Michael Torkildsen - Composition is a Dance!
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Welcome to episode 238 of F-Stop Collaborate and Listen! This week on the podcast I was joined by Michael Torkildsen - a landscape photographer who has been living on the road since right before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with his eyes on becoming a full-time photographer.  Michael has had to pivot quite a bit since he launched into his full-time career and has recently been putting in the hard work of writing a self-published book on composition. Michael and I chat about his book project, and focus a lot of our time on discussing the challenges of composition in landscape and nature photography. We also discuss: Stories from working in his mother's 1-hour photo shop, His journey into full-time photography through COVID-19, Photographing icons and its application in composition, Rules of composition and how to use them (or not), Our thoughts on Instagram, And a lot more! In the episode we briefly discussed Greg Vaughn's excellent Photographing Oregon book, and Greg sent in a correction to the discussion: "For Photographing Oregon, the publisher and I arranged a license for each of those photos with the creators. The photographers were paid in the form of 10 copies of the book (valued at $25 each), plus they received an adjacent photo credit and a link to their website in the book. With the exception of one photographer, all of the photographers that I asked to contribute readily did so on those terms. We did the same for photographs featured in Photographing Washington." Here's who Michael recommended for the podcast this week: Steven Webber. Hilton Chen. Other items mentioned on the show: 1. Support Michael's Kickstarter Project. 2. Michael Rung's special offer. 3. Support the show on Patreon. 4. Join us on Clubhouse! I love hearing from the podcast listeners! Reach out to me via Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter if you'd like to be on the podcast or if you have an idea of a topic we can talk about. We also have an Instagram page, a Facebook Page, and a Facebook Group - so don't be shy! We also have a searchable transcript of every episode! Thanks for stopping in, collaborating with us, and listening. See you next week.
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