Learn what students go through at OU's VisCom and how their education is shaped, undergraduate sequences, and mid-career graduate sequences.
- Information Design, interactive multimedia, commercial photography, documentary photojournalism.
- Knight Fellowship in Newsroom Graphics Management and scholarship support.
- Learn about Terry's toughest course, his Magazine class.
- Learn about Terry's 28 years of bringing OU students to Scotland for his annual Scotland Field School.
- The importants of internships, workshops, conferences, and building portfolios with versatility, talent, and skill.
- Importance of surrounding yourself with good people.
- Working with people who are better than you, everyday.
- Sharing your knowledge as you get older with people that are younger than you. Pay it forward.
- Learning the unpredictability of photography.
- Learning the business of photography.
- Understanding marketing value, profit-loss statements, and licensing as a freelance photographer.
- Importance of contributing to your retirement funds early as a freelancer and treating your archive and stock photography income as icing on the cake.
- Terry's plans after his retirement: fly fishing. more assignments, visiting past projects.

Direct download: 003_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast_-_Terry_Eiler.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 1:53pm EDT

In this episode we talk with talented New York City based music and sports photographer David Bergman who is currently on tour as Bon Jovi's tour photographer. David and I talk about his entire career from his humble beginnings as college yearbook photographer, to working as a staffer at the Miami Harald. His move to NYC to build a freelance career. The events that lead to becoming one of Sports Illustrated's go-to freelance photographers, his push to become a big-time tour photographer, how becoming the gigapan man changed his life, and finally why president Obama personally told hem "You got Skillz". Sit back, relax, and enjoy the podcast! 

Direct download: 002_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast_-_David_Bergman.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 11:57am EDT

In this show we chat about:

In our very first episode of The Photo Brigade Podcast hosts Robert Caplin and Mike Isler chat with their good friend, photographer and cinematographer Vincent Laforet, prior too a night of poker with a group of photographers in New York City.

• The business of photography.
• Importance of knowing your cost of doing business.
• Knowing when and how to say no to a client, politely.
• Networking, promotion, marketing, social networking, blogging.
• Having a creative vision, style, and good ideas to separate yourself from the pack.
• Previous photo and video shoots.
• Vincent’s transition from editorial still photography to commercial cinematography and directing.
• Making mistakes and learning from them.
• K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple Stupid.
• The art of being prepared before a shoot.
• Collaborating with fellow creatives.
• Helping your colleagues when they’re in the need.

Direct download: 001_-_Photo_Brigade_Podcast_-_Vincent_Laforet.mp3
Category:photography -- posted at: 4:31pm EDT