What can I say about this week’s guest that you don’t already know! We are joined by the powerhouse of creativity that is Mr Russell Preston Brown – Adobe Royalty, legend, myth, inventor and more. It was a pleasure to have Russell as our guest and we spoke a lot about mobile photography, shooting personal projects with a mobile phone, strobes and some experimentation. Russell is a creative leader when it comes to pushing the boundaries of photography and the Adobe apps. Please join us – WARNING – some of our interview is visual so I have added the video of this interview to YouTube, link in the show notes.
This week’s guest is a friend, a mentor, a colleague and more. Scott Kelbyhas influenced my career more than anybody and this episode is two mates catching up, talking about what we’ve been up to, personal projects, the past, present and future, books, tv and a good few laughs in-between. Due to audio problems, this is the Zoom recording only so please excuse any bumps along the way.
This week’s guest is Meredith Payne Stotzner, a 20+ year member of the Photoshop team at Adobe and currently the Product Manager (Photoshop & Digital Imaging). We get to see Meredith at Adobe Max and Photoshop World and chat all things Photoshop but we’ve never really got to know her background. So we chat about Meredith’s path to Adobe and how our creative world has evolved as well as her role.
This week’s guest is Los Angeles based Music Photographer Dustin Jack. Dustin is a fellow Photoshop World Alumni, twice winner of a Photoshop Guru award, a fellow concert photographer friend of my cohost Alan Hess and a damn nice bloke who works hard to achieve his successes. And he’s worn Elvis Presley’s suit. There’s cool and there’s Dustin! We chat about his career, starting out as an auction item photographer, his love of music and photography and what keeps his passion going after a long career in photography!
This week’s guest, thanks to cohost Alan Hess, is Las Vegas based corporate event, concert and portrait photographer, Brian Friedman. Even if you don’t know the name, you’ll know his work. He’s one of the hardest working photographers in the music business, shooting for iHeart Radio. Brian only started professionally in 2005 and he’s come a long way, getting to shoot a US President and multiple legends of music. Brian is also a COVID recoverer and he tells the story of how that came to be and his and his wife’s recovery. Brian was a dream guest, his stories were so interesting. If you love photography you’ll love listening to Brian’s enthusiasm for his craft. Join myself and Alan for 90 mins of pure photography joy!
About Brian… What was once a hobby and then a dream, became a reality in 2005 when I started my career as a professional photographer. I didn’t know where it would take me, but I knew it would be the adventure of a lifetime. Photographing people and events has opened up my world beyond my wildest dreams. Making art from what I see has become a true calling, and one I strive to do better and better, shoot by shoot. Access is a privelege I take very seriously. Whether I am backstage at an event, in close proximity to a subject, or in the audience, my goal is to capture the true essence of what’s happening before me. I love it, and I’ll never stop doing it.
Photographer Brian Friedman started out as a road manager for the legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes. But it was during Haynes’ 20-city tour, that Brian began photographing Roy and discovered his passion for image making that put him on a road to a new career. Since then, he has sharpened his skills and his eye to become recognized as a photographer of choice by noted entertainment personalities, corporate leaders, event planners and discerning individuals. His clients include iHeartRadio, Clearchannel Communications, NBC, CBS, 20th Century Fox, and comedians Brian Regan and Bill Burr, to name a few. Brian’s images have appeared in The New York Times, USA Today, People, Playboy, The Economist, and Pollstar to name a few. In 2007-2008 Brian had the distinct honor of photographing Barack and Michelle Obama for the Obama for America campaign. Recently Brian was given a 5 page live concert photography spread in M Music & Musician’s magazine – a first for that publication. To all of these assignments, Brian brings the same level of imagination and creativity that has distinguished his vision and his work for more than a decade.
Continuing with our interviews with the Adobe Evangelist team, we bring you the latest recruit, Howard Pinsky. Howard joined Adobe as a Senior XD Evangelist and is is responsible for sharing his UI/UX knowledge and experience with the design community through video, live streams, and at creative events, with a focus on the Adobe XD application. Howard began his career teaching Photoshop on YouTube, which is where I knew him from so it was great to hear how hard work and perseverance paid off with the role of a lifetime.
What can I say about this week’s guest other than he is genuinely one of the nicest men in the. industry. Mr Ant Pruitt, originally from South Carolina and now living in the Bay Area, North California, has worked hard and carved himself a career in tech and photography, finding himself working TWiT TV and their podcast. Ant has become a voice of authority on many subjects and brings a warmth and smile like no other. It was a pleasure for myself and Alan Hess to spend over an hour and a half chatting to Ant, we just didn’t want to stop. We hope you enjoy it too!
Ant Pruitt is a technology professional-turned photographer, videographer, and content creator. Born and raised in South Carolina, Ant was an enterprise IT professional for more than ten years in North Carolina where he spent most of his adult life. Ant eventually turned his creativity into a small business, providing writing, photography, video, and post-production services. He handled a range of assignments, including portraits, event photography, social media marketing, and interview videos. He also worked as a freelance writer for TechRepublic, covering consumer tech, enterprise IT, and tips for beginner content creators.
Ant first appeared as a guest on the TWiT network in 2017 to share tips on drone photography and video. After a cross-country move with his wife and two younger sons (the oldest son is in the Army), Ant is set to co-host some of TWiT’s established podcasts, as well as develop new shows with a focus on digital photography and video.
This is strong and powerful stuff. I haven’t edited out any swear words so please don’t listen around little ears.
Join myself and co-host Alan Hess in welcoming week’s guest, Washington based businessman, photographer, filmmaker and a hardworking, inspiring man, Douglas Sonders. I first met Douglas in 2013 at Photoshop World. Douglas’s career has been a constant stream of hardwork, creative thinking, support, content creation, risk taking and also forming a website called NotABully.org which shares the stories of inspiring bully breed dogs that have faced great challenges, yet still serve our communities. We discuss his background, his story, mental health and trying to survive life’s battles and a pandemic.
Every week you hear the intro to the show and that voice is David McClelland, a friend of the show and also accomplished, experienced journalist and tech expert for tv, press and live events. We talk about how David ended up in a career in tech and how has his knowledge and experience helped him adapt to a COVID lockdown in his career, working from home and broadcasting from his spare room to continue to help us understand what’s going on from a technology viewpoint. David is a very knowledgeable guy and a great friend, I hope you enjoy the conversation.
This week’s guest, Mark Hirons, is the youngest I have had on the show, he’s a designer who also created and hosts the Creative Waffle Podcast. If you’ve got children just leaving education for a career in any creative industry, give this a listen. Mark is just 22 and has already tried, achieved and failed more things in his career than most designers have even 10 years older than him. I met Mark back in 2018 and we’ve become good friends, we chat often and I am always impressed by how he continues to grow and learn from the experiences he’s created for himself. Join us as we chat about how Mark has set himself goals and how he’s learning from his peers and his own experiences to achieve the first of many great opportunities he’ll deserve throughout his career.