Behind the Shot

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By: Steve Brazill

On each episode of Behind the Shot, Steve Brazill tries to get inside the mind of a great photographer by taking a closer look behind one of their shots. Photography is an art form, yet interviews rarely look at the creative side. What if you could flip that idea upside down? What if you could interview a photograph to better understand the photographer and the choices they made? On Behind the Shot we explore the process, from conception to completion, and all the challenges that happen in-between. Join us for an inspirational look Behind the Shot.

Nautical Photography
04/08/2021

Join nautical photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Onne van der Wal and me as we discuss his amazing career photographing out on the ocean, and as we take a closer look behind one of his iconic images, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Elevate Your Wedding Photography
03/25/2021

I normally start these posts with some lofty statement about my guest's accomplishments, or some other overly deep setup. Not today. Today may be the easiest opening I have ever written... Vanessa Joy is a joy to work with. Every email I have received during the planning stages of this show has made me smile because of her email signature. She ends her emails.... "enJoy life". That sums up what you are in for on this episode. In doing some research on Vanessa another thing stood out to me, her website's About page starts off that page by saying: "Hello...


All Things Gear Rental
03/11/2021

Please join Lensrentals Founder Roger Cicala, co-owner Drew Cicala, and me as we chat about all things gear rental. We'll discuss the process, benefits, misconceptions, use cases for renting gear and more. We even take a look at some of the strange things they have found inside returned lenses, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Talking Headshots
02/25/2021

Please join Canon Explorer of Light, headshot specialist, PsyPhotologist, author, and entrepreneur Peter Hurley, his guest (and the subject of today's photo) actor and singer Marina Pires, and me as we talk about all things headshots, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


The Big Cat People
02/11/2021

On occasion I have a guest on Behind the Shot I find hard to describe. With SanDisk Extreme Team members Jonathan and Angela Scott that is not the case. In fact I have so much I want to say that I'm worried I will end up with a novel. I first learned of Jonathan and Angela through Rick Sammon, and in fact Rick has sent me a number of emails over the years telling me I need to get The Big Cat People on the show. Well, it's finally happened, and I couldn't be more excited to have Jonathan join m...


Sammonisms – Speed-Learning Advice
01/28/2021

Join Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon and me as we take a closer look at one of his iconic portraits, taken in Death Valley, and as we explore his inspiring world of Sammonisms, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Better Wildlife Photos
01/14/2021

Join wildlife photographer, and Canon Explorer of Light, Charles Glatzer and me as chat about how you can improve your wildlife photography, and as we do a deep dive into his "once in a lifetime" image of a bobcat dragging it's prey through the snow, on the episode of Behind the Shot.


Photography Reflections
12/31/2020

A photographer whose publication credits include National Geographic Books, Time, Life Magazine, National Wildlife Federation, Audubon, Sierra Club, and Disney is someone I want to learn from, and in this case, that's Adam Jones. Adam is a photographer that has been internationally recognized for his nature, travel, and wildlife images.  Jones’s award-winning photography has been widely published in magazines, posters, calendars, and books, including nine coffee-table books. With images used in national advertising campaigns for clients such as Canon, Ford, Eddie Bauer, Miller Beer and Honda, it's no wonder Adam is in the rare group of artists known as Canon...


Photography: Artified
12/17/2020

Join photographer, voice, and purveyor of awesomeness Karen Hutton and me as we chat about how she made her image "Forest of Enlightenment", and explore her world of creativity, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Better B&W Portraits
12/03/2020

Join photographer, educator, speaker, and mentor Ron Clifford and me as discuss his beautiful B&W portrait, that he calls "The Baptism", on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Uncommon Grit
11/19/2020

Join retired Navy SEAL, motivational speaker, author, and photographer, Darren McBurnett and me as we discuss his book "Uncommon Grit", his photographic style, and one of the amazing images from the book on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Capturing the Moment
11/05/2020

Join Canon Explorer of Light, and master of capturing the perfect moment, Atiba Jefferson and me as we discuss moment, style, and more on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Self Portrait Artistry
10/22/2020

I am so honored to have the talented self-portrait artist Lizzy Gadd join me to discuss how she made this image, which my wife calls "Reflections in Beauty", on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Toy Photography
10/08/2020

Join toy photographer extraordinaire Mitchel Wu and me as we take a deep dive into his playful image "Duke and Forky" on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Advanced Lighting Techniques
09/24/2020

Join Canon Explorer of Light Joel Grimes and me as we chat about how you can elevate you lighting skillset, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Photographing the Milky Way
09/10/2020

Join photographer and podcaster Jeff Harmon and me as we dive deep into how captured this 40 image stack of the Milky Way, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Pet Photos that Make a Splash
08/27/2020

Join the amazing pet photographer Kaylee Greer and me as we dive into her image of Dobby in the Pemigewasset River, and as we discuss creating pet photos that make a splash, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Lighting the Scottish Landscape
08/13/2020

Join SmugMug and Flickr Global Marketing Manager & Head of Ambassador Relations, and wonderful photographer, Alastair Jolly and me as we discuss the current state of online photo sharing, and as we take a look at his amazing use of light for his photo of Loch Achtriochtan, Glencoe, Scotland on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Canon EOS R5 & R6, and RF Lenses
07/20/2020

Join me and Drew MacCallum, Advisor, Technical Information at Canon USA, as we try to answer some of the common questions related the new Canon EOS R5 and R6, along with the new RF lenses, following the announcement on July 9th, 2020.


Photographing Wildlife with the Canon EOS R6
07/16/2020

Join Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon and me as we take a closer look at some of his images taken with the new Canon EOS R6 and new Canon lenses, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Photographing Unique Angles
07/02/2020

Join Canon Explorer of Light Terrell Lloyd and me as we chat about how he gets the unique angles he does while shooting under the high pressure of an NFL football game, on this Behind the Shot.


The Color of Street Photography
06/18/2020

Join photographer Pia Parolin and me as we chat about her image The Orange Cap, and discuss how to add color, contrast, and motion to your street photography on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Commercial Photography
06/04/2020

Join world renowned fashion photographer Lindsay Adler and me as we discuss what it takes to create an amazing commercial fashion image, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Photograph in the Wild
05/21/2020

Join Canon Explorer of Light Bob Davis and me as we examine his image of a mother cheetah in pursuit of a steenbok to feed her four cubs, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Capture the Action
05/07/2020

Join me as I chat with one of the most accomplished sports photographers working today about how he captured an amazing image of the a ski jumper, with Olympic Rings as the back drop, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Light Up Your Images
04/23/2020

Join beauty photographer Erin Holmstead and me as we discuss lightening up your photos with amazing creativity, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Metamorphosis – Mixed Media
04/09/2020

I have never had a photographer like Colin Finlay on this show. I have read his bio so many times today, and yet I am having trouble writing this post because describing him is not easy. Colin Finlay is one of the foremost documentary photographers and filmmakers in the world. He has has chronicled the human condition with compassion, empathy, and dignity. He has covered war and conflict, disappearing traditions, the environment in both its glory and its devastation, genocide, famine, religious pilgrimage and global cultures. He has circled the globe twenty-seven times, reaching as far as Antarctica, the Arctic...


Artistic Wedding Images
03/26/2020

Join world renowned wedding photographer and Canon Explorer of Light Roberto Valenzuela and me as we discuss his process for creating such amazing artistic wedding images, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


WPPI 2020 Recap
03/12/2020

Join me on this special Behind the Shot as I look back at the 2020 WPPI Conference and Expo, and talk to a few of the attendees.


Better Travel Photography
02/27/2020

Join Nikon Ambassador Deborah Sandidge and me as we journey to the Valensole Plateau area of France to talk about long exposures and how to improve your travel photography, and this episode of Behind the Shot.


Capturing the Slowing of Time
02/13/2020

Join Long Exposure, Night Sky, and Abandoned Site photographer and author Ken Lee to discuss the multi-shot image that graces the cover of his new book, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


39-45: The World War II Portraits Project
01/30/2020

Join the amazing photographer Glyn Dewis and me as explore how he made his image of WW II veteran, and MBE recipient Harry Billinge, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Photowalks
01/16/2020

Join all around creative Jefferson Graham and me as we discuss the benefits of doing a photowalk, and get a few tips, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Tastier Photos
01/02/2020

Join food and beverage photographer Freddy Clark and me as we take a deep dive into his photo of an Apple Tarte Tartin, and discuss how to make tastier photos, on this edition of Behind the Shot.


The Aurora and the Night Sky
12/19/2019

Join renowned travel photographer Dave Williams and me as we chat about capturing not only the Aurora Borealis, but the night sky too, and this episode of Behind the Shot.


Unique Couples Portraits
12/05/2019

Join Twyla Jones and me as we jump into the world of family and couples photography, while examining her amazing minimalist portrait of a couple going to bed.


MASK – Documenting Traditional Cultures
11/21/2019

Join world renowned photographer Chris Rainier and me as we discuss documenting other cultures and one of the images from his new book MASK, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Sports Photography
11/07/2019

Join legendary Sports Illustrated photographer Peter Read Miller and me as we take a deep dive into his iconic shot of a flaming arrow lighting the Olympic Cauldron at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.


Wedding Photojournalism
10/24/2019

Join Wedding Photographer Denis Reggie and me as we discuss wedding photojournalism, and take a close look at his iconic image of John Kennedy, Jr. kissing the hand of his bride Carolyn Bessette, on this episode of Behind the Shot.


Making Better Portraits by Having Fun
10/10/2019

Join photographer, writer, educator and podcaster Ibarionex Perello and me as we take a look at how he captures such fun portraits, like the one we discuss in this episode of the wonderful Dick Van Dyke, on this episode of Behind the Shot.