Episode 022 – No Tripod For You

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You know what we love? Whenever we hear from our audience about the topics covered (or suggested topics). We’re super lucky to have a wonderful band of listeners and when one of you shares feedback, we take it seriously. Such is the case with the first segment of our show. After listening to Episode 20 with our guest, Colby Brown, DCraig left a comment with some insight and poignant questions about training your competition and the overcrowding of the photography space. We really liked what he had to say and decided to expand on it here. Like we said, we LOVE hearing from you, so don’t hesitate from actively engaging on our posts. Next up, Sharky and Brian cover a rather contentious policy change at Zion National Park. While it won’t affect general tourists and photographers, it will have a serious impact on commercial projects, like photo workshops.

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Show Notes

  • We open our show by responding to an in-depth comment left by listener, DCraig, from Episode 20 [via NNPS]
  • In an unfortunate blow to photographers who want to lead workshops in Zion National Park, you better not rely on a tripod [via PetaPixel]
  • Sharky wonders whether a low profile surface, like the Platypod Pro, could be a viable alternative [via Amazon]

What’s On Your Gear Shelf?

Sharky: PacSafe Anti-theft Camera Bag Protection System [via Amazon]

Brian: Heat 3 Smart Layer System Gloves [via Outdoor Photo Gear]



  1. Wow. I appreciate your thoughtful consideration of my comment here in Episode 22. Although Sharkey kind of got off the rails at the get-go—we love him for that—it was his opening comment that stuck with me, “We are ALL photographers.”

    In my original post I had pretty much talked myself into just that, personally relegating much of my comment to a “non-issue”. And yet, it’s a topic you’ve now made me think much more about, a sure sign of a successful podcast!

    I agree that the thought of “pro” educators creating more competition on a shrinking playing field is irrelevant. Those in your audience that strive to be pros (and I hope all with that passion succeed in one way or another), those that seek to become better photographers, and those that create art at every step in between, we all trade in some kind of “currency”. It could be cash for prints, workshops, or specialty services; it could be advocacy of a cause; it could be art for personal enjoyment or public impact; or simply a few more “likes” on social media. Being “pro” can mean so many things, and we get paid in so many ways. The same tools and techniques—those things that Brian and Sharkey discuss as educators, creators, and (dare I say) photo-journalists—provide paths to improvement and growth for ALL photographers, regardless of why we do it.

    Thanks for the segment and for taking the time to expand on my questions and comments. Really cool to be sitting in traffic and feel part of the show. If I do say so, it was a good one.

    Keep going…

    PS. Brian, you must reign in Sharkey’s dad jokes. It is disruptive having me burst into laughter at dinner, unawares, two or three hours after each cast.

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