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PNL Hot Links : Photographers Ignite 2011

15 Mar

Guys, Check out the below videos. They’re all from a fantastic event at WPPI called Photographers Ignite whereby chosen photographers from all over the globe are invited to give a 5 minute keynote speech. It’s an awesome way to challenge the photographers to get their message across in a timely manner, as well as being highly entertaining for all watching! Check them out, some great take aways in every one. RD


Show 08: Blogging 101 – Showcasing your life online

11 Mar

This week’s show is all about Blogging! As Photographers, a regular blog is so integral to our armoury it can often be overwhelming when starting out as it is all about, of course, putting yourself out there.

And boy have I gone to the top of the tree with this one!…..thank me later.. 😉

Firstly, joining me this week is the uber-blogger herself Kat Williams from the hugely successful Rock n Roll Bride. Kat will be taking us through her rise to becoming one of the world’s most influential bloggers whilst answering some of our questions and throwing some advice in for good measure.

Then we have the fantastic Ali Lovegrove from Ali Lovegrove Photography. Ali is an emerging photographer from Lincoln, UK who has quickly built up an impressive portfolio and blog, showcasing her love of photography. Ali contacted me earlier this week after Kat and I put a few Tweets out asking for guys to come forward who were in the early days of their blogging and really could do with some guidance. We were so impressed with Ali’s submission that we just had to introduce her to you guys.

(Also a BIG thank you to all of you who also sent submissions in to me. You should have all got an email back now, so like I say, if you wanna be involved in a future show, I’d LOVE to hear your ideas).

As always, we’d love to hear your questions for any of my guests. You can connect with us by tweeting your questions to @photonightlive by 5pm (GMT) on Wednesday 23rd March 2011.

The show will go out on Friday 25th March from 7pm (GMT).

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.

*Picture of Kat Williams courtesy of Devlin Photos.


PNL Hot Links: Dane Sanders talks to Seth Godin

3 Mar


Hey Guys, An awesome interview premiered online this week. If you’ve never tuned in to the Fast Track Coaching show with Dane Sanders, you’ve gotta check it out. It was an inspiration for what I do here at PNL and they have some fantastic discussions every week with some amazing people.

Anyways, on this week’s show Dane talks to Seth Godin. If you’ve never checked out Seth’s writing, AGAIN you’ve been missing out, check him out here. Seth talks here about his new book, how he hopes to totally change how we share information and has some very inspiring words of advice in how we should be standing out as photographers. Enjoy! RD


PNL Hot Links: RD’s Recommended Reading List

28 Feb

I often get asked via social media and at meet-ups which books and resources I would recommend with regards to both practical photography and the business of photography.

So I thought I’d just get it all down in a blog post so that you guys can see what I’d recommend, as when asked I usually cant think of the author or a title of a particular book! 🙂

I’ll also update this list continually so that you can just keep coming back if you’d like a new recommendation at any time. Enjoy! RD


The Business of photography:


The Fast Track Photographer – Dane Sanders
– I SIMPLY CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS ENOUGH!! You may have heard me harp on about this before, but it really is the book that was the game changer for me.


The Fast Track Photographer: Business Plan – Dane Sanders

– This is the follow up to the above book, so dont read this one first! 🙂 At the time of writing I havent yet digested it fully but it really is inspiring my business already.


Crush It! – Gary Vaynerchuck

– Again, a book I HIGHLY RECOMMEND if you want to know how to effectively change career to something you have passion for, or maybe want to leverage social media to your own advantage in business.

Get into bed with Google – Jon Smith

– A really useful book on SEO that you can pick up at anytime and get chunks of info. Its also cleverly written so you don.t have to be an IT pro to read it like some of the other books out there.

Practical Photography:


The Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography – Damien Lovegrove

– One of the first photography books I purchased and I continue to go back to this book time and time again.


Contemporary Wedding Photography – Julie Oswin

– This one is a corker for the price. It’s not just practical but deals with all aspects of your wedding photography business.


The Art of Children’s Portrait Photography – Tamara Lackey

– If you photograph children, this is a must have. I especially liked how this book talked about how you approach different types of children to photography them effectively.

Digital Photography Boot Camp – Kevin Kubota

– From the absolute master of workflow, this comprehensive book gives you pretty much all you need to know when working in Lightroom and Photoshop.


Show 05: PNL Essentials – Book Keeping, Accountancy & Tax

28 Feb

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This weeks show is the first of a new type of feature that we’ll be running every now and then called ‘PNL Essentials’. The purpose of these shows will be for me to just sit down with a service professional that we deal with from time to time in the photo industry to give you guys a good basic grounding on their services and to give YOU GUYS the chance to tweet in any questions you may have that are currently on your mind.

In the future I’ll be chatting with Wedding Planners, Web Designers, Marketers, Album Designers, Album Suppliers etc etc to give you guys good basic knowledge of the services they provide in the industry. Basically, its the kind of resource that I would have given my right arm for when starting out as many are not regularly published in the photographic media.

So, this week we’ll be bringing the sexy back to all things book keeping, accounting and Tax related! Its one of those areas which send most photographers running at the first mention, so we’re going to be breaking it down for you and giving you some awesome content to take away.

We are going to be joined by Keith Mortimer, a qualified accountant and partner of Kathryn Andrews over at Willow Tree Photography in Hampshire, UK.

As always, I’d love to hear your comments and feedback AND feel free to carry on the conversation! You can do all this by using the comments area below. Enjoy! RD


Show 04: Creating Opportunity (..and other leaps of faith)

21 Feb

[blip.tv http://blip.tv/play/huxJgqa0LwA%2Em4v%5DHey Guys, this week’s show is all about seizing the moment, creating opportunity and being in control of your own destiny.

Joining me this week is Emma Case, the awesome wedding photographer from Birmingham, UK. Emma’s distinctive vintage style made her an overnight sensation on the blogs after she submitted her images from a friends wedding to Kat at Rock n Roll Bride. From this point onwards, the work started pouring in and she is currently one of the most followed wedding photographers online.

Then we have emerging photographer Kerrie Mitchell, from Essex, UK. Kerrie is a fantastic Wedding & Portrait Photographer who, like Emma, is relatively new to the industry but is quickly building a fantastic body of work with her own signature style.

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.


Show 02: So You Want to be a Live Music Photographer?

5 Feb

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This week’s show is all about live music photography. It’s something that I’m really passionate about and so I’m really excited the two guests we have on. We will be discussing all you need to know from starting out, making the right connections and having the right attitude, all the way through to getting those all important gigs themselves.

Firstly, joining me this week is pro live music photographer Steve Gerrard, who in the past has photographed the likes of U2, Jay-Z, Kings of Leon & Elton John to name but a few, for publications like Kerrang!, NME & Rocksound magazine. Steve is based in Birmingham, UK and is also the founder of Birmingham Live which was launched to help upcoming music photographers and writers gain exposure. Steve is also a prolific Wedding & Portrait photographer.

Then we have emerging music photographer Jenn O’Neill from Bury St Edmunds, UK. Jenn has already been making waves with her photography, seeing her photograph the likes of Grace Jones, The Editors & Florence and the Machine. Jenn has also already had work published in The Sun Newspaper & BBC Online.

As mentioned on the show, Steve runs some fantastic workshops from his studio in Birmingham on both music photography and wedding photography, so if you’d like to take your skills to the next level – check them out!

We’d also absolutely love to hear your views, comments and feedback on this show, so please leave your comments in the space below.

Photo of Jenn O’Neil courtesy of ‘Flob’