DiscoverNo Name Photo Show
No Name Photo Show
Claim Ownership

No Name Photo Show

Author: Brian Matiash

Subscribed: 497Played: 5,740


Brian Matiash brings you a fun, pithy, entertaining podcast covering the intersection of photography and technology in a way that only he can.

Brian has over a decade of experience as a professional photographer and published author, as well as a brand ambassador to several top photo and technology companies.
59 Episodes
When the topic of mobile photography is discussed, it’s almost always with reference to the cameras and sensors built into our phones. However, there is another side of this topic that is as interesting and can be quite impactful for photographers. I’m thrilled to welcome my friend, Matthew Cassinelli, to the show to discuss the potential that Apple’s upcoming iPadOS and shortcuts can have for those of us who want to cut down the weight of our gear when we travel. It’s a really interesting episode and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on it! Show Notes Learn all about Apple Shortcuts from Matthew on his website, via Twitter, and on YouTube. Check out everything coming from Apple for iPadOS. Google is shutting down its tablet production. --- Send in a voice message:
The self-paced online education industry has been booming for several years and reports indicate that this space will only grow. You can find online educational resources for virtually every topic, every field, and every hobby. Photography is no exception here, yet it is becoming an exceptionally crowded space. Despite that, there is plenty of room to find success and today’s guest is an excellent resource to discuss that. I’m so happy to welcome Aaron Nace, founder of Phlearn, a premier online education website dedicated to helping photographers improve their Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom skills. Show Notes Interested in learning more about Phlearn? Use code MATIASH20 to take 20% off your subscription or course order! If you’re even remotely interested in the power of mobile editing, check out the Phlearn course starring Elise Swopes. --- Send in a voice message:
Last week was Earth Day, which always seems ludicrous to me since we should focus on the health and hygiene of the planet every day. But, I’ll take any opportunity to bring more attention to this topic, especially when it involves our beautiful natural landscapes getting trampled or destroyed by people looking to create a new Instagram post. Social media has had a number of societal impacts. Some have been good, but others have been quite devastating, especially when it comes to the lack of care for natural environments. As photographers, we have a responsibility to act as nature’s stewards by incorporating Leave No Trace best practices, as well as deputizing other photographers. Fortunately, Erin Babnik, my guest for this episode of the No Name Photo Show is one of the foremost authorities in fighting to protect natural landscapes from being destroyed by witless people. In addition to being an absolutely amazing photographer, Erin is a stalwart advocate for protecting the sanctity of natural environments. I’m so thankful to have her on and I’m sure you’re going to love the conversation. Show Notes Be sure to follow Erin’s work on her website and Instagram Definitely take the time to read all of Erin’s outstanding articles on Photo Cascadia If you’re in the LA area, go see Erin present The Seven Virtues of a Creative Landscape Photographer at the Canon Experience Center (May 21, 2019 – 7:00 PM PT) Be sure to review and practice the Leave No Trace 7 principles --- Send in a voice message:
I'm very excited to welcome my very close friend, Colby Brown, back to the show. Colby was last heard on Episode 51 and my goal was to follow up our extended conversation into Episode 52, but life happened. Fortunately, we were able to record this episode together while huddled in our cabin in Norway's Lofoten Islands as gale force winds were pummeling the area. Considering that we were about to begin a winter workshop in the area with a group of intrepid photography students, we thought it'd be fun to discuss how we approach and plan for shooting in extremely cold conditions. We follow up with a great conversation about dealing with expectations vs. reality when it comes to photography, gear, and life. It's a great chat and I'm sure you'll love it! Follow Colby on his website and on Instagram. --- Send in a voice message:
As a whole, I believe that landscape and travel photographers are good people with equally good intentions. We are all eager to photograph the beauty of nature and go to great lengths to protect it… for the most part. Unfortunately, the groundswell of social media ego and a general lack of values localized to a subset of people have resulted in myriad negative effects on nature. Rather than appreciating the privilege of shooting at these locations, some people see it as their right, with the expressed interest of getting that new post on Instagram. The resulting general consensus has been to prohibit, or discourage, sharing locations or tagging them on social media posts. The idea is that by making it harder for others to find those locations, the odds of them being destroyed or overrun with tourists will decrease. The problem I see with this tactic is that it doesn’t do much to raise awareness and educate people. Tucking this info under the carpet may be a decent stopgap solution, but the real effort should be in empowering everyone to take greater care of our precious natural environments. That’s why I’m very excited about a brand new project that my guest, Luka Esenko, is announcing: PhotoHound. Native to Slovenia, Luka is a fantastic photographer and guide who has traveled to over 50 countries in Europe and SE Asia. He believes that we, as a photo community, can do amazing things when we not only share all the beauty and variety that this world offers but also practice common sense, responsible photography. Instead of keeping location information proprietary, Luka wants to address the issue head-on and equip photographers with the knowledge and tools to preserve these locations. I’m a big fan of this plan and can’t wait to see what he does with PhotoHound. Show Notes Sign up to learn more about PhotoHound and how you can practice responsible photography Learn more about Luka Esenko on his website and Instagram I highly recommend checking out Luka’s workshops. He is an amazing guide. --- Send in a voice message:
These days, we measure the success of a blog post or video or podcast by impressions. While the ways these impressions can be defined or quantified vary by platform, but the general rule of thumb is that the more clicks you get, the more opportunities that a host, like YouTube, for example, can serve up ads, which aids in generating revenue. And, yes, while I am oversimplifying this entire process, it is known that the more sensational a piece of content is, the more likely it is to be clicked on. On its face, this presents a number of problems, not the least is the authenticity of the content and how it has been sourced. When you wrap that loose set of journalistic standards to a particular industry, you have a rumor mill. And when a rumor mill can create stories about product releases with no reputable source and without consequence, interesting things can happen. I’m joined by veteran photography journalist, editor, and all-around-great-guy, David Schloss, to unpack the reality of online rumor mills and how they materially impact and, in some cases, adversely affect camera launches. It’s a conversation that David is perfect for and I’m so happy to have him on. Enjoy! Show Notes Catch up with David on Instagram and learn more about PixelShift Sony Holds Press Event to Tease Firmware Update Preview, New Camera [via Fstoppers] Canon Predicts a Bleak Future for Consumer Digital Cameras [via Fstoppers] --- Send in a voice message:
I’m so happy to welcome back one of my closest friends, Colby Brown, to the show. Colby was the guest for Episode 20, which just over a year ago, and it was great to compare the state of photography and social media from January 2018 to today. Because, as you can imagine, a lot has changed. Between Facebook’s myriad PR and political nightmares to Google+ shutting down, to Flickr working its way back to glory, the digital landscape for photographers is wildly different. This episode covers a lot of ground, whether you’re a photographer who is interested in making a career out of your passion or simply in it to share your photos with the world. Even better is that Colby will be returning for Episode 52! We had a second topic to discuss, but our conversation about photography and social media was too good to cut short. Give it a listen and let me know what you think in the comments section! Show Notes Check out Colby Brown at his website and on Instagram. If you want to join Colby and me to shoot auroras and ice caves in Iceland, check out his upcoming photo adventure workshop from March 4 – 10 Estimating the value of Facebook by paying users to stop using it [via PLOS ONE] --- Send in a voice message:
We’ve made it to 50 episodes! Thank you SO much to all of you for subscribing, listening, and writing in. I’ve had a blast putting out new episodes of this show and can’t wait for all the things I have planned to grow it even larger. Sometimes, one of the best things you can do when you reach a milestone is to look back on the journey you took to get to where you are and that’s exactly what this episode is all about. Once again, I’m joined by the wonderful Nicolesy to share a few things we wish we could tell our younger selves as we began building our photography businesses. If you’ve got your own nuggets of wisdom that you’d share with your younger self, leave them in the comments below! Enjoy the show! --- Send in a voice message:
Welcome to the first episode of 2019! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and are as excited for this new year as I am. A few weeks ago, I received an email from Matt, a listener of the show, asking an interesting question that has been discussed many times by others and I thought it’d be great to cover it here. Thankfully, I’m joined by a wonderful photography who also happens to pull double-duty as my wife! Please welcome the one and only Nicole S. Young (aka Nicolesy). Matt allowed me to share portions of his email and the one that is most appropriate for the show notes is the following: First, I love the No Name Photo Show, thank you for the time you take to create the content. This is in reference to the most recent episode of No Name and the question of what makes a professional photographer, a professional. My question is, in reference to your professional photographer question, is it only those that do it as their own business that are the professionals or would someone like me fall into it as well? If not, then how and or when would I get to that point? The second half of the show is all about Flickr and why both Nicole and I are so excited to see what SmugMug will do to grow it in 2019. It’s a great episode and I hope you enjoy it! Show Notes Follow Nicole over at Why Now Is The Perfect Time For A Flickr Comeback [via Fstoppers] Join the No Name Photo Show Flickr group! --- Send in a voice message:
If you’re celebrating, then I hope you have a Merry Christmas! We’ve reached the final episode for 2018 and what better way to send us off than by looking back at the top photography themes and stories that made headlines this year. Fortunately, my guest knows a thing or two about what makes a great story. Alex Cooke is the Editor in Chief at Fstoppers and has been involved in writing and coordinating the publishing of over 4,000 photo stories this year, including my articles! Each year, certain dominant themes tend to crop up and make us stop and think. Social media has been in the limelight this year, especially when it comes to Facebook. Instagram has also had its share of news, from the influencers who scam their followers to those who go into debt trying to appear “en vogue”. Of course, mirrorless cameras had a huge year with a bevy of new offerings from Sony, Canon, and Nikon. And how could we forget about our beloved drones and the foolish operators who ruin it for the rest of us? Fortunately, Alex and I share our thoughts on all of these topics, in addition to sharing our predictions for what we’ll see in 2019! Before I go, I want to take a moment to thank all of you who listen to the show every week, write in to tell me how much you love it, and for being such amazing supporters. 2018 was a bumpy year and we had some hiccups with the show, but I’m more excited than ever about what we’re going to do and I am SO happy to have you along for the ride! Show Notes Woman Lands Herself in $10,000 of Debt Trying to Become ‘Instagram Famous’ [via Fstoppers] These Instagram Followers Got Scammed, and so Can You! [via Fstoppers] Drug Dealers Arrested After Crashing Their Drone in Prison With Footage of Themselves on Memory Card [via Fstoppers] Dumb and Dumber: A Drone Flies Dangerously Close to an A380 During Take Off [via Fstoppers] London Gatwick Airport Shut Down After Drone Sightings [via Fstoppers] What Would Actually Happen If a Drone Hit an Aircraft [via Fstoppers] Why Are We So Surprised By Facebook’s Data Scandals? [via Wired] --- Send in a voice message:
Raise your hand if you’ve paid to attend a photo workshop? Don’t worry. Mine is up there, too. The truth is that investing in a photo workshop can be one of the best investments you can make for yourself. Then again, it can also be one of the worst. The difference largely falls on who is leading the workshop. In some cases, professional photographers can charge a solid chunk of money to attend one of their workshops and, typically, you are paying for that person’s availability, their knowledge, and access to certain locations. When a workshop leader has his or her act together and provides a top-notch experience, the results can be monumental. Similarly, if the workshop leader doesn’t really know what they’re doing, the results can also be… monumental. In both cases, it’s likely that lifelong memories will be formed. One type will be positive and the other… not so much. That’s why I’m so excited to have professional photographer, workshop instructor, and all around great guy, Nick Page join the show. Aside from being a wonderful landscape and travel photographer, Nick has extensive experience leading workshops all over the world. He understands what is involved with coordinating great photo workshops and providing his clients with an excellent experience. If you’ve ever considered attending a photo workshop, you’ll definitely want to listen to this episode. Show Notes Learn more about Nick by visiting his website, Instagram, and YouTube --- Send in a voice message:
I listen to a lot of podcasts that span a multitude of genres including comedy, politics, and, of course, photography. Regardless of the show, there is a common element to my favorite episodes. When the host and guest(s) dive deep with some real stuff—I’m talking about authentic, personal, and raw conversation—that’s when I find myself glued to the speakers. The show could go on for three hours and I’d still be there listening. That’s how I feel about this episode. I’m lucky to be joined by my longtime friend, James Brandon, to discuss not only what led him to become a professional photographer, but what made him realize that he wanted to leave that life behind. I suspect that a lot of what he says may resonate with some of you. It certainly did with me. I hope you enjoy this one! Show Notes Follow James at his website 19 Examples of HDR Done Right by James Brandon [via DPS] --- Send in a voice message:
Oh man, I have been SO excited for this episode! For the past year or two, I’ve been keeping very close tabs on how certain tech companies are leveraging computational photography with their products. Companies like Apple, Google, and Huawei have invested tons into this software technology, all in the name of helping their customers take better photos with their mobile devices. But, computational photography isn’t limited to mobile phone manufacturers. Software companies like Skylum and ON1 have been dipping their toes in the artificial intelligence (AI) pond. But, few software companies who support creatives have invested as much in this area as Adobe. And that’s why I’m so excited to welcome my friend and Adobe Lightroom Product Manager, Josh Haftel to the show. I’ve known Josh for almost a decade and—fun fact—he is the singular person responsible for me being hired by Google. He’s a wonderful guy with both deep and wide knowledge of the photo industry. As I mention in the show, Josh truly is a photographer’s photographer and I had an absolute blast discussing the role of computational photography in the creative process and its impact on photographers. Give the show a listen and let me know your thoughts on this wildly interesting topic in the comments or on social media. Show Notes Follow Josh on Instagram and Twitter Learn more about Adobe Lightroom [via Adobe] Computational Photography Is Ready For Its Close-up [via] Adobe Lightroom leverages computational photography for amazing long exposure results on the iPhone [via Fstoppers] --- Send in a voice message:
Well, isn’t this a nice treat. We’ve got our very first in-studio guest at the No Name Photo Show. Originally, I planned on recording this episode on my own, but after having a great conversation about the value of a photo with my good friend, Dan Hawk, I asked him to join! In this episode, Dan and I return to the topic of Squarespace partnering with Unsplash, first discussed in Episode 43. Because Dan is primarily a commercial photographer, he has some pretty interesting reasons as to why this partnership, and Unsplash’s business model in general, warrant concern. You’re in for a real treat, so listen up and enjoy! Show Notes Learn more about Dan Hawk at his website and follow him on Instagram. Brian refers to a story he wrote detailing the partnership between Squarespace and Unsplash [via Fstoppers] What’s On Your Gear Shelf? Dan: Lume Cube LED Light [via Amazon] Brian: Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm [via Amazon] 525534 --- Send in a voice message:
Well, aren't you a sight for sore eyes? Or... ears. Or... you get it. It has been a spell since our last episode and we promise that there was a good reason for the gap. The good news is that the No Name Photo Show is back on track and we kick off this episode with an update on what the future of the show looks like. We love the audience that we've built since kicking off the show and we seriously hope you are enjoying everything. But don't be a stranger! Let us know what you think about the update. The second half of this episode focuses on a pretty inflammatory bit of news regarding Squarespace and its decision to offer all of its users direct access to Unsplash and its 750,000+ license-free photos. Suffice it to say that a lot of photographers did not take the news very well. So check it all out and enjoy! Show Notes Squarespace announces a partnership with Unsplash [via the Squarespace blog] Unsplash adds their take on the partnership [via Medium] David Hobby kicks things off with his thoughts [via Twitter] Zack Arias interviews Unsplash founder, Mikael Cho [via YouTube] --- Send in a voice message:
Ep. 042: Deeper Pixels

Ep. 042: Deeper Pixels


Ep. 042: Deeper Pixels Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!   Thank you for listening to the No Name Photo Show!   Connect with Brian Matiash and Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @NoNamePhotoShow).   Did we mention SUBSCRIBE?!!! Please? ;)   With the recent Apple announcement of their updated line of iPhones and their deeper pixels, we thought it'd be fun to dive into mobile photography. Ever since Apple, Samsung, and the like began investing serious R&D, Marketing, and PR dollars into that tiny little camera sensor and lens assembly, we've seen a gigantic industry evolve, which spawned even more cottage industries to support it. Whether you agree with it or not, mobile photography is a very real thing. It's not a fad and it's not something we think you should discount so easily. Fortunately, we're joined by David Imel, an experienced and knowledgeable journalist who has covered a multitude of phones and the companies who make them, writing for Android Authority. David joins us to discuss his thoughts on the topic and also shares why he's not quite ready to leave his Fujifilm camera on the shelf for the latest phone in his pocket. Show Notes • The iPhone Xs, Xs Max, and Xr have been announced [via The Verge] • Here's a hot take review of the new iPhone Xs and Xs Max [via The Verge] • Apple illustrates the capabilities of their latest camera sensors [via YouTube] • Google reveals Pixel 3 colors: mint, white, and black [via The Verge]   What's on your gear shelf? David: Fujifilm X-T3 [via Amazon] Brian: Loupedeck+ [via Amazon] Sharky: Dust-off Compressed Gas Duster [via Amazon] --- Send in a voice message:
Ep. 041: Did Ya Hear About That New Camera? Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!   Thank you for listening to the No Name Photo Show!   Connect with Brian Matiash and Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @NoNamePhotoShow).   Did we mention SUBSCRIBE?!!! Please? ;)   August and September have been quite busy months for the camera industry. Whereas we've mostly become accustomed to hearing about new cameras and lenses from Sony, lately it has been Nikon, Canon, and Fujifilm who have been making waves. And you know what? We couldn't be happier! The fact of the matter is that competition is a great thing, especially for consumers. It requires manufacturers to be on their toes by offering innovative products, compete with pricing, and provide users with options. And with Sony cornering the market with full-frame mirrorless cameras for so long, having some real competition has been long overdue. So, we thought that it'd be fun to devote an entire episode to discussing what Canon and Fujifilm have just announced along with putting our ears to the ground around a possible new entrant with Panasonic. These are interesting times to be a photographer, that's for sure! Tweet your questions and topics with #AskNNPS! Show Notes • Canon Unveils the EOS R, Its First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera [via PetaPixel] • Fujifilm Unveils the X-T3 with a 26MP X-Trans Sensor and 4K/60p Video [via PetaPixel]   What's on your gear shelf? Sharky: V-Flat Black/White  [via B&H Photo] Brian: Aputure 120D LED Video Light + Light Dome [via Amazon] --- Send in a voice message:
Ep. 040: The Storm Whisperer Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!   Thank you for listening to the No Name Photo Show!   Connect with Brian Matiash and Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @NoNamePhotoShow).   Did we mention SUBSCRIBE?!!! Please? ;)   Despite all odds, we've made it to our 40th episode and with that, an impossibly difficult-to-pronounce tuple. But, we persevered and are excited to have Mike Olbinski back as guest host! Aside from being a generally great dude, we asked Mike to come back because we wanted to spend an entire episode digging deep into the world of storm chasing photography and there isn't anyone else who we'd rather talk to about it than him. We cover a variety of subjects related to storm chasing, including how to make it into a business, what the competitive landscape of storm chasing looks like, and what is involved with locating and getting to a storm. It felt great to spend the episode focusing on this topic and we're sure you're going to find it as interesting as we did. To whet your appetite for the show, check out a small selection of Mike's storm photos, including this episode's Featured Photo (all used with permission), along with two FB Live videos that Mike shared while on-location at some storms. What's On Your Gear Shelf? Sharky: Tenba Reload SD 9 Card Wallet [via Amazon] Mike: VisibleDust Quasar Plus Sensor Loupe [via Amazon] Brian: DJI Mavic 2 Pro + Fly More Bundle [via Amazon] --- Send in a voice message:
Ep. 039: Zed's Dead, Baby. Zed's Dead. Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!   Thank you for listening to the No Name Photo Show!   Connect with Brian Matiash and Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @NoNamePhotoShow).   Did we mention SUBSCRIBE?!!! Please? ;)   You may have heard about a little camera announcement by a small camera company that rhymes with Mikon. In the off chance that you haven't heard, then all you need to do is listen to this episode. As an added bonus, we're thrilled to welcome Mike Olbinski back to the show! For those who don't remember, Mike was our very first guest back on Episode 10. Between Sharky, who is a Nikon shooter, Mike, a Canon shooter, and me, a Sony shooter, you can be sure that there are plenty of opinions being thrown around. Before you dig in, we want to make sure you take a minute to check out Mike's amazing work at his website. Be sure to take a few minutes to watch Mike's video, Pursuit, which just took Second Place at the Festival Internacional de Time Lapse! Congrats, Mike! Tweet your questions and topics with #AskNNPS! Show Notes • Nikon unveils the new Z-series full-frame mirrorless camera system [via PetaPixel] What's On Your Gear Shelf? Sharky: Hoodman H30MB HoodLoupe Outdoor LCD Viewfinder for 3.0" Screens [via Amazon] Brian: Peak Design Everyday Sling 5L [via Amazon] Mike: Unfortunately, Mike decided to choose a feature of a smartphone camera app and not an actual product. He's a rebel. --- Send in a voice message:
Ep. 038: I, Robot Photographer Subscribe via iTunes, Google Play, email or RSS!   Thank you for listening to the No Name Photo Show!   Connect with Brian Matiash and Sharky James on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (all @NoNamePhotoShow).   Did we mention SUBSCRIBE?!!! Please? ;)   The Skynet Camera Funding Bill is passed. The system goes on-line August 4th, 1997. Human decisions are removed from the creative photographic process. Skynet begins to learn HDR and Luminosity Masking at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware at 2:14 a.m. Eastern time, August 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the SD Card. Well, we've officially reached the point where AI is being used to judge photo contents. It had to happen someday and we welcome our robot overlords. But in all seriousness, building AI systems to serve as a complement to the creative process isn't all that bad! Now, before you grab your monitor and toss it at the wall in a fit of rage, take the time to listen to this episode and hear our take on it. We think it makes sense. While you're at it, let's also talk about whether taking photos of pedestrians' text messages counts as street photography. There's a lot to discuss, so pull up a chair and let's get to it. Show Notes • Is It Okay for Street Photographers to Take Photos of Private Messages? [via PetaPixel • Jeff Mermelstein is a F***ing Anthropologist [via PetaPixel] • Huawei Launches First Photo Contest Co-Judged by a Phone AI [via PetaPixel] • Huawei "Spark a RenAIssance Contest Photo Gallery [via Huawei]   What's On Your Gear Shelf? Sharky: OP/TECH Rain Sleeve (2-Pack) [via Amazon] Brian: Shimoda Explore Accessory Case [via Amazon] --- Send in a voice message:
Download from Google Play
Download from App Store