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Is it rude to take cell phone pictures at a wedding?

It's a pretty common opinion among wedding photographers that guests who use their smartphone to take their own personal snaps at a wedding are a nuisance. I saw a post on Facebook from a bride asking her guests to check their phones at the door so they would be tempted to use their phones during the wedding. Calling it childish behavior. On today's episode, I go into a little rant about this condescending attitude and share my alternative point of view.


Can Flickr Make a Comeback?

The boys over at Smugmug who sought to save iconic photography landmark, Flickr, and bought it from Yahoo before they completely destroyed it. In the car, I share my thoughts about the acquisition and their moves to take it back to its roots. Do you think they can take on Instagram or is it too little too late?


Is Lightroom Faster?

I’ve been busy wrapping up the year. Finishing up weddings, closing out some long standing projects and making plans for 2019. Knowing I’ll regret it a year from now, I’m setting some big plans into motion. Today I talked about the vlog and getting it started back up. It’s going to be more true to who I am and should be a come-up story that tons of photographers will be able to relate to. If you want to share sneak peaks from your shoots. Like fast, check out Nikon’s Snapbridge app. As I...


Tina Skow Interview, Owner of TBS Ranch

Continuing on my wedding vendor series, I sat down with Tina from TBS Ranch. We got to talk face to face for a few minutes during a moment we both had in our busy schedules. We talked about the ranch's history and how she strives to make each wedding perfect for every single bride. The cornerstone making sure that every couple is a perfect match. Tina is the sweetest lady you'll ever meet and she clearly has a heart for taking care of people. I hope you enjoy our chat!


Aaron Lee Films, A Marin County Based Videographer

After Aaron basically DMed me asking to come on the show, I had to give him an enthusiastic yes. Even before I had seen his stellar wedding films, I knew just talking to him on the phone that I wanted to chat him up and hear about him and his craft. I admire his hustle and I hope you enjoy this show as much as I did.


Should you go all in on new social platforms?

What is the risk and reward of getting in on new social platforms early? If they fall out of the zeitgeist, did you choose wrong and waste all your time. It's possible, but usually, the reward of being right outweighs the risk.


Vuhlandes talks Detroit Culture, Photography and Philosophy

In a world where photographs are coming at you with crazy speed, it takes something special to keep you from flicking it away. I kid you not, I was just taking a break and opened up Twitter and started looking around. I somehow came across one of Vuhlandes' shots and before I knew it I was an hour deep looking through his work. His photos tell stories so authentically and with a style that is distinctly his own. Insta: @vuhlandes


Gwen Edwardson // Redding Wedding Planner

Gwen Edwardson is the sweetest lady you'll ever meet. She has a servants heart and she has a modern eye for details. When we first worked together, I was just blown away by how well she took care of me. I felt like she really cared about my needs making sure I was fed and had plenty to drink. As you will learn in our chat, she comes to treat her wedding clients (and vendors) like family. You can find her on her website: Phone: 530-941-5171


Oliver Asis Interview

Oliver is a wedding and travel photographer based in San Diego, CA. He's got a really down to earth approach to his photography and business that I think many of you will relate to. Oliver and I had a heck of a time getting a stable connection and there was a bunch of noise on the line. So hang tough, grab something cold to drink and enjoy the delightful conversation I had with Oliver. Next week he's launching a brand new podcast of his own called "The Better Photographer". His mission is to...


Betsy Erickson from Essence Photography

I think the best way to bring value to new photographers who want to make a living creating with their camera is to bring on people who have built successful businesses. In the Redding area, Betsy Erickson who runs Essense Photography is the person to talk to. We talk about her journey building her business from nothing into a big multi-photographer studio in Redding, California. Studio: Her Primary Wedding Website:


8 Tips for Shooting Better Portraits

Today I've got 8 tips you can use to take better portraits today. I want to see your portraits! Tweet them to me @ericlesliephoto ⌚00:53 // Don't look right at the camera ⌚02:47 // Experiment with light ⌚05:52 // Find a different perspective ⌚07:50 // Focus on details ⌚09:43 // Use props to engage the subject ⌚10:54 // Explore other expressions ⌚12:40 // Use movement ⌚14:41 // Use wide-angle lenses


Mt. Shasta Florist Interview with Kori Sabalow

In today's show, I get to talk to Kori from Mount Shasta Florist. She goes into a lot of detail about how the floral industry works and offers several tips for brides who need to order their wedding flowers.


How to Second Shooter

I know many of you want to get into wedding photography and don't know where to start. How do you get started and build a portfolio when you aren't shooting weddings. It's a chicken and egg problem for sure. The best way to build up a portfolio and get experience is to second shoot a wedding. Today I talk about how to build relationships with other photographers and how you use that to land second shooting jobs with them. Then with your foot in the door, what are some things you should be...


Can you trust the single card slot on the Nikon Z6?

The photography community as a whole is filled with complainers. People who, I think, enjoy getting angry and telling the world how angry they are. Are they right about the new Nikon Z6/Z7 cameras being relegated to the hands of amateurs because they only have a single XQD memory card slot? ⌚1:35 Today Adobe announced they are dropping support for older versions of Windows and MacOS in future releases for Photoshop, Lightroom, Camera RAW and Bridge. So naturally, outrage. ⌚7:17 Susan cancels...


Do you have to shoot on Manual to be a pro?

In today's show, I dive into this idea of dictating what camera settings pro photographers should be using. Is it really true that pros always shoot on manual? I think you can see where I'm going with this, tune to find out. In what situations do you shoot on Manual? Tweet me @EricLesliePhoto


The Eric Leslie Show is Live

Welcome to my brand new photography podcast. I've been kicking around the idea of starting a podcast for a couple years now and I've finally pulled the trigger. Today I gave a little introduction for myself and then I go into pretty great detail about how to schedule a wedding. Some key points: 1. Start shooting the men first thing in the morning. 2. Have the bride do her hair and makeup in the middle of the lineup with the bridesmaids so we aren't waiting on her if things take a long time....