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Photography Clips

358 EpisodesProduced by Will Moneymaker PhotographyWebsite

What is Photography Clips all about? Each Clip is a short thought that offers my own perspective on various photography, creativity, and artmaking elements. My hope is that these Clips inspire you to examine your own unusual perspectives.

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WM-341: What Is the Next Revolution in Photography?

July 1st, 2022


What form will the next revolution in photography take? I don’t think it will be the tools. I think it will be the art itself. Here are my thoughts.

WM-340: When is the Next Revolution in Photography?

June 10th, 2022


Photography seems to go through revolutions every few decades as new things emerge to shake up the way we do things. When is that next revolution …

WM-339: The Creative Flow

May 20th, 2022

What to do when the creative flow ebbs? Should you force photography or let it slide? The answer depends on many factors—individualism most of all.

WM-338: Making Time for Yourself

May 13th, 2022

There’s a lot of pressure to not only keep up with responsibilities but to keep churning out creative works. Make time for yourself so you can recharge.

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WM-337: Depth vs. Becoming Jaded

April 14th, 2022

Shock value can turn heads—but because we’re all so jaded, the effect doesn’t last long. Enduring images have depth to them.

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WM-336: You See Differently

March 1st, 2022

Viewers can’t see everything that the photographer sees in his or her own images. The art comes from trying to make them see…

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WM-335: Capturing the Wind

February 18th, 2022

Are there ways beyond motion blur and freeze frames to imply a sense of motion? There are—and here are my thoughts on how to use them.

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WM-334: Second Chances

February 10th, 2022

Are there hidden gems among our digital negatives that we’ve overlooked? Perhaps a little more time spent with them—a quick second chance—is needed. Podcast Show Notes: 

WM-333: Fragmented Audiences

February 1st, 2022

Audiences are a tricky beast! Who are these people? On a broad scale, we often categorize our audiences into two groups: Those who look at prints, and those who consume photography digitally. But that is painting with a …

WM-332: Prints Aren’t Going Anywhere

January 26th, 2022


There is a lot of buzz about the death of prints—but they’re not going anywhere soon. Here are my thoughts on why they’re here to stay.

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WM-331: Color Stories

January 12th, 2022


Color can be a powerful storytelling tool if we pause to give it some consideration. Here are my thoughts on wielding color…

WM-330: Changing Tastes

January 4th, 2022

Changing tastes are a fact of life—and that means it’s worthwhile to look at images that you may not have enjoyed before. You might see something new.

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WM-329: Live With It

December 29th, 2021


Welcome back to the Photography Clips podcast. Finding a way to live with your images is a valuable way to learn more about your photography. See how you react to them over time to learn how to improve them…

WM-328: The Creative Process

December 23rd, 2021


How is it that the world’s best photographers can come up with an endless number of amazing ideas? In this episode, I’ll talk about this creative process.

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WM-327: Digital Photography

December 21st, 2021


Digital photography as we know it has only been around for about two decades. In truth, however, its origins go much deeper than that. The 1990s saw …

WM-326: The Unthinking Mind

December 17th, 2021


Our unthinking minds may be sending us signals that we hardly register as we go about life—but we should pay attention to those signals as potential …

WM-325: Discovery or Preparedness

December 16th, 2021


We know that a photography trip is an essential part of the photographer’s lifestyle. It is, in fact, one of the best ways to create art simply because it eliminates distraction. It’s good practice, of course, to have a …

WM-324: Ideas to Inspire Your Wintertime Photography

December 11th, 2021


It’s tempting to pack up the camera and stay home during the winter, but this is a great time of year to take photos. Here are some ideas to get you started.

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WM-323: A New Way to Look at Individuality

December 7th, 2021


One of the most common pieces of photographic wisdom is a piece of wisdom I’ve given out many times myself: To develop your personal photographic …

WM-322: Life is the Source

December 4th, 2021


We spend a lot of time focusing on the single image but truthfully, for a lot of us at least, photography projects are probably a bigger deal than …

WM-321: Old Images, New Perspectives

November 24th, 2021


Life has a way of changing our perspectives. As time goes by, all kinds of things happen. We experience joys, successes, failures, tragedies, we learn new things—and all of it helps us to grow and changes not only how …

WM-320: The Devil Is in the Details

November 17th, 2021

Photographers are. . . by nature. . .  perfectionists. It’s ingrained into us to be highly conscious of every last little detail because sometimes, those details can make or break a photograph. So, we struggle and we …

WM-319: Taking Inspiration in New Ways

November 10th, 2021

Inspiration doesn’t have to come from photography alone. Look for it in all aspects of life and from all kinds of people.

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WM-318: Embracing Change

November 4th, 2021


Change is inevitable in photography. How we handle it is interesting. Here are more of my thoughts on goals, change, and how we may learn about our creativity.

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WM-317: Decluttering: Are You a Photography Packrat?

October 27th, 2021


Photographers collect a lot of stuff over the years, from cameras to prints and negatives. Do we really need to keep it all? Here are my thoughts!

WM-316: Owning Mistakes and Learning From Them

October 20th, 2021


We can blame many things for failed photographs, but the problem usually isn’t outside circumstances. Read more of my thoughts on this here.

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WM-315: Experiential Art

October 13th, 2021


Experiential art is the act of creating art through the lens of our own experience—and it’s a great way to create what hasn’t been done before.

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WM-314: Searching for Meaning

October 6th, 2021

Prioritizing the search for meaning may be the secret to creating insightful images. Listen on to find out more about my thoughts on this…

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WM-313: Active Versus Passive Photography

September 29th, 2021


We can classify photography in any number of ways—and the difference between active and passive photography is one of them. Learn more about these methods here...

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WM-312: The Best Laid Plans

September 22nd, 2021


Adaptability—The ability to be adaptable—is one of the key parts of being a photographer. There are a few different ways to look at this, too. Being flexible can apply to the day-to-day vagaries, to the things that we …

WM-311: Seize the Day

September 15th, 2021


Sometimes creativity is all about having a positive mindset—which can be challenging! Here are my thoughts on maintaining that mindset.

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WM-310: Opportunities are Fleeting

September 9th, 2021


Photographic opportunities can be fleeting. It’s on us to take these opportunities as much as we can so that we don’t miss all that potential.

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WM-309: Experiencing People

September 1st, 2021


Sometimes experiencing people, getting to know them, leads to photographic opportunities. Here are thoughts on how people can inspire...

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WM-308: Content is the Universal Truth

August 25th, 2021


Sometimes we forget that content really is the universal truth—and that leads us to spending too much time on the details. More on my thoughts here.

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WM-307: The Wane of Camera Reviews

August 18th, 2021


With camera reviews on the wane, what will bloggers talk about next? Maybe this is a signal that it’s time to return to the creative side of things.

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WM-306: Is Your Niche Too Narrow?

August 11th, 2021


That old “jack of all trades, master of none” mentality could limit us as photographers. Here are my thoughts on the benefits of broadening your …

WM-305: Unusual Categories

August 4th, 2021


Now here’s a photography clip… Looking for the unusual is what photographers do, and looking for unusual categories can help you create projects. Here are thoughts to help you get started.

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WM-304: Something to Share

July 28th, 2021

Now here’s a photography clip… There are so many ways to share beyond social media, but we sometimes lose sight of that. Here are some ideas to help you share your photography…   Podcast Show Notes:

WM-303: Avoiding Extremes

July 22nd, 2021

Marketers sell flagship cameras because that’s the only way to excite us. But do we need it when less expensive models will suit most needs?   Podcast Show Notes:    …

WM-302: Magic Numbers

July 20th, 2021

Magic numbers are a real thing, though perhaps not in the way that you suppose. Today, I’ll show you how certain numbers will benefit your photographs.   Podcast Show Notes:

WM-301: Not Saving Film Anymore

July 14th, 2021


Once we hang a piece of art, it often remains in place for years. Wouldn’t it be nice to change art often for more variety? Here are some ideas… …

WM-300: Moving Pictures

July 7th, 2021

Once we hang a piece of art, it often remains in place for years. Wouldn’t it be nice to change art often for more variety? Here are some ideas!

WM-299: Organizing the Chaos

July 1st, 2021


The more elements in a photograph, the more difficult it is to organize. But I think it can benefit us to rise to this challenge and organize the …

WM-298: Buried Treasure

June 24th, 2021


Our digital archives have a tendency to gather virtual dust, but they could be filled with buried treasures. Here are my thoughts on unearthing those …

WM-297: Connecting with People

June 22nd, 2021


What is the deeper meaning behind the marketing term, “humanizing your brand?” It means actually being a person in order to make genuine connections.

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WM-296: Make it Special

June 18th, 2021


The true test of photographic skill is to be able to make the extraordinary from the ordinary. Read more about my thoughts on this here.

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WM-295: Maintaining Your Tools

June 15th, 2021


We maintain our equipment, but we sometimes forget about the most important tool of all: Ourselves. Here are my thoughts on good health to promote …

WM-294: Photographing Textures

June 10th, 2021


Texture is an easy thing to overlook in many photographs, but it can make or break an image. Here are my thoughts on how to look at texture.

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WM-293: Goals

June 8th, 2021


Goals are the guideposts that take us along our photographic journey. Let me show you how setting objectives for yourself helps you achieve mastery.

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WM-292: Wandering

June 2nd, 2021


Productivity aside, there is value to be had in the journey. Sometimes simply wandering may be the best thing—and today, I’ll show you why right here on the Photography Clips Podcast…

WM-291: Separating the Art from the Marketing

May 12th, 2021


Art is not about the tools, whatever marketers have to say about it. Look at it from the perspective of a writer and you’ll see what I mean...

WM-290: Clean Edges

May 5th, 2021


The devil is in the details, as they say, and we photographers don’t always notice the little distractions around the edges. Join me today on the Photography Clips Podcast and I’ll share some thoughts on this…

WM-289: What are Your Reasons?

April 29th, 2021


What are your reasons for liking or disliking a photograph? There are many reasons why we make these decisions—and some require more thought than others!

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WM-288: Eye Level Photography

April 21st, 2021


Perspective is one of those crucial elements that can turn something ordinary into something extraordinary. Join me today on the Photography Clips Podcast as I share my thoughts on using perspective well…

WM-287: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone

April 14th, 2021


As a photographer, it’s important to step outside your comfort zone and rise to challenges. That’s the best way to push yourself, learn new things, and grow.

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WM-286: Are We Overlooking the Shadows?

April 6th, 2021


Shadows ... We think of photography as the art of painting with light—but we paint in shadow, too. Here are some thoughts that might give you a new perspective.

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WM-285: Break the Rules

March 22nd, 2021


We need to learn the rules so that we can learn the basics. But once you’ve learned the rules well enough? Then it becomes OK to break them when …

WM-284: Emphasis

March 19th, 2021


Sometimes the emphasis is necessary for photography, but it’s not so easy as adding an exclamation point. Here are thoughts to help you get your point across…

WM-283: What People Say and What They Do

March 17th, 2021


Paying for photography reviews might result in a brief flash of attention. But lasting popularity comes from photographs designed to promote …

WM-282: Does Empathy Make Us Better Photographers?

March 10th, 2021


Empathy may just be one of the largest factors that makes one into a better photographer. Here are my thoughts on how you can channel this into your images…

WM-281: Using Adversity to Your Advantage

March 3rd, 2021


Creating art is no easy feat when adversity strikes. If you can find a way to create anyway, you can channel that adversity into powerful …

WM-280: Art is Timeless

February 24th, 2021


Classical works teach us that art has timeless value—and that includes photography. This is why we spend time with images in order to fully …

WM-279: Cookie Cutter Websites

February 3rd, 2021


It’s easy to create a cookie cutter website with templates. But when art is supposed to be uniquely ours, shouldn’t we display it on unique websites, …

WM-278: Deliberate Mistakes

January 29th, 2021


There are many techniques, like overexposure, that can look like mistakes when they’re not done right. Here’s how to use them so they look purposeful!

WM-277: Photography Every Day

January 20th, 2021


Daily photography is a good habit to form if you can make time for it! It keeps us sharp and increases the odds of making something fantastic.

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WM-276: Thinking in Layers in Your Photography

January 13th, 2021


We’ll talk about the best photographs are the ones with deep layers of meaning. It takes thought to find these layers—and to create images featuring this depth…

WM-275: Shades of Feeling

January 6th, 2021


We often work hard to reproduce reality perfectly—but we’re not bound to do so. There’s value to bending reality if it lends shades of emotion to a photograph.

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WM-274: To Explain or Not to Explain?

December 23rd, 2020


Should photographers offer explanations of their art, or should interpretation be entirely on the viewer? Perhaps the middle ground is the right …

WM-273: Experimentation

December 16th, 2020


Planning is an essential part of the photographer’s routine. But when we can make time for it, experimentation has a lot of benefits to offer us.

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WM-272: One and Only

December 9th, 2020


We all have favorite photographers who influence our work. But ultimately, each of us must grow beyond our role models to create the art only we can …

WM-271: Creative Technology

December 1st, 2020


Is the solution to our limitations to invest in a new piece of gear? Or is it more a matter of finding creative solutions using the equipment we have …

WM-270: Well Intentioned Photographs

November 25th, 2020


There are as many motivations as there are photographers. Question is, are you creating well-intentioned photographs, or creating for another reason?

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WM-269: The Many Benefits of Old Age

November 19th, 2020


We don’t think of old age as having many benefits, but it does! We grow wiser, and through patience or other means, we slow down to observe the world.

WM-268: Personal Aesthetics

November 11th, 2020


There isn’t any accounting for taste, although photographers can try to follow mass appeal. But is this the wise choice instead of following your …

WM-267: Dig Deep

November 4th, 2020


We often give photographs a passing glance when searching for something to study. But is it worthwhile to dig deeper even when images don’t initially grab us?

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WM-266: Time is Valuable

October 27th, 2020


No matter who you ask, every photographer will have a different answer as to what they prize most highly. Today I’ll talk about the most valuable resource of them all.

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WM-265: Blurred Mediums

October 22nd, 2020


Photography is an interesting art in that we blur the lines between mediums more so than most. Today I’ll share my thoughts on this, and you’ll see what I mean!

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WM-264: Shine a Spotlight

October 20th, 2020


Spotlighting is an often-overlooked technique, which is a shame because there are many, many different creative ways to put single light sources to work.

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WM-263: What You Want to Say

October 15th, 2020


Photographers love to tell stories about where, how, and why their photographs were made. And that begs the question, shouldn’t our images speak for …

WM-262: Dealing with the Weather

October 13th, 2020


Weather! It’s one of the biggest struggles any photographer will face. When it doesn’t cooperate, we have to be creative enough to work with what it gives us.

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WM-261: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

October 8th, 2020


It’s exciting to be able to print photographs at extremely large sizes. But is it always necessary? Today I’ll talk about the images that can benefit …

WM-260: Looking in the Mirror

October 6th, 2020


Photography is really a way of projecting our personal perspectives onto the world. That’s what makes each image from every photographer unique.

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WM-259: Training Your Brain

October 1st, 2020


Brain training is a popular fad nowadays, and there are ways to train your creative brain, too! Today I’ll talk about how to activate your brains …

WM-258: We Shouldn’t Generalize… Or Should We?

September 29th, 2020


Generalizing and stereotyping is viewed as a bad thing. But generalizing is a lot of what photographers do. We just need to be conscientious and do …

WM-257: Like Looking in a Mirror

September 24th, 2020


Photography is really a way of projecting our personal perspectives onto the world. That’s what makes each image from every photographer unique.

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WM-256: Bringing Just the Right Amount of Order to Nature

September 17th, 2020


Order or chaos… Those are the two most common ways to approach nature photography. But what is stopping you from experimenting with a balance of both?

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WM-255: What You Can Learn from Other Art Forms

September 15th, 2020


Art forms beyond photography can teach us so much about how to create images. Here are a few examples and some things you can learn from them.

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WM-254: Photography Has No Limits

September 8th, 2020


Where photography is concerned, it truly is possible to create whatever you can imagine. Here are some ways to get your creative ideas flowing...

WM-253: Photography for Yourself

September 3rd, 2020


Are you truly photographing the things you love, or are you unknowingly letting trends guide you? Here are some thoughts to help you find out.

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WM-252: Transcending the Technical

September 1st, 2020


Technical skill helps create a good photograph, but even perfect images can lack meaning. Use these questions to find meaning in every image you create.

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WM-251: Finding Meaning in Your Photography and Focusing on It

August 27th, 2020


Making a powerful image requires the ability to remove unessential information from the frame. Here are some thoughts that will help you achieve …

WM-250: Social Media Addiction and Our Dwindling Creative Time

August 25th, 2020


Social media plays a huge role in our lives these days, and it’s also one of our biggest drains on time. Here are some ways to kick the social media …

WM-249: Prints Going the Way of the Dinosaur?

August 20th, 2020


Will photographic prints eventually go extinct? There are challenges ahead, but they’ll never go out of fashion completely! Here are a few of my thoughts.

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WM-248: The Beauty of a Series

August 18th, 2020


Series projects are a valuable tool, even for photographers that prefer singular images. Here are a few thoughts on why working on collections can be …

WM-247: Finding Your Photographic Method

August 13th, 2020


What kind of photographer are you? There are two different ways to go about it as well as variations in between. Listen on and you’ll see exactly what I mean! … Right Here on the Photography Clips Podcast!

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WM-246: Creative Uses for Zoom Lenses

August 11th, 2020


Why carry around a gear bag full of prime lenses when one or two zoom lenses will give you the same focal range without sacrificing quality?

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WM-245: Content is King

August 6th, 2020


Content is king in photography, but maybe not quite in the way you think. It’s the emotional content that counts, the pieces of ourselves that we pour into it.

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WM-244: Wynn Bullock: The Great Artists

August 4th, 2020


Wynn Bullock was a man of many philosophies, someone who combined learning with art to produce inspired imagery. Learn more about his life and work …

WM-243: Bragging Rights

July 30th, 2020


We sometimes fall into the trap of doing things the hard way just to say that we did. But, viewers rarely get to hear the story of an image’s creation. Listen in as I talk about the biggest questions… we must always ask …

WM-242: The Best Tip to Offer Meaningful Critiques

July 28th, 2020


Critiquing is a difficult process! It’s easy to overlook the photographer’s vision for the image. In today’s episode, I’ll answer this question so …

WM-241: It's OK to Avoid Trends

July 23rd, 2020


Trends are always coming and going. While there is pressure to follow them, ultimately, it’s up to you whether or not to follow whatever is current.

WM-240: Photography Isn’t a Team Sport!

July 21st, 2020


Ok, Cooperation among photographers is wonderful, but when teams form around brands, genres, or other parts of photography, this can limit creative …

WM-239: The Road Never Ends

July 16th, 2020


Once the technical learning is done, that’s when it may feel like the learning is over. But that’s when your photographic journey is just beginning.

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WM-238: Preparing for Any Display

July 14th, 2020


Digital photography is a modern convenience but beyond that, it has also improved art itself. Here are some of the ways we've improved our art with digital!

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WM-237: Photography Isn't Dying!

July 9th, 2020


Is photography dying as an art form? I don’t think so, and here are my arguments against the idea…

WM-236: Personal Expression

July 7th, 2020


How does one create unique art in an age when everything has already been photographed? Listen on for the answer…

WM-235: Don't Count on Second Chances

July 2nd, 2020


Second chances to revisit our favorite places are wonderful. But everything is subject to change, so we can’t take those second chances for granted.

WM-234: The Natural Conclusion

June 30th, 2020


Today, with limitless digital storage, there’s no reason to limit photography projects to just a few images. Pursue a project to its natural conclusion!

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WM-233: Encouraging Discussion on Social Media

June 25th, 2020


Photography is all about thought and reflection. That’s why we should be encouraging discussion on social media rather than simply clicking the like …

WM-232: Anchor Shots in Photography

June 23rd, 2020


Anchor shots… they are the most important part of a series. You never know when you could create a series, so it’s a good idea to make anchor shots a …

WM-231: Why do We Take Photographs?

June 18th, 2020


What are your photographic goals? If you’re having trouble deciding, here are some insights about various goals and what it takes to achieve them!

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WM-230: There is No Quick Trick

June 16th, 2020


Though many articles want you to believe that there are quick fixes to turn subpar images into artwork, the truth is that there is no easy way to make art.

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WM-229: How to Give Constructive Criticism

June 11th, 2020


Giving constructive critique is just as much of a learning experience as receiving critiques. Here are a few tips that will help you give helpful …

WM-228: Ralph Morse: The Great Artists

June 9th, 2020


He was Life Magazine’s most well-known photographer. Not only that, but he was also an adventure photographer, just by the nature of his job. His …

WM-227: How to Take Constructive Criticism

June 5th, 2020


Constructive criticism is a great way to improve your photography, but critiques can be hard to take. Here are some tips to help you get the most from critiques.

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WM-226: Henri Cartier-Bresson: More Than the Decisive Moment

June 2nd, 2020


In this episode, we’re moving past the decisive moment to learn a little bit more about Henri Cartier-Bresson and the lessons he can teach us. Here are a few examples.

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WM-225: Making Connections with Your Viewers

May 29th, 2020


Artmaking is about transmitting information from artists to viewers. Here are some thoughts about how you can more easily make these all-important connections.

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WM-224: W. Eugene Smith: Life and Contributions to Photography

May 26th, 2020


What does it take to tell a meaningful story? Study the life and work of this famous photographer and you'll chance upon some important answers to …

WM-223: Teaching Children the Wonders of Photography, Part 4

May 22nd, 2020


Photography is not something that sets kids apart from their peers, but rather something they can take pride in. Listen on to learn about this vital lesson!

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WM-222: Paul Caponigro: The Great Artists

May 19th, 2020


He was one of the top Master of Landscape Photography in the world. Starting out as a hobbyist as a teenager, he moved to professional ambition by …

WM-221: Teaching Children the Wonders of Photography, Part 3

May 15th, 2020


If you're teaching photography to children, then here are the advanced composition techniques and camera tricks that you'll want to teach them.

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WM-220: Colin Fletcher: The Great Artists

May 12th, 2020


He was the founding father of the modern backpacking movement. He was the first known person to go solo into the wilderness for long periods of time, …

WM-219: Teaching Children the Wonders of Photography, Part 2

May 8th, 2020


Teaching children about photography is fun for both you and the kids. Here are the intermediate lessons that you'll need to teach to young photographers.

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WM-218: Josef Sudek: The Great Artists

May 5th, 2020


Josef Sudek was a famous Czech photographer who is best known for his haunting photographs of Nazi-occupied and post-war Prague. Wounded as a soldier …

WM-217: Teaching Children the Wonders of Photography: Part 1

May 1st, 2020


Are you wondering how to go about teaching photography to a child? I'll make it easy for you to teach children all about the art of photography in this episode.

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WM-216: Richard Avedon: The Great Artists

April 28th, 2020


We can learn a lot from the life and times of this famous photographer. Dozens of things though the most important lessons deal with the way he approached portraiture…

WM-215: Harry Benson: The Great Artists

April 24th, 2020


Harry Benson is the most famous pop culture photographer of modern times, and possibly the most famous cultural photographer, as well. He has …

WM-214: Lewis Carroll: The Great Artists

April 21st, 2020


Lewis Carroll, whose real name was Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, was the 3rd of 11 children, a writer, teacher, photographer, mathematician, logician, …

WM-213: Galen Rowell: The Great Artists

April 17th, 2020


Galen Rowell was a famous nature and outdoor adventure photographer, as well as an accomplished mountaineer. An avid mountain climber from a young age, he turned this love into a remarkable career in photography and …

WM-212: Paying Attention in the Age of Distractions

April 14th, 2020


Distractions can be a drain on creativity, and they’re all around us. Here are some ways to minimize distractions so that you can focus on photography!

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WM-211: Edward Henry Weston: The Great Artists

April 10th, 2020


He was a famous 20th century photographer who was known for his pioneering work in high detail photography. His personal life was tempestuous, as …

WM-210: Exercising Your Creative Muscles

April 7th, 2020


The mind, just like the body, needs exercise to stay sharp and fit. Fortunately, there are lots of great ways for photographers to exercise their creativity!

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WM-209: Ansel Adams: The Great Artists

April 3rd, 2020


Ansel Adams is a well-known name in photography, but how much is known about the man himself? He is America’s best known black-and-white nature photographer, a passionate conservationist, and even had a strong talent …

WM-208: Getting Children Engaged in Photography

March 31st, 2020


What are some ways to get a child interested in photography? There are lots of things you can try to build a kid’s interest. Here are my favorite suggestions!

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WM-207: Finding Inspiration

March 27th, 2020


What is it that has moved you to create photographs in the past? Can you repeat the experience? Here are some thoughts to help you find sources of inspiration.

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WM-206: Margaret Bourke-White

March 24th, 2020


She was one of America’s first documentary photographers and the very first American female war correspondent. In this position, she took some truly …

WM-205: Engaging Senses

March 20th, 2020


Photography is purely a visual experience. However, there are ways to evoke the other senses, which will make for a richer, fuller viewing experience.

WM-204: Joys of Photography Magazines

March 17th, 2020


Online photography viewing can be problematic. Photography magazines are one way to expose yourself to new art in a setting that invites you to linger.

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WM-203: Patience is a Virtue

March 13th, 2020


Patience is not only a virtue among photographers, but a requirement. No matter how frustrating things become, keep searching for creative opportunities!

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WM-202: Ignore the Hype and Choose What Fits

March 10th, 2020


Hype and negativity can lead you astray when shopping for new gear. Don’t let these things stop you from buying what works best for your needs!

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WM-201: Working Around Limitations

March 6th, 2020


Photography is full of limitations. It’s our job to find ways to work around them rather than allowing ourselves to be limited by the tools at our …

WM-200: Are Second Takes Better?

March 3rd, 2020


Photographers are always striving to create something new. But we shouldn’t discount the value that comes with the occasional second take...

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WM-199: Activating Your Creative Side in Your Photography

February 28th, 2020


Our creative side doesn’t always awake immediately. Sometimes it just takes patience. Here are thoughts to prevent discouragement while you wait.

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WM-198: Is Video the New Burst Mode in Photography?

February 25th, 2020


Can video take the place of burst mode? Perhaps, depending on what you plan to do with the images — and almost certainly in the future as technology …

WM:197: Anticipation and Your Reputation in Photography

February 21st, 2020


Building buzz around a photo project before it is completed could be harmful to your reputation. Here are my thoughts on social media for …

WM-196: What You Think and Feel About Photography

February 18th, 2020


Photographers so often believe that new and unusual locales are the secret to success. But art comes from within, not necessarily your surroundings.

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WM-195: Take Advantage of Atmosphere in Your Photography

February 14th, 2020


Atmosphere is important to photography, but not in the way that you think. This is what shifts your thoughts and feelings to align best with your surroundings.

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WM-194: Breathing Life into Portraits

February 12th, 2020


Portraits are often static, like a still-life, featuring neutral looks. But they don’t have to be. Get your subject animated to add life to your portraits!

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WM-193: The Ideal is Undependable

February 7th, 2020


The dream is to display our images under ideal conditions. This isn’t always possible, so we need to design photographs to hold beauty no matter what.

WM-192: What Do You Want From Photography?

February 4th, 2020


It’s important to ask ourselves what we want from photography. When we can answer that question, we know what course to take toward the future.

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WM-191: What is a Megapixel?

January 29th, 2020


What’s all the buzz about megapixels? Here are some thoughts to clear up the confusion so you can decide whether your camera needs more megapixels.

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WM-190: Revisiting Old Stomping Grounds

January 22nd, 2020


Those familiar places you’ve frequented with a camera in hand don’t have to be boring. If you’re willing to look, there are always new photographs to …

WM-189: Sometimes It's All About the Setting

January 15th, 2020


There are all kinds of ways to find subjects for photography. Sometimes the best way is to start with the setting, let life happen, and see what comes of it.

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WM-188: Doing a Double Take

January 8th, 2020


Online culture has taught us to flip through images quickly. But the good images are worth a double-take. Too, we should create images with this in …

WM-187: Your Photographic Fingerprint

January 1st, 2020


Are you afraid to tread the same ground other photographers have walked? No need to worry because your photographic fingerprint sets your images apart.

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WM-186: There's No Shame in Versatility

December 25th, 2019


Photographers tend to steer clear of labeling themselves as generalists. But could specialization prove limiting? Here are some of my thoughts on …

WM-185: Open Yourself to Possibilities

December 18th, 2019


Worries about choosing the right place to take a photographic trip are common, but they shouldn’t be! Everywhere has something worth photographing.

WM-184: Persistence is the Secret to Success

December 13th, 2019


It’s not gear or exotic destinations that make us successful photographers. It’s the persistence to keep going out into the field, taking photographs …

WM-183: Re-prioritizing Today Over Tomorrow

December 4th, 2019


Is it possible that we spend too much time mulling the future instead of creating today? Here are some thoughts about balancing creativity with …

WM-182: Time for Observation

November 27th, 2019


There are lots of quick creative workouts you can do daily to keep your mind in shape. Try this simple workout to help keep your creative mind at its sharpest.

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WM-181: Creative Control in the Digital Age

November 20th, 2019


The digital age comes with a loss of creative control when it comes to displaying our photographs. These quick thoughts might help you remedy that …

WM-180: What You Think About

November 13th, 2019


Think more creatively, become more creative? It works, I think! Here are some thoughts on how creative thought can make you a better photographer.

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WM-179: Should Print Size be Based on Subject Material?

November 6th, 2019


There are lots of ways to choose print sizes. Perhaps one important consideration should be different composition types and how we tend to view them.

WM-178: The Hidden Costs of Photography

October 30th, 2019


What are the hidden costs of photography? There are lots, and they’re lurking where you least expect them! Here are some thoughts to help you find them.

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WM-177: Broadening Your Horizons

October 16th, 2019


Is it possible to create a photograph that doesn’t fit into any genre? Maybe, maybe not, but the pursuit of such an image could be worthwhile.

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WM-176: Does Distance Make the Heart Grow Fonder?

October 9th, 2019


Could zooming way in or zooming way out be a solution to those unproductive days in the field? Here’s a quick thought to help you make the most of …

WM-175: Failure in Your Photography is Actually Success

October 2nd, 2019


Failure is part of being a photographer, and sometimes looking at digital negatives feels like failure. We must remember that they’re actually successes.

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WM-174: Forget about Gear In Your Photography

September 25th, 2019


Is it the gear that makes art? Or is it the photographer’s creative skill? It’s time to forget about the gear and instead, focus on the mind that wields it.

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WM-173: Feeling What You Photograph

September 21st, 2019


Is it possible that we can apply the lessons of musicians to photography? Here’s a quick thought to help you add emotion to your photographs.

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WM-172: Making Photography a Daily Habit

September 18th, 2019


It’s tough to take photos every day, but there are lots of little ways you can work photography into a busy life. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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WM-171: The "Why, Not How" in Your Photography

September 11th, 2019


Today we'll talk about the photographer, the challenge in producing an image may seem like an important aspect. However, to viewers, content, and meaning is what really matters. Right here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-170: When You Know Enough About the Rules to Break Them

September 4th, 2019


Sometimes, breaking rules better serves a photograph. Experienced photographers know that the rules are best followed most of the time, but not …

WM-169: Arguments in Favor of Automatic Shooting Modes in Your Photography

August 28th, 2019


Photography is about control, which is how we create perfect images. Today, I’ll talk about automatic camera functions and how they can free your …

WM-168: Photography Experimentation in the Age of Digital

August 21st, 2019


One holdover from the days of film is our tendency to take fewer photos. Join me today as we look into the digital age… we now have a lot more leeway …

WM-167: Random Acts of Photography

August 14th, 2019


Random acts of photography are a great way to jumpstart your creativity and see things in new ways. Join me today as we check out new ideas to randomize your photo forays… Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-166: Physical Versus Ephemeral: Photography as a Hybrid Medium

August 8th, 2019


With the boom in digital imagery, will physical prints fade into obscurity? Or is the reverse true? Join me today, as I talk about the value of prints versus digital files… Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-165: Support Conservation Efforts with Your Photography

July 31st, 2019


In today’s episode let’s talk about how you can use your camera to take photos to support a good cause. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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WM-164: Reality Versus Fantasy in Photography

July 25th, 2019


Does realism have an advantage over the fantastical in photography? Both forms of art are valid, and each has its own value to photographers and viewers.  Let’s broaden this discussion to learn the value of both styles.

WM-163: The Platypod: An Alternative to Bulky Tripods

July 17th, 2019


Are you looking for an alternative to big, bulky tripods? This nifty little compact gadget that may be exactly what you need. Join me today as I …

WM-162: Exploring the Beauty of Floral Photography

July 3rd, 2019


With the right gear and ideas, flower photography can be a lot of fun! Here are a few thoughts that will help you get beautiful floral photographs. …

WM-161: A Guide to Publishing Photo Books

July 3rd, 2019


Should you publish a photography book? For some photographers, this may be the answer. I’ll give an overview of the things you’ll need to know to …

WM-160: Photography is About Relationships, not Subjects

June 19th, 2019


We’re taught that the subject is the important part of an image, but the relationships between subjects and other elements are what makes photos interesting.  Let’s take a look at some of the most common types of …

WM-159: Practice Using the Artistic Study

June 13th, 2019


Artists have used the artistic study for centuries to hone their skills in preparation for a completed work. Find out why photographers should use …

PC-017: ISO - A Balancing Act

June 10th, 2019


There are many different ways to approach your ISO setting. In rare cases, some photographers will deliberately use high ISO settings to achieve an …

WM-158: Avoid Becoming the Jaded Photographer

June 5th, 2019


What does it mean for a photographer to be jaded? It’s a problem that hampers creativity, but the fix is easy. Continue listening as we find that joy again… Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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PC-016: The Problem with ISO

June 3rd, 2019


The problem with ISO – in both film and digital photography – is that the higher you go, the more “grain” or “noise” the final image will have. In film, this is caused by larger grains of silver halide becoming more …

WM-157: The Dangers of Interrupting a Creative

May 29th, 2019


“Whatcha doing?”

That’s all it takes. If you do any kind of creative work, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. It’s those interruptions that break into whatever it is that you happen to be in deep thought …

PC-015: What is ISO?

May 27th, 2019


If you think of exposure like a triangle, shutter speed and aperture are two points on that triangle. ISO is the third – and least understood – point. Throughout history, ISO has been called by many names – ASA, GE, DIN …

PC-014: Zoo Photography: Take the Right Lenses

May 24th, 2019


If you plan to spend the whole day at the zoo, you probably don’t want to lug around a large equipment bag. You’ll need two things from your lenses: …

WM-156: Physical Wellness as it Relates to Creative Wellness

May 22nd, 2019


It’s a universal truth: In order to be at your creative best, you need to be at your physical best. It’s something that I’ve heard across so many mediums. Everyone from photographers to writers say that they’re more …

PC-013: Zoo Photography: Choose the Right Day and Time

May 20th, 2019


The biggest mistake that some photographers make is going to the zoo on a weekend, during the middle of the day. If you pick the wrong time to go, you’ll spend an undue amount of time-fighting crowds to take photos of …

WM-155: Letting Art Happen

May 15th, 2019


Art always seems like such a planned event. It’s a production. We think about our ideas, we jot them down, we plan and plan for how we can take the perfect photograph. Then comes the day when we actually set out to take …

WM-154: Technology is Just a Tool

May 8th, 2019


Discussion of good images and bad often led to talks about gear. Gear isn’t what makes the image. It’s just a tool. Join me today as I talk about the …

PC-012: Revisiting Old Subjects in Your Photography

May 6th, 2019


Our archives aren’t the only things we should be looking at. Consider some of the subjects you photographed in those early years. I know that the …

PC-011: Going Through Your Archives

May 3rd, 2019


There are several good reasons to revisit your archives from time to time. For one thing, your archives serve as a record that tracks the progression of your skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to see how your …

WM-153: Finding Ways Around Physical Limitations in Your Photography

May 1st, 2019


Discussion of good images and bad often led to talks about gear. Gear isn’t what makes the image. It’s just a tool. Join me the next time as I talk …

PC-010: Looking at Your Old Images with a Fresh Perspective

April 29th, 2019


As photographers, we are on a never-ending quest to create something new and unusual. After so many years of taking photos, you more than likely have terabytes of archived raw files or boxes upon boxes of negatives – …

PC-009: The Emotional Impact in Your Photography

April 26th, 2019


Once you’ve judged your image for technical and artistic quality, the final step is to evaluate the photo’s emotional impact. First, ask yourself: Will other people find something of emotional value in this image? For …

WM-152: The Photographer's Voice

April 24th, 2019


What is the photographer’s voice? And more importantly, what does it mean to express that voice? In today’s episode, share a short essay that I wrote …

PC-008: Looking at Your Photography Work with Fresh Eyes

April 23rd, 2019


To critique your own work, you first need to develop a system for looking at your work from a fresh perspective. I usually find that the best way to do this is to simply walk away from the computer. Leave your images …

WM-151: Tips for Planning a Photography Project

April 17th, 2019


Photography projects are a lot of work, often spanning weeks, months or years to complete. And, you’ll find lots of tips on how to plan and structure your project — the gear that you’ll need, the list of shots that you …

WM-150: Working with the Ideas You’ve Already Had

April 10th, 2019


We all have lots of old ideas laying around in the form of handwritten notes or archives. Today, I’ll share some thoughts that may help you use some …

PC-007: The High Cost of Prints

April 9th, 2019


If you’ve ever been to mid-range or high-end galleries, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. The cost of a photographic print is sometimes astronomical, unaffordable to all but the wealthiest people. …

WM-149: The Rookery: The Great Artists: Frank Lloyd Wright

April 3rd, 2019


The Rookery is one of the most recognizable office buildings in Chicago, and for good reason. Join me today as we look at this beautiful building and …

PC-006: Get to Know Your Subject

March 29th, 2019


Seeing something new in a subject that has been photographed thousands of times takes an incredible depth of knowledge about that subject. Let’s say that you’re in the woods, and you’ve found a rushing stream that you’d …

WM-148: What is the Value of Prints?

March 27th, 2019


How valuable is the print in today’s world of digital devices and online photo sharing? That is a question I’ll tackle in today’s episode.

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PC-005: Developing Your Eye

March 25th, 2019


The first step is to look at art – lots of it. Don’t limit yourself to specific genres, subjects or time periods. Look at antique daguerreotypes and …

PC-004: Seeing Things New

March 22nd, 2019


You’ll often hear this philosophy by another name: the photographer’s eye. And, indeed, there is a book of the same name by John Szarkowski that uses examples of history’s most famous photographs to teach and inspire …

WM-147: 4 Ways to Put Yourself into a Creative Mindset

March 20th, 2019


When you’re not in the mood to be creative, how can you change your mindset? It isn’t always easy to capture that mindset… Today, I’ll share a few suggestions to help you!

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PC-003: Always Shoot in Manual Mode

March 18th, 2019


If photography instructors could disable things like aperture priority, shutter priority and fully automatic modes on their students’ cameras, they …

PC-002: Balancing Exposure

March 15th, 2019


New photographers are also taught to avoid inky shadows and blown highlights. According to this rule, the image’s histogram should stay relatively …

WM-146: 5 Unusual Sources of Inspiration

March 13th, 2019


Sometimes you run low not only on inspiration but also on places to search for inspiration. If that sounds like you, join me today where I’ll give you some ideas that may help!

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WM-145: The True Meaning of Originality

March 6th, 2019


In this day and age of Google Image Search and photographic travel guides, what does it truly mean to be original? Let’s get together in today’s …

PC-001: The Rule of Thirds

March 4th, 2019


For a beginning photographer, the natural tendency is to place all subjects in the center of the frame. That’s why we teach the Rule of Thirds – it …

WM-144: Buying a New Camera — Without the Stress

February 27th, 2019


There’s a lot of stress involved in buying a new camera. How do you make the choice easier? Join me next time, and I’ll share my thoughts that may …

WM-143: Reasons to Revisit the Past in Your Photography

February 20th, 2019


There may be many hidden gems buried within your own personal photographic past. Today, let’s take a look at reasons why you might want to revisit the past — and what you may gain from doing so!  Right Here on the Will …

WM-142: Literary Conflict as Inspiration

February 20th, 2019


Literary conflict is what makes classic literature stand the test of time, but it can also be applied to photography. Today, I’ll give you some ideas to inspire you...  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-141: When Expectations Don’t Meet Reality

February 13th, 2019


What is a photographer to do when his expectations don’t match the reality of a thing? Often, the problem is one of context. Here are some of my thoughts… Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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WM-140: The Double Lives of Photographers

February 6th, 2019


How can you get more creative work done without separating your personal life from your photographic life? Here are some ideas that can help you blend the two... Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

WM-139: What Makes a Photograph Powerful?

January 31st, 2019


What is it that makes photographs powerful? We can see from history that it isn't technical limitations. Here are some thoughts on what gives an …

WM-138: Thoughts on Perfection and Reality TV

January 23rd, 2019


How can we apply reality TV to photography? The answer is in the imperfections that make this genre seem real. Today we’ll learn that perhaps these flaws are needed to add character… Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-137: Choosing Your New Camera

January 16th, 2019


Purchasing a new camera isn't easy. It almost always means making some compromises or tradeoffs. Here are thoughts on how to make the right choice for you… Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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WM-136: The Devil Is in the Details

January 9th, 2019


There are times when the pursuit of technical perfection overshadows the creative side of photography. If perfectionism bogs you down, these thoughts may help... Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

WM-135: Networking with Your Fellow Photographers

January 2nd, 2019


Networking isn't always easy for photographers but there are a few ways to go about it. Today I’ll share some creative ways to make a few new photographer friends.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

WM-134: Making Goals: Planning for the Short, Medium and Long Terms

December 26th, 2018


Goals: We've all got them. And we all struggle with achieving them. Here are a few thoughts that may help you to organize your goals and complete them… Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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WM-133: Answering the Question: What is Your Best Work?

December 19th, 2018


What is your best work? How does one answer such a question? There will be as many answers as there are viewers. Listen in and I’ll share some of my thoughts on the matter! Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-132: The Great Artists: Diane Nemerov Arbus

December 12th, 2018


Diane Nemerov Arbus was a famous American photographer whose work with those with physical deformities and intellectual disabilities was pioneering in the photography world. She also pioneered a unique method of doing …

WM-131: The Arguments in Favor of Streamlining

December 5th, 2018


We spend a lot of time talking about the time it takes to create art. Are there ways to streamline the process? Today, I’ll share some of my thoughts on the matter!  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

WM-130: Finding the Proper Cook Time in Photography

November 28th, 2018


In photography, there is this idea of letting images stew. Let's take this cooking analogy further in today’s episode to learn more about how long the creative process may take.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-129: Should Artificial Intelligence Judge Art?

November 21st, 2018


With the announcement of Google's NIMA, there is a lot of buzz about artificial intelligence judging art. Can artificial intelligence define art? And if it does, what does this mean for artists?  Learn more in today’s …

WM-128: Using the Science of Journalism to Focus Your Photography

November 14th, 2018


Can the 5W1H of journalism be employed in photography? They can -- and I’ll give you six questions on today’s episode that you'll need to ask yourself!

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WM-127: The Beauty of Brevity

November 6th, 2018


Brevity in photography is not something commonly associated with photography, but thinking in terms of streamlining can help you to focus on the things that really matter. Join me today and I’ll show you some examples …

WM-126: The Great Artists: Dorothea Lange

November 1st, 2018


Dorothea Lange was one of the best-known photographers of the Great Depression. Many of her images have become iconic of the Depression era. She also did work photographing Japanese Americans being sent to camps during …

WM-125: Artspeak vs. Meaningful Conversation

October 24th, 2018


What is artspeak? Artspeak, while at times valuable, is something that doesn't satisfy creativity. In today’s episode, I’ll share my thoughts about starting deep conversations.

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WM-124: Striking Similarities Between Writing and Photography

October 10th, 2018


Though they are two very different art forms, there are similarities between writing and photography. A look into some of these similarities may hold …

The Photo Essay: Lessons from Videography

October 3rd, 2018


Photo essays can be stressful because the photography worries that he or she may miss something important. Today, I’ll talk about creating a shot …

Motivational Tricks to Increase Your Productivity

September 26th, 2018


It isn't always easy to motivate yourself to take photographs, especially when you have a list of excuses! Join me today as I share some motivational tricks that can help you.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

Photography Is Your Life

September 19th, 2018


Photography is a devotion, but it is also a record of ideas unique to your life. Today, I’ll give you some insights on capturing the thoughts and feelings unique to you.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

Understanding White Balance

September 12th, 2018


What is the ideal white balance for a photograph?  Stay tuned for the answer . . . Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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Snapshots as a Starting Point

September 5th, 2018


Join me today as we learn that snapshots taken while wandering aimlessly seem like they have little value. I would argue that these resources are …

Differences in Photographic and Public Perception

August 29th, 2018


On today’s episode, we’ll talk about the big difference in how the public views photographs and how photographers see them. Knowledge and insight might be the key to help bridge that gap. Right Here on the Will …

Potential Solutions for Struggling Museums and Galleries

August 22nd, 2018


When people are tightening the belt everywhere and funding for the arts is being cut, how are museums and galleries to survive? On today’s episode, …

Art is a Journey on a Winding Road

August 15th, 2018


Art is a journey, one that takes us down many twists and turns, with many ups and downs along the way. Today, I’ll show you how to use each bump in the road as a source of inspiration!

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Waterfalls of Virginia & West Virginia: Travel Guide and Art Book in One

August 8th, 2018


There is something special about visiting and photographing a waterfall. Instead, I should say, there are a lot of extraordinary things about …

The Modern Photographer: A Master of Many Trades

August 1st, 2018


The skills that photographers need today are entirely different from that of yesteryear. Today, I’ll talk about the essential modern skills that most photographers will need.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

The Art of Waiting

July 25th, 2018


Join me today, and I'll talk about "us" as a photographer… the many reasons that we find ourselves waiting for that perfect shot.  Perhaps it is time to turn those wait times into a creative exercise!

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Learning to See Light

July 18th, 2018


Photography is the art of painting with light. It is essential to learn how to see the light to create effective images.  On today’s episode, I’ll …

How Digital Photography Has Improved Art

July 11th, 2018


Digital photography is a modern convenience but beyond that, it has also improved art itself. On today’s episode, I’ll talk about some of the ways we've improved our art with digital! Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

How to Have Productive Photo Trips with Your Photographer Friends

July 4th, 2018


Photo trips with friends is a rewarding activity but one that can come with its share of frustrations. On today’s episode, I’ll give you a few tips to plan for your next outing with friends!  Right Here on the Will …

Making Personal Art Accessible for Everyone

June 27th, 2018


Art, because it is the product of the artist's mind, is inherently personal. Today I’ll share some thoughts on how you can make your art accessible to a wider audience.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-108: Distortion of the Mind's Eye

June 20th, 2018


The mind has a strange way of distorting images according to the way you experienced the production of those images. In today’s episode, we’ll try an exercise to see what I mean! Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-107: The History of Macro Photography

June 13th, 2018


How was macro photography developed? It is a genre that is older than you might think, beginning with photomicrography. Today I’ll have the answers …

Wm-106: Photographers Make Their Own Opportunities

June 6th, 2018


Today I’ll talk about how easy it is to fall into a rut where you find yourself waiting for the next photographic opportunity. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

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WM-105: Photography is Potential

May 30th, 2018


Does every image in a collection of RAW files have the potential to become art? Today I’ll share some insights as to how you can make assets realize …

WM-104: Overcoming a Lack of Confidence in Your Photography

May 23rd, 2018


It is easy in the world of art to fall victim to a lack of confidence for one reason or another. Today, I’ll give you some tips to help you build confidence and move forward. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-103: The Many Problems with Social Media

May 16th, 2018


Is social media the right way to share images with your audience? It can be a valuable tool, but it also comes with problems that I’ll outline today. …

WM-102: A Brief History of the Photographic Lens

May 9th, 2018


Have you ever wondered how the camera lens was developed? Turns out, the lens has an even longer history than the camera itself. Join me today and I’ll answer that question and more.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-101: Why Spontaneity Doesn’t Work

May 2nd, 2018


Fine art photography isn't a spur of the moment activity. There is a lot of waiting and thinking. Today, I’ll give you the times in the process that I like to wait. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

WM-100: Overcoming Assumptions

April 25th, 2018


Few things fray the nerves of a photographer like the assumptions people make about the profession. I’ll give you some questions you've doubtless heard from people before... Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-099: Connecting Instead of Observing

April 18th, 2018


Photographers, in order to create effective images, need to connect with their subjects rather than simply observing. On today’s episode, I’ll share some ways you can achieve this. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-098: Is It Art or Just a Gimmick?

April 11th, 2018


On today’s episode, I’ll talk about how can one tell the difference between art and work that relies on a gimmick to be noticeable. This isn't always an easy task.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

AF-097: Analyzing the Abstract

April 4th, 2018


Why isn't abstract photography more popular? It's complicated, with many reasons why the genre is maligned. Join me today, I'll share with you my …

WM-096: Never Stop Experimenting

March 28th, 2018


Experimentation is vital, it is the reason why we have so many tools at our disposal. On today’s episode, I'll show you how that enterprising spirit …

WM-095: Change is Good

March 21st, 2018


Change can be hard. It is tough to learn new things, break old habits, move forward. But it’s essential to photography. On today’s episode, I’ll give …

WM-094: How Stephen King's Methodology Applies to Photography

March 14th, 2018


Stephen King's "On Writing" is a valuable resource for any creative person, not just writers. On today's episode, I'll give you some of the things photographers can learn from this resource. Right Here on the Will …

WM-093: Determination is the Key to Everything

March 7th, 2018


Today I’ll talk about why people often think that photography is easy…  you and I know that it isn't... In order to be successful, the one thing you …

WM-092: Understanding the Human Eye

February 28th, 2018


The human eye does not look at the world the same way that a camera does. To design effective images, you'll need to understand how the eye sees. Join me today as we talk about how to keep the human eye in mind when you …

WM-091: Insights in the Way Painters Began Using Light

February 21st, 2018


Many of the most powerful lessons that photographers learn come from history's greatest artists. Join me today as we learn how the Renaissance …

WM-090: Exploring Photojournalism

February 14th, 2018


What does it mean to be a photojournalist? It isn't as simple as the dictionary definition of the word. Today I’ll give you some of the things you need to know about this exciting profession.  Right Here on the Will …

WM-089: A Quick Lesson in the History of Flash Photography

February 7th, 2018


Flashes were once a dangerous tool that only the most devoted photographers used to illuminate images. Today I'll show you how flashes have evolved.  …

WM-088: A Primer in the History and Use of HDR Photography

January 31st, 2018


Today we ask the question, What is the history of HDR photography? It's older than you think -- and this type of photography also has more uses than …

WM-087: Where Art and Philosophy Meet: Should Art Be Interpretive?

January 24th, 2018


How do you create photographs that have impact? Powerful photography is built on a strong foundation of your views and philosophies. Learn more …

WM-086: Advanced Concepts in Landscape Photography

January 17th, 2018


How can you take your landscape photography to the next level? Today I'll show you some advanced concepts that will help you bring your landscapes to life.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.  

WM-085: Understanding the Effective Black and White Image

January 10th, 2018


What makes a black and white image effective? Today I'll show you the details that you will need to watch carefully, including tonal range, textures …

WM-084: How to Create Beautiful Architectural Photography

January 3rd, 2018


Architectural photography, inside or out, poses a unique set of challenges. Today I’ll give you some tips that you can use to create beautiful …

WM-083: Which Lenses Belong in Your Kit?

December 27th, 2017


If you're a budding photographer, you are probably already looking at new lenses. Today I'll show you which lenses to buy… and when you should buy …

WM-082: How to Give Photographs as Gifts

December 20th, 2017


Should you give a piece of fine art photography as a gift? It isn't always the best idea since tastes differ.   Today, I’ll show you why giving …

WM-081: The Importance of Scheduling to Beat Inertia

December 13th, 2017


How do you get more done when it comes to photography? Join me today and I’ll help you build a schedule so that you can avoid inertia. Right Here on …

WM-080: On Writing and Photography

December 6th, 2017


What kinds of writing will a photographer need to do? And, is it important that photographers write creative essays? On today’s episode, let me give you a few thoughts to help you to decide.  Right Here on the Will …

WM-079: The Many Meanings of Perspective

November 29th, 2017


Today we’ll ask the question… What does perspective mean to a photographer? It can mean several different things, each of which is a vital tool for …

WM-078: Capturing the Moment

November 22nd, 2017


How do you capture the perfect moment in a photograph? Join me today as we learn that it isn't about relying on your camera's burst mode, but about waiting until the moment is right.  Right Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-077: Mathew Brady: Photographing the Civil War

November 15th, 2017


On the today’s episode, I’ll talk about the photography of Mathew Brady, have you ever heard of him? If not, he is a name you will want to look into. Because of him and his photographs, we know what the Civil War looked …

WM-076: Marketing Photography: The Dream Versus Reality

November 8th, 2017


It is not easy to make a living as a fine art photographer but it can be done, especially if you are willing to turn your photography into a business.  Join me today as we talk about this serious venture.  Right Here on …

WM-075: Defining Traditional, Modern and Postmodern Photography

November 1st, 2017


Though its history, photography has undergone three distinct artistic phases. On today’s episode, you'll learn about those three phases and what makes them important. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-074: Culture, Permission and Photography

October 25th, 2017


Is it always necessary to ask permission to take a photo? Not always, but sometimes cultural norms will dictate whether permission is necessary. Join …

: Gear That Isn't Related to Your Camera, But That You Should Carry Anyway

October 18th, 2017


We're so used to thinking about what camera gear we will take on photo trips that sometimes we forget the non-camera necessities like the ones I’ll list today. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

: Lessons that Creative People Can Teach You

October 11th, 2017


What can you learn by looking at the creative process of others? Quite a lot, actually! Today, I’ll give you a few famous examples to illustrate what you can learn. Right Here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

WM-071: Reminiscing About Film

October 4th, 2017


It doesn't feel like it was very long ago, but film is now considered outdated. Join me today as we reminisce about those old . . . familiar …

WM-070: The Use of Symbolism in Photography

September 27th, 2017


Symbolism is perhaps the most important way to instill meaning in photographs. Today, I'll discuss historical and modern symbols in fine art of all …

WM-069: Must Photos Always be Rectangular?

September 20th, 2017


Why is it that photographs are almost always rectangular, or at the very least, square? Let's explore this convention and see other shapes that can …

WM-068: Should You Stick to Your Genre or Branch Out?

September 13th, 2017


What is the best way to learn new skills and improve your craft? On today’s episode, I’ll talk about for some, the answer might be to focus on one thing, but I think the answer is diversity. 

WM-067: The Best Camera is the Camera that Works with You

September 6th, 2017


It isn't always easy to choose a camera that doesn't hinder you in any way. Let me show you some of the things to think about as you pick out a new camera. Right here on the Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

WM-066: The Barriers that Stop Us from Enjoying Art

August 30th, 2017


There are many things that stop us from purchasing or printing photographs for our homes. On today’s episode, I'll show you how to move past these barriers! Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

WM-065: How the Right Tones Effect Your Photographs

August 23rd, 2017


We spend a lot of time thinking about composition, lighting and other factors. However, the tone of your images is equally important, as you'll see on today’s episode. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-064: Photography Books That Will Inspire You

August 16th, 2017


There is a wealth of photography books out there that are useful for photographers at every stage. On today’s episode, I’ll show you some of the …

WM-063: Thoughts on Contrast in Art and Photography

August 9th, 2017


On today’s episode, I’ll talk about why we spend a lot of time considering color and lighting contrasts. Contrasts in theme and action, however, may …

WM-062: An Honest Look at ARAT Photography

August 2nd, 2017


Many photographers look down on ARAT photography. On today’s episode, I'll show you why we need to discard the notion that something is too common to photograph. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

WM-061: Old Car City: When Nature and Old Cars Collide, It Makes Something Beautiful

July 26th, 2017


Have you heard of Old Car City? It is a museum that is well worth exploring. Entirely unique, it mixes antique cars with nature. On today’s episode, I’ll share the fun details of my adventure. Right here on the Will …

WM-060: Learning to Critique Photography

July 19th, 2017


Critiques are an essential tool that every photographer should practice. On today’s episode, I'll show you how to give valuable critiques that …

WM-059: A Deeper Look into Composition

July 12th, 2017


There's a lot more to composition than the Rule of Thirds or other compositional laws. On today’s episode, you’ll learn new, stronger ways to see so …

WM-058: A Guide to Real Estate Photography

July 5th, 2017


Do you want to take real estate photos professionally or are you a hobbyist that is selling a home? On today’s episode, I’ll share with you a useful …

WM-057: Making the Most of Your Telephoto Lens

June 28th, 2017


Telephoto lenses are an essential part of your camera kit, but they can be challenging to use. On today’s episode, I'll show you how to get the most out of your long lenses! Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-056: Sometimes, the Correct Methods and Techniques Are Wrong

June 21st, 2017


Photos that are technically correct aren't always artistically correct. On today’s episode, I’ll show that sometimes the wrong techniques or effects are actually the right choices.

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WM-055: What You Can Learn from Still Life Photography

June 14th, 2017


Still life photography can teach you a lot about the subtle things that make photos great. On today’s episode, I’ll talk about some of the things that we can learn. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast.

WM-054: Here Are the Best Places for Photography in Ohio

June 7th, 2017


Think Ohio is a boring place to be a photographer? Think again! On today’s episode. I'll show you just a few of the natural and man-made wonders this state has to offer. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography …

WM-053: Is Structure Necessary for Creativity?

May 31st, 2017


Art feels like something full of spontaneity, but the most successful artists are those who structure their time. On today’s episode, we’ll see how …

WM-052: Five Problems You'll Face as a Photographer

May 24th, 2017


If you've chosen photography as a career, be prepared to face some difficulties! On today’s episode, we’ll talk about some of the most common …

WM-051: Four Ways to Create a Powerful Portfolio

May 17th, 2017


It isn't technical perfection that is the driving force behind a portfolio. It’s the unified theme and emotion. On today’s episode, we'll learn how …

WM-050: What Moves Us to Make Art?

May 10th, 2017


Have you always wondered what motivates people to create art? It would be impossible to list every reason… on today’s episode, I’ll explore some of …

WM-049: A Photographer’s Frustrations

May 3rd, 2017


What frustrates you as a photographer? We all have things that annoy us, and it is wise to share those things. On today’s episode, I’ll share with you some of my pet peeves!

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WM-048: Learning How to Learn

April 26th, 2017


Everyone learns a bit differently. If you want to improve your photography knowledge, then it will benefit you to learn about learning styles. Join me today as we Learn How to Learn. Right here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-047: You Get What You Pay For

April 19th, 2017


Join me today as we ask the question, what does photography actually cost? In terms of time, money, thought and creativity, you will get out what you put in when creating photographs. Right here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-046: Self-Examination as a Photographer

April 12th, 2017


If we, as photographers, aren't introspective, we may not see how our thoughts change over time. Join me today as we take a moment to think back and refresh ourselves.

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WM-045: Don't Forget to Experience Life as You Pursue Art

April 5th, 2017


Are photographers so busy taking photographs that they forget to enjoy the things they a photographing? Join me today as we take a break and learn how to immerse ourselves in our surroundings. Right here on the Will …

WM-044: Why Do We Make Photographs?

March 29th, 2017


What compels photographers to create photographs? It isn't all about money and fame. Join me today as we see the larger reasons why we are driven to create art. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

WM-043: Is Photography Becoming Cheap and Meaningless?

March 22nd, 2017


The only way to do something that hasn't been done before is to think in ways that no one has thought before. In today’s episode, I’ll give you some exercises to show you how.

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WM-042: Thought Exercises that Give You a New Way to Think, See and Photograph

March 15th, 2017


The only way to do something that hasn't been done before is to think in ways that no one has thought before. In today’s episode I’ll give you some exercises to show you how.

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WM-041: Why Every Serious Photographer Should Attend Photography Workshops

March 8th, 2017


What can you gain from a photography workshop? Much more than just instruction. In today’s episode, you’ll see that there are many intangible reasons to attend. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Photography Podcast. 

WM-040: Tips and Tricks for Air Show Photography

March 1st, 2017


Every photographer should enjoy the experience of photographing an air show at least once. In the today’s episode, I’ll share with you some cool …

WM-039: When Science Becomes Art

February 22nd, 2017


Ever since the very first camera was invented, photography has been evolving. In today’s episode, we’ll see how three historic photographers shaped …

WM-038: Breaking the Rules of Photography for the Sake of Art

February 15th, 2017


Photography comes with many rules, from the rule of thirds to the rules of exposure. In today’s episode, I’ll talk about when we make art… we need to …

WM-037: How to Design a Professional Portfolio

February 8th, 2017


How do professional photographers create impressive portfolios? There are many considerations, but it all starts with these basic guidelines. 

WM-036: 7 Reasons to Experiment with Film Photography

February 1st, 2017


Have you ever wondered why so many photographers still recommend film photography? In this episode, I’ll give you a few reasons why digital …

WM-035: 3 Essential Principles of Color Photography

January 25th, 2017


In this episode I’ll discuss the use of color is about more than creating true to life images. When used carefully, color can make photos more …

WM-034: Improve Your Skills with a Photo-A-Day Project

January 18th, 2017


When we get caught up in the daily grind, we often don’t make time for our art. In this episode, I’ll show you how daily photo projects help you improve your skills.

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WM-033: The Beauty of Abstract Photography

January 11th, 2017


Looking for a new angle or a way to develop your creative eye? Try abstract photography!  In this episode, I'll show you how to create beautiful …

WM-032: Portraying Raw Emotion in Photography (A Lesson from Helen Levitt)

January 4th, 2017


In this episode, I’ll talk about how Helen Levitt's work has inspired photographers for decades. And what lesson can be found in her artistic legacy …

WM-031: Learning from the Masters: Where to Look at Fine Art Photographs

December 29th, 2016


What differentiates amateur images from fine art photography? In this episode, I’ll show you places where you can find fine art!

WM-030: 7 Photography Tips and Techniques for Capturing Historical Reenactments

December 21st, 2016


Are you planning to visit a historical reenactment? In this episode, I’ll give you some great tips that will help you document living history with …

WM-029: Introduction to Photographing the Night Sky

December 14th, 2016


Want to photograph the starry sky?  In this episode, I’ll talk about how you can take beautiful images of stars, meteor showers, the moon, the Milky …

WM-028: The Photographer’s Creative Process

December 7th, 2016


How is it that the world’s best photographers can come up with an endless number of amazing ideas? In this episode, I’ll give you some insight into the creative process!


WM-027: Breaking Away from the Clichés

November 30th, 2016


It’s hard to find photographic subjects that aren’t clichéd. In this episode, I’ll share with you some thoughts that may help...



WM-026: Why the Pros Shoot in RAW

November 23rd, 2016


You've heard it before: Whenever possible, always create RAW files rather than JPEGs. In this episode, I’ll talk about the JPEG and how it …

WM-025: Using Rim Lighting to Make Your Subjects Pop

November 16th, 2016


Rim lighting is one of those skills that no photographer should be without. You can use this technique for any number of applications, from …

WM-024: The Process of Photographing Falling Rain

November 9th, 2016


Few things capture the essence of a rainy day like a photo of the falling rain. I don't mean images of water droplets or small rivulets, but rather …

WM-023: Miniaturizing Real Life with the Diorama Effect

November 2nd, 2016


The diorama effect or “diorama illusion” is an interesting way to get a new perspective on your favorite photographic subjects...

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WM-022: Foolproof Backup Options That Will Safeguard Your Images

October 26th, 2016


Any photographer that has been around a while – whether a long-time hobbyist or a seasoned professional – knows just how essential backups are. The …

WM-021: The History of Digital Photography

October 19th, 2016


In this episode we’ll talk about the history of digital photography and how it changed the world.

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WM-020: 8 Tips for Taking Great Wildlife Images at the Zoo

October 12th, 2016


If you want fantastic photographs of exotic animals, there's no need to travel far and wide to get them. In this episode, I’ll give you some awesome …

WM-019: Scouting Great New Locations for Photography

October 5th, 2016


Scouting new locations for photography isn't always easy. In this episode, I’ll show you how you can make the most of your photography scouting trips. Right here on the Will Moneymaker Podcast.

WM-018: How Photography Changed the World, Part 2

September 28th, 2016


Photography is an amazing medium that gives people the chance to look at the real thing from half a world away. In this episode, we’ll learn how the photographic image has brought us all closer together.

WM-017: How Photography Changed the World, Part 1

September 21st, 2016


Photography has changed the world in several fundamental ways. In this episode, we’ll talk about the capacity to create unlimited images as it lets us explore the richness and diversity of the world around us.

WM-016: Why Are People Still Drawn to the Black and White Image?

September 14th, 2016


There's something special about black and white images, something that compels viewers to look a little more deeply at these images over color …

WM-015: Developing Your Photographic Style

September 7th, 2016


Some photographers struggle when it comes to defining their personal style. In this episode, we’ll talk about learning what style is and what it is not to understand how your style makes...

WM-014: Give Your Creativity a Push: The Importance of Starting

August 31st, 2016


Feeling stuck with your photography? Creative work can include some slow times. How to push your creativity and start photographing again.

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WM-013: Why Should Your Photos Stand Alone?

August 24th, 2016


You don’t always need to create images that stand alone. You can create wonderful works of art by combining several photographs into one cohesive …

WM-012: Revisiting Your Old Work

August 17th, 2016


Your old images – both your archives and your old favorites – are a window into your past. Revisit those old images to learn something new about your …

WM-011: Too Much or Too Little? Building Interest in Your Images

August 10th, 2016


It's hard to strike a balance between bland and busy photos. In this episode, we’ll talk about how to choose photographic elements that capture and …

WM-010: Gear Isn’t Everything (Creating Art with the Camera You Have, Not the Camera You Want)

August 3rd, 2016


As photographers, we all need to learn that the camera isn't everything. Today, we’ll talk about if having the perfect optics and thousands of …

WM-009: Learning to Be Your Own Worst Critic (Self-Critiquing Your Own Photos)

July 27th, 2016


How do you decide whether your photos are fine art or simply snapshots? In the next episode, we’ll learn how to look for technical, artistic and emotional value in your own photos.

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WM-008: Pareidolia and the Power of Suggestion

July 20th, 2016


Pareidolia and the power of suggestion are two tools that photographers have long relied on to create photographs that are both interesting and …

WM-007: Making Art When Everything's been Done Before

July 13th, 2016


Some would say it's impossible to create new images. However, by developing your photographer's eye. Today, you will learn to see your subjects in …

WM-006: Learning to Balance Exposure with ISO

July 6th, 2016


Did you know that choosing the correct ISO speed is a balancing act? Today, we’ll talk about how to balance your exposure while minimizing the grainy look that some high-ISO images have.

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WM-005: Choosing between Prime and Zoom Lenses

June 29th, 2016


Photographers have long debated whether primes are better than zooms. Both types have their uses, advantages, and disadvantages, I’ll talk more about these lenses today.

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WM-004: The Fine Art of Shutter Speed Photography

June 22nd, 2016


Shutter speed controls are vital if you want to create art from motion. Today we'll talk about how to use shutter speeds to freeze motion or capture …

WM-003: The Joy of Photographing Waterfalls

June 15th, 2016


Is it possible to capture the essence of a waterfall with your camera? In today’s episode, I’ll share with you several tips to create images that …

WM-002: Mastering Composition for Creating Artistic Photographs

June 8th, 2016


To create a fine art photograph, you'll need to master the art of composition. In today’s episode, you’ll learn to use several techniques to add depth and interest to your images... Here on the Will Moneymaker …

WM-001: How to Use Aperture Settings for Artistic Effects

June 1st, 2016


The aperture is one of your most important tools in photography. In today’s episode, we’ll learn how masters such as W. Eugene Smith and Ansel Adams …

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