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The Ordinary Photographer

12 EpisodesProduced by Ian TurpinWebsite

A photography podcast bringing creativity to people who find it difficult. Film Photography will probably get talked about quite a bit, but creativity is gear agnostic.... Well, I think it is anyway.Email me at

12 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

A New Year's Retribution

January 14th, 2021


A pondering beginning to 2021 discussing plans (not resolutions!) and their uses in becoming a better photographer.

In the second half, I defend HP5 …

Episode 11: The Ordinariest Photographer

December 21st, 2020


Inventing New Words Week.

Also, "Recording Into The Right Side Of The Microphone" week too! Sound quality much improved. 

This week I wanted to talk about the ordinariest photographer - Vivian Maier.

That's about it. 

Episode 10: Do your Photos Need To Tell A Story?

December 3rd, 2020


A prize for the longest title ever and the longest gap between podcasts.

1 whole minute of erms cut. That's a lot of erms. Say erm. For a minute. See?

Episode 9: Sight & Insight. Getting It Right

July 20th, 2020


In which I fluff up the beginning, sigh more than erm, and repeatedly get the book name wrong.

It's a good job I'm not getting paid for this...

Exploring the extra-ordinary work of Phillipe Halsman through three books. …

Episode 8: Book Recommendations

June 29th, 2020


So in Episode 8 I deal with another listener email as well as one from Podbean... Well...

I also think I sound like I perhaps make unkind remarks about other podcasts. I actually heartily recommend anyone to give them a …

Episode 7: Gear Matters

June 13th, 2020


So after a bit of a photographic drought, I picked up an Olympus 35RC and it inspired me.

tl;dl : Gear matters when it either contributes to your creativity or doesn't inhibit it. It's why I can't use a Panasonic camera …

Episode 6: I had an email!

May 23rd, 2020


This week's incompetence....

Mixing up Iron Maiden's frontman with a Magnum street photographer

Spending more time than should be reasonable removing …

Episode 5: Those Who Can't... Teach...

March 13th, 2020


I can't get over the amount of erms!! 

Anyway, this week I witter on about the phrase "those who can't... teach...", wishing that it wasn't me but …

Episode 4: Is Feedback Useful?

February 16th, 2020


I think I'm getting into a groove at the moment. Join me for the fourth episode where I ramble on a bit, tackling the question of feedback and asking …

Episode 3: Celebrate the Print

February 9th, 2020


So after a completely failed effort to incorporate YouTube, I applied the sensible rule of "If at first you don't succeed, give up."

Instead, I spend …

Episode 2: Slow Down With Film. Slow Right Down!

January 31st, 2020


In Which Ian rambles on some more (see if you can spot the cuts) about film photography the week after saying gear wasn’t a factor. Hey - I'm not perfect. Go shoot some film and be nice!

ProTip: Don’t forget to un-mute …

Episode 1: All The Erms

January 15th, 2020


So Episode 1 is all about me learning how to do this improperly with a million takes, sound levels all over the place, and intro music that goes on a shade too long...

In Which I.. Talk about what this podcast is …

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