Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba

Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba

Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba
Image by Olaf Sztaba | ©osztaba

The Great Return  | #changetheconversation

It’s been just over a year and we were finally able to bring back our pal and good friend to the show, incredible photographer, Olaf Sztaba! He penned a couple of great articles on his thoughts on the social media/photo communities that had some scratching their heads about their own involvement in the online photo industry. Consider it a serendipitous moment if you will, as Mac and I were discussing the very same thing off the air, so we knew Olaf was meant to appear on this episode! Please join us as we take the mics to discuss these very topics and also find out what Olaf is up to today.

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We’d love to hear your thoughts on the show and the articles if you’ve had the change to read them. Has your online involvement ever impacted your own process of making images? We would love to hear about it – the good and the bad, if any. You can find us at Bookface or Twitter! Of course, you can subscribe for free at iTunes or check us out at Stitcher.

Huge thanks to Olaf for coming back on the show! Please make sure to check out his work and the two articles (links at the bottom of the post).

Thanks for tuning in!

Cheers, y’all!

Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba
Image by Olaf Sztaba | ©osztaba
Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba
Image by Olaf Sztaba | ©osztaba
Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba
Image by Olaf Sztaba | ©osztaba
Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba
Image by Olaf Sztaba | ©osztaba
Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba
Image by Olaf Sztaba | ©osztaba

 

Links from the show:

Olaf’s Article » Killing the Beast

Olaf’s Article » Follow-up Killing the Beast

Olaf and Kasia Sztaba Photoblog

Olaf’s Portfolio 

Episode 129 »» Chat with Kasia and Olaf Sztaba

Jonas Rask » The conundrum of my photographic identity

Zack Arias » Transform / via YouTube

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One thought on “Episode 157 »» Killing the Beast with Olaf Sztaba”

  1. Hey Guys,
    I really enjoyed this episode. There were so many things that resinated with me. I started enjoying photography initially because I see so many things that move me in a certain way and I want to capture them. I feel like I am always looking at things through a lens, if you know what I mean? I try and stay true to myself and photograph the things that interest me and try and post images that I enjoy but sometimes I have to admit I do get caught up with feeding The Beast. 🙂 I belonged to a few Facebook groups that often seemed like a competition to see who could post the most images and it was getting tiring trying to keep up. I started to notice I was getting into a funk creatively so I stopped posting to those groups. It felt like people were expecting me to post images everyday and I actually felt pressured. In reality though its my own fault. I got caught up in the whole thing and who really cares what other people think? Apparently I do. 🙂 It’s scary how good a “like ” on Facebook can make you feel, especially followed by a comment. 🙂

    Recently I have stopped posting so many images and have turned my focus on photography again and started to shoot film. I was never a big film shooter except for automatic 35mm cameras. I have always been curious and as a kid I use to beg my uncle to show me his dark room. But when digital came out I was hooked. Shooting film and developing it myself has really slowed me down and has taken me away from social media. I still post my images on Facebook and other sites because, whats the use of capturing something without sharing it ? The difference now is I am not caring too much about approval.

    I enjoy looking at other photographers images and I really only click “like” on the ones I do like. I have to admit though that I don’t comment that much on them. I am lazy when it comes to writing. That’s why I don’t have a blog and why I don’t comment a lot on the podcasts. 🙂 I would rather talk in person. 🙂 I wish I could call everyone! 🙂 While I was listening to the show and you guys were talking about how you can change the social media behavior I kept hearing the phrase ” if you want change you must exchange “. In other words like Olaf was saying, communicating and leaving feedback with the photographer instead of just clicking like is so much more valuable. I have to get off my lazy butt and start doing this more :).

    I hope I am making some sense here. 🙂 I read Olaf’s blog and thought it was right on. And by the way… his images are right on as well. So much feeling in them. Wow! I guess I should comment to him. 🙂

    Thank you guys for talking about these kind of topics. In a world where we are so caught up in material things you bring us back to what it’s supposed to be about. I think we can all learn from one another and also enjoy the differences in our photography. If it were all the same it would be one big boring thing. Shoot what makes you happy. Keep on clicking!

    Love you guy’s! Dom

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