Ted Vieira joined me for show no. 109.

Ted is one of those guys that is so laid back 'cool' and relaxed that it set the scene for an easy conversation... Talking to him is just a joy. In this episode we talked about his love of film photography using his Leica M6, and his Medium format camera the Mamiya c330, also his film preferences. After so many tests his preference for now is Acros, but there are many more he wants to test! His love of film photography is due largely to the Fuji filter options on his Fuji X-Pro2 and X-T2. He says in the interview that Fuji made him slow down after he had switched from Canon. Which in-turn made him consider using film cameras for his personal work. Ted is an accomplished portrait and glamour photographer and produces some fine work for his wonderful commercial work, for which he still prefers to work with his Fuji's (X100T, X-Pro2 and the X-T2). But for his street photography he is enjoying his Leica M6 and Mamiya c330 out and about.  In the show you will see us compare printed images instead of the usual screen share. A new idea of mine, which I think really showed the quality of work that can be achieved with Film cameras.

So, I hope this show gives you a few pointers and if you haven't considered trying an 'old' film camera why not do so?... It might just open your eyes a little wider to the wonderful art of photography. 

Thanks Ted.

The all important links:

Photography Live and Uncut episode no. 109 with Ted Vieira 

Ted on You Tube

The Ted Vieira website

Ted on Facebook

Ted on Twitter



I first came across Ted Vieira, whilst watching his You Tube channel. In those videos he talks about his photography especially about his recent switch to the Fuji X camera system. After 30 years as a pro jazz guitarist Ted Vieira changed careers and turned to photography . Since then he has built an extensive portfolio of work in glamour, portrait and boudoir genres. We talk about his music, his photography and the reasons why he switched to Fuji from Canon and what he has discovered. We also talk about printing; take a look at some of his prints and use the screen share to show more of his work. Also Ted shares his thoughts of what he likes to produce in his chosen field of work and how the work of Herman Leonard (photographer of Jazz performers) and Saul Leiter's, colour and mono photographs, have influenced him.

Thanks for joining me Ted.


The all important links

Live and uncut episode 88 with Ted Vieira.

The Ted Vieira Photography Website  -  The Ted Vieira Jazz site  -  Ted on You Tube  -  Ted on Google+

Ted on Facbook  -  Ted on Twitter  -  Ted on Flickr  -  Ted on Instagram   -  Ted on Pinterest     Ted on Tumblr




In the last episode with Nathan Elson we had so many problems with internet connectivity we just had to stop the show.

Nathan kindly offered to return at a later. In this episode (Part 2) we take a look at his portfolio and projects. There is some stunning portrait work here for you to view. In addition we talk about what is great and what is not about the Fuji X system.

There are some interesting comments made by Nathan especially for studio workers, which we both know Fuji are always happy to listen to and take on board.


Thanks Nathan for finishing off what we started.






The Nathan Elson website

Nathan on Facebook

Nathan on Instagram

Nathan on Twitter

Nathan on 500px

Nathan on You Tube


Nathan Elson, is a Canadian photographer based in Calgary Canada.

He talks candidly about how he got started in photography; of how he made the decision one day that that's what he wanted to do and with the support of his wife, he set out to accomplish that goal. We talk about his choice of camera gear that he uses for his commercial work; his working relationship with Fuji; his likes and dislikes of that system.

Unfortunately this episode was plagued with problems, for some reason the connection froze many times which meant me having to reconnect each time, so although totally out of my control, I apologise for that. So, for this reason I decided to cut the broadcast short! But, I'm happy to say that Nathan has agreed to join me for 'part two' on the 24th March, when we will pick up from where we were last. Especially as we will get a chance to see his work on the screen-share and I'll tell you, it is worth waiting for!

So until then 'Leave your camera bag at home'



The all important links...

Photography Live and Uncut : Episode no 80 with Nathan Elson

The website for Nathan Elson

Nathan on Twitter

Nathan on Facebook

Nathan on Instagram

Nathan on 500px

Nathan on Google+



Work is the Ethic!

                                                    Damien Lovegrove

                                                   Damien Lovegrove

I have been very fortunate to have interviewed many photographers and presenters from all over the work to talk about their photography and work. Recently my guests have all been Fuji users and its also been interesting to hear what they have had to say about the camera and lenses they prefer to use and in some cases their new found love of photography. It must be remembered the camera is a tool and it is the person, the eye behind the camera that creates the image whether that's with lighting, timing or just plain experience.

Damien Lovegrove, my guest this week is no exception. What is clear to me as my show has developed and I meet all these wonderful photographers from around the world, is their work ethic. Damian started his work career as a cameraman for the BBC in 1984. It was his portfolio of photographs taken with his first camera the Rollei 35 that got him the job! But being a cameraman is not just a case of standing at a camera and shooting the scene. Damien went through a number of training schemes to get the experience and knowledge he needed to further his career and didn't realise at that time, how valuable this training and instructors would be.

Its the work ethic that we should take note here. From the BBC, Damien moved into commercial photography working for companies such as Adidas, Slazenger, Parker pens and Martell Brandy, and shooting their products for advertising campaigns. Then he started to photograph weddings and then eventually blogging and writing. On the writing front he wrote a book the Complete Guide to Professional Wedding Photography (Still available via Amazon here) based on all the necessary facts that a would-be wedding photographer would need, not just the posing the setups and the lighting but costing and how to get work. He wrote it sometime ago so the equipment would of change but, the basic facts of wedding photography is all here in this book.

It was purchasing the book on 'How to Blog your way to a 7 figure salary' that started the next stage in his career. With the help of his friend Martin Plant he established the blog which he has now written over 500 articles and with over 7million views! It was this blog that was the tool to find the contacts of photographers to pass on his skills. From the blog and with so many contacts he came to the conclusion that the time was right for him to start teaching and to impart his knowledge of photography on to others. His workshops started initially to encourage would be photographers into the photography profession and to help them develop their work opportunities. The workshops started which he enjoys to this day. But, throughout 2007 and 2008 what with the financial crisis it was evident there was a surge of people looking to change careers and wanted to start a photographic business. The business became swamped, with people looking to set up a business but the availability of work was short. 

Seeing this Damien moved his workshops away from the would-be professional photographer to the passionate photographer, the photographers that wanted to learn more skills for themselves and not to set up and create a business.. The workshops are well attended at various locations around the world. His knowledge and enthusiasm gets the workshop member up and out shooting even if they don't look that keen or it's inclement weather! Something which he loves to see. His teaching ethos - which he learnt from his BBC days is 'to explain what he's going to teach - teach them it - then explain what the student has just learnt'. In addition his writing took on another level as he was now involved with writing articles for photography magazines and also working for Fuji and Wilkinson cameras. He does though continue to photograph commercially. What Damien effectively has created for himself is 'many strings to his bow'. Photographing commercially, fashion shoots, writing and blogging plus of course his workshops.

During his career he has used a number of cameras systems 'all paid for through my photography' he says. From Pentax to Hasselblad medium format for weddings, Canon, then on to Nikon and finally to his present system Fuji. He enjoys using the Fuji X-T1 with a selection of lenses which include the 16mm, 23mm, 35mm, the 56mm and the new 90mm, It's the Fuji system he has found that doesn't get in the way and is so natural to use. One interesting point he added "the camera is small, compared to a Canon 5D for instance, it allows me to keep a connection with my model or client.' Using the X-Pro1 on a shoot in Berlin he didn't put it down once to back revert to his old system. The Canon gear, stayed in the case. A further trip to the USA which he made on Route 66 confirmed what he had originally found; The Fuji cameras gave him everything he wanted plus the lenses were superb!

The Screen-share was a fantastic insight into a wonderful portfolio of images using just the XF23mm 1.4... From this you can hear and feel Damien's pure enthusiasm not only for the the lens he was using but on the image produced. He gave us a full account, all the information you would need; Lighting positions; Camera setting and how he established the idea and the shot... Simply Superb. If you don't want to sit through the whole video (I hope not), I suggest this is the must watch part...  We then talked about his latest book "Chloe Jasmine Whichello – The Photography Book", and what he set out to do with the series of images that are in this book. It's available through Amazon and through his website here at (and I've just placed my order).

I found Damien's response to my question of how much direction he puts into a model shoot, quite astounding. Damien really got into an example of how he directs a model at a given shoot. All the experience of working with the directors of a BBC location shoot, came flooding back, as we heard how the director of photography, of lighting, and the main director working with the actors, with all the encouraging 'darlings' and the 'lovies' to get what they wanted from a scene. It was a brilliant part of 'Live and uncut'.

To be honest i could of ended the show there and then - totally satisfied with what we had discussed. But I just had to ask my last questions that of who was his inspiration and his favourite photographer. Surprisingly it was the same person Vincent Peters. - and I can see why - Wow, what a photographer! Damien openly admits he has never really studied other photographers and their work, not even when he was a wedding photographer. But again it was his eloquent and enthusiastic response again, which held me captivated, as he described the work of Vincent Peters.

Thank you so much Damien for a superb look into your life in photography.

Until next time... "Leave your camera bag at home"


The all important links..

Photography Live and Uncut with Damien Lovegrove

The Damien Lovegrove website

The and blog

The Lovegrove shop

Damien on Facebook

Damien on Twitter

Damien on Instagram



It's not all about the gear!

If ever there was case to follow from the subtitle of this blog it is that - It's not all about the gear.

This week I was delighted to have on my show David duChemin. Known for his travel and humanitarian photography, his Craft & Vision eBook publication network and now his latest podcast and videoed, short show on photography.

It's well documented and in addition David has shared with us in his blog, of the unfortunate accident he experienced in Italy whilst on a workshop. He was hospitalised for many months not only in Italy but in his home country, Canada. It was good to hear that he is well on the road to recovery now, but with a few additional screws! Suffice to say his trekking days could well be over but, instead it appears he has taken a liking to the 'exciting' sport of Scuba diving. In his attempt to reduce his gear load for his travels though, he seems to have run into a problem with an accumulation of Peli and water proof cases for his cameras. Despite this though he is determined to carry on with his exploration of photography.

David like many of us started off with a small totally automatic, Instamatic 110 camera. It wasn't long after that, that he came across an old Voigtlander camera his neighbour was looking to sell. This camera stayed with him for a long time. It was with him everywhere he went. He eventually progressed on to a Pentax 'Spotmatic' with a 55mm lens. Not being a competitive person photography really became a major part of his life. He spent a lot of time in the darkroom at high school where educationally, he did OK, as he says and went onto study Theology for 5 years along with his passion for photography at college. On leaving college he moved away from photography, thinking there was no real chance of making money from his passion. So, he moved to the stage and became a Comedian! 

It wasn't until a chance visit down to Haiti when he was taking pictures that it dawned on him that this taking pictures is what he wanted to do! This move from comedy to photography seemed to me at the time to be 'poles apart'. But as David explained when you think about it they're not that much really. They are both creative but a different way to express oneself. There are many artists especially musicians, that have found another way to express themselves by using a camera. It wasn't till another 2 years later that David finally hung the comedian hat up and moved fully into a photography career.

David didn't find the transition that difficult. Although he didn't have a business plan he did know that he wanted to be a travel and humanitarian photographer. He was blogging at the time and his work was spotted. That led to several years of work for organisations photographing and writing about his travels. The best advertising is by word of mouth he said and he has been fortunate to have built so many great relationships via his blog. He appreciates that his style of photography coupled with his writing has helped enormously but the act of sharing, your work and knowledge, is a great thing to do!

As David says its not about the gear. He started off a digital photography life with a Canon but has used Leica, Hasselblad, Sony, Nikon and now Fuji. The secret is to have a camera that you love, that you are familiar with and one that doesn't get in the way of your creativity. He is not a great lover of his DSLR's now he enjoy's using his mirrorless cameras. When out working I asked him 'what are you looking for David? His reply was that he is not necessarily looking for a particular 'thing' but being consciousness of mood and story to record. He operates his camera's in a fully manual set up and yes there are times when he will use auto iso, aperture or shutter priorities! 

Viewing David's work on the Screen-share where we took a look at two portfolios of Venice and Kenya: Black on white. I chose Venice as they show taking images in weather that some photographers would simple keep the camera in the pocket or even maybe stay in the coffee shops. David would rather be out in this sort of weather. It's the bright sunny days that drive him crazy and would probably keep him in or around the swimming pool. Studying the images of Venice he quietly announced they were taken with his iPhone 5 - AMAZING! I just didn't realise. I was thinking that the images were made with his Fuji or Sony given we see multiple exposure images of vibrance, saturation and detail. As he says no problem shooting out in the rain - Take an umbrella and enjoy the light! We enjoyed some superb images from Venice some taken just from his apartment window, using a slow shutter app and edited in camera using the VSCO App all with his iPhone 5 all created in camera. Moving onto the next portfolio shows Davids skill as the portraitist, in Kenya : Black on White. A collaborative venture project, using just a simple white background David made images in pairs of the villagers, to get the expression he was looking for. Sometimes as David says one image is enough but making several images you get a better opportunity of getting 'that' image.

David has had his images added to a stock library where he openly admits all the tagging, key-wording - the essential part of stock photography - has been done for him. He tried several libraries over time. But he has built a great relationship with, where his work is held exclusively. In addition to his collaborative photography work and his stock photography David set up Craft & Vision. Purely by chance he created a book using In-design as an experiment as he wanted to to learn the programme. He created the book and thought it was really good and so released it as an eBook for just $5, with the idea of selling it a higher price later. The book was so popular and it continues to sell to this day still priced at $5 but the concept of ebooks and craft & vision started! Many other photographers have joined C&V, to write their books on various subject matters in photography. He would love to see some of the books printed but cost of printing is a major factor just now.

David's inspiration is his parents. Encourage to read by his mother (an RAF officer) and his father (who was in the Canadian military). His early years he remembers so well, travelling around Europe in the family car! I thought my next question that of his favourite photographer was going to be a difficult question for him as he has worked with so many. But to my surprise David didn't. His all time favourite, not that David thinks the photographer has been influenced by his work but it would be Elliott Erwitt, who shows expertise in comedy, composition and timing, and with a humain conscience.  And who could argue with that!

Thanks David it was great pleasure to have you on the show.

Until next time "Leave your camera bag at home"


All the all important links

Photography Live and uncut. Episode no 65 with David duChemin

The David duChemin Website

David on Facebook

David on Instagram

David on Twitter

Craft & Vision