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

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

*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…

Words of Wisdom, From Instagram

Through instagram, *cough cough* https://www.instagram.com/sng.photo/, I’ve made a ton of insta-friends with other photographers and models throughout the country. Some I do some retouching work for, some I just admire their work, and others, well, others I seek wisdom and knowledge from the veterans. One of my favorites is Scott Rust, AKA Rusty Pants. Check…

Shooting Everyday

This is something that a lot of people have problems with. They think they need to get their gear together, pack it up, head out, find something to shoot, and shoot, edit. Every Day? Where the hell did you find the time to do that? To invest hours every day to do something like that….

Art through Texture

I finally have put time and effort into trying to sell my prints. I will have MPIX fulfilling prints, I want people to have my art in their house. This will be the first step into getting there. https://sngdesignco.pixieset.com/texturedfineart

Flash Photography – A helpful guide to why – Part 1

Ok, first, get a lengthy trench coat, wear nothing underneath and then when someone is least expecting it, jump out from a bush or from around the corner and expose yourself! (DON’T EVER DO THIS). So, you want to learn how to use your Flash. First we need to get a handle on some basics…

What do you want to learn today?

Here is a small Poll, I want your input on what to do next in this Tutorial endeavor. Not seeing something on the poll that you want to see laid out for you? Go ahead and leave a comment below!

The Undertaking of Revamping Yourself

Photography is a weird profession. Sure, there are a million facets of this one activity. You can be a wedding photographer, a portrait photographer, a sports photographer, and a million other niches that you could fall into. So when you find your niche, you get excited about what you can do. What do I want…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 2.

So I have gone through and done a second day of this 90x to Goal. It’s still the beginning stages. Yesterday I read about it, today I filled out the main pages. There really isn’t much to report, but tomorrow is going to be interesting since I will be doing the first bit of research…

90 Days to a Goal. Day 1.

The quiet time of this blog is coming to an end. I’ve been neglecting this blog and this platform, but, it was with good intention. We have been doing our Esty shop www.sngdesignco.com and had our first con vendor table at Las Vegas Pug Party www.grumblecity.com and was a success. Now we have a few…

Imaging USA 2019 – A Photographers Playground

I was lucky enough to get invited to this year’s Imaging USA in Atlanta for free. Now, I was only privy to the Expo itself and wasn’t able to partake in any of the classes, but I can tell you this. Next year, in Nashville, that will change completely. Now, how can I describe this…

Pet Photography – A Pug’s Life

Some people have pets.  Some, have superstars. If you went back in time, to the year 2000, with me going off to college for Graphic Design and told me, “You will be a professional photographer, who takes photos of your pug for 10s of thousands of people to enjoy every day on Instagram!” I would…

Getting Back to What Makes You Happy – A Year In Review

With the holidays come and gone, I look back on this year and try to see what I did this year to further my progression as a photographer. I had gone from being lost in what I was doing to having finally found a niche. Or, well, several niches I guess. I feel pretty good…

Social Networking for Photographers looking to get Creative with Shapr

This is something that is really frustrating.  You move to a new area and you want to find other photographers, models, or other creative people to get with and create new and crazy things. Facebook, is a grandma graveyard. LinkedIn? No… just no, that’s great if you want to find work for other businesses, but…

How to Grow as a Photographer

The Process Maybe growing better as a photographer is a misnomer and what I should say is, “How to grow in the field of photography” instead. This article is really dedicated to my wife, because she was the one who would even say, “Your photos look so gritty and grimy, how can you make them…

How to Plan A Cosplayer Photo Shoot

Cosplayers Make The Best Models Most people who see a portrait done of their favorite cosplayer or model, just see the finished version of a the photo. However, there was a lot of thought and setup that had gone into that. I have shared the few shots I had done for the 3 cosplayers at…

Behind the Scenes – Headshot Photography – With a Pug

This is a behind the scenes look into headshot photography. With my favorite model who I never have to pay with money, just cookies, Philomena the Pug.   This video will basically show you what happens when I set up to do headshots or even portraits. My process and more importantly my love of photography.  Below…

The Toxicity of Photography

Toxicity. I am going to do the cliché of defining toxicity. the quality, state, or relative degree of being poisonous an extremely harsh, malicious, or harmful quality That second definition of toxicity is something that we as photographers have come to see every day in our profession. There is a lot of toxicity in any…

Entry Level Camera To Take You To The Next Level

You Need A Camera Well, even if you are a complete beginner, you probably know one thing. You need a camera. That’s simple enough, go out to your favorite store or head to Amazon and just pick one. Ok, now that you’ve been slammed with 80,000 options from Amazon, do you feel overwhelmed? You do?!…

About The Professional Amateur

Stefan Glazer is The Professional Amateur. While I am technically a Professional Photographer, (I have been paid for multiple photography jobs more than once, over a period of time, see? Technically professional!) I look at myself as an Amateur still. That phrase is really hard to swallow, because we Amateurs can put out some amazing…