Helping Amateur Photographers Edit

I have been putting together a lot tools, tips and tricks for no one but myself for over 20 years. I always want to streamline, speed up, and create an easier life in business. Then something in my mind changed. I have been working in photo retouching and manipulation for years and years before I…

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 15 – Leslie Spurlock – Photojournalist, Humanitarian, NFT Creator and Collector

I met Leslie in the NFT Space and after a few messages I knew I needed to talk to her. From her times in Haiti covering revolution and natural disasters, to creating a name for herself in the NFT space, the last 20+ years of her Photography career have been astounding and incredibly interesting. https://lesliespurlock.com/https://twitter.com/LeslieASpurlockhttps://foundation.app/@lesliespurlockhttps://opensea.io/LeslieSpurlock

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 12 – Sofia Olaya – Chef/Model/Creator

Soph, as she is know online, is the master of passions, she is learning a ton of languages, has a ton of projects and is always on the quest for more knowledge. You can follow her adventures in cooking and cuisine at: https://www.unculturedpalate.com/On instagram at: https://www.instagram.com/sophsbadgaming/ and https://www.instagram.com/unculturedpalate/ And be sure to catch the monthly…

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 10 – Lauren Galus – Entrepreneur

You can find more about Magic Dose at:https://magic-dose.com/https://www.instagram.com/_magicdose/Lauren Galus is not your typical entrepreneur. She is high vibe, in tune, and curating a brand of natural medicine and skincare that is turning people’s lives around. We talk about it all, from her brand Magic Dose’s beginnings, to her outlook on pharmaceutical overstimulation, and of course,…

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 9 – Jared Moore – Craftsman

Jared Moore is an assistant professor at Grand Valley State university and when you listen to what he does there, you can easily get lost in the weeds.  Take a look at his blog and website https://theboredlife.com/ and to quote his bio on the university website: His research focuses on the optimization of robotic systems…

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 8 – Stefan Glazer – Photographer

This episode is about me. Photography, NFTs, Art, Music, and ADHD. It makes for an interesting time. I had notes, but went off script and forgot to look at my notes and really didn’t talk about everything I wanted to, but that is quite ok. Support the Podcast at Patreon https://www.patreon.com/theprofessionalamateur Support the Artist on…

I’m Getting into NFTs

And boy am I lost. I have been following the NFT craze and kept saying that I wanted to get some of my art and photography into that space. I was so afraid of what to do or how to do it. But I remember to the same reasoning for my Podcast. “It’s doesn’t have…

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 3 – Neil Battinelli – Performer

Performing is not for everyone, but for today’s guest, it’s a deep passion. Neil Battinelli, Performer, Actor, Magician, when he gets in front of a crowd entertaining people, he is at home. I follow Neil’s path from a theater geek to magician and the 100 different paths he wandered down. And we bond over a…

The Professional Amateur Podcast Ep 2 – Tred Hulse – Realtor

It’s more than selling houses. When I had reached out to Tred Hulse to talk about his passion, I assumed we would talk about his On Air days in Radio and while the passion was there, he knew that there were things more important than radio.Family. That is when he switched gears and went from…

Professional Photography Tips To Help You Save Time and Money

As a photographer, I have come to find ways to get certain looks and ideas needed for shots. I learned a lot of post production tricks and shortcuts to put the finishing touches on a photo. As a photographer, the hardest thing to do for another photographer is give professional photography advice that they can…

Golden Hour – It’s ok

When people are just starting out in photography, they make a big deal out of Golden Hour. It’s completely understandable, but it’s not completely necessary.  This is my opinion and while you can go out and wait for that magic time to get the best natural light possible, I think it’s important to know how…

Twitch Stream Recap : Creating Creepy from Happy

I posed a poll on twitter asking for an idea of what to stream this week. Next Photoshop editing stream, most likely Tuesday or Wednesday, what do you want to see? — Stefan Glazer (@ghengis317) April 27, 2020 And well, you can see what won. While you can watch the entire VOD here, below, I’ll…

Streaming and Selling Products

I had mentioned both things before, but this is more of a lazy blog that I will “pin to the top” of my blogs. Here is my Twitch Stream. This is where I do Live Photo Shoots and Editing. And an idea of what I stream: And where you can buy my photo prints from…

Fiverr – A weird place for creatives

I will say this up front, there are millions of people on Fiverr, including myself. *cough* shameless plug https://www.fiverr.com/stefanglazer *cough*. However, I will also say this up front. Fiverr is HARD to get into, especially if you are doing something like Photo Editing and Retouching, Restoration, or Anything that is small, tedious and frustrating for…

Content Creation: A mental road block.

I will start straight away, I have been rather productive since sheltering in place. Scheduling Social Media posts for my businesses, blogging more often, keeping skills sharp with self tests and fiverr, have all helped me push forward in productivity. However, I do have some projects that I can’t seem to get past my mental…

Follow up to Life of a Content Creator

I had ranted a little about daily routine back in this post from the other day. I thought, “You know, I went through everything and I didn’t actually show any of the channels of content that I work on!” and shook my head in shame. When you see the list of the projects, even the…

The Life of a Content Creator During a Pandemic.

We all are in this together, it’s true, this Covid-19 Pandemic is taking a toll on every single person in this country and on this planet in some way. A lot of people lost their jobs, and a lot of people who work as independent contractors or are self employed and rely on being out…

Review: Canon EF 85mm F1.8

I will start here: If you don’t have this lens and you do portraits of any type, what is wrong with you. If you have the F1.4 then, well, look at you fancy pants with that extra half stop and 4 times the price lens. Ok ok, I get it, no angry emails about how…

Revisiting My Past Work

I had been going through some of the fun shoots I’ve done on the fine art side. And this set was a collection of shots from an AirBnB in Asheville, NC. This place was an amazing set piece and great background for photos, as shown here in some of the pug shots I had done…

BTS: Time Lapse of a live Photo Shoot

Like I had said before, I have been enjoying getting back into streaming, and it’s always a journey of thinking about what I want to shoot and what I want to get out of from the night of streaming. Sometimes things go amazing, sometimes, things go off rails. But what is important is the fun…

A Time Lapse video – With Pugs

I had thought of doing a few things since being stuck in the house with this pandemic going on. So I have taken up Streaming again, and you can catch it randomly on Twitch.tv. While I have not had a steady schedule, if you do follow me there and get notifications, you’ll be notified via…

Zoomballs: Learning to play with your balls for the sake of art.

My wife had purchased a set of Zoomballs for me. And I had always wanted a set to try new ideas for portraits and landscapes. Well, eventually, I can go out and do some landscape shots with these. But, trying sheltered in place times, I decided to do something simple. A portrait of my guitar….

My SD Card is too SLOW!?

This was the question that was posed, and there seems to be some mystery at all these numbers all over the cards you have (or maybe there are no numbers at all). I want to break down these numbers and make it easier for you to decide what you need to take photos or videos….

Shelter in Place? What’s a Photographer to do.

As I sat here and wondered, “Well, you can’t go out and make money as a photographer if all the businesses are closed and no one wants to meet in person, for good reason. What am I going to do?”. Turn the house into fun shoots. So, what does that entail? Let’s see! Time to…

There is Magic in those Mountains.

The West It always seems to call me, and when I am there, it seems to grab tight and not want to let go. There is something stunningly beautiful about the southwest, the wonderful colors of reds, browns, and yellows. It’s a constant painting of the earth. I try to capture it as much as…

The Professional Amateur Podcast

I want to hear your stories. I want to hear how you got to where you are today. I want to hear how you became a professional amateur.

When is Depth of Field Too Shallow?

People, Pets, Objects, Nothing. We tend to take photos of everything around us out of compulsion these days, but it is always the same. Without the photographers eye, you end up getting weirdly lit/composed/colored/framed shots. Or worse, AI portrait mode that a tries to mimic depth of field and bokeh. Bokeh, the love of life…

How Did You Become a Pet Photographer?

How did I become a Pet Photographer? Well, that is an easy question to answer. Philomena the Pug is my pug, the joy I had photographing her and now her sister Penelope have given me endless joy. But, did you know I was a regular photographer before? Some of you do, but, here is something…

When A Brindle Pug Steals Your Heart

Meet Mojo, a brindle pug I had met at the Kennesaw Christmas Parade over the weekend. I literally need to show the world this cute lil boy Mojo. Also, Mojo’s instagram (with sibling Bubbles!). Worth a follow, and hopefully we can get together for a shoot in the future! View this post on Instagram Mojo…

When Focusing Pays Off

Focusing. It’s so important. And shedding the weight of trying to create art in the search of being found wasn’t working. No one wants to be force fed art, no one wants to buy art from an unknown, and most importantly, I don’t want to be a starving artist. (I really like food). So, I…

Looking In and Looking Forward

There has been a lot of introspective time lately. You’d be surprised how much of that I’ve been doing. It’s almost been, all consuming. But, it’s been so important for me to do. You might have noticed that amount of fine art photography I’ve been doing. It felt really good, like, really good. I was…

I’m finally selling prints

I put the gallery together, it’s starting with the favorites and will add more as I create more art for the masses or for the few. If you have a favorite shot of mine, you can always say, “HEY WHY DON’T YOU HAVE THIS HERE FOR ME TO BUY” and I can upload it to…

Rumblings from Instagram

I actually put together a poll on doing something a little more professional in terms of selling some prints. I know, it’s a novel concept. Selling my art for money? Well, the positive result is that, 12 hours into it, a lot of people have said they wanted to buy my work. This gave me…

*YAWNS* Wait, what time is it?

It seems like I had overslept in terms of activity on this blog. I had an excuse for August, but I didn’t even post a single thing in July. So here we are, it’s September, and a lot has happened and a lot is happening. It will be good for everyone, and great for lovers…

Happy Birthday Nina!

Everyone has their inspirations that drive them to be a better person every day. For me, that person is my wife and best friend Nina. And today? Today is her birthday. So, no tips on photography, just love for my wife and the journey we are on together. Without you, I would have never got…

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask

What a statement, “Don’t Be Afraid to Ask”. “Ask What?!”, You might ask. Well, that is the million dollar question. Whenever you have an obstacle in front of you, you need to stop being so stubborn and figuring it out for yourself, and stop being afraid to ask someone who has gone through it before….