Introducing Tea Break Tog
This first episode is really just an introduction to the podcast – it will help you decide if you actually even want to listen or not. Let’s face it, you can’t be all things to all people but to some you can be incredibly helpful and that is what I aim to do for those of you who ‘click’ with the podcast and ‘click’ with me! Have a listen (or read if you prefer!)
The very fact that you are listening to this at all means that you are interested in photography. Maybe you are an absolute beginner (and that’s great by the way because if you are, you are going to progress sooooooooo fast with this podcast) or maybe you are someone who has been taking photographs for a while now but only in automatic or semi-automatic shooting modes. Maybe you are ready to challenge yourself more and find out what your camera can do in manual mode.
You might already be shooting in manual mode with some confidence, in that case there are still loads of episodes you will get huge benefit from but you might want to miss out the more elementary episodes at the start. You can scoot past those, straight to the titles which interest you the most. I will meet you over there!
Lots of people asked me when I started this podcast – why a podcast? Why audio?
Photography is such a visual thing. Why not video or blogging?
Well the reason is pretty simple. I made it a podcast for you. Because I know you don’t have much time. I know how difficult it is to find time to learn something new or immerse yourself in a passion these days. You start off with high hopes and a vision of where it is all going but all too quickly life gets in the way and the usual everyday stuff fills our waking hours. You know what I mean right? Life is pretty hectic!
Watching photography videos is great – I learn so much from loads of amazing photographers on youtube. Reading photography blogs has transformed my photography too – I have so many favourites. These are great ways to learn but you need to dedicate some time to watch and read. All too often I save something to watch or read later and then I don’t get to it. So frustrating!
But a podcast? That’s different!
I have lots of favourite podcasts and the best thing about them is that I can consume them whilst I am doing something else. So for example, I can learn about how to be more productive with Michael Hyatt whilst I am driving to a photo shoot. I can learn French with Coffee Break French whilst I am cooking the dinner (by the way that is the podcast which inspired the name for this one!) My point is that this fits right in to your day. You don’t have to make time for it.
Yes, of course you have to make time to practice. But that is the fun part! You have already done the learning and the absorbing – you can then just take your camera out on your next walk or trip with the family and get busy putting all that info to good use!
I believe learning photography has never been more convenient than this right here! All you need to do is have the episodes ready to play whenever you have an opportunity to listen and the easy way to do that is to subscribe and get them downloaded to your phone or tablet or whatever you use.
You can do this using the podcast app on your iphone or ipad or if you are an android user you can do this by downloading the stitcher app and subscribing there instead. (you can also use the links under the audio player at the top of this post!)
This means that as long as you have your phone with you then you have an opportunity to learn more about photography and further your journey! How cool is that?!!!
But that’s not all you need to know! You also need to know if this podcast is going to suit you right? Like I said earlier – I can’t be all things to all people. My mission is to be absolutely and completely myself. By doing that I know that I will attract listeners who ‘get’ me and who identify with my style of teaching and education.
Because that is what this is essentially – photography education and discovery. It is about igniting a passion and helping you to develop it and nurture it. Teaching you and helping you with your photography journey is my passion. More so than photography is my passion! And actually, it’s not just my passion. Honestly, it has become my obsession. I do it in my own particular style and it will resonate with some and not with others. And that’s fine!
To give you an example – are you pretty ‘techy’? Lots of photography enthusiasts are. I’m really not. The tech and the science and the jargon often bores me rigid. When I was learning I was so put off by it all and I hated asking a techy photographer for advice because when they started to explain something I just completely switched off – I couldn’t follow what they were saying at all!
My brain simply does not work like that, does yours?
I am a visual person and I need things explained to me in straightforward language with lots of examples I can relate to. What about you?
As well as being a professional portrait photographer I have also been teaching photography for three years now. I have taught nearly 500 people like you (in person) to control their camera in manual mode. Many, many more online. But my philosophy when I am teaching photography is always this,
If you need to know why something is the way it is, I will tell you. If you don’t need to know, I leave it well alone.
You can always look up the scientific concepts as some bedtime reading should you so wish but you won’t get them from me unless it’s necessary.
I also don’t talk much about equipment and gear. I don’t have much interest in features and specifications and what the latest release can do. I am happy with my simple set up and I won’t replace my camera and lenses until they stop working. So this definitely isn’t the place to find camera reviews or tripod recommendations I’m afraid.
But if it is inspiration and simple, actionable help and guidance with your photography you need, then you have come to the right place.
I was a primary school teacher for 8 years before I became a photographer and I have always believed that a teacher’s job is to inspire, above all else! You can have a head full of knowledge and you can know more than anyone else in the world about a certain subject but that does not make you the best person to teach that subject. Do you know what I mean? If you can’t inspire people to listen, engage and take action then all of the knowledge in the world doesn’t mean very much to anyone, except maybe to you.
So no, there won’t be lots of techy, nerdy photography talk but there will be lots and lots of hints, tips and inspiration on how to become a much more confident, imaginative and passionate photographer of whatever it is you love to photograph. If that sounds good then I hope you will subscribe today and join the journey.
The episodes will be ‘tea break’ in length when possible so no more than 20 minutes. Hence the name! And by the way if you are a true beginner and wonder what ‘tog’ means – it is short for photographer!
There is also a Tea Break Tog community that I would love for you to be a part of! It is on facebook and is called Tea Break Tog Photography Chat. There are tons of likeminded learners in there. We are all at different levels but all have the same philosophy. We help, support and inspire each other. There are weekly photo themes to get involved in and it is the perfect place to ask any questions, share images and just generally grow as a photographer.
But back to you beginners before I sign off – you will get most out of this podcast if you start at the beginning and listen to the first episodes in order. Trust me on that. If you do that you will be staggered at how your knowledge and understanding will develop and how quickly! I also have a FREE beginners course for you which you can sign up for here!
If you have an interest in photography but you haven’t even got a camera yet – don’t worry! I know how stressful making that purchase can be which is why I created my eBook – purchasing your first DSLR & Lens. You can also download that for free right here.
If you are a more confident photographer – go ahead and browse the titles and decide where to begin – but don’t forget to subscribe so that they are always sitting there ready on your phone when you are!
That’s just about it in terms of an introduction – I hope you are ready to get stuck in. Let’s get started!