I have been interviewed about photography (mostly business topics). It's a podcast.


Ibarionex Perello is a photographer, writer and interviewer. His latest book is: Photoshop Master Class: Photoshop Inspiring artwork and tutorials by established and emerging artists. He works in Los Angeles and he's really fun to talk to about photography.

He took time out of his busy schedule to interview me for his blog, the Candid Frame. (hit the link at the top of the page)...

I ramble on for quite a while but Ibarionex did a good job at reining me in...

Please go and listen to the interview, if you want to hear how different I sound from Ron Perelman....

Thanks Ibarionex.

(Not an April Fool's joke).

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  1. you talk like you write, or should that be, you write like you talk. you are YOU!@

  2. I'll listen to it today. I'm a Candid Frame subscriber and love his show.

  3. Awesome interview Kirk, I learned quite a bit about the business side in just over 50 minutes, thank you for posting this.

    1. I was very honestly surprised to be asked. I didn't know that Ibarionex was a VSL reader. He's really a wonderful interviewer. He even made me sound like I knew what I was talking about.

  4. That was a very interesting, and entertaining interview of you, Kirk. I enjoyed every minute of it. I especially like your answer to his question "Why do the blog?". Nice job!

  5. Yes, a good interview, probably the best business-of-photography interview I have heard.

  6. Great points in that interview. As someone who's been in the PR side of things & working with advertising agencies (for a State government department, not a corporation, but still), your insights have reminded me of a lot of the experiences I had with our photography (and other subcontract work).

    I've always had the option of getting one of the government photographers do something for us - they usually were part-time newspapermen who took advantage of Brazilian newspapers' 6-hour workdays to work two jobs, and always did wonderful editorial stuff. The photography was a lot better than much of what we wrote for our website and newsletters. They even did a good job with team photos, most of the time. But, for the publicity shots - permanent sections of the website, things that went into brochures and papers explaining $5bn investment propositions to multilateral agencies - I'd always put up a fight with the budget people to get a dedicated pro. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't - I mean both in the budgetary sense and in the photographic sense, and when THAT didn't turn out well I'd have a big problem justifying the expense. But it was always worth it in the end.

    Now Kirk, two practical comments about the blog. One: at the end of the interview you mention your Amazon links here. Well, I did buy one of your books (on LED lighting) recently through here. But I also bought a 35-100 Panasonic lens from Amazon a couple of weeks later, and, even though I tried, I couldn't find a way to do it through your affiliate thing! Maybe that's an editorial choice, and if it is, it's one I highly respect, not having much time for all the gear talk that goes on around the interwebs. Still, I felt like mentioning it 'cos that lens wasn't exactly cheap. :-)

    Number two: I use MacOS and Safari, and I've lost count of the carefully written prose that I tried to dispense on your comment sections that was lost forever whenever I hit either "preview" or "publish" whith that browser. The text would just vanish. So either you have some sort of content filter that eliminates poorly written, irrelevant comments or there's a bug in your blog software when accessed with Safari or something. I now have Google Chrome as my Kirk Tuck browser, but you might want to have a look at that.

    Or, looking at the size of this post, maybe not.

  7. Livino, thanks for the feedback. First of all you can click on any link for any product at Amazon and once you are at Amazon and navigate to a fine, photographic product that will make your life happier, your purchase will be credited (on that visit) to the VSL blog. For instance, if you click on the book link above and then head over to electronics and buy a complete Leica M system, that would work...

    As to the software...Blogger is blogger. I don't do any programming so I'm pretty much stuck with whatever they implement. If I have time in the next year I'll look into Word Press or the program/environment that Michael uses over at the Online Photographer. Until then I'll suffer along with the rest of you every time I open the site on my iPad...

    Seriously, thanks for letting me know.

  8. Great interview. Now let us bow our heads in a moment of silence in memory of the thousands upon thousands of creative folk who never grasped the fundamentals of business and were slammed repeatedly to the canvas until they expired.

    Moment over. Now give us the damned novel. The pent up demand is liable to wash you away. Hopefully upon a tsunami of revenue.

  9. Great interview - if I may say you're one of those people who, when I used to work in a casting office, after meeting you we'd say "he didn't sound like his face." Which is not a bad thing, I just always imagined a little bit more weary Texas gravel when voicing your writing in my head.

  10. Found the blog from the podcast, and I'll add it to my RSS feed. Your comments about growing up middle class and not talking about money describes me too perfectly. Thanks for having the courage to talk about something we as professionals photographers aren't discussing nearly enough.

  11. This was one of the best Candid Frame interviews (kind of what I was expecting after following your blog for some time), lots of real-world business advice and valuable information that artistic types tend to shy away from and find difficult to do. The Jeff Sedlik interview from a few months back also had lots of valuable legal info of the same importance.
    I've observed - and had it confirmed by this interview - exactly what you mentioned about how the successful photographers are good writers (as well as business people). Most of the successful ones that I've observed are very articulate in spoken and written language, and are great people people.
    To my thinking, if more photographers were educated with this sort of advice - along with the legal/contractual/agreement side of things - and put it into practice, it would benefit the industry as a whole, would it not?.


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