Interviews with Erin Babnik
More about my background, experiences in the field, approaches to photography, and my philosophies about it feature in the following interviews.
If you would like to interview me for your show or publication, please get in touch via the Contact page of this website.
In this video interview, host Frederick Van Johnson asked me some very thoughtful questions about my transition from the academic world of art history and archaeology into becoming a full-time landscape photographer…and about how my background has helped to form me as a photography educator.
In honor of Earth Day, host Brian Matiash invited me to discuss the vexing issue of photography’s impact on wild lands and the part that social media has to play in encouraging photographers to behave in ways that can change the world.
Interviewer Chris Smith and I went through an entertaining list of questions posed by the photography community in response to my invitation to “Ask me anything!” The topics are very diverse, ranging from color theory in landscape photography to being creative in the field…to why I wear purple…and a whole lot more!
"Mastering Visual Artistry with Erin Babnik" interview for the Sedona Photography Symposium Speaker Series
In this video interview, Carol Kahn continues her interview series with the headlining speakers scheduled for the 2019 Sedona Photography Symposium. The symposium’s theme of mastering visual artistry inspired her questions, and she drew out my thoughts on everything from personal style to creative expression.
The Traveling Image Makers, Episode 165, titled “Erin Babnik on Resilience”. Host Ugo Cei asked me to share my story of surviving the wildfire that destroyed my home and office in Paradise, California late last year and to explain how I have managed to recover (to the extent that I have so far). We also discussed file back-up strategies and my latest article on compositional patterns.
"Erin Babnik Shares Two New Awesome Adventures & Priceless Landscape Photography Tips", Photog Adventures Podcast Episode 120
I’m happy to present a new podcast interview in which I share a huge amount of insights regarding both the camera work and the post-processing that went into two of my most popular photographs. The discussion gets deep into issues of technique and composition as I answered any and every question that the hosts wanted to pose. I also shared the whole backstory of my newest photo release, as well as the story of one that is yet be unveiled. Enjoy!
I was honored to be featured in the pilot for a new show on AdoramaTV as one of five photographers in a round table discussion regarding current issues in landscape photography. Seated with me were Chris Burkhard, Keith Ladzinski, Pete McBride, and Jacob Riglin, plus the episode’s moderator, Kishore Sawh.
My newest appearance on a podcast show is quite different from any of the others that I’ve done. I had discussed this topic with Alex Nail twice before, and both conversations were collegial and engaging…so I agreed to do this episode in dialogue with him (and with a moderator who shares his views!). Alex is an outstanding photographer who I have met before and who shares my fondness for adventurous outings in remote locations. It was a very lively discussion, and I hope that it gives everyone plenty to think about!
Also note that there is bonus content available for Patreon subscribers: a separate conversation with Alex and me on the topic of photography workshops.
"Live from Moab!", The Landscape Photography Podcast Episode 43, Erin Babnik, Ian Norman & Josh Cripps
In front of a live audience at the Out of Moab Landscape Photography Podcast, host Nick Page moderated this panel discussion with Josh Cripps, Ian Norman, and me. We covered a range of topics of interest to landscape photographers in an especially frank, candid, and often humorous conversation.
"Quality vs. Quantity", The Landscape Photography Podcast Episode 36, Interview with Erin Babnik and Alex Noriega
In this episode, Host Nick Page inquires about an approach to photography that has become increasingly rare since the rise of digital imaging and social media: releasing new photographs infrequently. Nick chose me and fellow photographer Alex Noriega as exemplars of this unusual approach because we both make it work to support our full-time careers in landscape photography. We discussed a variety of concerns, including online ‘visibility’, the creative process, portfolio curation, and much more.
f-stop gear interviewed me about what goes on behind the scenes with teaching workshops. They asked me about my journey into photography education and what goes into the location choices, program design, logistics, and other considerations when planning a world-class workshop.
Hosts Allan Weitz and John Harris of the B&H Photography Podcast interviewed me and my Photo Cascadia teammate Sean Bagshaw about contemporary trends in landscape photography. We discussed the progressive techniques embraced by many photographers in the Pacific Northwest, new business models, image manipulation, new technology for phone apps, for post-processing, and for outdoor gear. This was a very lively and wide-ranging discussion that packs in something for everyone.
"Thinking Beyond the Typical Photo": Photography Roundtable Podcast, Episode 244, Interview with Erin Babnik
In this interview, David Johnston asks me about my experiences with exploration as a landscape photographer. We discuss the creative benefits of exploration and discovery, some practical resources for research, and the drawbacks to pioneering new locations.
"Erin Babnik on Composition for the Landscape Photographer" podcast interview for The PhotoTellers show
This conversation may surprise you at many points. Listen to find out how my talk on composition differs from other treatments of the subject and why the talk has been so well received. Thanks to the unique interview style of Bill Ramsey, we delve into a range of related topics with a level of depth that is rare in podcast interviews. To hear me speak live about the topic of composition, join me at the Canon Experience Center in Costa Mesa, California on October 17, 2017.
During the Out of Acadia Landscape Photography Conference I was delighted to participate a panel discussion recorded in front of a live audience for the Landscape Photography Podcast. Host Nick Page sat down with Thomas Heaton, Bryan Peterson, and me for a discussion of many important topics in landscape photography: overcoming creative block, finding inspiration, tales of our scariest moments in the field, and our most common teaching tips all came up, along with a good number of jokes along the way. A video version of this recording will be available soon.
Veteran podcast personality Nick Page (formerly of the Improve Photography Podcast) has launched a new podcast channel dedicated to landscape photography. I was honored to be his guest for the show’s inaugural episode. Titled “Developing the Eye with Erin Babnik,” Episode 1 delves into the topics of composition, being creative in the field, and growing as an artist. This was a very lively discussion that should appeal to landscape photographers at any stage in their creative journey.
“Art History and Landscape Photography with Erin Babnik” is the title of the Out of Chicago Podcast Season 4 Episode 2. Interviewer Chris Smith masterfully drew out some answers from me that got us deep into topics including photography’s ancient past, compositional trends in landscape photography, meaning and storytelling, female landscape photographers, my relationship with my Photo Cascadia teammates, and much more. Recent guests on this show include Art Wolfe, Bryan Peterson, and Rick Sammon, so it was a great honor to join the lineup.
"Artistic Vision in Landscape Photography", f-stop Collaborate and Listen Episode 2 Interview with Erin Babnik
This new podcast show by Matt Payne offers “casual conversations” with landscape photographers in episodes that run longer and cover more ground than most others. Our wide-ranging discussion of nearly an hour and half includes: the history of the underground landscape photography group once operating as Area 51, my thoughts on the issue of photo manipulation, the challenges and rewards of becoming a full-time landscape photographer, putting social media into perspective, some thoughts on artistic vision, funny stories from the road, and more.
In this interview, titled “The Creative Process”, David Johnston asks me some of the most important questions for any landscape photographer to consider. We touch on many of the points from my talk in England about creative expression and expand to a number of related topics. How important is it to travel to so-called ‘epic’ locations? Can ‘bad’ conditions produce great photographs? How can a photographer get out of a creative slump? How can beginning photographers find their own creative voice? Listen to the episode for these questions and many more!
Photographer David Ward sat down with me for a video interview streamed live to the world following my talk at the Meeting of Minds Landscape Photography Conference in Cumbria, England. We discussed some of the points from my talk and took a question from the audience regarding the development of personal style.
On Landscape Magazine interviewed me and asked some really thought-provoking questions about photography, art, and art history. I especially enjoyed answering the ones on near/far compositions and finding meaning in photographs. This is an absolutely top-notch publication, and I encourage anyone who enjoys great writing about landscape photography to subscribe to the magazine!
This interview, titled “The Creative Journey,” covers the topics of stepping outside of your comfort zone, photographic inspiration, social media influence, and more. It is an interview unlike any that I’ve done before. Image & Rhythm asked me some provocative questions about some very important topics, and I poured every bit of insight that I could into answering them. If you haven’t heard about this website, then you really need to check it out. The whole premise is highly original and inspirational. It’s a great resource for any photographers who face the challenges of being creative, productive, and personally satisfied.
The Traveling Image Makers, Episode 30, titled “On the High Mountains with Erin Babnik.” Interviewer Ugo Cei asked me some great questions about photographing in high alpine environments, about the differences between landscape photography culture in Europe and the United States, and much more. It was a very engaging discussion that covers topics that have not come up in previous interviews.
The Photography Roundtable network interviewed me about a huge variety of topics. The episode, titled “Erin Babnik: Tips to Immediately Shoot More Creative Photos” is now available on iTunes, Android, and on the Improve Photography website. We discuss the topics of photographic storytelling, females in landscape photography, compositional theory, and more.
The Improve Photography network interviewed me for their show “Tripod: The Nature Photography Show”. The episode, titled “Erin Babnik: The undisputed queen of landscape photography” is now available on iTunes, Android, and on the Improve Photography website. We discuss current trends in landscape photography, my experience with going full-time as a landscape photographer, photographing in the Italian Alps, and more. This show features top-notch interviewing and production quality, and I am thrilled to be featured on it.
"Erin Babnik: Art History & the Legacy of Landscape Photography" podcast interview for the PhotoTellers show.
Distinguished interviewer Bill Ramsey asked me some thoughtful and wide ranging questions for his show The PhotoTellers on the Fireside Network. I am thrilled to be featured in this impressive series.
Photo Cascadia has become a household name with landscape and travel photographers around the world due to their exceptional range of talent and commitment to photography education.
Aperture Academy’s “Guest Pro of the Month” interview series is renowned for its illustrious list of interviewees and its thoughtfully crafted questions for them.