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Live Show Recap: Animal Interactions

You guys, we had a real live animal interaction during the show! Chelsea and Tony took their dogs for a walk and wound up bringing home a lost pup who hung out with us for a few hours. Luckily they left his owner a note and he was retrieved once they got home. But it made for a very cute start to the show. Also, I was in the studio this week!

So some of you just tried to send in photos of animals, which is cute, but we needed interactions, folks. Next week we’ll have Chris Gampat, The Phoblographer, in studio looking at your portraits.

We start the show off with some photo news:

-North Korea has the weirdest, oldest drones which use a Sony SLT to take photos

-we got the new iPad, I assume we’ll put out a review?

-Affinity Pro is pretty complex, but might be worth it to work on mobile

Okay, time to review some photos:

-omg baby bears

-pancake thief

-dog dive

-ostrich crossing “they steal all your food, they steal your wallet, they steal your womans”

-eagle fight “do you think they’re fighting or like, intense lovers?”

-chick in hand

-fight or flight

Sorry for all the sex-bots, those of you who were watching live. “The future is here!” 

-RIP Tyson

-selfie with a bee

heron v crawfish

-pink lady

geese and goslings

-dog kiss

-those are sea lions

Over to me for some of your questions:

-how did Cowboy and Sandi become part of the family? Cowboy was from the humane society, Sandi was from a breeder

-what would you do your first time shooting portraits of someone not in your family? Depends on who they are and what they’re going for!

-what percentage of your pictures will be sharp? Depends on what you shoot. Don’t worry about it either way!

Time to review a portfolio. Van Den Berg photography, lovely port. The full size layout is really nice. “Quaint af.” Maybe pare down a few of your shots, you have plenty of good work. Get rid of all the spot color. Maybe combine your about and contact page.

Chit-chat! You say dumb things we try and figure them out. 

-more flat earthers

-attribute vs attribute

-no bro hugs

-Billy Bob

-Tony used to be cute

-this chick IS kinda weird

Back to your photos:

-dog licks


-“I’m never that turned off by dead stuff”

Over to me for questions while Tony reimports:

-where did I get Hungry? Eric’s coworker had him and couldn’t take care of him

Back to photos:

-the most Texas picture

-why you do dis, birb

-“they live forever and they tell all your secrets”

handshake “it’s a very cordial drug deal”

-tiny frogs


-what do you look for in a good composition? A clear subject, leading lines, negative space, separation, balance, contrast.

Chris Gampat is here next week to review portraits, so instead of voting for the topic this week, you can vote on a live show segment if you’re a Patreon supporter.

Back to your photos:

-“oh yeah, Dave with the long arms they call him”

-deer park

aquarium kid

-let’s make a deal, cat

-pup play

-fishing boat

-David and Goliath

-puppy love

goats are weird lookin’

Baaaack to me for questions:

-Tony’s delts are looking good

-have you had to improvise something for a shoot? All the time. Chelsea as a tripod, bubble wrap as an outfit, gaffer tape for everything

-Tony & Chelea live

-left or right sock first? Right.

-Kendrick Lavar Burton

More photos:

-beach life


-pheasant and fox

-“why you gonna watch this guy eat his lunch?”

-horse hair

-cat attack

-dog model “forbidden love”

Money question:

-what’s your favorite photography book? Check out Gordon Lang’s new book, In Camera. Brian Peterson’s Understanding Exposure.

-how to start in commercial photography? Build your portfolio with what you want to sell, then contact local businesses to offer free or cheap work. Try shooting for and selling to stock.

Back to photos:


-we talked about sea monkeys for so long

-playing with a cat

-dog on a pier

More questions:

-can you math this, Tony? Sure

-Rob Tillitz, killin it


-heckin’ cute doggo

-tennis doggo

-wolf pack

-gangster as heck

Moooore questions:

-have you used a lens skirt to block wind noise? Nope!

-how to work best with a kit lens on the D3300? Shooting panoramas and image stacking would help with landscapes

Back to your pictures:

-cutie cat

-baby and dog

-bird v snake

-super dramatic man and gorilla

More questions and money comments!

-how to get into shooting senior portraits? Practice a lot, work on your organizational skills, offer a deal to schools.

-Rob Tillitz!

And back to photos:

-“I don’t think that’s a race car, Tony, I think that’s your first mistake”



-sheep landscape


-fancy pigeon

gorilla and baby

-fox and hedgehog?

-so many good photos that we just flip through at the end 

Another money comment:

-“cats are walking murder machines”

-geese photo was real

Phew, that’s our show! Thanks for watching, and join us next week for portraits with Chris Gampat.