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Five steps to creating the images that you love

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Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson Nineteen https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Thirty-Days-to-Learn-Your-Camera-A-Photography-Boot-Camp-You-ll-Love-Lesson-Nineteen Let’s go!
Photo by Anton Scherbakov on Unsplash

A lot of my students love my unconventional exercises to learn the camera.

I like to give the gift of photography beyond what the F-stop, Shutter, ISO, and basic lessons can give.

So today, I am going to start a 30 day series as a holiday gift for you to learn your camera.

Even if you are a seasoned pro, I promise that you will take away some new skills from my series.

And the beauty of this series is that you can repeat the exercises as many times as you want to learn something new.

Before you get started with the lessons that I will be posting each day, make sure to follow me and subscribe on the following channels so you get all of the lessons:

Medium: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck/membership You can subscribe and follow to read all of the lessons here.

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck You can follow and subscribe to my podcast What Would Charlie Shoot? here to listen to the lessons. The show is also available to follow and subscribe to on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlieNaebeck. You can watch the lessons or listen here too. This is a relatively new adventure for me, where I removed all of my old videos when the pandemic hit. So yes, I have 9.48K subscribers there, but the channel has been inactive until recently when I started posting again. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and turn on notifications.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

After you finish following the channels to make sure you get all 30 lessons that I am going to be sharing (one each day until Christmas), proceed with the nineteenth lesson.

Lesson 19 exercise; Photograph Christmas decorations

Photo by Donna Spearman on Unsplash

As we get closer to Christmas, let’s get festive with our cameras.

Today’s assignment is to photograph Christmas decorations.

This can be your own decorations around your home, or you can turn this assignment into a full fledged adventure to go photograph others decorations.

Here is the exercise:

Step 1: Grab a snack and a beverage to get some energy to prepare for your shoot.

Step 2: Set up to photograph your decorations in your home, or plan an adventure to go photograph in a location that has a lot of decorations.

Step 3: Make a minimum of twenty images of the decorations that you decide to photograph. Make sure that you take different angles and perspectives. Don’t be afraid to take close up shots too!

Step 4: Think about things like texture, colors, light, composition, framing, and how you can make the images creative as you photograph the decorations.

Step 5: Include your friends and family in your shots if you would like to invite them to be a part of this shoot as well. It is always more fun with more people.

Step 6: Once you finish photographing the decorations, take a look at your images and decide if there is anything else that you want to photograph. Remember details, details, details.

Step 7: Return home and load your images onto your computer and feel free to edit to your liking.

Step 8: Post your best image of your holiday decorations to social media and tag #shareapicturemagazine and #myholidaydecorations. Suppose you want to contribute to the community. I run for my students, also. In that case, you can visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and follow the contributor instructions there.

Bonus: If you like to write, take a moment to write about your experience and share what you felt as you explore the exercise. You can also repeat this as often as possible from different starting points.

Remember to follow and subscribe to the above links for tomorrow’s exercise.

Good luck, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


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Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson Eighteen https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Thirty-Days-to-Learn-Your-Camera-A-Photography-Boot-Camp-You-ll-Love-Lesson-Eighteen Let’s go!
Photo by Daniel Tong on Unsplash

A lot of my students love my unconventional exercises to learn the camera.

I like to give the gift of photography beyond what the F-stop, Shutter, ISO, and basic lessons can give.

So today, I am going to start a 30 day series as a holiday gift for you to learn your camera.

Even if you are a seasoned pro, I promise that you will take away some new skills from my series.

And the beauty of this series is that you can repeat the exercises as many times as you want to learn something new.

Before you get started with the lessons that I will be posting each day, make sure to follow me and subscribe on the following channels so you get all of the lessons:

Medium: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck/membership You can subscribe and follow to read all of the lessons here.

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck You can follow and subscribe to my podcast What Would Charlie Shoot? here to listen to the lessons. The show is also available to follow and subscribe to on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlieNaebeck. You can watch the lessons or listen here too. This is a relatively new adventure for me, where I removed all of my old videos when the pandemic hit. So yes, I have 9.48K subscribers there, but the channel has been inactive until recently when I started posting again. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and turn on notifications.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

After you finish following the channels to make sure you get all 30 lessons that I am going to be sharing (one each day until Christmas), proceed with the eighteenth lesson.

Lesson 18 exercise; Photograph a stranger and give them a picture

Photo by Tamarcus Brown on Unsplash

As we get closer to Christmas, let’s turn our cameras to give someone else the gift of photography.

Today’s assignment is to photograph a stranger.

Now before you say that strangers are scary, let me give you some tips on how I have photographed strangers before.

  1. Most of the time the stranger is more afraid than you are.
  2. Approach someone that looks like you as an easy in for starters.
  3. Wave and smile when you ask someone to pose for you. Don’t scowl, people don’t like that.

With that said, today I am going to tell you a couple stories of how I approached strangers to photograph in my own work to give you some courage and inspiration:

One time I was walking in the streets of New York, and I saw a woman in a very shiny and sparkly dress.

I was photographing for several publications that did street style at the time, and I knew that this woman would be a wonderful fit to write a piece on.

She was on her cellphone, and I did not want to interrupt, so I simply waved to her to get her attention as I smiled, and I pointed to my camera and pointed to her.

She gave me a nod of approval and smiled in return.

I made the image, and she ended up on page 6 of a very notable newspaper at the time.

Another time I saw a gentleman with a cat in his backpack.

I thought how odd that someone would carry their cat in their backpack with its head poking out, and the cat would not jump out and run away.

I knew that the cat was my “in” with this gentleman as he clearly cared about his cat enough to carry it with him, so I simply called out to him and said “Hey, nice cat, what kind of cat is that?”

The man stopped in his tracks and smiled as he started to tell me the story of his cat named Tally.

He was from Brooklyn on his way to the Bronx to see his father, and he could not leave his cat home by its self during long days, so he trained his cat to ride in his backpack.

I made a wonderful portrait of the man and his cat in Union Square, and ended up sending him a portrait via email to say thank you.

The man emailed back many weeks later and thanked me as he shared that he made a framed portrait of him and his cat for his Mom for the holidays. She loved the gift.

So today, when you ask a stranger to pose for a portrait for you, don’t be scared. Think of it as an adventure. And be respectful of people too. Everyone has a story to share, and if you give someone a genuine compliment, it can open doors to a new friend.

If anyone says no for any reason, no worries. Choose someone else to ask to pose for you.

Here is the exercise:

Step 1: Grab a snack and a beverage to get some energy to prepare for your shoot.

Step 2: Choose a busy area that has several people to head to with your camera.

Step 3: Sit in one spot if possible and wait for someone interesting to walk by.

Step 4: When the individual that you would like to photograph walks by you, try calling out to them with one of the techniques that I mention above to smile and point to the camera, and then point to them, or give them a genuine compliment and strike up a conversation before asking to make the portrait. If you need a scapegoat for this exercise, tell them that your teacher (me) gave you a horrible assignment to photograph a stranger, and would they please pose for you. They will normally laugh and say yes to this.

Step 5: Prepare yourself that many people may say no before you get a yes. Don’t take it personally, people are in a hurry around the holidays and they may have an insecurity that makes them to not want their portrait captured.

Step 6: Once you get your portrait of your stranger, make sure to ask them for their name and best way that you can send a copy of the image to them. This could be email or socials that normally work best.

Step 7: Return home and load your image onto your computer and feel free to edit to your liking. Give a copy of your best images to your new friend (no longer a stranger) if possible.

Step 8: Post your best image of your new friend to social media and tag #shareapicturemagazine and #thankyounewfriend. Suppose you want to contribute to the community. I run for my students, also. In that case, you can visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and follow the contributor instructions there.

Bonus: If you like to write, take a moment to write about your experience and share what you felt as you explore the exercise. You can also repeat this as often as possible from different starting points.

Remember to follow and subscribe to the above links for tomorrow’s exercise.

Good luck, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


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How to Teach Photography in 70 Different Countries https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/How-to-Teach-Photography-in-70-Different-Countries

Around the world with a camera

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If You Could Learn One Thing in Photography in the New Year, What Is It? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/If-You-Could-Learn-One-Thing-in-Photography-in-the-New-Year-What-Is-It What are your goals for 2023?
Photo by Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

With Christmas and the New Year right around the corner, this is the time of year that I wrap more than just gifts for the season.

I wrap the year’s new and old projects and look to the future with my trusty sketchbook and camera to plan new things.

And I have had the pleasure of connecting with many of you this year, which I am grateful for.

Thank you for being here and for supporting my family and me.

Please let me share a brief survey to get your feedback on what you would like to learn for your photography in 2023.

Your feedback helps me to chart the waters for the new year, and I can also help you better if I know where you would like to focus your camera and your efforts.

Some ideas on the horizon for 2023 are:

-A Master Photography Class
-A Photography Business Class
-More Udemy classes on specific styles of photography
-More one-on-one instruction
-Seeing me share more personal work with stories of how I created it
-Group classes for beginners

I would love to hear what ideas you are most inspired to learn from with your feedback in the survey below.

If you would be so kind to take a moment of your time to fill out the survey below, it will help me to create awesome things for you in the new year:

For helping me out, I will send anyone who completes the survey a $5 off coupon for future photo lessons/classes for 2023.

Thank you for taking the time to help me complete the survey!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck!

I am a husband, photographer, coach, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

To get all of my stories and photography advice, you can subscribe to my Medium for just $5/mo at: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck/membership

In 2023, I will be launching all new photography, business, and creative classes. Subscribe to all of my channels to be notified first.

Thank you!


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Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson Seventeen https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Thirty-Days-to-Learn-Your-Camera-A-Photography-Boot-Camp-You-ll-Love-Lesson-Seventeen Let’s go!
Photo by Hamid Tajik on Unsplash

A lot of my students love my unconventional exercises to learn the camera.

I like to give the gift of photography beyond what the F-stop, Shutter, ISO, and basic lessons can give.

So today, I am going to start a 30 day series as a holiday gift for you to learn your camera.

Even if you are a seasoned pro, I promise that you will take away some new skills from my series.

And the beauty of this series is that you can repeat the exercises as many times as you want to learn something new.

Before you get started with the lessons that I will be posting each day, make sure to follow me and subscribe on the following channels so you get all of the lessons:

Medium: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck/membership You can subscribe and follow to read all of the lessons here.

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck You can follow and subscribe to my podcast What Would Charlie Shoot? here to listen to the lessons. The show is also available to follow and subscribe to on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlieNaebeck. You can watch the lessons or listen here too. This is a relatively new adventure for me, where I removed all of my old videos when the pandemic hit. So yes, I have 9.48K subscribers there, but the channel has been inactive until recently when I started posting again. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and turn on notifications.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

After you finish following the channels to make sure you get all 30 lessons that I am going to be sharing (one each day until Christmas), proceed with the seventeenth lesson.

Lesson 17 exercise; Photograph your friends

Photo by Duy Pham on Unsplash

As we get closer to Christmas, let’s turn our cameras to friends.

Today’s assignment is to photograph your friends.

If you live a great distance away from your friends, do a video call with your friends and screen captures work, or you can use your camera on the video call.

If your friends have passed, you can also create an image that reminds you of time spent with them.

The idea is to create an image that honors your friends no matter what life brings.

Here is the exercise:

Step 1: Grab a snack and a beverage to get some energy to prepare for your shoot.

Step 2: Call your friends or arrange your memories of your friends in advance to prepare for your shoot.

Step 3: Search Google for pose ideas in advance. It is always a good idea to have a few ideas in mind before photographing someone.

Step 4: Perform the shoot with your friends in person, on video call, or the remembrance of what reminds you of your friends.

Step 5: Sit down with your images and pick your best five.

Step 6: If you have anything that you would like to change about your shots, change it and re-photograph it now.

Step 7: Load your image onto your computer and feel free to edit to your liking. Give a copy of your best images to your friends if possible.

Step 8: Post your best image of your to social media and tag #shareapicturemagazine and #thankyouFriends. Suppose you want to contribute to the community. I run for my students, also. In that case, you can visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and follow the contributor instructions there.

Bonus: If you like to write, take a moment to write about your experience and share what you felt as you explore the exercise. You can also repeat this as often as possible from different starting points.

Remember to follow and subscribe to the above links for tomorrow’s exercise.

Good luck, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson Seventeen was originally published in Share a Picture Magazine.com on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Learning After Many Years; All It Takes is an Adventure https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Learning-After-Many-Years-All-It-Takes-is-an-Adventure

A photo essay of seeing

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Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson Sixteen https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Thirty-Days-to-Learn-Your-Camera-A-Photography-Boot-Camp-You-ll-Love-Lesson-Sixteen Let’s go!
Photo by Becca Tapert on Unsplash

A lot of my students love my unconventional exercises to learn the camera.

I like to give the gift of photography beyond what the F-stop, Shutter, ISO, and basic lessons can give.

So today, I am going to start a 30 day series as a holiday gift for you to learn your camera.

Even if you are a seasoned pro, I promise that you will take away some new skills from my series.

And the beauty of this series is that you can repeat the exercises as many times as you want to learn something new.

Before you get started with the lessons that I will be posting each day, make sure to follow me and subscribe on the following channels so you get all of the lessons:

Medium: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck/membership You can subscribe and follow to read all of the lessons here.

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck You can follow and subscribe to my podcast What Would Charlie Shoot? here to listen to the lessons. The show is also available to follow and subscribe to on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlieNaebeck. You can watch the lessons or listen here too. This is a relatively new adventure for me, where I removed all of my old videos when the pandemic hit. So yes, I have 9.48K subscribers there, but the channel has been inactive until recently when I started posting again. Don’t forget to subscribe, like, and turn on notifications.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

After you finish following the channels to make sure you get all 30 lessons that I am going to be sharing (one each day until Christmas), proceed with the sixteenth lesson.

Lesson 16 exercise; Photograph your siblings

Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash

As we get closer to Christmas, let’s turn our cameras to family.

Today’s assignment is to photograph your siblings.

If you live a great distance away from your siblings, do a video call with your siblings and screen captures work, or you can use your camera on the video call.

If your siblings have passed, you can also create an image that reminds you of time spent with them.

The idea is to create an image that honors your siblings no matter what life brings.

Here is the exercise:

Step 1: Grab a snack and a beverage to get some energy to prepare for your shoot.

Step 2: Call your siblings or arrange your memories of your siblings in advance to prepare for your shoot.

Step 3: Search Google for pose ideas in advance. It is always a good idea to have a few ideas in mind before photographing someone.

Step 4: Perform the shoot with your siblings in person, on video call, or the remembrance of what reminds you of your siblings.

Step 5: Sit down with your images and pick your best five.

Step 6: If you have anything that you would like to change about your shot, change it and re-photograph it now.

Step 7: Load your image onto your computer and feel free to edit to your liking. Give a copy of your best images to your siblings if possible.

Step 8: Post your best image of your siblings to social media and tag #shareapicturemagazine and #thankyouBrother or #thankyouSister. Suppose you want to contribute to the community. I run for my students, also. In that case, you can visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and follow the contributor instructions there.

Bonus: If you like to write, take a moment to write about your experience and share what you felt as you explore the exercise. You can also repeat this as often as possible from different starting points.

Remember to follow and subscribe to the above links for tomorrow’s exercise.

Good luck, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson Sixteen was originally published in Share a Picture Magazine.com on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Hello everyone, https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Hello-everyone

I am doing one last workshop for 2022 before the holidays by request.

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I Released New Music Today https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/I-Released-New-Music-Today

It took close to 30 years to realize a dream

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Thirty Days to Learn Your Camera; A Photography Boot Camp You’ll Love Lesson One https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Thirty-Days-to-Learn-Your-Camera-A-Photography-Boot-Camp-You-ll-Love-Lesson-One Let’s go!
Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

A lot of my students love my unconventional exercises to learn the camera.

I like to give the gift of photography beyond what the F-stop, Shutter, ISO, and basic lessons can give.

So today, I am going to start a 30 day series as a holiday gift for you to learn your camera.

Even if you are a seasoned pro, I promise that you will take away some new skills from my series.

And the beauty of this series is that you can repeat the exercises as many times as you want to learn something new.

Before you get started with the lessons that I will be posting each day, make sure to follow me and subscribe on the following channels so you get all of the lessons:

Medium: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck You can read the lessons here.

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck You can listen to my podcast here to hear the lessons, and my podcast is also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live if you want to follow and subscribe on your favorite channels.

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlieNaebeck. You can watch the lessons or listen here too. This is a relatively new adventure for me, where I removed all of my old videos when the pandemic hit. So yes, I have 9.48K subscribers there, but the channel has been inactive until recently when I started posting again.

Photo Coaching: In all transparency, I share these lessons so that you can grow, and if you need any help with questions about your photography or any of the lessons, I am available as a photo coach for you on Zoom. You can book a lesson for 1 hour with me for just $35 at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour. I am happy to help if you need advice with your photography.

After you finish following the channels to make sure you get all 30 lessons that I am going to be sharing (one each day until Christmas), proceed with the first lesson.

Lesson 1 excercise; Walk North

Photo by Alejandro Luengo on Unsplash

This exercise is simple. You choose your favorite camera that you like to make images with, and you set out from your house or your place of work to walk North.

The camera can be any camera. It does not matter if it is your cellphone, or if it is $10,000. The idea is to get you making images.

Here is the exercise:

Step 1: Take your favorite camera out of your camera bag and prepare to shoot. Grab a bite to eat and something to drink before you leave your house or your office. Take a watch or your phone with you to time your shots.

Step 2: As you leave your house or your office start walking North, every time that one minute passes take a photograph of what is immediately in front of you. Don’t think about it, simply shoot. I would suggest putting your camera in a partial mode such as P or automatic so that you don’t think about it too much. The idea is to make images, not to think about settings at first.

Step 3: Keep heading North, and make a new photograph of what is in front of you every 1 minute.

Step 4: After five minutes have passed, start to shoot blind. Do not look through the viewfinder, and point the camera in the general direction of what is in front of you and push the shutter.

Step 5: Walk for 1 hour exactly, and then sit down at a cafe or on a park bench to review your images.

Step 6: Find your favorite image that you made, and return to the spot that you made it.

Step 7: Now, make a calculated shot of that spot with the settings on the camera that you would like to explore until you have a shot that you love.

Step 8: Return home, unload your camera, and post your image to social medias and tag #shareapicturemagazine. If you want to become a contributor to the community that I run for my students also, you can visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and follow the contributor instructions there.

Bonus: If you like to write, take a moment to write about your experience and share what you felt as you explore the exercise. You can also repeat this as many times as you like from different starting points.

Make sure to follow and subscribe to the above links also for tomorrow’s exercise.

Good luck, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


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Episode 12 of the What Would Charlie Shoot Podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/Episode-12-of-the-What-Would-Charlie-Shoot-Podcast On how life shapes our journey as photographers
Listen on https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck or on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, or where podcasts live.

In Episode 12 of What Would Charlie Shoot:

-Charlie talks about how life shapes our path as photographers and the “why” in photography.

-Answering your photography questions. Have a question? Email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to submit it for the show.

Thank you for listening, and tune in every week for new What Would Charlie Shoot episodes.

Book a free 30-minute photo coaching consultation here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min to learn how Charlie can help you quickly improve your photography.

Listen on https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck or Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live each week.


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On How Life Shapes Our Path As Photographers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/12/On-How-Life-Shapes-Our-Path-As-Photographers Discovering why you start, and how to experience the journey
Photo by Joshua Sortino on Unsplash

Over the years, I have spoken with many of my photography students about an essential question.

The question that drives us all to pick up a camera is universal.

It does not matter what country we are from if we are male or female, our race, or what we believe in — we pick up a camera to capture who or what we love.

And the question beyond the who or what we love about photography that is more important to understand is why we photograph.

Why did you begin? Why do you want to take photographs? What drives YOU to do what you do?

How to identify the why

Photo by Sara Kurfeß on Unsplash

To accurately explain the methods for discovering the why to you, let me give you some perspective.

I started photography because I had a Grandmother that gave me a camera at age 10.

At first, I did not dive into photography head over heels. I started on a family vacation to Disney World.

What was my first reason “why” I photographed? It was spending time with my family and remembering the moments we shared.

I would end up photographing alongside my Grandma, and eventually, I got into photographing for money.

There was a distinctly different feeling inside me that felt more hollow when I simply photographed for money.

I did not feel warm/excited/passionate/inspired by many things over the years that I photographed for money.

Yet, these things that I photographed commercially went into the “why” I needed to make a living category instead of the actual answer of why I photograph.

Discovering the why with personal projects

Photo by Stanley Dai on Unsplash

I remember distinctly visiting Chicago for the first time on a trip once.
I was on a boat in the middle of the Chicago river and had a small Sony point-and-shoot camera in my pocket.

I saw a man with a black Nikon camera with a huge lens that kept standing up to photograph everything and everything that he saw.

I felt inspired simply by viewing the size of his camera and lens, and I thought, wow, I need to get myself a camera and lens like that to inspire my photography.

Yet, much later down the road, when I achieved my goal of purchasing a black Nikon camera with a huge lens, it left me feeling hollow again.

I made photographs — sure. Yet, it did not light me up or resonate in the sense that I was doing something that really led to anything. I was simply pushing the button for the sake of pressing the button.

And my first collection of images I made an attempted book out of for a personal project went back to what I started with subconsciously.

I made a book of images of my family and the things that we experienced at age 25.

Was this the New York Times Best Seller that I dreamed of? Nope. Did anyone else care? Nope.

Three copies of the book are in existence. In fact, no one else in this world has a copy of this book except my parents, brother, and myself.

Yet, I felt more alive in capturing these images than I thought by working for others.

Resonance

Resonance

In my early 30s, I was laid off from a corporate position where I worked. I was presented with the challenge of what to do next.

My ex-wife suggested that I could continue searching for another corporate job or take time to return to college and finish a degree program.

I chose the degree program as I saw the value in education as a way to improve my situation outside of a soul-sucking 9–5 job.

I enrolled at the University of Michigan’s Art and Design School and found my “inspiration” return.

I was making many things that I enjoyed and loved simply for the sake of doing them, and I excelled in all of my classes.

In my senior year of college, I had a good friend that passed away from bulimia.

No one that was a friend or family to her knew how much she struggled.

She would starve herself to the point where her organs eventually shut down, and she passed in her sleep.

When she passed, it hit me really hard. I felt a fire inside me that I had to speak out about this. And I have always spoken out about what I think over the years through my art.

This timing coincided with my senior thesis at the University of Michigan, so I produced a book called “Resonance” on body image.

Many years later now, I understand that this project was about me trying to understand exactly why my friend went through what she did before she passed.

I photographed over 100 people ages 18+ totally nude, and we collaborated with their written statements of what they wanted to say about body image alongside my photography.

It gave people a voice and a platform to speak out about how they deal with body image and the pressures of society that eat away at individuals.

And when it came time to host my senior thesis show, I thought no one else would show up. Yet, I was greeted by applause and support when I got to the gallery.

I was overwhelmed with emotion and broke down in tears in front of everyone.

The lesson learned: I understood that if I found something that I was passionate about that lit a fire inside me, I had to get it out of me.

Glimpses

Glimpses

During my college study abroad, I was assigned by my professor to photograph ten rolls of film.

I was living and studying in Florence, Italy, at the time, so it was straightforward to find things that inspired me, being it was all a new experience.

My professor told us to hone in on one thing for our project (niche down).

I have always personally struggled with niching down because there are so many things that I am passionate about in life. And my Mom always tells me that my mind drives 100 miles per hour every second of the day.

Long story short, I ended up with a collection of street photography and adventures for my project. I had to decide on more than one thing.

And for my final class presentation, I showed all ten contact sheets as my last works instead of choosing to share specific images from my collection.

It was more about the journey than the destination in this sense.

Years later, I decided in 2015 to publish the collection as a book called “Glimpses.”

I was in my first year as a professor, and I thought I couldn’t send my students on a journey to photograph without sharing my own work and mistakes with lessons that I had learned.

I used this book as a teaching tool, and I sent countless students out into the world with the meaning of the importance of mistakes to learn and make their own work.

Kinetic

Kinetic

On April 5th, 2016, I was photographing behind the scenes for my friend Jordan Matter on his Dancers After Dark project.

We were in Times Square in New York City, photographing three nude dancers and shooting content for Shutterbug Magazine (see the original story here).

I remember specifically when the dancer jumped in the middle of the chaos of Times Square that Jordan froze the dancer perfectly every single time as they practiced.

At this moment, I wondered what the photograph would look like in motion instead of perfectly frozen.

The rebellious nature in my soul told me on this night that I had to do something different. It may be my curiosity. I may have had my new fire inside of me.

I definitely felt the fire inside of me again, and I contacted dancers I met through shooting with Jordan to ask if they wanted to be a part of my new project titled “Kinetic.”

The experience reminded me of what my legendary friend Robert Frank once told me. He had the pleasure of studying under the legend Henri Cartier Bresson who coined the term “The Decisive Moment.”

Robert shared with me once that he printed 136 images and hung them on a gallery wall, calling it his “Decisive Moment,” and that if he did not care for a picture, he took a lighter and burned the negative on sight so that it would never be seen again.

I was not the first to produce something that went against the grain of my mentor’s teaching clearly.

And I ended up photographing dancers and releasing Kinetic on October 20th, 2017. It was my antithesis of what my mentor Jordan Matter had taught me, and I felt alive.

Other tips for finding the why

Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

Other things that have helped me to discover the why in my photography over the years are:

  1. Free writing: Sometimes, we must dump the thoughts in our mind onto paper or screen to organize them and understand them to find clarity and inspiration.
  2. Adventures: Leaving the house and entering the world often share new experiences and neuroplasticity that inspire us to pick up the camera and make something unique.
  3. Chats with family, friends, and students: Sometimes, simply hearing another person’s insights on a specific topic can be the thing that sets off the light bulb above our heads.
  4. Reading: Reading stories and things of interest can often lead the mind to connect the why in different fashions due to understanding the experience in another format.
  5. Other creative mediums: As photographers, sometimes experiencing thoughts in other creative mediums such as writing, painting, drawing, sculpture, or other art forms can help to surmise the why.

What is the reason that you photograph?

Let’s chat if you want to find the inspiration inside you and understand further why you photograph.

You can book a complimentary 30-minute Zoom call with me, and I will listen to your story to help inspire you on your photography path to give you direction.

Book a call here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min

And as always, you can listen in about the topic of today’s post at https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live. Cheers!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a complimentary Zoom call with me to form an action plan for your photography at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Also listen to the What Would Charlie Shoot podcast and subscribe at https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live).

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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Welcome to my Thirty Day Photo Boot Camp Challenge https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Welcome-to-my-Thirty-Day-Photo-Boot-Camp-Challenge Get your camera ready, and let’s go!
Photo by Alexander Andrews on Unsplash

Get ready! Tomorrow is the official start of my thirty day photo boot camp challenge.

If you have been wanting to learn photography, this is the time.

If you want to improve your photography, this will cut your chops.

And even if you are a seasoned pro, I promise that I will challenge you.

Get ready to show me the blood, sweat, and tears that you put into your images.

And oh yeah, it is fun! Don’t worry, this is not military boot camp.

What you will learn

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

I have designed exercises in this boot camp for any photographer in any location around the world, with any camera.

There are no excuses to not shoot, and there has never been a better time to learn photography.

I have activities planned for each of the thirty days that will take you indoors, outdoors, connecting with people, enjoying holiday activities, and much more.

And oh yeah, I am giving this to you one lesson at a time.

Each lesson will drop at 8am EST each day until December 30th for the last one in the series.

If you want to participate, make sure to follow me and subscribe on the following links to get ready:

https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck (you can follow me to read the exercises here on Medium).

https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (you can listen to the exercises on my podcast here, which is also available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live).

https://www.youtube.com/c/CharlieNaebeck (you can play the episodes on Youtube also. And don’t forget to like, turn on notifications, and subscribe).

A gift

Photo by Nina Mercado on Unsplash

When you finish the boot camp on the last day, I will give you instructions on how to receive a very special gift.

You will want to make sure to complete each exercise, and to follow the boot camp all the way through to receive the gift.

It is top secret, but if you are a photographer you are going to be very excited to receive the gift.

Get ready!

Photo by Alexander Redl on Unsplash

The boot camp officially kicks off at 8am EST tomorrow December 1st, 2022.

You can read about it here on Medium, you can listen to it on my podcast, or you can play it on Youtube.
Keep these three channels loaded up on your phone in your pocket so that you can get notified each day for a new challenge at 8am EST.

Thank you for joining me for this challenge! I am very excited to share it with you all.

And if you have any questions along the way, leave me a comment and I will do my best to try to respond to comments along the way.

Should I shoot the challenge too? What do you think? Leave me a Yes or No in the comments here.

Let the challenge begin!


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On Photography Growth; Visiting my Personal Work https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/On-Photography-Growth-Visiting-my-Personal-Work A photo essay
The Andes Mountains — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

Sometimes life gives us a lot on our plate, and we forget to take a moment to appreciate what is in front of us.

I have not been interested in photographing for others for a while since I left New York.

I feel content photographing for myself. One day, I want to share the images I make with my children when they are old enough to understand and appreciate photographs.

This contentment is something that a lot of people seek in life and photography.

It could be balanced or finding more about who we are. It may be forgiving those in our lives that have caused us pain.

It may be letting go of fears and leading with our authentic voice.
Maybe.

The Andes Mountains — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved

It rains a lot in the Andes.

The clouds are one of my favorite things to witness.

I will never forget the first time I flew into Colombia from Miami on how the clouds seemed to eat the mountaintops.

An eternal magical feeling of something more significant in nature taking over something else that is very large also.

I have been fascinated with them ever since.

I often sit on the balcony and meditate while listening to the mountain.
Is my fascination with the mountain in the time I spend gazing at it and trying to process the thoughts through my mind?

Or the mountain is a metaphor for the challenges I face.

Yet on many days, the clouds play hide and seek with the mountains.

Adventures — photo courtesy of my wife All Rights Reserved

I am thankful I have my beautiful wife, an incredibly talented photographer.

I would not remember to document myself without her, as most photographers do.

She reminds me that being present is an essential part of the journey and that one day when we show our children these images, I will be there too, not just behind the camera.

Adventures — photo courtesy of my wife All Rights Reserved.
Nature gives us gifts — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

There is a lot of nature to explore.

I needed to be at the pulse of a thriving city to find things that inspired me to make images.

I realize that no matter where I am now, I can find something — and document and pay homage to what is in front of me.

My photographs are for me first and foremost, and they are not everyone’s style. I’m ok with that.

There was one point in my life when I chased algorithms.

These days, I share honest and transparent thoughts in hopes of helping my photo-coaching students find their way.

Many people want to be popular, and my teaching style is not for them.
My teaching style is for those on a journey — those seeking deeper meaning out of learning their camera.

Sure, I am happy to help you if you are a beginner. I love connecting with beginner photographers.

Yet, if you decide to hire me as your photography coach, expect more from me than sharing how to be popular with you.

Good things come to those who are patient, persistent, and passionate about who THEY are. Not to those that follow trends, algorithms, or the influence of others.

And my job as your coach is to inspire you by helping you find yourself in your photographs so that you can find your way.

Rope on a bucket — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.
To enter or not — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

The most significant challenge I face as a photographer these days is the challenge I face within myself.

The struggle to get outside of my own comfort zone.

To find the thing that lights a fire and drives me, yet does not follow — in hopes that it speaks and communicates.

The locks that block the innermost gates of my psyche are robust.

And through photography, one by one, I discover how to open the next door.

Textures — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

I still have a strong affinity for textures.

Ever since I was a student back at the University of Michigan, I have.

It may remind me of my home in Detroit. Growing up, I explored so many abandoned spaces with my camera that had these beautiful dilapidated textures.

And my friends and I made art from the ruin that we found.

Sometimes my love for photographing textures is a rebellion in my own mind.

A rebellion against all of the urgency to find something “perfect” in photography as many try.

I always have had a thing against popular culture, and my stance on photography is no different.

Give me something authentic and genuine any day over popular for popularity and sheep.

New life — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

I don’t know if I believe in reincarnation or not.

I was raised Christian, yet sometimes you feel that you are experiencing something or someone familiar.

My wife and family gave me a new kitten for my birthday this year.
Meet Boris Jr.

He is surprisingly the spitting image of my beloved Boris that I had living in Michigan that I lost one day to a traffic accident.

I was devastated on the day that my original Boris got hit, and a woman brought him to the door of the house.

I could hear his meow telling me that everything would be ok as he passed.
And somehow, he has remained inside of me — one of my best friends sharing countless adventures and lessons together.

Maybe he came back to me in this new kitten?

The new Boris Jr. has many of the same personality traits as my original cat. It is uncanny.

The one setback that I must do is to train the new kitten how to be less vocal.

He sure is a talker and likes to join in on video calls with students or important meetings in the background.

From above — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

One of my favorite experiences visiting Colombia is the cable cars going up and down the mountains.

They remind me of being in Disney World with my family when I was around 5 or 6.

You could also travel across Disney World in the Magic Kingdom on a cable car.

I always got a kick out of looking down from above at what happened below.

Some things just don’t change — and some do.

Resting — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

One day my wife and I set out for a hike with our cameras.

She had forgotten her memory card for her camera in her laptop and was bummed that she would not be able to shoot.

Generally, in my D750, I keep two cards. Yet, lately, I have been fond of shooting with a Sony RX100 that fits in my pocket for all these images.

Don’t get me wrong, I love my D750.

Still, it is difficult to carry a large, expensive camera in areas where people have desperate lives due to political and other conditions out of their control.

My wife always tells me to keep my eyes on the back of my head.

This is nothing new for me growing up in Detroit in very run-down areas.

So when my wife forgot her memory card, we stopped halfway up the mountain at one of the stations to see if a store had one.

As we stopped, I saw a beautiful sculpture of the Mother of Jesus, Mary.

There are a lot of these around Colombia where people stop to pray.

I pledged tithe and entered my coins in my pocket as I asked for safe passage and a pleasant day for our adventure.

And after we finished locating the memory card, we stopped at a restaurant with a view for refreshments for a moment.

I decided it was a day for a beer, and as I sat there sipping, I saw this bird stop for a rest.

I made a handful of images of it as I finished my beer, and we parted ways on our journey.

Strong coffee — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved

Sometimes you have a bad day.

I am no different.

I had a day when I got up relatively early and traveled almost an hour for a meeting.

My wife traveled with me to ensure I was not lost and that I arrived and returned safely.

We stood and waited for over 45 minutes without speaking from the individual we were meeting.

Finally, we gave up and left as it was clear that no event was happening this day.

We stopped at a cafe that we had never stopped at before, and I ordered an Americano.

Let’s just say it was one of the strongest Americanos I have ever experienced.

Sometimes life signals that you need a swift kick in the ass to change your outlook.

After the coffee, the day sure turned around for the better.

It is just a reminder that we can always change our attitude and outlook by taking a breather.

Photo courtesy of my wife All Rights Reserved.

I hope you have enjoyed my personal essay.

I always tell my students that I can’t ask them to go out into the world to photograph if I can’t share my work.

And these are a couple of peaceful days I enjoy before my brand new 30-day photography boot camp launches.

I will be sharing many tips, tricks, and lessons that you can repeat in your photography as often as you like here on Medium, on my podcast, and on Youtube.

My goal with this boot camp is to get you shooting no matter what level of photographer you are.

It does not matter if you are a beginner or a pro.

I promise that I have something that you can learn from these lessons.

Starting December 1st, you will want to make sure that you are subscribed to follow me at the following:

Medium: https://medium.com/@charlienaebeck

Anchor: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (the podcast is also available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live).

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/charlienaebeck (go like and subscribe please. I re-opened my channel recently).

I am very excited to share with you all what is in store.

And after you start the boot camp, don’t forget to register at https://shareapicturemagazine.com to share your photos and write about them. I have hand-built a fantastic group of photographers there, and I would also love to invite you to share.

If I can help you with your photography in any way, please don’t hesitate to book a call with me at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour.

Thanks for reading, and see you for Day 1 of my photography boot camp on December 1st!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) growth inspiration learning mindset photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/On-Photography-Growth-Visiting-my-Personal-Work Mon, 28 Nov 2022 10:02:56 GMT
Today, I am taking a small break from working heavily and trying to relax. https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Today-I-am-taking-a-small-break-from-working-heavily-and-trying-to-relax
Waking up to the mountains and the clouds this morning.

Today, I am taking a small break from working heavily and trying to relax.

This is a photograph of the Andes this morning as I woke up.

Sometimes one has to take a moment to appreciate nature and all the things that remind us to step away from work.

These are a few quiet days before I launch into a 30-day photo boot camp that I will share with you all.

Get ready to learn if you just got a camera for Black Friday!

If you want to understand your camera better, get ready!

Suppose you are simply interested in different exercises in photography to up your game. In that case, even if you are a pro, I have that too!

Starting December 1st, I will be posting, speaking on the podcast, and doing videos on Youtube every day for 30 days straight with my top tips, tricks, and exercises for you.

Take a moment to follow me here on Medium, follow the What Would Charlie Shoot Podcast on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, or https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck, and follow Charlie Naebeck Co over on Youtube.

It will be an influx of knowledge that will teach you new tips and tricks to take better photos, get you outside of your comfort zone, and be able to repeat the exercises as many times as you like.

And when you are done with each exercise, make sure to pop over to https://shareapicturemagazine.com to learn how to contribute your work and write about it, as many of my students do. I have been quietly cultivating a community there of amazingly talented photographers, and everyone can learn something from someone else.

Also, if you have questions about your photography or need help, I am here. You can schedule a call with me on Zoom at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour, and I can help answer your questions and give you direction with the next steps for your photos.

I will get back to reading some Hemingway and finish my tea as the mountain gives me the day’s inspiration.

I look forward to seeing your photos soon, and I am looking forward to speaking with you about your photography to help.

Have a great weekend!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) inspiration learning mountains photography relax https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Today-I-am-taking-a-small-break-from-working-heavily-and-trying-to-relax Sat, 26 Nov 2022 10:18:20 GMT
Episode 11 of the What Would Charlie Shoot Podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Episode-11-of-the-What-Would-Charlie-Shoot-Podcast How to use photography to cope with holiday stress
https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck and on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live.

In Episode 11 of What Would Charlie Shoot:

-Charlie talks about how to use photography to deal with holiday stress and how to give yourself a break by using photography.

-Answering your photography questions. Have a question? Email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to submit it for the show.

Thank you for listening, and tune in every week for new What Would Charlie Shoot episodes.

Book a free 30-minute photo coaching consultation here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min to learn how Charlie can help you quickly improve your photography.

Listen on https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck or Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live each week.


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) anxiety holidays photography podcast stress https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Episode-11-of-the-What-Would-Charlie-Shoot-Podcast Fri, 25 Nov 2022 03:01:57 GMT
How to Use Photography to Cope With Holiday Stress https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Use-Photography-to-Cope-With-Holiday-Stress Sometimes it is great to have a creative outlet to express how you feel
Photo by Keenan Constance on Unsplash

Whew, Thanksgiving is a wrap, and it is time to head back home for a few weeks before the subsequent influx of holiday madness — Christmas.

If you are like me, you probably feel a lot of stress around the holidays.

There is anxiety and pressure from friends and family, and you think that if you don’t meet the expectations of everyone, you will be a failure.

Right at the moment when my head is about to explode from thinking about it all, I give myself a well-deserved photography break.

How photography helps to relieve stress, pressure, and anxiety

Photo by Omid Armin on Unsplash

It is no secret that art therapy is a thing. And photography gives you several essential things in one shot (you see what I did there?).

  1. It gets you out of the house and away from what is stressing you out.
  2. It gives you sun and fresh air, often instant ways to improve your mood.
  3. It gives you exercise. Have you ever gone on a long walk just to clear your head? Take your camera with you to express how you feel. It clears the head faster.
  4. You get to be creative. Sometimes self-expression is one of the biggest stress relievers out there. I once spent an entire year battling depression and creating art to understand circumstances, and it worked to get me back on track.
  5. It allows you to be brutally honest and to be yourself. Photos don’t lie. They are our innermost desires and thoughts in the mind’s eye. Take your camera, and don’t be afraid to photograph yourself.

An exercise and a gift for you

Photo by JESHOOTS.COM on Unsplash

Step 1: Grab your camera and chart a destination. If you don’t have a specific goal in mind, no worries. Simply walk around your block or neighborhood, or head to the nearest local park.

Step 2: Make 20 photographs of anything that catches your eye. If you are not feeling particularly inspired, start by making one photograph of whatever is in front of you in one-minute increments until you reach 20 photos.

Step 3: Look back at your photos on your digital camera and find the one you think is most interesting. Ask yourself why it is interesting. And when you come to your conclusion, photograph that for at least an hour.

Step 4: Return home after your adventure, unload your camera on your computer, and get some delicious food. Prepare your favorite dish, or order out. It does not matter.

Step 5: Edit your favorite images, and create a Medium account on Medium.com.

Step 6: Visit https://shareapicturemagazine.com and join as a contributor.

Step 7: Once approved as a contributor, return to Medium and create a post with all your favorite photos from your adventure. Then, submit it to Share A Picture Magazine on Medium.

Step 8: Many new friends and fellow creatives will see your work, applaud your work, and you will form new ideas for your next adventures.

Step 9: And finally, after all of this, your stress dissipates. You forget why you were stressed, to begin with. And voila! You’re welcome.

What are your favorite things to photograph to relieve stress and anxiety?

P.S. Want to listen in on more tips to relieve holiday stress with your photography? Jump over to my podcast What Would Charlie Shoot (Spotify, Apple, Amazon) or subscribe here to listen for new episodes: https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a complimentary Zoom call with me to form an action plan for your photography at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Also listen to the What Would Charlie Shoot podcast and subscribe at https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live).

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) anxiety holidays inspiration photography stress https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Use-Photography-to-Cope-With-Holiday-Stress Fri, 25 Nov 2022 03:01:56 GMT
You Never Know Where Your Camera Will Take You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/You-Never-Know-Where-Your-Camera-Will-Take-You Document it all; and get comfortable for story time
An image from 2 years ago in a very different time by me.

This morning I was checking messages as usual on my phone. I know it is Thanksgiving, yet old habits die hard, and it is difficult for me to take a day off, honestly.

I was perusing Facebook, and they have a feature that suggests memories of past photographs that you have uploaded there.

The above image came up two years ago at this time.

It was Thanksgiving in November of 2020, to be exact.

I had just gotten divorced less than a year prior, I was exiled from New York City, and I felt cold and alone.

I decided it would be best to spend time with family in Michigan, and this led me to clean out my Grandpa’s old workshop, where he left years of things just as they were when he passed.

Thankful for inspiration

Photo by Muhammad Haikal Sjukri on Unsplash

As I was cleaning several months before Thanksgiving 2020, I got the inspiration one day to have a table on the front porch to draw and paint from.

It was a pandemic, and you couldn’t go anywhere or do much of anything, so I decided to invest time into my art.

I did not have money to buy a new table at the time, and I needed permission to enter a store in Covid times even if I had money.

So I did the next best thing. I decided that I was going to make myself a table.

I had always done projects like this alongside my Dad growing up. College sealed the deal when we had to go through an intensive program to learn many different mediums in art school.

So I began searching the house and the grounds for any material I could use to make a table.

My Mom suggested that there was an old table in the basement of the house in a cellar that no one had used or visited in some time.

I looked, and the top was filthy, the legs were half-rotten, and it was cumbersome.

It looked like a challenge.

I did not have anyone to help me get it out of the basement, so I cautiously rigged a pulley system to pull the 140lb (yes, I weighed it) table out of the basement to get a better look at it.

Once I got it outside, I realized that it would need a lot of cleaning and needed new legs.

The build out and practicing gratitude

Photo by Mitchell Griest on Unsplash

I dragged the power washer out of my Grandpa’s old shop and spent about an hour blasting dirt, mold, and whatever else was on the table away to reveal the raw wood.

I let the table dry in the sun for about a day and returned to examine it.

It looked pretty close to the above photo, which was rustic and had a lot of character.

I could see the beauty and potential in how this could become my drawing and painting table in addition to a conversation piece for the house.

I did not have a power saw, so it took me a half day to remove the old legs with a hand saw that had very dull teeth.

I started to repair the frame under the table where the antique nails had rusted and started to separate.

And once I got the top solidified, I found some old posts that used to be used for cow fences and turned them into legs with some old 2x4 that I found in the shop for braces.

It was not glamorous, yet it was my passion project. It kept me away from the dark thoughts of depression that I was experiencing from the prior divorce and exile from NYC.

Finishing the project before Thanksgiving

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

The idea of the table inspired me greatly.

If I could do this, I could find other supplies around the farm and turn them into furniture to flip for a living.

I finished the table by sealing it with polyurethane, and it became my mecca and my salvation.

Each night for a couple months before Thanksgiving, I would work on projects on this table, experimenting with what I could make out of old things I salvaged around the farm.

I found an old dresser that someone abandoned once and was half rotten in one of the barns.

I asked my family permission to salvage it, to which they gave me their blessing.

I sawed the top off and thought I could make it into a fireplace mantle shelf.

After much experimentation, I finished the piece. I experimented with a shabby chic look with a gray, black, and white glossy paint job.

I tried to post the piece on the Facebook marketplace to see if I could safely flip it with contactless pickup, but it never sold.

In the meantime, though, my Uncle dropped by to visit and had a chainsaw with him in his truck.

An ancient cedar tree on the property needed trimming away from some power lines, so I asked him if he would help me remove some limbs.

He asked me what I would do with the wood, to which I replied that I would make lamps out of it as I talked out my ass.

The truth is that I had never made a lamp in my life short of one experiment that I did in college.

Yet, I am a photographer, so it was only fitting to try to make something that has to do with light.

The Lamps

My first lamp

The above is the first lamp I created from cedar wood.

It was not “perfect,” but I learned a lot.

I could tell you about all of the lessons it taught me for life and how I relate these lessons to photography.

Still, I think I will share the process in photos instead:

The playbook…

In my process for any creative things (photography included), I like to start planning in my sketchbook.

I did a basic mock-up to give the project some direction with ideas for the finished product.

The raw cedar that I used for the lamp

This is the raw cedar that I used for the very first lamp.

As you can see, there are several cuts everywhere on the workbench that I was experimenting with to work out my first design.

Starting to sand the selected piece and I ordered a lamp kit on Amazon

Here, I started to sand the piece and ordered a lamp kit on Amazon to use as the internal components.

Trying to work out ideas for a base for the lamp.

I had to devise a way to make a base for the lamp to stand on, so I went back to a chunk of cedar and started making cookies.

The whole process was done with a hand saw that is very dull. lol

Assembling the components.

I spent about an hour or so fidgeting with the lamp components trying to figure out how to put them all together and make it aesthetically pleasing.

Selecting a spade bit to connect the base and top.

My Dad was very supportive of my project and gave me a set of spade bits that I could use to connect the base and top to hollow it out for the lamp kit.

Testing it all together.

After drilling and routing the base, I started to put it all together, which is what it looked like.

It sits!

I was pleasantly surprised that it sat well and did not fall over and break.

Bananas and beer constantly drove me through this project and other projects I was working on.

Sealing the wood with poly

I decided to seal the wood with polyurethane, which brought out a lot of the character of the wood in addition to a lot of the imperfections from my sanding job.

Trying to route the base with a dremel.

I bought a cheap Dremel on Amazon that showed up, and I decided it would be a good idea to route a spot for the electric plug to enter so that the lamp sat flat.

Later after many more experiments, my Dad sent me his old Craftsman router, which made the job much easier.

The finished product

This is the finished lamp. This was the very first one that led to many other things after.

I kept it in my collection as it has a lot of sentimental value and lessons taught me as I learned.

Producing more lamps.

And after the first lamp, I posted it on socials, and everyone started asking me where they could get one.

So I started a small Honey Creek Originals project, where I produced lamps, knives, and tables from locally sourced materials.

I launched it on Etsy, and I sold out everything I made.

I also taught myself how to make knives, which involved an experiment with a map gas torch that almost burned down the shop. I will save that story for another time. lol

And I taught myself how to make country-style tables and workbenches and build planters for fruits and vegetables.

The whole project kept my mind active and inspired me to keep going while reminding me of what I am most grateful for — family and home.
I would not be who I am today without my family and home.

This Thanksgiving, I am far from several of my family members. Still, my wife and I are celebrating in the best way we can by enjoying family.

This is the most important lesson I have learned with any of my endeavors in life is to treasure and remember family.

Take your camera out with you today and take photos with your family. You will remember it for a lifetime.

And as I reflect back on the original photo that I started this piece with, I was happy simply with an axe and a machete on Thanksgiving day 2020 in my woods.

I did not need fancy things, places, or much extra. I have my family, and I have my art. And that is all that really matters.

All the best to you and your family today!

If you are sitting around the house, check out my other post, where you can take my photography class for free today, and then set up a Zoom call with me to help inspire your goals.

I am going to go eat turkey and take the rest of the day off!

Cheers! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photography coach, photographer, writer, podcaster, Youtuber, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.

I do Zoom photo coaching with students in over 42 different countries, and I would love to help you to inspire you with your photography goals also.

If you want to chat about photography coaching, let’s jump on a complimentary call together at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Oh yeah, I also have a podcast, and a Youtube channel. Please go check those out also and give them a follow.

Thank you!
http://www.charlienaebeck.com
Photo Coaching


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How to Get a Black Friday Special: Learn Photography for FREE https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Get-a-Black-Friday-Special-Learn-Photography-for-FREE Register on Udemy and get a FREE photography class
How to Learn Beginner Photography Quickly and Easily on Udemy

If you have not heard me say this a million times in the last month, I created a really excellent photography class on Udemy.com.

Please check it out and share your photography with me.

I know you have your camera sitting idle in your home and have yet to take it out to take images.

And I want to inspire you and get you shooting again. Don’t you miss the incredible feeling of making images?

From now until November 30th, you can take my class for FREE on Udemy as part of this Black Friday special.

Simply pop over to my class here to register, and then use the code:

BLACKFRIDAYEARLY

And after you book your spot in my Udemy class, visit my calendar at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min to book a Zoom call with me.

I would like to chat with you to hear your story about your photography.

I hope that I can help inspire you and give you ideas you have not yet thought of to get you shooting again. And also that we can potentially work together to design a plan in my photography coaching sessions weekly to keep you shooting and creating photos that you love.

So what are you waiting for? Register for my Udemy class, and then book a FREE Zoom call with me before November 24th.

I can’t wait to see what you do with your photography and witness the fantastic images you will make!

Cheers!

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a complimentary Zoom call with me to form an action plan for your photography at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Also listen to the What Would Charlie Shoot podcast and subscribe at https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live).

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) art black-friday black-friday-deals inspiration photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Get-a-Black-Friday-Special-Learn-Photography-for-FREE Thu, 24 Nov 2022 04:41:54 GMT
Pssssssttttt… Top Secret for Photographers and Creators https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Pssssssttttt-Top-Secret-for-Photographers-and-Creators I have a surprise for you
Photo by Reinhart Julian on Unsplash

Dear Photographers and Creators,

Anyone can go to Youtube these days and learn the basics of photography. Yet, they can’t give you a customized action plan for YOUR photography goals so that you rapidly improve your skill set.

That is where I come in.

My name is Charlie Naebeck. I am a photography coach.

With over 33 years of experience, students in over 42 different countries, and a career working for some of the top names in the business, such as Conde Nast, Live Nation, and many more, my goal is to inspire you and to help guide you on your specific goals.

With photo coaching, we set up a simple Zoom session at the time you choose, and you tell me a bit about your photography and what you would like to learn in advance so that I can prepare for our session.

We will then meet on Zoom at the scheduled time, and I will give you the action steps and lessons you need to apply to your photography goals. It is that easy.

Most of my students prefer to book photo coaching packages with me for weekly sessions to keep them accountable and to get critiques of their work. Yet others need a couple of tips, and they are off and running.

No matter what you wish to learn, struggle with, or are curious about with your photography, I can help.

I am doing a top secret 1-hour photo coaching special BEFORE Black Friday for just $35. Usually, a one-hour session is $70 USD. Yet, you can take advantage of this offer and get in the door now for half off.

And after our call, I don’t disappear. I want to ensure that you can continue with the photography goals you desire so we can discuss options for future photography coaching at the end of our call.

I have had students that went on to photograph for BBC, made great vacation photographs, started their own photography business, making photographs for art, and much more.

And I would like to see YOU achieve your goals too.

You can book the call with me here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/onehour

I look forward to our call!

Charlie

http://www.charlienaebeck.com

P.S. Share this with any other photographers you want to see succeed.

P.P.S. Happy early Thanksgiving to you and your family!


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) black-friday coaching inspiration passion photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Pssssssttttt-Top-Secret-for-Photographers-and-Creators Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:44:23 GMT
How to Learn Manual Photography Quickly and Easily https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Learn-Manual-Photography-Quickly-and-Easily W.A.I.S to set up your exposure
W.A.I.S. to set up your exposure in manual mode by Charlie Naebeck

Are you starting out with manual mode photography? Or do you want to improve and still don’t understand?

Today, I want to give you a gift called W.A.I.S. to set up your exposure.

While teaching in New York City, I developed this concept with one of my students who likes acronyms.

Many of my students have found this very helpful to begin or improve their manual mode photography.

How to use W.A.I.S

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

Step 1: Set your white balance to automatic on your camera. Most of us can quickly and accurately do so by clicking the menu button.

And honestly, you can set your White Balance to automatic to set it and forget it. Most modern cameras do a fantastic job in AWB, and if you want to fix/change the colors, you can shoot in RAW and adjust the WB in post in something like Lightroom.

Step 2: What depth of field do you want in your shot?

If you are not familiar with the depth of field, it is the amount of focus in your shot, both in front of and behind, where your camera locks its focus.

For example, focus on someone’s eyes in a portrait with an aperture of 2.8. There will be a tiny focus in front of and behind the subject. Whereas if you focus on someone’s eyes with an aperture of F22, there will be a significant amount in front of and behind the subject.

For this step, anything less than F8 falls into the shallow depth of field family (subject in focus, the background is a blur). Anything larger than F8 falls into the large depth of field category (subject and background sharp).

If you are confused about where to set your aperture, a safe bet is to put it to F8 and shoot away. Think F8 is great!

This is the middle of the road for most lenses and is often the sharpest point on most lenses.

Step 3: Set your ISO based on the time of day.

Recently, I have seen many photographers telling me they set their ISO to “auto.” I will tell you several reasons why you don’t want to do that.

The ISO is the sensitivity of the image sensor to light. A lower ISO produces a smoother image, while a higher ISO produces more noise/grain in a shot.

Letting it ride is like going to Vegas. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose, depending on the quality of your image sensor.

Here’s a quick cheat sheet on how to set your ISO to understand:

100 = Bright sunny days

400 = Cloudy days or if you are shooting between indoors and outdoors

800+ = Indoors and nighttime, and also, if you need more light

If you follow where I am leading you, you will set your ISO each time you change environments and set it and forget it.

Step 4: Set your shutter speed based on your camera’s light meter.

Now, up my left sleeve, I have nothing. And up my right sleeve, I also have nothing. Yet, I will show you how to make magic with your camera.

You can use the camera’s built-in light meter to get great exposure every time.

If you have an old-school light meter, it looks like this:

-3 — -2 — -1 — -0 — -1 — -2 — -3+

And if you have a new school numeric light meter, it looks like this:

0+ or -2.0 etc

The idea is to get the line below the old-school light meter to “0” for the perfect exposure.

And you would also get the numeric light meter to 0.0, which is the same as the old-school light meter.

You do this by adjusting your shutter speed faster or slower until you reach the middle.

Things to watch out for:

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

When setting your shutter speed, ensure it comes to 1/60th of a second or above. If it goes below the 1/60th mark, you may get blurry photos without balancing your camera on a tripod, stoop, or ledge.

If your light meter is at “0” and the shutter speed is below 1/60th, adjust your ISO higher until you can get the shutter above 1/60th of a second if you are shooting handheld.

There is also a balance between the Aperture, Shutter, and ISO called the exposure triangle. While you are learning, don’t worry about this too much.

The rule is if you want to practice for the future that if you move one full stop of light on one setting (three clicks on the wheel), you must move one of the other two settings one stop to balance.

I suggest playing with this setup for a while until you are comfortable setting up your shot in full manual mode.

After you are comfortable, the next step would be to work on the laws of reciprocity with counting stops for creative control.

And last but not least, remember there is no such thing as right or wrong in a photo.

Suppose you want a quick shot in one of your auto modes to test the settings and hit your display button, down arrow, or info button to see what the camera chose for settings.

In that case, it will help you get in the ballpark.

You can also download the image I posted above with W.A.I.S. to keep on your phone or in your pocket (you’re welcome).

Practice this method until you understand it like the back of your hand, and you will be shooting a complete manual in no time.

Bonus tips:

Photo by Jen Theodore on Unsplash
  1. If you only get one shot, expose the brightest part of the image and then fix the shadows in post.
  2. Practice at different times of the day.
  3. Practice with many other subjects and objects.
  4. If you don’t have time to set up your shot, try one of the partial modes on your camera.
  5. Have fun!

And if you have questions or need help understanding, please set up a free 30-minute photo coaching call with me to chat about your photography here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

My hope is that I can work with you as your photography coach to be transparent and that you will join me as one of my students. I am happy to help you grow as you practice photography.

Happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a free 30 minute Zoom consultation to chat how I can help you with your photography and creative projects, or try one of my classes on Udemy.

Listen to my podcast, “What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks.”

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) art cameras learning manual-mode photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Learn-Manual-Photography-Quickly-and-Easily Mon, 21 Nov 2022 03:01:52 GMT
In case you missed it live… https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/In-case-you-missed-it-live

You can pop over to https://youtu.be/FmlQXrcmjDM and watch as I chat photography and creativity with host Danielle Mezzardi.

And if you would like to continue your photography inspiration, book a 30-min Zoom call with me at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min to chat about how I can help you with action items to up your photography game.


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Join us for a Live Q&A on the Punky Brite Show 11/19 https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Join-us-for-a-Live-Q-A-on-the-Punky-Brite-Show-11/19 Host Danielle Mezzardi and I will be in live discussion about my photography and what inspires it
Tune in live at: https://www.youtube.com/@PUNKYBRITE

You are invited to join live on the Punky Brite show as host Danielle Mezzardi. I chat about what makes creators tick with inspiration.

I will share several histories of my photography and creative endeavors, and you can also ask questions live during the show.

Pop over to Youtube and subscribe to: https://www.youtube.com/@PUNKYBRITE to be notified when the session goes live tomorrow at 5 pm EST.


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How to Document Your Thanksgiving in Photographs https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/How-to-Document-Your-Thanksgiving-in-Photographs Using your camera to remember family and friends
Photo by Jessica Rockowitz on Unsplash

With Thanksgiving just around the corner next week, one thing that I would suggest is to pack your camera for your trip to see family and friends.

The camera is a utensil to remember, to document, and to freeze a moment in time.

And it can also be a great way to share these experiences with family and friends that you share your time with.

How to document Thanksgiving in photographs

Photo by Claudio Schwarz on Unsplash

Most of my students always ask the question how to document a specific day or experience.

Here is my quick cheat sheet of suggestions for you to document this week for Thanksgiving:

Shot suggestions:

  1. A Family portrait of everyone

With this style of shot, my family always enjoys celebrating all holidays by making a photograph together.

I remember when my nieces were first old enough to understand what it meant to create the family photograph.

I got them to smile and interact with the camera by telling them that every time they said the words “hot sauce” (the name of the camera I was shooting with), that if the camera liked them, it would take their photograph.

They started to shout “HOT SAUCE, HOT SAUCE, HOT SAUCE” repeatedly. And what they did not know is that I had a wireless camera trigger in my pocket that I was able to trip the camera with.

Every time that they said “hot sauce,” I pushed the button and they laughed and smiled which made everyone in the family laugh and smile.

Have some fun with your family portraits. They don’t all have to be serious.

2. Document the meal

What are you going to eat for Thanksgiving?

Make sure to document the meal to share in photographs with your family and friends.

This could be starting with buying the ingredients with your family in a store, to preparing the food in the kitchen, to sitting down at the dinner table together and photographing the spread.

Document it ALL.

One tip for documenting the meal is to play with angles. 45 and 90 degree angles are your best friend for food photography. Don’t be afraid to take several photographs of each thing, and then look at them later also.

3. Make photographs of adventures

Maybe you are traveling a great distance to be with family or friends? If so, take your camera and document the trip from the car ride to the airport, to the airport experience, to arriving at your destination.

Remember that the adventure is part of the story, and it is your experience and way of remembering also.

Also, if your family or friends shares an adventure with you to a cider mill, or some form of outting, take the camera and document the fun moments and adventure also.

My family traveled to Florida in my early years of photography to spend time at a time share for example.

The country club where my parents booked a week at always had lots of decorations, and tables of food as far as the eye could see in the clubhouse where we ate.

I remember the smell of the pie, the turkey, and how everyone from around the world that traveled to this place at once shared in the experience.

I took snapshots of anything and everything that caught my eye, and these are some of my most favorite photographs in time that I spent with my family because I documented what I was happy about.

Document ALL of the adventures no matter how small or large. You will thank yourself in many years to come.

What to do with all of the photographs

Photo by Mylene Tremoyet on Unsplash

After you get done shooting all of the holiday events, take a day or two to reflect.

Do some free writing about what the holiday means to you as you start to cull your images onto your computer.

Go through all of your images with care as you are on the way back to where you live, and pick the best ones to share with friends and family.

You can share via email, blog, your website, text, air drop, or whatever works best.

Simply share, and enjoy the gift of photography together.

Bonus: If you want to post your favorite holiday photos elsewhere and you are registered here on Medium, you can pop over to https://shareapicturemagazine.com and become a contributor to add your photography and writing. We would love to have you join us!

And if you have any questions about how to achieve a certain style of image or how to improve your holiday images, book a quick free 30-minute Zoom call with me at https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

I am happy to go through your images with you and share helpful tips. I hope that we can work together in a photo coaching plan also so that I can help further inspire you in your photography.

Happy shooting!

P.S. A bonus for you on your travels on the 23rd. You can listen to my podcast tips of how to photograph Thanksgiving at https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck (also on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and where podcasts live).

Be sure to go follow What Would Charlie Shoot on your platform of choice for more photography inspiration.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a free 30 minute Zoom consultation to chat how I can help you with your photography and creative projects, or try one of my classes on Udemy.

Listen to my podcast, “What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks.”

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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Episode 8 of What Would Charlie Shoot Podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Episode-8-of-What-Would-Charlie-Shoot-Podcast Get to the point with your photography — listen now
Listen on https://anchor.fm/charlie-naebeck or Spotify/Apple/Amazon/Stitcher and where podcasts live

In Episode 8 of What Would Charlie Shoot:

-Charlie talks about how to get to the point with your photography to create authentic work that you are passionate about versus copying others.

Thank you for listening, and tune in every week for new What Would Charlie Shoot episodes. And don’t forget to follow the show on your favorite platform. WWCS is available on all platforms where podcasts live.

Book a 30-minute photo coaching consultation here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.


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Wine Goes In, Wisdom Comes Out for the Holidays https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Wine-Goes-In-Wisdom-Comes-Out-for-the-Holidays Give some wisdom for the holidays to your friends and family and support mental health awareness and art
Wine Goes In, Wisdom Comes Out merchandise available in the new 79 Punks shop

It’s that time of year again when you look for the perfect gift for friends and family.

Your search for something humorous that relates to the holiday shuffle and something that fits the personality of that particular person in your life.

And the gift must also be classy and sassy for that person as they have helped you through thick and thin.

I have the perfect gift idea for you that relates to the above. You can get it and more great gifts at: https://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/t-shirt/women/wine-goes-in-wisdome-comes-out/1872736/.

Re-introducing the 79 Punks project

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For anyone that has followed me for a while now on any of my channels, you will recall that I opened a wearable shop online in early 2020 when the pandemic hit called 79 punks.

The 79 punks project supports mental health awareness and art, combining quirky and unique wearable shirts and merchandise.

I started the project to battle my depression during the pandemic and quickly found that several others shared my views.

After sending out a couple emails to tell friends about the new shop, my friend Aaron Perry (yes, he is Joe Perry’s son from Aerosmith) re-posted me on socials, and the 79 Punks classic took off:

79 punks Men's Perfect Tee By charlienaebeck - Design By Humans

79 Punks original classic design supporting mental health awareness and art

After the initial run of shirts sold out, I started producing shirts based on art that I created while battling my depression for a book called Between Heaven and Hell Vol. 1.

The future of 79 Punks

Photo by Drew Beamer on Unsplash

Recently, I had the idea for a great shirt after letting my store slide for a year or so.

I updated the 79 punks shop and am happy to announce the grand re-opening.

The latest shirt, Wine Goes In, Wisdom Comes Out, is just in time for the holidays.

If you would like a mug for your wine to go along with your shirt, you can get one here (you’re welcome):

Wine Goes In, Wisdom Comes Out Mugs By charlienaebeck - Design By Humans

Wine Goes In, Wisdom Comes Out 79 Punks Mug

Check out shirts, stickers, glasses, and other merch at: https://www.designbyhumans.com/shop/charlienaebeck/ (bookmark this link to save if you would like to support the project when new designs come out).

P.S. Enjoy your wine as you get ready to visit family for the holidays!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a free 30 minute Zoom consultation to chat how I can help you with your photography and creative projects, or try one of my classes on Udemy.

Listen to my podcast, “What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks.”

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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Want a Free $100 Towards Your Holiday Purchases? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Want-a-Free-100-Towards-Your-Holiday-Purchases Sign up an account at Social Good
Image credit: Social Good

How would you like a free $100 to do your holiday shopping with? Or a free $100 to treat yourself to something special you have wanted for some time. Or you would like free money.

Sounds too good to be true, right? Wrong. It is all true!

And I will walk you through the exact steps you need to get $100 free for your holiday shopping.

Don’t worry; it is painless, and the best part is that you get free merchandise.

This is great for upcoming holiday expenditures or even for things you already purchase daily.

How to get the $100:

Photo by engin akyurt on Unsplash

Let’s get started!

What you need to know about getting the $100 is that you will register an account on an app called Social Good.

Social Good is a shop-to-earn app in both the Apple store and Google Play. By registering until the end of November, you get $100 FREE.

The app was designed in 2018 by the company’s founder and CEO, Soichiro Takaoka, to meet the demands of this large and rapidly-growing market and to give people a way of achieving assets they would not usually be able to attain.

In 2022, Social Good launched an initiative with people like me to grow users in October by offering a free $100 sign-up bonus just for creating an account.

I was skeptical about the initiative, as I am with all endeavors. Still, it is accurate after testing the app and doing my homework. They gave me $100 in Crypto as promised simply for signing up for an account with the code below.

Like me, you think there is a catch to getting $100 free.

There is a slight one, but it is not a big deal like most investment or banking programs that make you jump through tons of hoops.

The catch is that to get free merchandise and get $100, you have to spend $100 in one of the 1,800 significant stores with which Social Good has a connection.

These are stores like eBay, Udemy, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. They are not small no-name places.

You also must register for 200 SG tokens initially in the app (currently a 5% discount when you register in the app as a member for just $28).

And don’t worry, your 200 SG membership fee is counted towards the Crypto that you have in the app and will increase in value too!

And before you run away or ask the question, if you are like me, you think that they might steal your information when you purchase things through the app.

As always, I vet these things before I post about them. All shops are independent of Social Good for your shopping experience. Social Good does not have any connection to the store’s information or screen capture your information to shop.

Another noteworthy thing you may be thinking is why on earth you would spend $100 simply to get it back in cryptocurrency.

There are a few reasons:

  1. You get fully refunded for your store purchase of $100 within 30–90 days, depending on the store’s policy you purchase from. This means you get FREE merchandise for your holiday shopping or things you want to buy.
  2. If you want to invest in Crypto with a low-pressure way of starting, this is a great entry-level coin. By making the $100 purchase in one of Social Good’s partner stores, you get $100 of SG crypto. If you do not touch this, it will increase in value over time, giving you the power to transfer out more than your $100 purchase.
  3. When else have you heard of such a deal to purchase something and get fully refunded to keep the merchandise?
Are you with me so far? This = FREE money and FREE merchandise simply by buying what you would typically buy anyways online.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get you signed up for FREE money.

How to sign up for Social Good to do your holiday shopping:

Image courtesy of Social Good

Step 1: Download the SocialGood App from the Apple store or on Google Play (2M+ users)

Step 2: Register an account in the Social Good app using your email address and the code: KFTDJN

https://referral.socialgood.inc/?id=KFTDJN

(Note: You must use the code if you want the free $100, and you must do this on your phone. It can’t be done on a computer.)

Step 3: You will be presented with a screen to become a Social Good member and invest 200 SG ($28). Keep this screen open and proceed to the fourth step.

Step 4: Register a free account on Coinbase to get a free wallet to pay the $28 Social Good registration.

Using this link will get an additional $10 FREE just for signing up: https://coinbase.com/join/o7548p?src=referral-link.

Step 5: Once registered on Coinbase, transfer $28 to your Coinbase account from an authorized bank that allows Crypto purchases.

If your bank does not allow Crypto purchases, you can call them to authorize this.

The $28 will be used to purchase SG for your Social Good account later (and don’t worry, you will also be able to get your $28 back later too).

Step 6: In Coinbase, you want to use the $28 to purchase Bitcoin (Do not purchase other Cryptocurrencies). This is an accepted currency to pay for your Social Good registration.

Step 7: Download the Coinbase crypto wallet and transfer your Bitcoin purchase.

Step 8: Return to Social Good and continue with the prompts to link your Coinbase wallet to SG and purchase the 200 SG membership.

Step 9: Choose the shop of your choice in the app to make your holiday purchases or other purchases with a minimum of $100, and Social Good will give you this amount back within 30–90 days in Crypto (see specific stores on the Social Good app for the exact number of days for the return).

You will also be able to transfer this cashback in Crypto to your Coinbase wallet to cash it out as standard currencies under “Withdraw SG” in the asset tab of the Social Good app.

Note: When you transfer the $100 crypto credit out to your Coinbase account to convert it to regular currency for your bank, you will also be able to cash out your $28 membership fee if you wish.

And just like that, you get FREE merch and the potential to earn back more than $100 in the Social Good app as the Crypto exchange increases in value.

I tried it and earned $35 extra on my $100 purchase that I could transfer out. And all of my holiday shopping and a few camera accessories for myself are all set for FREE.

You’re welcome!

If you need additional technical support on performing any of the steps above to get your account set up and start with Social Good, please feel free to register here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/consult. I offer a 30-minute consultation to help you register and get set up for just $35.

Happy Holidays! This tip helps you save a lot of money on your holiday spending!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a free 30 minute Zoom consultation to get inspired for your creative projects or try one of my classes on Udemy.

Listen to my podcast, “What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks.”

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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Get a FREE Photography Class Before November 24th https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Get-a-FREE-Photography-Class-Before-November-24th Only 30 spots open, register now
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Hey everyone,

My name is Charlie Naebeck. I am a professional photographer of 33 years and a photography teacher.

I offer a service called photo coaching, where we meet on Zoom once per week to teach you photography in what you would like to learn or to help with your photography business goals.

Right now, I have a handful of openings in my schedule and am taking on new students.

If you are interested in learning about photography or improving your photography business goals, I am offering a free 30-minute photography coaching session between now and November 24th.

To register, follow the link, which will allow you to set up a Zoom call with me: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

One registration per person, but please do feel free to share with anyone that you know that is interested in learning photography.

Here is why you want to work with me:

-Professional Photographer for over 33 years shooting for the likes of Conde Nast, Vogue, Live Nation, and many more.

-Professor for NYU, U of M, Photo Manhattan, Destination workshops, and Private lessons with students in over 42 countries.

-Voted in the top ten photography teachers in NYC.

-A very positive, patient, and calm demeanor, unlike teachers who give you a book and force you to read things independently. Our sessions will be interactive and custom based on the skills you would like to learn.

I will accept the first 30 registrations before this deal expires, so make sure to book your call with me today for FREE.

And just for the sake of transparency, I give this to you in hopes that we can work together for my longer-term coaching packages. If you want to jump straight to a long-term class or package with me, you can see the hourly packages here: https://calendly.com/cnpcall.

Thank you, and have a great day!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.

Book a free 30 minute Zoom consultation to get inspired for your creative projects or try one of my classes on Udemy.

Listen to my podcast, “What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks.”

If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.

Thank you!


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Welcome to Charlie Naebeck Co https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Welcome-to-Charlie-Naebeck-Co Updated About Me
Charlie Naebeck Co

Welcome to Charlie Naebeck Co.

As I quietly announced in my November newsletter, I am switching up CNP to Charlie Naebeck Co.

It is only fitting because I have my hands on many projects at any time. I would like to invite you all to explore several of my projects.

And the best part about this is that I have many things YOU can get involved in with your art, photography, podcasts, stories, writing, and more.

The projects:

Charlie Naebeck Photography

I have been a photographer for over 33 years. I have had the pleasure of working with some of the most amazing people, companies/brands and living in some of the top cities in the world, including Conde Nast, Live Nation, Vogue, Vogue IT, Columbia University, Pinner & Co, and many others.

While I have pulled out of the commercial realm of photography after leaving New York City in 2019, I continue to share the gift of photography with others through teaching.

I have students in over 42 different countries from my time at NYU, U of M, Photo Manhattan, my workshops, and now, my remote Zoom sessions and Udemy classes. I am proud of every one of my students over the years, and I will continue making photography lessons available remotely and in person.

To book classes or see my work past and present, please take a moment to visit http://www.charlienaebeck.com and then book a free 30-minute Zoom call to talk about YOUR photography with me and how I can help you at: https://calendly.com/cnpcall/30min.

Share Dreams Co Podcast

The Share Dreams Co podcast project started recently when I was chatting with a long-term photography student.

She is over 70 years old and has dreamed of becoming a photographer simply because she loves it.

Her story inspired me, and I wanted to open a platform for others to share their stories.

When I started the podcast recently, I was thinking of what I wanted to be when I grew up writing here on Medium and working on my other podcast, “What Would Charlie Shoot?

The honest answer, I wanted to be a rock star!

While I never achieved rock and roll fame, I have been in several successful bands, like Almost Famous, and my own personal projects.

And this inspired me to ask if others have achieved their dreams and what YOU do now.

If you are interested in sharing your story, you can record a 20-minute interview and submit your mp3 file at https://sharedreams.co.

And you can listen to the new podcast as it gets started by visiting: https://anchor.fm/sharedreamsco.

Ambient NFT Investments

This year I decided to pursue NFT photography after some of my photographic heroes, like Sebastiao Salgado and others, jumped aboard.

I thought I could undoubtedly sell my own work, but how cool would it be to open a full-fledged gallery to invite other artists and photographers into a collective as well.

Hence, I decided to start Ambient NFT Investments.

So far, there are three artists, and we are about to add our fourth.

If you are still getting familiar with NFT photography or how it works, I wrote a great article about it here.

And if you would like to be one of our artists or photographers in the gallery, please feel free to reach out to me directly, and I am happy to chat.

Country Family Recipes

For those that know me, I love to cook!

And that was also a trait passed down from my Grandmother and my family, just like photography.

My Grandmother published a family cookbook in 1984 that included the family’s favorite recipes.

She was a visionary before her time, and she marketed the cookbook to our church, my school, and her Avon customers by using the audience she had already established.

My Mom and I had always talked of re-publishing the cookbook and expanding it to include many other recipes that have developed since 1984.

I took the lead in starting https://countryfamilyrecipes.com.

My entire family will be writing and sharing delicious recipes (some healthy and some traditional) in the coming months.

And the end game is to produce a cookbook in physical form as we raise funding, just as my Grandmother did in 1984.

If you are interested in following our journey, visit https://countryfamilyrecipes.com and hit that follow button. You can find CFR on Facebook or Instagram to follow when we begin posting.

Extra Side Hustles

This year, I also started a project called Extra Side Hustles. I explored different avenues for passive income and ways to make money online.

Check out some of my pieces on Feature Points, Noumena, and NFT investments. You can make lots of passive income with just a little bit of work to get it done.

I will be writing and sharing more Extra Side Hustles in the coming months, so be sure to follow the page at https://extrasidehustles.com if you like great ways to earn passive income and extra money from home.

What Would Charlie Shoot? Podcast

If you have been following me for a bit here on Medium, you have probably already seen me post about my What Would Charlie Shoot? Podcast where I share photography stories, special interviews, tips, and tricks.

If you still need to follow the show, visit https://whatwouldcharlieshootpodcast.com and add it to your favorite podcast app.

The show is syndicated worldwide on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, and many more.

Listen to a new episode every week!

Honey Creek Originals

HCO was founded when I moved back to Michigan from New York City in early 2020.

During the pandemic, I found myself with a lot of time on my hands, and I explored cleaning out my Grandpa’s old workshop on the family farm.

One thing led to the next, where I wanted to make a drawing table outdoors one day.

I found an old half-rotted table half-buried in the basement of the house, and I sawed off the legs to replace them and restore the tabletop.

For a year, I was inspired to restore other furniture. It gave me the idea to make some of my own pieces (thanks to the well-rounded program at the University of Michigan A&D, I already knew how to work with wood and projects with my Dad).

One day my Uncle dropped by with a chainsaw, and I asked him to remove some cedar branches from an overgrown tree.

He asked me what I planned to do with the wood after it was taken down.

I put 2 + 2 together to combine my love for light and photography with my newly discovered woodworking abilities to make lamps.

I sketched and designed all handmade lamps and started to post them on socials.

Many friends started asking where they could buy them, and I found myself in business.

I went on to explore knife making and table making in my newly converted shop, where HCO was born.

I am currently on the road visiting other family for a while. Still, I intend on re-opening HCO projects remotely in early 2023.

Share A Picture Magazine

If you are a fellow photographer and writer, check out https://shareapicturemagazine.com.

If you have ever seen the work of Duane Michals, where he combined photography and writing, that was my inspiration for starting this project.

If you are a fellow photographer and writer, please fill out the form here if you wish to become a contributor. All content is flipped on our Flipboard account to get extra eyes also.

The Future Photographers

The Future Photographers is a project that I started the journey on back in 2018 in New York City.

I had a group of teenage students from Australia to that I taught photography, and it got me thinking about the future generation of photographers.

I recently decided to revisit this idea and start a community for young photographers to learn photography, share their work in a safe environment, and get inspired.

I will be sharing more about this project in 2023.

If you are interested in your child learning photography in the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me directly at http://www.charlienaebeck.com. I am happy to set up lessons for them.

Visiting Colombia.com

Have you ever thought of visiting Colombia, but you need help figuring out where to start to book your trip, retire, or become a digital nomad?

I found myself with this question in late 2021 when I met the love of my life, and we began visiting family in Colombia.

In a year, I learned important things like how to speak a lot more Spanish, how to deal with visas as a dual citizen, how to find an apartment, where to find local spots for things I needed for living and more.

My VisitingColombia.com project is designed to share helpful tips and tricks with travelers, digital nomads, ex-pats, and anyone that visits Colombia.

79 Punks

In late 2019, I found myself exiled from New York City.

I became very depressed and struggled with my mental health in many ways. I spent a lot of time making art and going through a recovery process to bounce back.

In 2020, I also founded 79 punks, a clothing company that raises awareness for mental health. We make t-shirts and wearable merchandise.

In the coming months, I will be sharing the re-opening of the 79 Punks shop online with some exciting new things.

Books and Music

And last but not least, I am very excited to announce that ALL of my books and music will be available everywhere. This includes Apple Books, Google Play, and Amazon Books for Kindle.

This includes my brand new e-book titled “How to Market on Social Media” (get it at the link for a discount before it goes live elsewhere), where I share all of my social media secrets of how I got 187k followers on Instagram, 10k on Youtube, and more.

Other titles released will be: Kinetic, Resonance, In Crossing, Glimpses, and Between Heaven and Hell Vol. 1.

And if that is not enough, I recorded a new song the last month called “Take Seven” that will be available where music is listened to and sold.

You can check out the single art here:

Take Seven by Charlie Naebeck Available on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, and more November 2022

Conclusion

Photo by Anthony DELANOIX on Unsplash

If you want to check out my original about me and learn more about my story, it is also here on Medium.

In the meantime, thanks for taking a moment to read about my Charlie Naebeck Co projects.

If you want to get involved with my projects, please jump over to http://www.charlienaebeck.com and drop me an email.

And if you take a moment to support any of my projects in any shape or form by sharing, purchasing things, or following me, I appreciate you all immensely. YOU are the reason that I am here doing what I love.

What do you do? Tell me about yourself in the comments, please.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a free 30 minute photography consultation or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks." 
Also share your story on the Share Dreams Co Podcast: https://forms.gle/UCRsCLYfTdFcvef68 
Want to share what you do? Contact me to submit to my publications: Shareapicturemagazine.com (Share a photo and write about it.)
Countryfamilyrecipes.com (I'm starting to share family recipes.)
Visitingcolombia.com (Learn about visiting Colombia.)
Extrasidehustles.com (Want to make some extra cash in side hustles?)
AmbientNFTinvestments.com (Explore the artists in an NFT gallery.)
Sharedreams.co (A podcast about who you want to be and who you are)
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) art inspiration passion photography writer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/Welcome-to-Charlie-Naebeck-Co Thu, 03 Nov 2022 14:47:54 GMT
The mountain is in a haze again this morning. https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/The-mountain-is-in-a-haze-again-this-morning

The mountain is in a haze again this morning.

A maze, a faze.

It changes rapidly, but never in one direction or style.

I’ll watch it for a while.

Hemingway is on the table.

Another fable.

And so much drink.

Does it clear the head to think?

Macaroni and Cheese.

Yes, please.

Notes in the Andes 11/3/22

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a free 30 minute photography consultation or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks." 
Also share your story on the Share Dreams Co Podcast: https://forms.gle/UCRsCLYfTdFcvef68 
Want to share what you do? Contact me to submit to my publications: Shareapicturemagazine.com (Share a photo and write about it.)
Shareapodcast.com (Got a podcast? Share it here free!)
Countryfamilyrecipes.com (I'm starting to share family recipes.)
Visitingcolombia.com (Learn about visiting Colombia.)
Extrasidehustles.com (Want to make some extra cash in side hustles?)
AmbientNFTinvestments.com (Explore the artists in an NFT gallery.)
Sharedreams.co (A podcast about who you want to be and who you are)
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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If You Just Have Ten Minutes https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/11/If-You-Just-Have-Ten-Minutes On procrastination and why ten minutes helps you get over it
Photo by Khadeeja Yasser on Unsplash

Are you struggling with your writing to produce? Do you wait weeks on end before you sit down at your writing device thinking that you’ll do it later or that your idea needs to be better?

Well, you are not alone.

When I lived in New York City, I had a film camera on me for the day. I had to teach at one of the schools that I taught photography at, but my friend Janelle Issis texted me to ask if I wanted to shoot after I was done with class.

I said that I only had a film camera with me with a roll of 24 exposures for the day, and she said that was ok.

Janelle had just moved to NYC, and we met just a couple blocks North of the school I taught at on the corner of 18th street and Broadway.

Janelle asked me if I had any ideas to photograph, and off the top of my head I blurted out, “Let’s see what we can shoot in just ten minutes.”

This was about to be my fastest photo shoot ever. I mean seriously, who produces many solid shots in just ten minutes?

Panic set in as Janelle’s cousin Jackie set a timer on her cell phone. I gave myself the challenge of shooting 24 exposures (on film mind you), in just 10 minutes — oh the pressure.

The first shot was on the hood of an unsuspecting taxi. Apparently the driver had pulled over to get some food in a nearby restaurant, so we quickly and carefully shot on the hood, next to the door, in front of the grill, and looking into the side view mirrors. “Four shots down,” I thought, this will be easy! Wrong!

The taxi driver came out of the restaurant just as we were walking away from his car looking at us a bit suspiciously. We left no trace.

Next, there was a storefront window. There was a beautiful soft glow to the display of the window, and the light fall off quickly made the streets surrounding very dark. “Great!”, I thought. This was the perfect neutral backdrop that I needed to produce clean shots.

I photographed Janelle’s hair, her profile, a half shot with her holding her hand to her face, the front of her face illuminated with the background in the street pitch black, and her shoulder. Five more shots down! Boom!

Casually looking down, I looked at the exposure count on the top of my Nikon FM2 and it was right where I wanted it to be in just 4 minutes. But wait, 11 shots to go in 6 minutes on an empty New York City street? Panic set in.

We raced around the corner of 18th and found an entry way to an apartment building that was perfectly illuminated. Janelle is a professional dancer, so I asked her to perform dance moves beneath the awning that strutted out into the night from the building. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Seven more shots! Four more to go with three minutes left on the clock!

I turned around and noticed the glow of the same corner that we started on and asked her to act cool as if she was waiting for a taxi (even though the same one that we started with was still there). She pulled it off effortlessly with four poses and we high fived with 1 minute left on the clock.

Clearly being it was film we could not review the shots, but we made a couple more photos on our phones just for fun and went to grab a bite to eat.

A few weeks later I developed the roll in my bathroom darkroom of my apartment. As I produced the scans, I was surprised at the number of keepers that I had in the roll in comparison to how it is when I take longer to think about my composition and framing. I had simply reacted with the skills that I know instead of spending time trying to be perfect.

And a year after that, I sat down with my good friend Jordan Matter and told him how I had produced the images in just ten minutes flat. His ten minute photo challenge was born and became very popular due to me — you’re welcome Jordan!

The lesson:

Sometimes in order to create something amazing, don’t think — react. As photographers, writers, or other creators, sometimes we have to trust ourselves that we have it in us to hit the publish button by creating what we know.

And as I say this, I share this story in just 10 minutes flat. No editing today, no changes, no time. I have to run to teach another class and do what I love.

What can you create in just ten minutes?

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a free 30 minute photography consultation or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks." 
Also share your story on the Share Dreams Co Podcast: https://forms.gle/UCRsCLYfTdFcvef68 
Want to share what you do? Contact me to submit to my publications: Shareapicturemagazine.com (Share a photo and write about it.)
Shareapodcast.com (Got a podcast? Share it here free!)
Countryfamilyrecipes.com (I'm starting to share family recipes.)
Visitingcolombia.com (Learn about visiting Colombia.)
Extrasidehustles.com (Want to make some extra cash in side hustles?)
AmbientNFTinvestments.com (Explore the artists in an NFT gallery.)
Sharedreams.co (A podcast about who you want to be and who you are)
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.Thank you!

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The Cornfield https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/The-Cornfield On one lone night
Photo by Benjamin Jopen on Unsplash

It was 9 pm in the evening when Sarah and her friends decided to leave for a concert. They filed out the door one after the other to enter Sarah’s black Chevrolet Malibu.
‘Do you have the tickets for the show?’ asked Sarah to her boyfriend Tom as they got into the car. ‘Yes, I got them last night before I left my house,’ Tom replied. ‘Great, this is going to be one hell of a mosh pit tonight,’ Sarah replied.
The moon was full overhead with an ominous orange haze as the three friends drove down the gravel dirt road leaving Sarah’s house. There were cornfields and giant pine trees along the cliffs for miles as far as the eye could see, and the sound of Shania Twain’s “If you’re not in it for love” blasted from the speakers of Sarah’s car as she drove and held Tom’s hand tight.
‘When do we eat?’ blurted out Jed, Sarah and Tom’s larger than life friend. ‘We’ll pick up some McDonald’s on the way to the show, Jed. You’re always hungry it seems’ replied Tom. The three laughed as they saw the city lights in the distance.
As they got closer to the city lights, a WHACK hit the side of the car with freight train force sending it spiraling into uncontrollable chaos. ‘TOM, GRAB THE WHEEL!’, Sarah shouted. Tom frantically tried to reach for the wheel, but to no avail as the gravity of the spin sent his large frame flying against the door of the car. BAM!
One hour later, Tom and Sarah awoke in a hazy state. ‘What happened?’, mumbled Tom. ‘I don’t know, but my head feels like a polka band stomped on it’ replied Sarah. ‘Where’s Jed?’, asked Tom. ‘He’s not here!’ replied Sarah.
The rear door of the Malibu was completely broken free of the car and Jed was nowhere to be seen as Tom and Sarah frantically looked around trying to push pine branches out of the interior of the car.
In the distance a lone wolf howled at the moon with all of its might sending chills down their spines. ‘Sssounds like it’s hungry’, said Tom. ‘It sounds rreally hungry’, replied Sarah. ‘Maybe we should find out where we are and try to call for help’, replied Tom. ‘My cellphone is missing!’, exclaimed Sarah. ‘Mine too!’, Tom replied as he frantically searched his pockets. ‘Someone must have took them while we were passed out from the accident’, Sarah replied. ‘I don’t know, but the whole situation is creeping me out. Let me see if I can get my door open to see where we are’, replied Tom.
Tom tried with all of his strength to force the passenger door open, but it was no use. It was jammed against a large white pine tree with branches splintered dangerously like knives in the panel. ‘Maybe we should try to exit through the door that is missing’, said Tom. ‘Good idea, I’ll try to crawl into the back’, replied Sarah. Sarah unlocked her seat belt with her right hand and twisted to try to crawl into the back seat.
As she twisted she let out a blood curdling scream. “Ahhhhhhahahahahahhhhhhhhhhhh, fuck!’ screamed Sarah. ‘WHAT, what is it?’ tom frantically replied. ‘I think that my ribs are broken’, Sarah replied as she winced in excruciating pain. ‘Let me help you, try to hold steady. We need something to keep your ribs straight and to help get you out of here’, Tom replied.
Tom frantically searched around as his eyes spied a stack of old books in the back of the car. Sarah loved to collect old books, and her stash was going to be very useful on this day in Tom’s opinion to make a splint for Sarah.
Rrrrrriiiipppp resounded through the car as Tom made quick work of dismantling the books to make a splint for Sarah. ‘Do you think that this will hold me steady to exit?’, Sarah asked. ‘I think it will be very excruciating pain, but it will have to do for now’, Tom replied. ‘Fuck, why didn’t we stay home to hand out candy to trick-or-treaters tonight?’, Sarah replied. ‘I don’t know, but we sure are not going to make the concert after this’, Tom retorted. ‘$500 out the damn window that I worked all month for’, Sarah sneered. ‘I know, but at this point I just want to get you to safety’, Tom replied.
Tom found an old dusty roll of ductape in the glove box of the car to create his vision. ‘Remove your shirt, please’, he said to Sarah. ‘You’re just trying to get me naked in a remote location, aren’t you’, Sarah winced. ‘No, trust me, if we have the opportunity for our first time together, this is not how I want it to go’, Tom replied. ‘Ok’, Sarah replied, as she removed her purple hoodie and shivered in the night air. ‘Here, try to hold the book covers steady, and I will wrap them securely’, Tom said. ‘Ok, but you bettered not have cold hands!’, Sarah contorted.
Tom made quick work of wrapping the book covers into place on Sarah’s ribs. ‘There, please put your shirt back on now so you don’t catch cold’, he said. ‘I can barely move in this’, Sarah replied. ‘That’s the point, you don’t want to move broken ribs’, Tom said. ‘Ok, but you’ll have to help me, and don’t get handsy’, Sarah stated. ‘I’ll be the perfect gentleman, I promise’, replied Tom. ‘You’d bettered be, or my Dad is going to kick your ass, Thomas!’, replied Sarah. Both laughed as Tom gently slid Sarah’s hoodie over the make-shift splint.
‘There, that outta do it’, Tom replied. ‘Let’s get out of here before something else happens’, Sarah stated. ‘I completely agree’, said Tom.
Tom quickly and carefully helped Sarah maneuver from the drivers seat over the center console of the car and into the back seat. ‘There, now my turn’, he said. ‘I suppose you want me to shift towards the door’, Sarah asked. ‘Yes, that would be great unless you want me on top of your broken ribs’, Tom said as he smiled with a nod of approval.
Sarah quickly shifted her weight towards the open door with all of her might and let out another blood curdling scream. ‘Ahhhhhhahhahahahahahah, fuck! I am going to have to visit a doctor when all of this is said and done, aren’t I?’ she shouted. ‘Yes, I fear so’, Tom replied.
Tom quickly shifted his weight as he crawled into the backseat of the Malibu next to Sarah. ‘We have to move some branches to get out of here and see what we are up against’, he said. ‘Let me see if I can let you past me being you will doing all of the heavy lifting after my condition’, Sarah replied.
Tom shimmied past Sarah in the seat trying his best not to put any part of his body against Sarah’s broken ribs. He dropped down in the seat closest to the door and let out a loud sigh of exhaustion. ‘I feel like I just ran a marathon, but maybe this exercise is just the beginning of our night’, he said.
Tom shoved his feet against the branches that entered the car to try to push them out of the way. Finally with several attempts “crraaaacccckkk”, the branches snapped and he was free. In front of him in the clearing he saw a giant corn field for as far as the eye could see. He turned around and looked behind him, and he could not see the road.
‘Fuck, we must have spun off of a cliff’, he said. ‘Are we going to die here tonight’, Sarah asked frightened. ‘Not on my watch’, Tom replied.
Tom slowly and cautiously exited the car to survey where they had landed. As he looked up, he saw a very tall and menacing cliff in front of him.
‘Well, we are definitely not going back to the road to get out of here’, he said. ‘It looks like the only way out of here is going to be through that corn field’, he gestured. ‘Let me help you get out of here, and I will help brace you slow and steady so that we can find a hospital’, he said to Sarah. ‘Ok, but please promise me that we are not going to die here tonight’, she replied with wide eyes. ‘Ok, I promise that I will be your knight in shining armor and save the night’, Tom stated courageously. ‘You always have had a way of saving me in our three months together’, Sarah replied.
Tom steadily helped Sarah out of the car and they were finally free of the menacing metal trap that held them at the bottom of the cliff.
‘It looks like we have a great distance to cover to get out of here’, Tom said. ‘We’re going to have to eat our weight in popped corn for dinner tonight’, he observed. Sarah winced as she tried to laugh with the pain of her broken ribs. ‘Take it easy, please’, Tom stated as he acted as a human crutch to help Sarah walk. ‘I promise that I will try not to crack any more bad jokes to give you pain’, he said. ‘You’re jokes are always appreciated’, Sarah replied.
As they neared the edge of the cornfield, Tom spied something shiny out of the corner of his eye in the weeds. As he got closer to find out what it was, he helped Sarah to sit on a rock. ‘What is it?’, Sarah questioned. ‘It looks like it is my cellphone!’, Tom exclaimed. ‘Really?!?’ Sarah excitedly replied. ‘Yes, really, but it is very wet’, Tom stated.
As Tom pulled his cellphone out of the weeds, he became pale white and felt terrifying shivers down his spine as he pushed the on button to see if the phone had battery. The phone was covered in blood, and there was a photograph of their friend Jed on the lock screen dead in a cornfield sliced to pieces with a sign that read, “This is what you get when you run, and to run is no fun.
‘Ssssarrrrahhhh’, he shakingly called out as he turned with his hands covered in the blood on his phone. ‘Jed is dead’, he stated. ‘Jed is dead!’, Sarah retorted. ‘How, why, where?’ she said. ‘It looks like here in this corn field’, he replied.
Sarah began to well up in tears. She had known Jed since kindergarten, and their families were close. They had shared lunches together, and he always had a way to cheer her up when she felt down in their friendship.
‘This is beyond fucked up!’, she stammered. ‘We have to get out of here and get help!’ ‘I know. We’ll make it, but we have to be extra careful now’, Tom replied. ‘Jed is clearly in this cornfield, and by the looks of the photo and how he is laying in pieces, we are not alone here’, he said.
No sooner as he finished his sentence the howl of the lone wolf sounded in the distance. ‘I wonder if it ate Jed?’, he said out loud to himself. ‘Ate JED!’, Sarah contorted. ‘Now I am beyond fucking flipped out! Please TAKE ME HOME!’, she cried. ‘I promise you that I am going to do my best, but we have to stay level headed’, Tom replied. ‘Ok’, Sarah whimpered, ‘but I am scared’, she said. ‘I am too, but if we don’t want to end up like Jed, we have to keep it together!’, Tom said.
‘Let me see if I can call out on my phone’, he replied as he wiped the blood on his jeans to clean his phone. ‘Damn, no signal, maybe if we get higher up in elevation we can get a signal again’, he said.
Tom helped Sarah to stand up from the rock that she sat on, and as they moved closer to the cornfield, the leaves began to rustle and hum. ‘Ittttssss just the wind, right?’, Sarah asked as she looked dartedly to the left and right. ‘Yeahhh, umm, just the wind’, Tom replied as he nervously looked around for signs of anyone with ill will. ‘We have to go through the corn in order to get to higher ground and get a signal’, he replied.
Thirty minutes later, and about a mile and a half into the expanse of the cornfield, Tom looked down at his left arm and noticed more blood. He quickly looked at Sarah’s arm on his shoulder to see if she was ok, and shouted, ‘Sarah, you are dripping blood!’ ‘Huh, what, who, why?’, Sarah replied as she almost fell over from exhaustion. ‘You must have gotten cut by some very sharp leaves on the corn stalks’, Tom replied.
Tom carefully made a small clearing in the corn with his feet by pushing over stalks to help Sarah sit down and tend to her wounds. He removed his red checkered flannel and bit it to rip a piece for Sarah’s arm. “Riiiiipppp”, echoed through the night as the flannel strip broke free of his shirt. He carefully bandaged Sarah’s wounds and said ‘there, that out to do for now’, triumphantly.
Just as he was about to stand up to help Sarah to her feet, he heard the cry of the lone wolf again. It was much closer this time, and seemed to almost be near their position. ‘Stay behind me, Sarah’, he whispered as he frantically searched for where the sound was coming from. ‘Are we going to be a wolf snack?’, Sarah replied. ‘Not on my watch’, Tom replied.
Tom searched the ground and found a softball sized rock. He wielded it above his head similar to a caveman about to smash anything in his path over its head. The sound of the lone wolf drew nearer, and the breath grunted and panted of an animal looking to devour its prey.
“Crrrraaaaaccccckkkkkk!!!” came the sound of gunshot in the opposite direction. Tom could not see anyone or anything outside of the small clearing that he had made, but the whimper of an animal in extreme pain cried through the night and he heard a distinct thud to the ground.
‘I think that someone shot the wolf’, he replied as his eyes darted in a 360 degree motion looking for anyone that may help or try to shoot them also. ‘That damn bullet could have hit us!’, Sarah replied in hush tones also scouring the corn for signs of life. ‘I know, we have to be careful, they could have been aiming at us for all we know’, Tom whispered as he got low to the ground.
A giant rustling noise came from Tom’s left, and he quickly wielded the rock in anticipation again.

Would you like to see a part II to this story? If so, be sure to clap lots and leave comments of your favorite parts.

P.S. Happy Halloween everyone! I hope that you and yours have a safe and happy celebration!

P.P.S. If you enjoy audio renditions of stories, tune in this week for the audio version of this story on my podcast What Would Charlie Shoot? at https://whatwouldcharlieshootpodcast.com. Be sure to follow the show and save it for future episodes.

“The Cornfield” Copyright 2022 Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved. This story may not be copied or reproduced by any means without the written expressed consent of Charlie Naebeck. Thank you!

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) art inspiration passion photography podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Listen-on-https--whatwouldcharlieshootpodcast-com Sat, 29 Oct 2022 11:58:03 GMT
How to Share Your Story on a Brand New Podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/How-to-Share-Your-Story-on-a-Brand-New-Podcast Welcome to Share Dreams Co
https://sharedreams.co

Are you someone that has an exciting story to share? Or do you know someone that does?

I am expanding my podcast adventures to start a new show called Share Dreams Co.

This show explores what you wanted to be when you grew up if you achieved that dream, and if so/not, who/what you are now.

I invite individuals of all backgrounds to share your story with us in a 20-minute or less submission.

I am looking for individuals from all backgrounds and histories. Old, young, rich, poor, creative, not creative, and everything in between.

If you have a story to tell, drop by the submission form here where you can submit your recording and information: https://forms.gle/7KEZweV95KjmQ1UeA

No professional recording equipment? No problem. Record stories on your cellphone or what you have available. The idea here is to have honest, heartfelt stories. This could be your Grandma or Grandpa or even your parents.

Once you send us your mp3 file and fill out the submission form, we will be in touch within 1–2 weeks or less to let you know when your story is scheduled to air for the show.

The Share Dreams Co podcast will be syndicated on Spotify, Apple, Amazon, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, and where podcasts live.

You can listen here: https://anchor.fm/sharedreamsco

Thank you, and I look forward to hearing and sharing your stories.

https://sharedreams.co
Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a free 30 minute photography consultation or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot? with photography stories, interviews, tips, and tricks." 
Also share your story on the Share Dreams Co Podcast: https://forms.gle/UCRsCLYfTdFcvef68 
Want to share what you do? Contact me to submit to my publications: 
Shareapicturemagazine.com (Share a photo and write about it.)
Shareapodcast.com (Got a podcast? Share it here free!)
Countryfamilyrecipes.com (I'm starting to share family recipes.)
Visitingcolombia.com (Learn about visiting Colombia.)
Extrasidehustles.com (Want to make some extra cash in side hustles?)
AmbientNFTinvestments.com (Explore the artists in an NFT gallery.)
Sharedreams.co (A podcast about who you want to be and who you are)
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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Twenty Benefits You Love for Being a Photographer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Twenty-Benefits-You-Love-for-Being-a-Photographer How photography changes your life and why you want to take my class
Photo by Peter Conlan on Unsplash

Photography has been around now for almost 200 years. Some might think that it is ancient, but it is not.

It allows us to remember, document, create, and much more.

And today, I will share with you twenty benefits you get by learning and practicing photography.

Immortality

Photo by Guillaume de Germain on Unsplash

Remember those moments that you prize and cherish? Your children’s first steps, your family vacations, and hanging out with your friends.

Photography allows you immortality these moments to remember and visit these moments as much as you like.

Photography is also a gift you can pass along to future generations so they can understand what has come before them.

Documents your journey through life

Photo by Mantas Hesthaven on Unsplash

Let’s face it, we all have a story and come from somewhere.

And no matter if you photograph simply for yourself or to share with others, photography allows you to capture and remember life’s moments that you experience.

It allows us to embrace the emotions and sentiments that we feel and to express them healthily.

Find beauty in the world

Photo by lucas wesney on Unsplash

Photography lets us discover beauty in the world. Sometimes the most beautiful moments or things get overlooked, and photography allows us to document and remember them.

And not everyone’s idea of beauty is the same. Photography allows you to express beauty in your way.

Preserves new and old memories

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Photography allows us to preserve new and old memories.

Remember the time that you rode your bicycle for the first time? Your parents may have captured that in a photograph.

Think about your fondest memories in your journey and experiences. Photography is there for you to document and freeze time on these moments for your lifetime and beyond.

Creative self expression

Photo by Lucas Kapla on Unsplash

Photography allows you to be creative with what is in your mind.

Photography is a great way to express YOU if you don’t possess the skills for any other artistic mediums.

Don’t be afraid to experiment.

Social interaction

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Photography allows you to be social with others.

If you have a camera, it can act as a gateway to making new friends, interacting with your existing friends, or simply engaging with who or what you are passionate about.

Stress relief

Photo by Erriko Boccia on Unsplash

Did you know that photography can be cathartic and relieve stress?

Go on an adventure with your camera and get lost in the moments to forget about what is stressing you out.

Imagination enhancement and brain exercise

Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

Photography can help you expand your imagination to realms you have not dreamed of.

It can also help you keep your brain sharp by experiencing different places and things and thinking in another way to get the shots you hold in your mind’s eye.

Its Neuroplasticity ability allows you to engage the world differently than you would ordinarily experience when you set out for your day.

Career possibilities

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Did I mention that you can turn your photography into a business and make money?

Finding the style of photography, you love and then monetizing it will give you an extra source of income.

Self esteem booster

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Do you suffer from low self-esteem? Photography can help with that too.

You will be able to express yourself with how you feel and understand what holds you back by remembering your photos.

You will also be able to share your photos with your peers, friends, and family to get potential positive reinforcement which will boost your self-esteem.

You learn about yourself

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Through photography, you learn about yourself. Your likes, dislikes, and what you are most passionate about.

By trusting your gut, head, and heart with what you photograph, you document a map of yourself and what/who you love.

You see with different eyes

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Have you ever walked down the street that you live on? What do you see? How does it feel?

Now, try the same walk with a camera, and see what inspires you to take a photograph.

The same street you are used to all the time will become something different by stopping to capture what you are drawn to.

Repeat this exercise as often as possible at different times of day, seasons, or directions. You will constantly see differently.

Fresh air and sun (improved mood)

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Being a photographer gives you an excuse to leave your house for fresh air and sun.

And in turn, fresh air and sun always help to improve your mood if you are feeling down or having a time in your life that you are struggling with.

Exercise

Photo by Gabin Vallet on Unsplash

Did you know you don’t need an expensive gym membership to exercise?

By owning a camera, you can explore your neighborhood or beyond, which will help you get in shape and feel better.

Ice breaker

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Did you know that photography can act as an icebreaker to help you get over being shy?

By engaging others with your camera, you can make new friends, talk to people you would not usually speak to, or enter worlds you have never set foot in.

Engaging in what you love

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Photography allows you to engage with what or who you love.

Are you passionate about people? Photography can connect you with people.

Are you passionate about adventures? Photography can give you experiences.

Are you passionate about nature? Photography can take you to heart.
Connect with what YOU are passionate about.

Different perspectives

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Photography can give you different perspectives that you usually do not observe in your daily life.

Do you walk the same street every day? Try looking up.

Do you ever wonder what the world looks like through the eyes of a child? Try photographing from their perspective.

Do you want to remember a moment to understand it better? Try taking a photograph.

Different perspectives can be inspirational.

Freedom

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Photography can give you freedom.

It can give you an excuse to leave the confines of what holds you back.

And it can give you excitement in your life through its possibilities.

Adventures

Photo by Ali Kazal on Unsplash

Photography can give you adventures that you have never dreamed of.

Is there a place you have always wanted to explore but never have? Take your camera.

Is there something you are passionate about and want to say? Photograph it and share it.

Improves mental health

Photo by Marcel Strauß on Unsplash

Did you know that photography can help with your mental health?

If you are feeling down or depressed, try to capture how you feel in a photograph or series.

If you want to uplift your mood, try photographing something or someone that you love.

Conclusion

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So what are you waiting for?

Grab your camera and get ready to photograph.

If you are unsure where to start or need some inspiration, I encourage you to take one of my photography classes.

I have a brand new class on Udemy called “How to Learn Beginner Photography Quickly and Easily” that I am offering for just $20 to get you going. It covers all the basics to get you on shooting who and what you love.

And if you would like to learn more after taking my Udemy class, book a free 30-minute Zoom consultation with me to chat about your photography.

We will develop a plan together for your photography, and I will set up additional Zoom lessons with you to coach you every step of the way in your photography.

If you make something extraordinary also, please feel free to write me to share.

Or you can also share your photos and write about them in my publication https://shareapicturemagazine.com where we have built a supportive photography and writing community just for you.

I learned these twenty benefits of photography over a 33-year career after my Grandma gave me a camera, and you can enjoy them too!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a photography coaching session or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my new podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?." 
Want to share what you do? Try my publications: 
Shareapicturemagazine.com
Shareapodcast.com
Countryfamilyrecipes.com
Visitingcolombia.com
Extrasidehustles.com
AmbientNFTinvestments.com
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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The Future of the Art Gallery; and How to Make Lots of Money https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/The-Future-of-the-Art-Gallery-and-How-to-Make-Lots-of-Money And you don’t have to leave home
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Brick-and-mortar art galleries are dead.

The high overhead to own and operate the space is gone.

And you no longer have to dress fancy to enter the space.

You can do so from the comfort of your home in your pajamas if you like.

Welcome to the future of the art gallery.

And the best part is you can make LOTS of money by buying the art.

Take a tour of the new gallery

Photo by Josh Liu on Unsplash

Welcome to Ambient NFT Investments.

We are a collective of artists from different locations worldwide and backgrounds. You can own our art for a fraction of the cost of a traditional brick-and-mortar gallery.

And after you purchase our art, you either keep it in your collection or hang onto it for five years for an estimated 49.92% ROI.

How does this work, you ask?

NFT art is a new trend for investors and collectors around the globe.

It is digital blockchain technology that works on different cryptocurrencies.

Our gallery works on the ETH coin, for example.

Today, if you were to buy a piece of art in our gallery for just $200 (~0.13 ETH), you hang onto it for the time of your choosing to cash out.

Or, you collect art just as you would in a brick-and-mortar gallery to enjoy.

Example:

I love you in winter by Charlie Naebeck; Available for purchase here

With limited space on your walls in your home, NFT art allows you to collect pieces you love and make a profit.

How does NFT art work?

Photo by Zoltan Tasi on Unsplash

Our auctions work for a specified amount of time, just like eBay.

You can put an auction up for a piece for as little as three days or extend the viewing time for as long as 6 months.

You would simply need a Coinbase account to purchase a piece, which allows you to convert standard currencies to ETH.

Once you have converted the amount you wish to spend in ETH, you can view our gallery here: https://opensea.io/Ambient_NFT_Investments.

We have two active artists between myself and one other at the moment, with two new emerging artists that we will share soon.

Once you decide on a piece you would like to purchase, you simply click on the Add to cart or Place bid buttons, depending on whether the art is for direct purchase or auction.

Example: If you wish to purchase this piece by our artist Chill Noir, the auction ends on November 2nd, and this is an easy piece to invest into ETH with at a minimum bid of .032 ETH ($50 USD):

A dog with a beer in Detroit by artist Chill Noir. All Rights Reserved.

Is NFT art for you?

Photo by Camylla Battani on Unsplash

The answer is that NFT art is for any art collector or investor that wishes to purchase and own a great piece of art.

If you are later and are keen on getting into ETH for the first time, it is a safe way to store your investment and make a high ROI within 5 years.

And if you simply appreciate art as we do, we invite you to check out the new gallery.

By purchasing, you own the art! Display it in a digital frame, or simply hang onto it to flip it for an excellent ROI.

And as a bonus tip, if you are a fellow artist, please reach out to us. We are a collective and not just a stuffy gallery. We consider different artists all the time.

So what are you waiting for? Visit our brand new art gallery now: https://opensea.io/Ambient_NFT_Investments.

If you are one of our first five investors, we have a special surprise for you with your purchase.

Isn’t this easy? You didn’t have to leave your house!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a photography coaching session or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my new podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?." 
Want to share what you do? Try my publications: 
Shareapicturemagazine.com
Shareapodcast.com
Countryfamilyrecipes.com
Visitingcolombia.com
Extrasidehustles.com
AmbientNFTinvestments.com
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) art cryptocurrency nft photography technology https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/The-Future-of-the-Art-Gallery-and-How-to-Make-Lots-of-Money Thu, 27 Oct 2022 17:26:23 GMT
On Being Just One Thing in Life https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/On-Being-Just-One-Thing-in-Life Who or what are you?
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Going back to my question from the other day, I asked: What did you want to be when you grew up?

Did you achieve that dream?

If not, who or what are you now?

Since I wrote that piece, in 72 hours, I decided to create a brand new podcast (in addition to What Would Charlie Shoot?) titled Share Dreams Co. (https://sharedreams.co).

It made me think about how many people have a story to tell.

What kinds of challenges have been faced, or what triumphs have been won?

Do we face the same challenges in a slightly different time-space continuum?

Yeah, I am a science fiction fan.

Yet, it got me thinking of my own story and how I have never had the luxury of being just one thing in life.

The trigger

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This morning, I was flipping through Flipboard reading titles as I tried to pull myself off the couch from spending the night ill.

I saw a story where Canopy CEO Davis Bell canned two employees at his company because they worked second jobs.

Mind you, the two employees were engineers who made over 130k/year at the company.

What if someone wants to dig themself out of debt?

What if they have a family that they are trying to help support?

What if they simply wanted to be more than just one thing?

I read the comments, and many people gave Davis much flack for his actions. I wholeheartedly agree that it is ridiculous to trap someone in just one job.

And it made me think I have never been just one thing.

Who the fuck are you?

Photo by Ryan Stone on Unsplash

To play fair, I have to answer the question for myself.

I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, podcaster, artist, guitarist, drummer, singer, filmmaker, art collector, gardener, camper, woodworker, knife maker, chef, reader of books and blogs, uncle, son, grandson, entrepreneur, promoter, techie, linguist, blogger, and mental health advocate.

There are most likely things that I still need to write here, but you get the point.

Most people see me as a photographer or photography teacher. That’s cool; it is what I have done a lot in my life.

Yet, I have also been a book factory worker, burger flipper, technical support person, manager, college student, spaghetti maker, coffee server, record label owner, and other things.

This is a fraction of who/what I am and what I will become in this lifetime.

And when most people ask who or what I do, I simply tell them about photography because no one believes that you can somehow be good at more than one thing. Yet, you can.

Trying to fit in a square when you are a polygon

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In high school, I was forced to take SATs, and other tests that I felt were irrelevant to my life.

I was never a straight-A student because everyone tried to force me into a square when I had always felt that I was different.

I was the kid that came from a small Lutheran school with 4 people in my grade and went on to a high school with over 187 people in my grade.

When I started high school, I thought I would get my ass kicked every day.

I would rush to my locker in-between classes and quickly find a seat in my class before anyone had time to touch me.

On lunch, I was the kid that stood with his back against the wall next to the school food store waiting silently to go to my next class.

I did not eat and did not dare to speak to anyone unless spoken to. And even then, it was a concise conversation.

By my Sophomore year of high school, I made a few friends with the outcasts.

They were the geeks, the rockers, the country people, and the outsiders like me.

I tried stupid shit to see where I belonged. I remember specifically that a rap group named Kris Kross wore their clothing backward. I tried that, and I tried dressing like a cowboy, among other fads. Nothing really felt totally like me.

Towards Junior year, I finally had a small collective of friends, yet, I realized that somehow I could easily talk to anyone.

Classes felt like a waste of my time, so I would forge hall passes to get my friends and me out of class to hang out and have a beer.

The more I talked to different people, the more I realized that I was still scared as shit of getting my ass kicked, but I had a defense mechanism: my wit and charm. I was a chameleon.

And my Senior year of high school, I blew off most of the classes I didn’t care about, like math, history, and boring subjects to skip and hang out with my friends.

Everyone loved me, and they had no clue that I still felt like I was an outsider.

It came time to graduate, and I was short on credits to walk. I had a guidance counselor named Mrs. Smith who thankfully saw me for who I am before I knew myself.

She encouraged me to enroll in a local community college in an accelerated program to finish high school and start college.

Once I got to college, I realized I could choose the classes I wanted. I could fit into a different box.

I finished my requirements for high school and graduated a few months after my classmates. Yet, I was starting to discover more about myself.

I enrolled in many music classes, including songwriting, recording engineering, and sight reading. I dropped sight reading because it was too much like a stiff math class. And I got all straight A’s in the rest of my classes.

I originally wanted to continue and go on to art school as I have always drawn and photographed. My Dad told me I would never make it as an artist and shot that dream down in flames.

Twelve years later

Photo by Kunj Parekh on Unsplash

Twelve years after that moment, when my Dad told me I would never amount to anything as an artist, I was laid off from a technical support job.

I had obtained the highest-paid job I had ever held, and the company decided to downsize. Mid-level managers were among the first to go, so I was left to figure out what to do next.

My ex-wife suggested that I have two options.

One, find another technical support job. Or, two, enroll in college for any degree program because having a bachelor’s degree is better than not.

Going back to school was a better option to accomplish precisely what I wanted to do twelve years prior. I was going to art school!

Art school

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Before I went to art school, I went back to the same community college I had attended many years before finishing high school.

Getting all of the basic requirements out of the way on the cheap would be a good idea, and then transfer these credits to a proper institution.

Once I completed all my prerequisites, I applied to the University of Michigan.

After all, it was there in my hometown, and I had dreamed of attending that school since I was a kid.

The art school made everyone apply with a portfolio. Mine was all over the map (as I mentioned, I have never been just one thing).

I remember the nerve-wracking interview like it was yesterday. They told me that my album covers on iTunes were more interesting than my artwork.

I left that day feeling rejected, and I awaited the letter with the final blow when I thought they would reject me.

To my surprise, I received an acceptance letter into the University of Michigan A&D program weeks later.

I could not believe I had made it as different as I was.

In my first weeks of class, I was the old dude. I was in my early 30s, already had work experience as an artist, and was married. I tried to keep it all on the DL to fit in without hassle. Yet, I did not realize that it was ok to be me.

By Sophomore year of college, they made everyone go through an intensive review process that would determine if you were going to stay in the program or if they were going to send you packing.

I again showed all work I thought they wanted to see instead of sharing the work I was most proud of — a mistake.

They asked me to re-review months later and to present serious work.

I went back into my second review as nervous as I could be. My wit and charm had saved me to this point, but this was all about the work. I was about to bare my soul in a way I was not accustomed to.

After a couple hours in the review, I left the room and thought, “if they kick me out, fuck it! At least I tried and gave it my all.”

Weeks later, I was notified that I had passed the review, and they invited me to continue the program.

If you are granted two life decisions: to be someone else, or to be yourself, always be yourself.

The present

Photo by Cristian Palmer on Unsplash

Many years after graduating college, working in New York, Milan, Los Angeles, and more, here I am.

Just a little old me sitting on a mountain in the Andes of Colombia.

How did I get here? You’ll have to read more of my posts to learn that. But the point is, I am me.

I am everything that I listed above and more. And I am present.

I work my ass off every day on eleven projects I have on my plate, but I am happy.

I have a family that loves me, a roof over my head, and food on the table.

And I realize that all of the people that tried to fit me in the box with the SATs or other times in life were WRONG. I have never fit into a box, and I never will.

I can run how far and how fast I want to when I want to, and you do too!

And that is why I have started the new Share Dreams Co podcast and site.

I want to inspire others.

I want to show YOU that it is possible that you don’t fit in the box also.

And I want to hear your story in your words.

If you are up for the challenge, visit https://sharedreams.co and follow the prompts on the submission form to share your story.

And don’t forget in the meantime to stay true and continue to be a polygon (or other shapes of your invention) in a world of squares.

I look forward to hearing your story!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, entrepreneur, and adventurer.
Book a photography coaching session or try one of my classes on Udemy.
Listen to my new podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?." 
Want to share what you do? Try my publications: 
Shareapicturemagazine.com
Shareapodcast.com
Countryfamilyrecipes.com
Visitingcolombia.com
Extrasidehustles.com
AmbientNFTinvestments.com
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) inspiration life photography podcast writer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/On-Being-Just-One-Thing-in-Life Wed, 26 Oct 2022 21:21:38 GMT
Discovery of a Painting in an Antique Shop https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Discovery-of-a-Painting-in-an-Antique-Shop

Finding things from 1935

My wife and I set out for an early AM meeting on Tuesday.

After waiting for a substantial amount of time, my meeting never showed.

Discouraged and frustrated in the hot sun, we decided to grab a coffee.

We were chatting about things we wanted to accomplish for the day, and my wife suggested to visit the antique store that is never open when we visit.

I hesitantly agreed as I still had a lot of work to get done, and we took off in the metro.

Upon arrival at the shop, a gentleman shared that the proprietor had to leave, but to return in an hour.

We found a nearby empanada shop (to which I think I got food poisoning from), and sat down to wait.

After the hour passed, we returned to the shop and were finally let in.

We had tried to visit this shop on 3 or 4 other occasions before this.

After an hour of perusing all of the treasures that the shop had to offer, my eyes landed on this painting.

I was mesmerized and it reminded me of other pieces that I have in my collection.

The proprietor had no knowledge of the artists name, but mentioned that the piece was done in 1935.

I have no idea why I enjoy things from the 20s, 30s, and 40s, yet I do. I am drawn to these things like a bee on honey.

We negotiated a deal for the piece and it headed home with us for the day.

If my appointment had not bailed, and if my wife had not been there with me to suggest the antique store, I would not have this great piece of art now.

Thank you, Universe! I will try to listen better next time.

P.S. What do you think of this painting?


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(Charlie Naebeck Co) art creativity photography travel writing https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Discovery-of-a-Painting-in-an-Antique-Shop Wed, 26 Oct 2022 20:51:17 GMT
Something Big Is Coming Tomorrow… https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Something-Big-Is-Coming-Tomorrow Are you ready?
Photo by Kevin Schmid on Unsplash

Do you ever struggle with making photos? Do you lay awake at night with dreams of adventures with your camera? Do you ever experience dissapointment when you don’t capture the moments in your mind in your camera?

If you answered yes to even one of those questions, then you’ll be very happy to know that help is on the way.

It’s coming tomorrow on Friday, October 7th — mark your calendar, because you won’t want to miss this.

Simply put, you’re going to finally find out how to get the help for your photos that you deserve and how to have fun doing it too — simply, quickly and more easily than you ever thought possible.

Are you ready?

I will talk to you tomorrow.

P.S. Have you guessed yet what it is? Check this link to see if you’re right: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/2FqgnMqmUtb (Hint: You’ll want to follow to listen tomorrow).

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session or try one of my classes for FREE on Udemy before October 17th.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) inspiration learning passion photography podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Something-Big-Is-Coming-Tomorrow Thu, 06 Oct 2022 08:32:58 GMT
Here’s Your Free Photography Class; You’ll Love It https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Here-s-Your-Free-Photography-Class-You-ll-Love-It It is free until October 17th on Udemy for you
Photo by Laura Chouette on Unsplash

Dear Photographers,

Here’s your free photography class on Udemy!

I really hope you find it helpful.

As a photography coach and mentor who works with a lot of people just like you, I know how challenging it can be.

Every day you have to overcome disappointment with your photos. You battle against giving up on photography all together.

You know you have the potential for so much MORE, but just can’t seem to get there.

I’ve got some really good news though.

You CAN do it.

You CAN overcome.

I’ve seen so many people do it, and I’m confident you can too.

The steps laid out in my new class “How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love” are your first step in the right direction.

Remember, you can’t reach the goal if you don’t know the path to take. Now you’ve got a roadmap pointing you in the right direction.

If you have any questions about this, let me know. I’m here to help.

Talk soon,

Charlie

P.S. If you have a friend that is looking to learn and improve their photography also, please share this class with them.

I am giving it away to the first 1000 students before October 17th.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session or try one of my classes for FREE on Udemy before October 17th.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) free inspiration learning passion photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/Here-s-Your-Free-Photography-Class-You-ll-Love-It Wed, 05 Oct 2022 06:00:55 GMT
The warm breeze whispers to sit down and look. https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/The-warm-breeze-whispers-to-sit-down-and-look
Remember to take a break by Charlie Naebeck

The warm breeze whispers to sit down and look.
Remember to appreciate the simple things in life.
And look what is in front of you.

Remember to give yourself the gift of adventure.
You need a break every now and then.
Remember to spend time with your family.
The time comes and goes faster than you think.

As my wife and I sit, the breeze suggests looking to the left.
Looking, looking, ahh, click.

Nature’s gift stares back at me as I watch the shadows dance.

When Mother nature takes out her paint brush, we remember.
We document.

And we are grateful for all that we have.
Practice gratitude every day and remember.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) creative-writing inspiration nature photography writer https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/The-warm-breeze-whispers-to-sit-down-and-look Tue, 04 Oct 2022 08:02:19 GMT
How to Become a Podcaster and Share What You Know https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/How-to-Become-a-Podcaster-and-Share-What-You-Know I did it in 72 hours with my first episode
What Would Charlie Shoot? syndicated worldwide. Photo of me by my beautiful wife.

I never thought I would become a podcast host in a million years.

In my youth, I used to believe they were stupid and boring — that only metal music could enter my ears.

Yet, we live, and we learn new things.

Less than 72 hours ago, I was a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, adventurer, and digital nomad.

And now I am a podcaster sharing my photography knowledge and experience with others.

Why Podcasting?

Photo by Will Francis on Unsplash

The honest answer is that you need to be everywhere if you are a content creator and creating to make a living.

I discussed with a fellow Medium creator why they were leaving Medium.

The old story goes that you can’t post in one spot and ‘hope’ that people will find you.

As a creator, one must expand their wings to try new things to increase visibility and revenue streams.

It turns out that there is a fair bit of money to be made in successful podcasting.

And one must promote the hell out of what they love to get heard above the noise.

Many years ago, it was complicated to get your creations in front of the powers that be that controlled things like radio.

Now, in less than 72 hours, you can find them all — with some hard work and diligence.

You might ask yourself, why not go straight for Youtube?

If you do the math, Youtube requires you to have over 10k subscribers before you can join their monetization program.

And even after the 10k subscribers, you get paid peanuts on the dollar.

Many join the Tube of You with the hope that they will become famous overnight.

And many fail and give up after learning what an algorithm can do.

Yet, for podcasting, there is more hope.

You can syndicate to different networks and are not centralized with all of your eggs in one basket.

And it pushes your imagination like writing does.

How to start a podcast 101

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Step 1: You will need a device to record on.

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Any cell phone will do as it will allow you to record and mix audio with some essential apps.

I prefer the iPhone 13 Pro Max as it already has a great mic and excellent photo quality.

You can also use your computer if you want to get fancy.

I prefer using my Mac book Pro because, as a creator, it allows a lot of versatility.

You can also use Windows machines, but I prefer Macs.

Step 2: You will need a primary microphone.

I debated on this for a long while about which microphone to select.

If you did not know this about me, I am a former audiophile who used to play in bands and became a music snob at one point in my life.

I tested the microphone on my phone just to see what I could do with it.

It sounded horrible as the pickup pattern that the microphone on the iPhone uses was too broad.

It picked up the neighbors screaming children, dogs barking in the streets, and many cars going by.

The audiophile in me cringed very hard.

So I bought a few microphones to test which I like the most:

All of these microphones were within my budget. They exceeded the quality of my iPhone while satisfying the audiophile in me.

Between the three different microphones, while I love the Shure SM58, I had to rule it out of the running as it does not easily fit in my backpack with a mixer and XLR cable.

It is a nearly indestructible microphone with an excellent reputation in the audio world. Still, it does not work for my situation of being mobile.

The Logitech Blue Yeti has a solid base and connects via USB to your computer (or cell phone with an adapter).

I enjoy the quality of the audio it produces, but I also ruled it out due to the weight in my backpack.

Being I travel a lot, any amount of weight you can reduce makes a big difference.

So I ended up going with the Boya BY-PM300.

It was surprisingly of equal quality sound to the Blue Yeti and at almost $100 less in its price point.

It is lightweight and easy to carry wherever you need it.

My only downside in selecting the Boya is that it feels like cheap plastic in my hands.

I like things that are well built, and for anyone that is not mobile like me, you might want to go with the Blue Yeti instead.

But this does not affect the sound quality.

Step 3: You will need some software to record with.

As I mention, I am an audiophile. I used to swear by listening to analog.

Yet, one day I started recording in the digital world.

For the longest time, when I worked as a musician, I used Avid Pro Tools.

However, in 2022, there are many great apps to get started with that do not break the bank:

  • Anchor: Anchor.fm is a free app and website purchased by Spotify. What I like about it is the ease of use to upload and how it links directly to Spotify for syndication. It also allows you to easily host your content to record and share now from one spot. One of the shining stars for me with Anchor is that it supports a great RSS feed. This is handy when you want to share your podcast with other places.
  • Garageband: This free software is built into the Mac. It is easy to use and very straightforward for anyone starting out. The upside to this software over Anchor is that it allows multi-track recording more precision. You can also record different instruments or sounds as a separate track here. In contrast, Anchor only lets you layer the built-in sounds that it supports or import another file from a different location.
  • Audacity: This very versatile app is built for both Windows and Mac users. It allows multi-tracking, just like Garageband, with accurate precision. You can also record directly to this app if you wish to create sounds outside of just voice. One plus for this app is that you can customize the data for your file export with the name of your podcast, technical details, and affiliations before exporting. In Garageband or Anchor, this is slightly more difficult.
  • iTunes: While you can’t record directly into iTunes, it is convenient to be able to manipulate the file information on your mp3, wav, flac, or other audio files for your podcast. If you import, you can easily export once again.
  • Digidesign ProTools: While this used to be the industry standard for all audio recording in professional studios, I will mention it here for those who want to explore their options. This is a professional option for those that have the budget. ProTools is great. I still have it for my music. Yet, it may be a bit of a learning curve for anyone starting out with podcasting.

Recording your show

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Before diving in head first and recording something as a fly-by-night by the seat of your pants, I suggest outlining and planning your episodes.

It might sound fun to record something and submit it to the world, yet the best podcasters out there start with planning and knowing their audience.

Think about who you want to speak to, just as you do when you write here on Medium.

If you are thinking of speaking to everyone, don’t.

General targeting with your approach will not get you anywhere.

Find what and who you are interested in most and start there.

One suggestion for anyone starting out with podcasting or writing is to start with free writing.

Write daily for a week in a notebook with pen and paper.

After that week, look back at what you wrote and circle anything that stands out to you.

Write down all of the words that you circled on a clean page and find if there are any that overlap or repeat.

See if you can narrow it down to your top five favorites and start there.

Find ways to tie your top five together.

For example, mine are photography, teaching, writing, digital nomad, and inspiration.

As a photographer, professor, life coach, and adventurer, I can tie all of my experiences into these five categories for what I do.

And it might be difficult to narrow things down to five niches immediately, but the more you can narrow down, the better your time is spent.

If you can’t narrow down your niches immediately, test the waters on some things that come to mind with your podcast.

If you find that you want to talk about the best slice of pizza in your city one day, and the next you decide that you hate pizza — it is ok.

Start slow and see what works.

After you record your first show

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After you record a show and have put together your creative expertise, the final step is to upload it.

You will need a place such as an Anchor to host your podcast.

There are many places to host a podcast, including your personal domain, but if you are just starting out, it might be great to use Anchor.

You can easily upload from anywhere that you record content to them.

And when you do upload your show, make sure to share it everywhere.

Writers do not get read, or photographs never get seen because people are lazy and do not work to share things.

As a creator, you are your best advocate for getting your work out to the world.

You can’t just sit there and post something and expect the world to find you and applaud.

You have to actively engage people and tell people about what you do.

And for podcasting, a great start is to syndicate your podcast everywhere.

I suggest starting with Anchor because it already gives you great tools to syndicate to some of the most prominent places podcasts live.

You can submit to Spotify, Apple, and more with just a couple clicks from their page.

That was easy — you’re welcome!

And if you join Anchor, I would appreciate it if you could drop by and follow my new show, “What Would Charlie Shoot?” and give it a listen.

After all, we fellow podcasters and writers have to stick together.

And after you are done setting up Anchor, as a bonus tip, make sure to copy the RSS feed and list your podcast on as many different podcast sites as possible.

You can find my What Would Charlie Shoot? Podcast syndicated all over the globe on the sites and apps listed here.

Bonus tips for setting up your first podcast

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Five things that I completed in 72 hours to get my new podcast out there are:

  • Make it easy for people to find by sharing it in one spot. As you can see above, I made a link that states everywhere that you can find my podcast.
  • Send your podcast to everyone that you know. Even sending to your Mom counts as your number one fan. I sent mine out to my mailing list first. If you want to be on mine to get excellent tips and tricks, you are welcome to sign up here.
  • Use the same artwork and branding everywhere you post about your new podcast. Being recognizable is a good thing.
  • Write about your podcast on your blog. Hey, Medium is a great start!
  • Plan your second episode. It is always great to start with momentum and constantly have great ideas in the hopper.

People want to listen to real people. If you are a new podcaster like me, please feel free to say hello!

Leave a link to your podcast with what you talk about in the comments (but don’t blatantly spam), and be genuine.

And if you want to get a good idea of what a solid podcast looks like, you can visit mine here:

I hope this article is helpful and informative to you if you want to expand your repertoire as I am.

Cheers to many successful episodes on your podcast!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) how-to inspiration passive-income photography podcast https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/How-to-Become-a-Podcaster-and-Share-What-You-Know Mon, 03 Oct 2022 13:50:18 GMT
What Would Charlie Shoot? Podcast Episode 1 https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/What-Would-Charlie-Shoot-Podcast-Episode-1 October Highlights

Welcome to my brand new podcast titled “What Would Charlie Shoot?”

The name came about when I was teaching a twenty city photography workshop tour from one of my students and it stuck.

In this brand new episode, I talk about what is in store for October 2022 to help improve your photography.

I will be uploading a brand new podcast weekly, and it is syndicated worldwide here.

Thank you for listening!

Charlie

http://www.charlienaebeck.com
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) business inspiration photography podcast what-would-charlie-shoot https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/What-Would-Charlie-Shoot-Podcast-Episode-1 Sat, 01 Oct 2022 18:34:20 GMT
October 2022 Newsletter— Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with Exciting New Gifts for You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/October-2022-Newsletter-Celebrating-33-Years-of-Photography-with-Exciting-New-Gift-1 Once upon a time, a young man received a camera as a birthday gift from his Grandmother.

She did not know that when she gave him this gift, she would inspire a lifetime career in photography that would inspire so many others worldwide.

I celebrate 33 years of photography this month and have several exciting new gifts to share with you.

-I Love Photography; Celebrating 33 Years by Selling You My First Photograph — for One Million Dollars
Now that I have your attention, I want to introduce you to NFT photography.

If you have never heard of NFT photography, grab a snack and a beer to read on with me for an intriguing opportunity for a potential 49.578% ROI.

Read the full article here.

I Want to Share All My Photography Secrets With You In the past several months, many of you have asked me to photograph more alongside you.

I love to work alongside you as you learn and grow to make images you love.

With students in over 42 different countries, it is my pleasure to inspire you in your photography.

Yet, I am one person. And I have seen your increased hunger and appetite to learn more about your photography.

I am very excited to announce that I partnered with Udemy to launch my first on-demand class.

This allows you to learn from me right in your pocket in the Udemy app or on the Udemy website.

Read the full article and sign up for class here.

Listen to My New Creative Podcast; What Would Charlie Shoot?
This October, I debut as a creative podcaster with my new show, “What Would Charlie Shoot?

I will share the stories, tips, tricks, interviews with other photographers, and lessons photography has given me.

In celebration of 33 years of photography, I am giving a complimentary subscription to the new podcast to the first 33 people that reply to this month’s newsletter with the subject “Free WWCS subscription.”

This Podcast will also be syndicated by Apple, Spotify, Sticher, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts.

I’m Building a New Community for You to Share Your Pictures

In the past two months, CNP has been excited to quietly create a new community for you to share your photos in called “Share A Picture.”

We have partnered with Flipboard to create a cutting-edge new publication allowing photographers to network, get inspired, and grow.

If you would like to be considered as a contributor to this new publication, please:

-Visit flipboard.com/@charlienaebeck/share-a-picture and follow the publication.

-Send a quick email to: charlie@charlienaebeck.co to tell us about yourself and why you would like to contribute photos to the publication.

Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with a 15% Discount for You

As a huge thank you, I would like to offer a 15% discount on all private photo coaching packages for the month of October.

If you are interested in improving your photography game, CNP offers in-person and on Zoom photo coaching lessons.

Standard one-off lessons: $70/hr (minimum of 2-hour booking)

Book now (no discount included)

Package discounts for October:

1. 6 hours of photo coaching: This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I am available to chat about your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $210

October Price: USD $179

Book now with October 15% discount

2. 12 hours of photo coaching: This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique as the 6-hour package does but offers more time.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I am available to chat about your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $350
October Price: USD $298

Book now with October 15% discount

3. 24 hours of photo coaching:

This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique as the previous packages do.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I will answer all of your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

This package is also great for businesses that want to consult for projects.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $840
October Price: USD $714

Book Now with October 15% discount

Book a Photo Coaching Lesson Package Now

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and E-books on Gumroad or Udemy.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

October 2022 Newsletter— Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with Exciting New Gifts for You was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) charlie-naebeck inspiration newsletter october photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/October-2022-Newsletter-Celebrating-33-Years-of-Photography-with-Exciting-New-Gift-1 Sat, 01 Oct 2022 17:02:20 GMT
October 2022 Newsletter— Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with Exciting New Gifts for You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/October-2022-Newsletter-Celebrating-33-Years-of-Photography-with-Exciting-New-Gift Once upon a time, a young man received a camera as a birthday gift from his Grandmother.

She did not know that when she gave him this gift, she would inspire a lifetime career in photography that would inspire so many others worldwide.

I celebrate 33 years of photography this month and have several exciting new gifts to share with you.

-I Love Photography; Celebrating 33 Years by Selling You My First Photograph — for One Million Dollars
Now that I have your attention, I want to introduce you to NFT photography.

If you have never heard of NFT photography, grab a snack and a beer to read on with me for an intriguing opportunity for a potential 49.578% ROI.

Read the full article here.

I Want to Share All My Photography Secrets With You In the past several months, many of you have asked me to photograph more alongside you.

I love to work alongside you as you learn and grow to make images you love.

With students in over 42 different countries, it is my pleasure to inspire you in your photography.

Yet, I am one person. And I have seen your increased hunger and appetite to learn more about your photography.

I am very excited to announce that I partnered with Udemy to launch my first on-demand class.

This allows you to learn from me right in your pocket in the Udemy app or on the Udemy website.

Read the full article and sign up for class here.

Listen to My New Creative Podcast; What Would Charlie Shoot?
This October, I debut as a creative podcaster with my new show, “What Would Charlie Shoot?

I will share the stories, tips, tricks, interviews with other photographers, and lessons photography has given me.

In celebration of 33 years of photography, I am giving a complimentary subscription to the new podcast to the first 33 people that reply to this month’s newsletter with the subject “Free WWCS subscription.”

This Podcast will also be syndicated by Apple, Spotify, Sticher, TuneIn, and Pocket Casts.

I’m Building a New Community for You to Share Your Pictures

In the past two months, CNP has been excited to quietly create a new community for you to share your photos in called “Share A Picture.”

We have partnered with Flipboard to create a cutting-edge new publication allowing photographers to network, get inspired, and grow.

If you would like to be considered as a contributor to this new publication, please:

-Visit flipboard.com/@charlienaebeck/share-a-picture and follow the publication.

-Send a quick email to: charlie@charlienaebeck.co to tell us about yourself and why you would like to contribute photos to the publication.

Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with a 15% Discount for You

As a huge thank you, I would like to offer a 15% discount on all private photo coaching packages for the month of October.

If you are interested in improving your photography game, CNP offers in-person and on Zoom photo coaching lessons.

Standard one-off lessons: $70/hr (minimum of 2-hour booking)

Book now (no discount included)

Package discounts for October:

1. 6 hours of photo coaching: This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I am available to chat about your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $210

October Price: USD $179

Book now with October 15% discount

2. 12 hours of photo coaching: This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique as the 6-hour package does but offers more time.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I am available to chat about your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $350
October Price: USD $298

Book now with October 15% discount

3. 24 hours of photo coaching:

This package includes a weekly check-in and photo critique as the previous packages do.

I am available to schedule the time within 2 or 3-hour increments as you would like to use it throughout the month.

I will answer all of your photography questions, and I am happy to provide how-to lessons in any style of photography that you would like to learn.

This package is also great for businesses that want to consult for projects.

To book online, select the date you purchase the package. Then email charlie@charlienaebeck.co to schedule individual lesson times.

Normally: USD $840
October Price: USD $714

Book Now with October 15% discount

Book a Photo Coaching Lesson Package Now

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and E-books on Gumroad or Udemy.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
-I also have written for
The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

October 2022 Newsletter— Celebrating 33 Years of Photography with Exciting New Gifts for You was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) charlie-naebeck inspiration newsletter october photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/October-2022-Newsletter-Celebrating-33-Years-of-Photography-with-Exciting-New-Gift Sat, 01 Oct 2022 17:02:20 GMT
I Love Photography; Celebrating 33 Years by Selling You My First Photograph https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/I-Love-Photography-Celebrating-33-Years-by-Selling-You-My-First-Photograph-1 For one million dollars it can be yours
My first photograph by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Now that I have your attention, I want to introduce you to NFT photography.

If you have never heard of NFT photography, grab a snack and a beer to read on with me for an intriguing opportunity.

NFT photography is the future.

NFT stands for Non-fungible-token and is a digital asset that acts similarly to tangible world assets.

NFTs can be art, music, video, collectibles, domain names, utilities, virtual worlds, and more.

With an NFT you can buy, sell and trade just as you would with real art.

And the best part is that you can buy my NFT photo with the cryptocurrency Ethereum coin (the second largest market value after the Bitcoin).

Why should I care, Charlie?

Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash

Thank you, I am glad that you asked.

If you are an investor looking to make passive income, my NFT photos are the perfect solution.

Investing in an NFT allows you to retain a digital blockchain-based asset and cash out when ready.

It is a lot easier than investing in tangible world assets because you can do this from the comfort of your home.

Let me give you an example of what is possible with your investment in my photo:

Right now, at this moment, as I write to you on September 30th UTC, 1 ETH = USD $1328.59:

Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency with experts stating a five-year estimated prediction value of USD $2000 for 1 ETH.

This means that if you were to invest USD $1,000,000 today that in five years, your ETH would be valued at $1,495,780.00.

That is an ROI of USD $495,780, a 49.578% profit for investing in my first photograph when you flip the asset in five years.

Not too shabby.

Few other types of investments can produce that appreciation and return that quickly.

And the best part. You can make passive income on this asset while doing other things.

The story of your investment in my first photograph

My first photograph by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I was a child when my Grandmother gave me my first camera.

She was also a photographer that inspired me to learn and go forth in photography.

She inspired me to document family and everything I found love and passion for.

Little did she know that giving me this camera for my birthday would inspire a lifetime career in photography.

This gift would lead to traveling to the far corners of the world to photograph what I love.

It is the catalyst that imprints knowledge on hearts and minds as I give others the gift of photography.

I remember holding my first camera in my hands. It felt full of possibilities and excitement.

One month after receiving the camera, I packed my suitcase for a family trip to Orlando, Florida.

It was 1988, and there was a celebration at Disney World for Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.

I remember the energy and the excitement as the characters paraded down the street.

They were larger than life.

I could not believe they were real after seeing them in several Disney movies.

I remember thinking I should document this moment with my family as my Grandma taught me.

My hand reached into my small backpack, and I felt for my camera.

The settings were completely automatic as I brought it up to my eye to make this image.

Yet, I felt joy surge through my soul that I had never felt before.

I understood nothing about composition at the time, but it did not matter.

What mattered was that I was happy and wanted to remember that moment with my family.

Every time I look back at this photograph, it makes me smile.

It takes me back to that moment in time like it was yesterday.

Yet, many years later, I am making images I love with the same excitement I had as a child.

This photograph is a reminder never to let that excitement go.

And to always remember why you started something that you love.

I would like to invite you to an investment opportunity to own my first photograph

Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash

So how about it? Would you like to own my very first photograph?

This is the photograph that started it all.

The catalyst would lead me to work for places like Conde Nast, Live Nation, and Vogue.

It would inspire me to teach at the world’s largest platforms like NYU, U of M, Adorama, and more.

And it has inspired students in over 42 countries to pick up a camera to capture what they love.

With your investment in my first photograph, you will be entering a market with great potential by embracing Ethereum.

And I genuinely believe that NFT photography is the future.

It provides a secure transaction to own a piece of history that has changed the lives of many.

And for you, it is an estimated prediction ROI of $495,780, which is a 49.578% profit in just five years.

No other type of investment outside of stocks and real estate can give you this opportunity.

I would also encourage you to read about ETH and NFT photography in making your decision.

With the digital world at our fingertips, it is the future.

Thank you

Photo by Wilhelm Gunkel on Unsplash

Thank you for taking time out of your day to consider my offer.

This was a decision that I mulled over for close to a year to sell my first photograph.

With family in mind as number one always, I am 110% confident in my decision.

With your investment, I will continue to share the gift of photography with others also.

And I will share these memories with my children one day when I give them their first cameras.

To buy my first photograph you can visit https://opensea.io/Charlie_Naebeck.

https://opensea.io/Charlie_Naebeck
Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and E-books on Gumroad or Udemy.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) charlie-naebeck cryptocurrency nft passive-income photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/I-Love-Photography-Celebrating-33-Years-by-Selling-You-My-First-Photograph-1 Sat, 01 Oct 2022 12:04:15 GMT
I Love Photography; Celebrating 33 Years by Selling You My First Photograph https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/I-Love-Photography-Celebrating-33-Years-by-Selling-You-My-First-Photograph For one million dollars it can be yours
My first photograph by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Now that I have your attention, I want to introduce you to NFT photography.

If you have never heard of NFT photography, grab a snack and a beer to read on with me for an intriguing opportunity.

NFT photography is the future.

NFT stands for Non-fungible-token and is a digital asset that acts similarly to tangible world assets.

NFTs can be art, music, video, collectibles, domain names, utilities, virtual worlds, and more.

With an NFT you can buy, sell and trade just as you would with real art.

And the best part is that you can buy my NFT photo with the cryptocurrency Ethereum coin (the second largest market value after the Bitcoin).

Why should I care, Charlie?

Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash

Thank you, I am glad that you asked.

If you are an investor looking to make passive income, my NFT photos are the perfect solution.

Investing in an NFT allows you to retain a digital blockchain-based asset and cash out when ready.

It is a lot easier than investing in tangible world assets because you can do this from the comfort of your home.

Let me give you an example of what is possible with your investment in my photo:

Right now, at this moment, as I write to you on September 30th UTC, 1 ETH = USD $1328.59:

Ethereum is the second largest cryptocurrency with experts stating a five-year estimated prediction value of USD $2000 for 1 ETH.

This means that if you were to invest USD $1,000,000 today that in five years, your ETH would be valued at $1,495,780.00.

That is an ROI of USD $495,780, a 49.578% profit for investing in my first photograph when you flip the asset in five years.

Not too shabby.

Few other types of investments can produce that appreciation and return that quickly.

And the best part. You can make passive income on this asset while doing other things.

The story of your investment in my first photograph

My first photograph by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I was a child when my Grandmother gave me my first camera.

She was also a photographer that inspired me to learn and go forth in photography.

She inspired me to document family and everything I found love and passion for.

Little did she know that giving me this camera for my birthday would inspire a lifetime career in photography.

This gift would lead to traveling to the far corners of the world to photograph what I love.

It is the catalyst that imprints knowledge on hearts and minds as I give others the gift of photography.

I remember holding my first camera in my hands. It felt full of possibilities and excitement.

One month after receiving the camera, I packed my suitcase for a family trip to Orlando, Florida.

It was 1988, and there was a celebration at Disney World for Mickey Mouse’s 60th birthday.

I remember the energy and the excitement as the characters paraded down the street.

They were larger than life.

I could not believe they were real after seeing them in several Disney movies.

I remember thinking I should document this moment with my family as my Grandma taught me.

My hand reached into my small backpack, and I felt for my camera.

The settings were completely automatic as I brought it up to my eye to make this image.

Yet, I felt joy surge through my soul that I had never felt before.

I understood nothing about composition at the time, but it did not matter.

What mattered was that I was happy and wanted to remember that moment with my family.

Every time I look back at this photograph, it makes me smile.

It takes me back to that moment in time like it was yesterday.

Yet, many years later, I am making images I love with the same excitement I had as a child.

This photograph is a reminder never to let that excitement go.

And to always remember why you started something that you love.

I would like to invite you to an investment opportunity to own my first photograph

Photo by Ashkan Forouzani on Unsplash

So how about it? Would you like to own my very first photograph?

This is the photograph that started it all.

The catalyst would lead me to work for places like Conde Nast, Live Nation, and Vogue.

It would inspire me to teach at the world’s largest platforms like NYU, U of M, Adorama, and more.

And it has inspired students in over 42 countries to pick up a camera to capture what they love.

With your investment in my first photograph, you will be entering a market with great potential by embracing Ethereum.

And I genuinely believe that NFT photography is the future.

It provides a secure transaction to own a piece of history that has changed the lives of many.

And for you, it is an estimated prediction ROI of $495,780, which is a 49.578% profit in just five years.

No other type of investment outside of stocks and real estate can give you this opportunity.

I would also encourage you to read about ETH and NFT photography in making your decision.

With the digital world at our fingertips, it is the future.

Thank you

Photo by Wilhelm Gunkel on Unsplash

Thank you for taking time out of your day to consider my offer.

This was a decision that I mulled over for close to a year to sell my first photograph.

With family in mind as number one always, I am 110% confident in my decision.

With your investment, I will continue to share the gift of photography with others also.

And I will share these memories with my children one day when I give them their first cameras.

To buy my first photograph you can visit https://opensea.io/Charlie_Naebeck.

https://opensea.io/Charlie_Naebeck
Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and E-books on Gumroad or Udemy.
Listen to My New Creative Podcast, "What Would Charlie Shoot?" weekly.
And Share YOUR Photographs in my publication "Share a Picture" here on Medium or on Flipboard.
I am:
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC.
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
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(Charlie Naebeck Co) charlie-naebeck cryptocurrency nft passive-income photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/10/I-Love-Photography-Celebrating-33-Years-by-Selling-You-My-First-Photograph Sat, 01 Oct 2022 12:04:15 GMT
On Adventures and Friends; Why It is Important to Document https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/On-Adventures-and-Friends-Why-It-is-Important-to-Document-1
Adventures by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Use your camera often — a lesson

I want to share a very simple lesson today on the importance of using your camera often.

Things, people, places, and pets come and go.

My Grandmother often told me that there are no guarantees in life short of death and taxes. She was right.

Yet, by documenting everything with your camera, you can re-live the moments that slide to the back of your mind.

They are not any less important, but they get pushed by the noise in our daily lives.

I was perusing my archives today, working on a different project, when I found this image.

For anyone that does not know him, this is my cat Boris (RIP).

Boris was one of my best friends.

He passed over a year ago after getting hit in the street by a car.

When he left me, a woman delivered him to my house after she saw him in the street.

As I stared in disbelief at his lifeless body, in my mind, I heard his meow that in cat language, said, “I love you, Charlie, everything will be OK.”

Tears streamed down my cheeks, and I laid him to rest in our favorite spot in the woods later that day.

Even as I remember him now, I still cry as I remember the day he left.

Yet, I remember the countless adventures that we had.

I remember how he would talk to me late at night in a language only cat owners could understand.

He was one of my best friends and helped me through so much.

And I will never forget.

I have my photographs and my memories.

This is why we document.

Document who and what you love.

Hold it, dear.

You never know where life will take you and how important it is to remember.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

On Adventures and Friends; Why It is Important to Document was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) boris death inspiration photography share-a-picture https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/On-Adventures-and-Friends-Why-It-is-Important-to-Document-1 Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:25:20 GMT
On Adventures and Friends; Why It is Important to Document https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/On-Adventures-and-Friends-Why-It-is-Important-to-Document
Adventures by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Use your camera often — a lesson

I want to share a very simple lesson today on the importance of using your camera often.

Things, people, places, and pets come and go.

My Grandmother often told me that there are no guarantees in life short of death and taxes. She was right.

Yet, by documenting everything with your camera, you can re-live the moments that slide to the back of your mind.

They are not any less important, but they get pushed by the noise in our daily lives.

I was perusing my archives today, working on a different project, when I found this image.

For anyone that does not know him, this is my cat Boris (RIP).

Boris was one of my best friends.

He passed over a year ago after getting hit in the street by a car.

When he left me, a woman delivered him to my house after she saw him in the street.

As I stared in disbelief at his lifeless body, in my mind, I heard his meow that in cat language, said, “I love you, Charlie, everything will be OK.”

Tears streamed down my cheeks, and I laid him to rest in our favorite spot in the woods later that day.

Even as I remember him now, I still cry as I remember the day he left.

Yet, I remember the countless adventures that we had.

I remember how he would talk to me late at night in a language only cat owners could understand.

He was one of my best friends and helped me through so much.

And I will never forget.

I have my photographs and my memories.

This is why we document.

Document who and what you love.

Hold it, dear.

You never know where life will take you and how important it is to remember.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

On Adventures and Friends; Why It is Important to Document was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) boris death inspiration photography share-a-picture https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/On-Adventures-and-Friends-Why-It-is-Important-to-Document Fri, 30 Sep 2022 10:25:20 GMT
I am beyond excited to announce that my first ever Udemy class is available. https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-am-beyond-excited-to-announce-that-my-first-ever-Udemy-class-is-available-1 https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-improve-your-photography-a-gift-youll-love/
https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-improve-your-photography-a-gift-youll-love/

I am beyond excited to announce that my first ever Udemy class is available.

You can now learn photography from me in your pockets on the Udemy app or website.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Thank you!

Charlie

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) inspiration learn photography udemy udemycourses https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-am-beyond-excited-to-announce-that-my-first-ever-Udemy-class-is-available-1 Wed, 28 Sep 2022 22:20:47 GMT
I am beyond excited to announce that my first ever Udemy class is available. https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-am-beyond-excited-to-announce-that-my-first-ever-Udemy-class-is-available https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-improve-your-photography-a-gift-youll-love/
https://www.udemy.com/course/how-to-improve-your-photography-a-gift-youll-love/

I am beyond excited to announce that my first ever Udemy class is available.

You can now learn photography from me in your pockets on the Udemy app or website.

Check it out and let me know what you think.

Thank you!

Charlie

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) inspiration learn photography udemy udemycourses https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-am-beyond-excited-to-announce-that-my-first-ever-Udemy-class-is-available Wed, 28 Sep 2022 22:20:47 GMT
I Want to Share All My Photography Secrets With You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Want-to-Share-All-My-Photography-Secrets-With-You-1 You can have all the secrets in your pocket
Photo by Oyemike Princewill on Unsplash

In the past several months, many of my students have asked me to photograph more alongside them.

I love to work alongside my students as they learn and grow to make images they love.

With students in over 42 different countries, it is my pleasure to inspire you in your photography.

Yet, I am one person. And I have seen your increased hunger and appetite to learn more about your photography.

The decision to go on demand

Photo by Surface on Unsplash

I have expanded from my days of teaching in a single classroom in a single school to teaching and writing remotely for several.

The pandemic gave teachers many opportunities to expand their outreach to students that would not have been possible prior.

Yet, I am old school. I always enjoy the commradery of working with a group of students or teaching private lessons in person.

There is something human about being able to share ideas directly in real time that I love.

Since I have been mainly remote for a couple years now, the demand for classes has multiplied.

My students no longer have to travel to New York or where I am. And I can teach you from anywhere on the face of the planet.

It was only logical to provide you with resources at your disposal such as on demand classes to help you learn and grow when we are not in coaching sessions together.

And this led me to the idea of Udemy.

What is Udemy?

Introducing my first class on Udemy by Charlie Naebeck

Udemy is a fantastic resource for both teachers and students.

It is both an app and a website that allows you to learn on demand at your pace.

And the best part about it. You can re-watch content and learn for classes as often as you like.

I opened my email this morning to the above announcement. I was accepted and vetted as a teacher for Udemy!

A gift for you for your photography

Photo by David Everett Strickler on Unsplash

Now that I am approved for Udemy, I can share classes with you anytime.

And the best part is that you can take me with you in your pocket for advice at 3 am when you get the urge to shoot.

The courses are interactive also.

You will be able to ask questions and receive answers. And you can also find help in the learning tools and resources provided.

My first exclusive course on Udemy is called: “How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love.”
Me photographing in NYC by Will Carlson

The course covers:

  • Lecture 1: Introduction
  • Lecture 2: The shooting modes of the camera
  • Lecture 3: How to quickly switch between automatic and manual
  • Lecture 4: Do you have to shoot in manual?
  • Lecture 5: Five composition methods for improving your camera technique
  • Lecture 6: The three main lighting types in photography
  • Lecture 7: Harsh light
  • Lecture 8: Soft light
  • Lecture 9: Reflected light
  • Lecture 10: Tips, tricks, and advice to jump-start your photography
  • Lecture 11: Thank you! Other resources to continue your photography journey

You will learn:

  • How to start in any shooting mode on your camera.
  • How you can quickly shoot in manual mode.
  • How to improve your camera technique with composition.
  • The three main lighting types in photography and when to use them.
  • Tips and tricks to jump-start your specific photography goals from a professional photographer.

This class is designed for complete beginners to jump-start your photography. You will be shooting in minutes!

And this is also for more advanced photographers to review essential skill sets that you may forget to refresh.

Tips and tricks for you to start:

A photo by my wife of me.

Here are five tips and tricks to help you get started with this first course on Udemy:

  1. ABS = Always Be Shooting. If your camera is sitting idle, you are not learning.
  2. Carry your camera with you every day. Keep a backpack or way to carry your camera so that you can shoot when the urge to practice hits.
  3. I have created several assignments for you to learn from. Practice the lessons more than once. Remember that it does not matter what you photograph to learn. What matters is that you are photographing. Some of my best revelations in photography have come to me at 3 am when I don’t have something pretty to shoot. I photograph around the house all the time and learn.
  4. Give yourself the gift of time. Set aside at least one hour a week to learn from the videos. This will help you to learn and grow very quickly.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can submit questions at any time of day and night. I will generally reply back to all inquiries within 48 hours.

I hope that you find much newfound inspiration in my new course.

My Grandmother gave me my first camera at age 10, and I never dreamed that it would lead to this.

Yet, I am in your pocket as you learn, apply, and grow.

And I am excited to always see what the future holds for both of us.

If you also create photos that you are proud of, please join my share a picture publication here on Medium or Flipboard.

I aim to connect and inspire as many photographers as possible, as I was inspired when I picked up the camera for the first time over 33 years ago.

Go forth and make the images that you love!

I look forward to seeing you in class.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
]]>
(Charlie Naebeck Co) charlie-naebeck inspiration learn photography udemy https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Want-to-Share-All-My-Photography-Secrets-With-You-1 Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:28:05 GMT
I Want to Share All My Photography Secrets With You https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Want-to-Share-All-My-Photography-Secrets-With-You You can have all the secrets in your pocket
Photo by Oyemike Princewill on Unsplash

In the past several months, many of my students have asked me to photograph more alongside them.

I love to work alongside my students as they learn and grow to make images they love.

With students in over 42 different countries, it is my pleasure to inspire you in your photography.

Yet, I am one person. And I have seen your increased hunger and appetite to learn more about your photography.

The decision to go on demand

Photo by Surface on Unsplash

I have expanded from my days of teaching in a single classroom in a single school to teaching and writing remotely for several.

The pandemic gave teachers many opportunities to expand their outreach to students that would not have been possible prior.

Yet, I am old school. I always enjoy the commradery of working with a group of students or teaching private lessons in person.

There is something human about being able to share ideas directly in real time that I love.

Since I have been mainly remote for a couple years now, the demand for classes has multiplied.

My students no longer have to travel to New York or where I am. And I can teach you from anywhere on the face of the planet.

It was only logical to provide you with resources at your disposal such as on demand classes to help you learn and grow when we are not in coaching sessions together.

And this led me to the idea of Udemy.

What is Udemy?

Introducing my first class on Udemy by Charlie Naebeck

Udemy is a fantastic resource for both teachers and students.

It is both an app and a website that allows you to learn on demand at your pace.

And the best part about it. You can re-watch content and learn for classes as often as you like.

I opened my email this morning to the above announcement. I was accepted and vetted as a teacher for Udemy!

A gift for you for your photography

Photo by David Everett Strickler on Unsplash

Now that I am approved for Udemy, I can share classes with you anytime.

And the best part is that you can take me with you in your pocket for advice at 3 am when you get the urge to shoot.

The courses are interactive also.

You will be able to ask questions and receive answers. And you can also find help in the learning tools and resources provided.

My first exclusive course on Udemy is called: “How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love.”
Me photographing in NYC by Will Carlson

The course covers:

  • Lecture 1: Introduction
  • Lecture 2: The shooting modes of the camera
  • Lecture 3: How to quickly switch between automatic and manual
  • Lecture 4: Do you have to shoot in manual?
  • Lecture 5: Five composition methods for improving your camera technique
  • Lecture 6: The three main lighting types in photography
  • Lecture 7: Harsh light
  • Lecture 8: Soft light
  • Lecture 9: Reflected light
  • Lecture 10: Tips, tricks, and advice to jump-start your photography
  • Lecture 11: Thank you! Other resources to continue your photography journey

You will learn:

  • How to start in any shooting mode on your camera.
  • How you can quickly shoot in manual mode.
  • How to improve your camera technique with composition.
  • The three main lighting types in photography and when to use them.
  • Tips and tricks to jump-start your specific photography goals from a professional photographer.

This class is designed for complete beginners to jump-start your photography. You will be shooting in minutes!

And this is also for more advanced photographers to review essential skill sets that you may forget to refresh.

Tips and tricks for you to start:

A photo by my wife of me.

Here are five tips and tricks to help you get started with this first course on Udemy:

  1. ABS = Always Be Shooting. If your camera is sitting idle, you are not learning.
  2. Carry your camera with you every day. Keep a backpack or way to carry your camera so that you can shoot when the urge to practice hits.
  3. I have created several assignments for you to learn from. Practice the lessons more than once. Remember that it does not matter what you photograph to learn. What matters is that you are photographing. Some of my best revelations in photography have come to me at 3 am when I don’t have something pretty to shoot. I photograph around the house all the time and learn.
  4. Give yourself the gift of time. Set aside at least one hour a week to learn from the videos. This will help you to learn and grow very quickly.
  5. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You can submit questions at any time of day and night. I will generally reply back to all inquiries within 48 hours.

I hope that you find much newfound inspiration in my new course.

My Grandmother gave me my first camera at age 10, and I never dreamed that it would lead to this.

Yet, I am in your pocket as you learn, apply, and grow.

And I am excited to always see what the future holds for both of us.

If you also create photos that you are proud of, please join my share a picture publication here on Medium or Flipboard.

I aim to connect and inspire as many photographers as possible, as I was inspired when I picked up the camera for the first time over 33 years ago.

Go forth and make the images that you love!

I look forward to seeing you in class.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
]]>
(Charlie Naebeck Co) charlie-naebeck inspiration learn photography udemy https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Want-to-Share-All-My-Photography-Secrets-With-You Wed, 28 Sep 2022 17:28:05 GMT
How to Easily Get Started in Manual Mode Photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Easily-Get-Started-in-Manual-Mode-Photography It is not as difficult as you think
Photo by Matheus Munhoz on Unsplash

Today I am going to introduce how I approach manual mode photography.

Many of my students struggle with how to make photographs in M.

The numbers confuse them, or many are unsure how to change the settings. Or worse, many get discouraged and stop shooting.

I am not going to lie. There is a lot of technical information about how a photograph is made. One could spend a lifetime studying math, science, and physics.

But we are not here for that today.

Today I am going to make it easy for you how you can quickly shoot in manual mode.

A story of a ‘professional’ student of mine

Photo by Sonnie Hiles on Unsplash

Before I share the secrets I have in store for you today, I want to share some inspiration with you.

While living and working in New York City, I had a student who contacted me asking how to photograph people.

We scheduled a two-hour lesson to cover the questions she had submitted.

When we sat down together, I asked what her specific goals were. She admitted that she worked for a high-end company and her boss gave her the assignment to photograph an event.

She was stressed beyond belief because her boss gave her a specific assignment. She was to photograph the company’s CEO in a formal setting.

She feared she could not control her camera to make the CEO and the company logo on the wall both sharp.

I assured her that her photographs would be amazing and shared the following tips.

The camera has secrets

Photo by Nathan Anderson on Unsplash

I first shared with my student that the camera has secrets.

It does not matter what brand of camera you use. If you are making digital photographs, your camera gives you a gift.

It remembers what is called EXIF data.

If you have never heard of EXIF data, it is technical information that lives in the photo files.

My student was using a Nikon DSLR. I asked her to make a photograph in the classroom of a chair in the camera mode she was comfortable in.

Once she pushed the shutter, I asked her to press the play button to review her photo.

When the image appeared, I pushed the down arrow on the arrow pad to reveal the technical details.

Her eyes lit up wide as saucers when she saw that the camera revealed the F-stop, shutter, and ISO details. I could see the wheels spin in her mind of the possibilities.

Keep a small notebook

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

I shared with my student that it is a great idea to keep a small notebook in her pocket to keep ideas for her photography.

We used a sheet of scrap paper and wrote down the details of the F-stop, shutter, and ISO.

I asked her to switch to M on her camera.

She hesitated for a moment and sighed before turning the mode dial.

Once in M, I asked her to set the F-stop, shutter, and ISO the same as she had seen from the previous photo in P mode.

She asked me the point because these settings would produce the same photo.

I replied that I would introduce W.A.I.S to photographing in manual mode to understand the settings entered.

W.A.I.S.

Photo by Varun Gaba on Unsplash

Now you may think that W.A.I.S. sounds more like a machine name than something you would hear about in photography.

But stick with me; I promise you will enjoy what I am about to share.

W.A.I.S. stands for:

  • White Balance
  • Aperture
  • ISO
  • Shutter Speed

My student looked at me with curiosity as I explained.

When you take the settings from the initial photograph to plug it into M mode, it gets the exposure in the ballpark.

This is what the camera ‘thinks’ is the correct exposure.

Sometimes it is good, and sometimes it is wrong.

You can use the base setting of another mode on your camera to determine what the camera deems correct.

Then, you can use W.A.I.S. to set up your exposure before your subject arrives to perfect the shot.

Even the best photographer in the world can make careless mistakes if they don’t have time to find their light.

She questioned how this applied to the C.E.O. she was about to photograph at an event for her company.

I explained that using the prior P mode made a significant exposure, but it was not the image she required.

Yet, using W.A.I.S. as a checklist to set up your manual photographs, she would get the shot she wanted.

The checklist

  1. First, set your white balance. Set it to automatic and forget it. And as a professional photographer, I suggest that anyone set the automatic white balance on modern cameras. Some of us enjoy technical challenges in WB, but most of the time, the camera does a great job without modifications.
  2. Second, choose your aperture (also known as F-stop). If you are not sure where to start, begin in the middle. The average point for most lenses on the market today is F8. Remember, F8 is great! Any numbers lower than F8 produce a shallow depth of field (subject in focus, with the background more blurred). Any numbers higher than F8 on your apertures create a large depth of field (subject and background more in focus). The lower numbers produce more light, and the higher numbers make less light also. Set the aperture number that you choose and forget it.
  3. Third, choose your ISO. If you are confused about where to set your ISO, use this cheat sheet: 100 for bright sunny days, 400 for cloudy days, and 800 + for indoors and nighttime. Note: The lower ISOs will produce less light, and the higher ISOs will produce more light. The lower ISOs have less noise/grain, and the higher ISOs produce more noise/grain depending on the camera you use. Set the ISO that you choose and forget it.
  4. Last but not least, choose your shutter speed. If you are confused about where to start, there are two ways to go. The first is to set the shutter to 1/60th of a second (known as the handheld mode in photography). You can decide if you need to adjust darker or brighter. The second and more practical way is to use the camera’s built-in light meter.

The light meter

If you have never seen a light meter before, no worries. It looks like a little line when you look into your viewfinder.

Some more modern mirrorless cameras will have a digital light meter.

The normal light meter looks like this:

— ___|___|___|___0___|___|___|___ +

The newer light meters look like this:

— 1.0 or +2.0 will be on the bottom right of your screen if you have a camera that supports this style.

The first goal of the light meter is for you to try to balance the light by getting the dot or line to 0. On your digital light meters, you will see it read 0.0.

By using the W.A.I.S. formula above, you can easily set your shutter speed until your light meter gets to 0.

Every time your light changes, you change your light meter

Photo by Tirza van Dijk on Unsplash

If you are paying attention, the above method gives you an easy way to set up your photographs.

You have one job: playing with one setting under the shutter speed to learn.

I always suggest that my students play with one set at a time in M until they get comfortable with it.

Once you are comfortable, you can begin to play with the relationship of ALL the settings.

When you see the light change, change your shutter speed or settings to adjust your light meter.

With vigilance, you can get the image you want instead of the one your camera gives you.

And in the case of my student, she left my class with confidence.

Weeks later, my student shared that the CEO used her portrait for an email that went out to over 2 million people.

And the best part was that she created photographs every day after she understood her camera.

The photograph was a great shot, giving her momentum to take on other work in her company.

What we all need to remember about our cameras

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

One secret I will leave you with today is that you do not have to shoot in manual mode.

A great photograph is excellent, no matter what mode you shoot in.

I like the joke someone once shared about a couple in a restaurant that shared a delicious meal.

They asked the waitress what pots and pans the chef used to produce such a great meal.

The waitress explained that the pots were from the local dollar store. The chef started his restaurant with love, passion, and experience.

The couple was shocked, thinking that the restaurant only used the most expensive of everything.

The moral of the joke: You do not need expensive equipment or fancy ingredients to make a great meal.

And the same applies to your photography. You do not need expensive cameras or fancy tricks to make great photographs.

Love, passion, and time are three gifts that create what we want in our photographs.

And now that you understand your camera more, you too can make what you want with practice, like my student.

Thank you

I hope that this has inspired you to pick up your camera today.

I made a downloadable cheat sheet for you to practice manual photography with bonus tips. You can download it on my Gumroad for just $1 if you would like.

Or download my video course on “How to Improve Your Photography in Just 16 Minutes” with this cheat sheet for $9.99.

If you have specific questions on photography, I am happy to set up a remote photography coaching session with you on Zoom.

Sessions begin at $35/hr, and like my student, I can help to get you where you want to be.

Go forth with confidence, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
Contact me here to book a photography coaching session.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
-Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. 
-Top photography and inspiration writer on Medium.
-Students in over 42 different countries.
I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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How to Use Notebooks for Better Creativity https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Use-Notebooks-for-Better-Creativity Why you should keep a notebook
Notebook by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

If you are like me, you run into mental roadblocks from time to time.

These are the moments where the brain freezes, and we lose all momentum and inspiration to create.

We forget all time and space and feel lost.

Some moments out of procrastination. Others out of lack of motivation.

And this is where I turn to my trusted notebook to start anew.

Why a notebook?

Photo by pure julia on Unsplash

A notebook or sketchbook can be a place to document ideas.

There are often times in life when you have a great idea and wish to remember something. Yet, you do not have the time to explore it to full fruition.

This is when you turn to your trusted notebook.

Its blank pages allow you to write, draw, paste ideas, collect photographs, and more.

It never judges what is in its realm. It only holds what you hold most dear for you to re-explore.

And it can be a great way to organize what is in the mind’s eye to understand.

I perform brain dumps where I free write everything in my mind and then re-organize and order things.

Revisiting ideas

Photo by sarandy westfall on Unsplash

A notebook can also become a time capsule.

When you are bored or uninspired, it is there for you to revisit ideas.

I can’t count how often I needed an idea for a photo shoot or to write an article where my notebook saved me.

It can hold what you need until you are ready to go forth.

Keeping track of progress

Photo by Hayley Murray on Unsplash

A notebook can be your best ally if you are like me and find motivation by looking back at how you have progressed.

You can use it as a journal to document a time in your life.

It can be a way to keep yourself accountable for your goals.

And you can remember important things or moments in your life.

Sometimes it is easy to get distracted daily, and a notebook can be a great way to remember what is essential.

Goodbye distractions, hello notebook

Photo by Svyatoslav Romanov on Unsplash

In 2022 it can be effortless to get distracted. Distractions come in all shapes and sizes but can be particularly luring by technology.

You tell yourself that you will check your socials once more before you finish something. It always happens three hours later.

You check text messages and emails and read other articles on Medium. Yet, several hours later, you have still not accomplished anything.

Put away the technology. Lock it in a closet with a timed lock if you must.

Take your notebook into nature or your favorite spot on an adventure with you. Write, draw, and work to your heart’s content.

I leave a session with my notebook feeling much more accomplished than a computer.

And it is tangible. Paper feels good in the hands.

Find your favorite writing utensil, or get creative by committing things to your notebook.

Conclusion

Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Even if you are an accomplished individual in your life, a notebook can also keep track of triumphs and ideas.

Keeping a notebook is also a tremendous cathartic experience to give your mind a rest from a long day.

Sometimes giving yourself fifteen minutes to create something in your notebook can save the day.

And other times, your notebook can be the difference between losing a client and gaining a client when you need ideas.

Your notebook is there for you no matter what you do and where you go.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad. 
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. 
Contact me here to book a photography lesson.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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Time to Play is What I Have to Say; Nature Has Secrets to Love https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Time-to-Play-is-What-I-Have-to-Say-Nature-Has-Secrets-to-Love On giving yourself the gift of adventures
Time to play by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

The week flies by and the sun is not seen. Time is the thief that forgets everything.

There is a glimmer — a shimmer.

Light touches the floor and you long for more.

Grab your camera and head for the hills. It does not matter where you find your photographic thrills.

When you get there take the time.

For every hour burnt, learn how to smile.

Breathe deep and tranquil now. Turn off the phone and take a bow.

It will be there tomorrow, and the days after that.

There is nothing in this moment that you need to @.

Get lost in nature it consumes your soul. It fills that dark empty hole.

And it regurgitates what once was human. After the week takes it all away.

The phone, the emails. The nagging sounds.

The office — the cold grey that gets you down.

Take the time to find a river. It is September ready to deliver.

Different colors, changes anew.

Explore it all is what we do.

Photograph everything that catches the eye. All you have to do is try.

And when you return, spend the time.

Look at your treasures that caught your eyes.

Learn, remember, and embrace.

This is the thing you long to taste.

The adventures fill the soul and heart.

Leave the week to find your start.

With camera in hand there is no wrong.

There are a million discoveries to carry us along.

On photographing nature 9/25/22.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, writer, and digital nomad.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography.
Contact me here to book a photography lesson.
Or find my digital classes and Ebooks on Gumroad or Udemy.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

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Re-visiting My In Crossing Portfolio; How to Love Learning Photography https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Re-visiting-My-In-Crossing-Portfolio-How-to-Love-Learning-Photography When rebelling against the grain helps you discover your voice

In Crossing by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

In 2015 I was burnt out on commercial photography. My work in fashion left me drained. There were many grueling hours that everyone wanted me to put in for the perfect image.

I worked sixteen-hour days, barely slept, and hated everyone’s opinions of my work.

They would say, “oh my goodness, this image is so perfect.”

I would see many people strive to hide their imperfections. I thought, why hide what makes us human? But then again, this multi-billion dollar industry brainwashes all in the name of the almighty dollar. Who am I to throw a cog in the machine?

Every time that I touched Photoshop, I cringed. Another high-pass image out the door where someone has no pores, I thought. Another digital liposuction for someone’s insecurities. Another clean-up of someone’s drunken night before a shoot. And I swept all the secrets under the digital rug.

My job paid me well, but I was very dissatisfied with the work. I was born to lie about my images. I was not photographing the truth. But then again, what is truth in photography?

Starting In Crossing

by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I was in the streets of Manhattan when out of the corner of my eye, I saw a sign that said, “What’s stopping you?”

A million and one thoughts surfaced about how I wanted to quit my job falsifying photographs. And I thought to myself, what is stopping me?

I stopped for a moment and saw the literal reflection of myself in this advertisement. It dawned on me that this felt like a triumphant moment, so I pulled out my camera to document it.

Strangers on the streets (above), and a Mother’s love for her child (below) by Charlie Naebeck.

I have always had a love affair with light throughout the years I have photographed. If I see a great light, it does not matter what the subject is; I photograph it.

The above images were the gateway to what would become “In Crossing.” I had a goal in mind that I would shoot the anti-fashion. I would shoot in the streets with my voice. My intention was to share images closer to the truth without the hours and days of manipulation. In my heart, I wanted to return to my values instead of being an art director out for reads and profit.

I looked at these images together and drew in my sketchbook like a football coach forming the next play. I was going to make my next book.

Throwing the spaghetti to the wall to see if it sticks

Moto vs taxi vs my student by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Long ago, an Italian friend introduced me to his Grandmother, who invited me to dinner.

I volunteered to help make the meal as a good guest should. My friend’s Grandma said in broken English, “would you like to test if the pasta is done?”

I agreed to help test when she picked up a clump of cooked pasta and flung it at the wall.

She should have been a pitcher for the New York Yankees with the velocity that the pasta hit the wall. I started in disbelief.

She turned to me and explained that to test if the pasta was al dente, her Mother taught her to see if it sticks to the wall. If it sticks, it is done. And if it does not stick, it needs more time.

I smiled and thought to myself, this is life. You have to test to see if the spaghetti sticks before you go forth.

As I started to photograph for my “In Crossing” book, I tested many experimental techniques. I tried to think of everything that a traditional photographer would not do.

This led me to shoot from the hip and at many unconventional angles. It was my big F-U to fashion.

I did not want the ‘perfect’ image.

I wanted something creative that spoke to my soul.

In the image above, I walked back from Union Square Park after teaching a class with my students. I saw the motorcycle from the corner of my eye next to a taxi. I thought it was an exciting combination for a race in my imagination. I shot blind from my hip with my camera pointed in the general direction of the scene.

What resulted spoke to me. It was a typical New York moment where you have people in the streets every day but do not interact with others. I introduced the interaction of the moto, taxi, and my student in one frame, and a question was born. Why don’t people interact more in their daily lives?

The boots

The Boots by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

As my experiments continued, I made it a point to expand what I photographed. I was far from interested in beauty. I wanted real moments that spoke to me.

I would walk the fourteenth street in Manhattan on my way to and from classes at a school I taught. One day I was walking and crossing under some scaffolding. Most New Yorkers make the mistake of never looking up. They may be too busy, in a hurry, or non-observant. I tried to always remember to look up.

When I looked up under the scaffolding, I saw a pair of feet dangling in the summer breeze. I wondered who they belonged to. Were they having lunch? Was it someone that climbed the scaffolding to take a rest? Or was it a mannequin?

I did not have time to investigate, but I did have my camera in hand and made the shot. I like to think that the boots are happy on a summer’s day.

The man with the cigarette and newspaper

Man with cigarette and newspaper by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Every day I walked towards The Highline on the fourteenth street, I would commonly see a man with a cigarette and a newspaper.

I was always curious why he decided to sit on the stairs of the same building scowling at his newspaper. His cigarette was always in his right hand, drifting into the breeze. And he reminded me a bit of my Grandfather.

For many weeks, I wanted to stop to say hello but could not pull the courage in my gut to approach him. I felt like he would be the type to scream, “get off my damn lawn, you crazy kids,” at me, which stopped me.

One day I realized that he was not there on several walks toward the Highline. I wondered, did he pass away? Did he move? Maybe he decided that his sofa in his home was more comfortable to read the paper on.

But I never saw him again.

Conclusion

Cat in a backpack by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Like the gypsy cat in someone’s backpack above, I felt that my street photography saved me. It kept me from the familiar feeling that I was a number in a system to make someone else’s vision.

Work always works, but we all need something to feed the creative soul for balance. And for me, I photographed 8,532 images over one year in the streets of New York City.

My book, “In Crossing,” explored the idea of interactions and human nature.

If you are someone like me who struggles with the idea of ‘perfect’ imagery, I would highly suggest going out to the streets and having an adventure.

I wrote about the twelve benefits of street photography here if you want to see how it can help you improve your photography.

And if you would like to see more of my “In Crossing” work and support me as a photographer, I recently made the book available for the first time digitally here:

In Crossing - by Charlie Naebeck

It is $9.99, and proceeds go to helping me create more content to inspire photographers as a teacher. My other books are also available on Gumroad now for digital download.

Have you struggled as a photographer also? Let me know how you work and what you do to overcome it in the comments.

Happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Re-visiting My In Crossing Portfolio; How to Love Learning Photography was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Advice-for-Discouraged-Photographers-and-Writers-1 On the human nature of creating

Photo by Paola Chaaya on Unsplash

I recently saw an article from another writer about how they wanted to leave Medium. Their work was not getting the engagement they wanted, and they felt very discouraged.

Many comments followed, including from the OP, on how my advice helped rekindle inspiration.

It got me thinking about how in photography, I have stopped and started so many times also due to my own self-implosions.

I think they happen to the best of us, and as photographers/writers, it is easy to second guess or feel discouraged.

Here is my advice that I shared in a comment to another writer. I made some slight modifications, as this applies to ALL creators, including photographers.

If you want to write, write. And if you want to photograph, photograph. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper or a camera.

If you want to share with others, you have to constantly find new ways to engage others. On Medium, you write. And in photography, you photograph. Then you promote if you want people to find you.

Most make the mistake of posting thinking that their creation is enough. Sadly it is not to accomplish the goal of engagement. To accomplish that, treat your creation more like a business funnel.

Yet, do engage everyone authentically.

If you leave, you leave. Medium continues. Your writing and photography continues if you choose to do so.

However, if you want an honest opinion, I am guessing you are taking more issue with the fact that Medium did not hand you engagement and a pat on the back on a silver platter.

This goes into self worth, doubt, and a downward spiral. None of which have to do with creating exactly.

Maybe take some time and create for yourself. Be selfish and engage your own work to make discoveries.

When you know who you are, the engagement of your creation will not matter as much.

Numbers are numbers.

And to get eyeballs in 2022 where everyone is utterly distracted it takes a lot of hard work.

So it is your decision, but there is a fork in the road.

One way is to stay and put in the hard work, or the other is to leave.

Good luck no matter which you choose!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Advice-for-Discouraged-Photographers-and-Writers On the human nature of creating

Photo by Paola Chaaya on Unsplash

I recently saw an article from another writer about how they wanted to leave Medium. Their work was not getting the engagement they wanted, and they felt very discouraged.

Many comments followed, including from the OP, on how my advice helped rekindle inspiration.

It got me thinking about how in photography, I have stopped and started so many times also due to my own self-implosions.

I think they happen to the best of us, and as photographers/writers, it is easy to second guess or feel discouraged.

Here is my advice that I shared in a comment to another writer. I made some slight modifications, as this applies to ALL creators, including photographers.

If you want to write, write. And if you want to photograph, photograph. All you need is a pen and a piece of paper or a camera.

If you want to share with others, you have to constantly find new ways to engage others. On Medium, you write. And in photography, you photograph. Then you promote if you want people to find you.

Most make the mistake of posting thinking that their creation is enough. Sadly it is not to accomplish the goal of engagement. To accomplish that, treat your creation more like a business funnel.

Yet, do engage everyone authentically.

If you leave, you leave. Medium continues. Your writing and photography continues if you choose to do so.

However, if you want an honest opinion, I am guessing you are taking more issue with the fact that Medium did not hand you engagement and a pat on the back on a silver platter.

This goes into self worth, doubt, and a downward spiral. None of which have to do with creating exactly.

Maybe take some time and create for yourself. Be selfish and engage your own work to make discoveries.

When you know who you are, the engagement of your creation will not matter as much.

Numbers are numbers.

And to get eyeballs in 2022 where everyone is utterly distracted it takes a lot of hard work.

So it is your decision, but there is a fork in the road.

One way is to stay and put in the hard work, or the other is to leave.

Good luck no matter which you choose!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Advice for Discouraged Photographers and Writers was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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How to Start with a Bang; Zero to Nine Hundred Followers in a Month on Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Start-with-a-Bang-Zero-to-Nine-Hundred-Followers-in-a-Month-on-Medium My secrets on how I started
Photo by saeed karimi on Unsplash

On August 17th, 2022, I sat on my couch with my coffee as usual.

I was submitting job applications for additional remote work when it dawned on me.

I did not need another nine to five; I simply needed to move my ass to share more of what I do to inspire others.

Someone once told me that if you want to establish yourself with authority on a subject, write about it.

And I remembered that Medium was where one of my friends got a career started years ago.

I thought, what do I have to lose?

Reach for the sky and set your goals high

Photo by Jeremy Perkins on Unsplash

On my first day, I looked at my follower count and stats. Both were new and shiny, full of possibilities.

While I am not new at writing, I am new to Medium. And I am also no stranger to how social networking and web traffic work. Before the pandemic, I deleted over 187k followers on my Instagram.

Sometimes it takes a pandemic to get you to sit still long enough to learn and figure out what you want to do.

For me, that is teaching and giving the gift of photography.

I decided to start completely fresh, one follower at a time.

During this time, many reached out to me after I published my first takes on my time here at Medium.

On September 12th, I published “Observations From One Amazing Month On Medium.” At this time, I was at 328 followers, over 14k views, and 4,218 reads.

A mere nine days later, I am at 900 followers, 46,593 views, and 13,945 reads. I also am a top writer in the categories of photography and inspiration. And I started my first publication to invite others, “Share a Picture.”
9–21–22 Charlie Naebeck
9–21–22 Charlie Naebeck

I am still getting the hang of a lot of things on Medium like playing with formatting and finding publications. But I am getting there.

A recipe for success

Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

Here is another recipe that I would like to share. I like to cook, and finding success needs a recipe, also.

The Newbie’s Guide to Starting on Medium

Ingredient list:

  • Lots of great content
  • Patience
  • Passion
  • Promotion
  • Stick with what you know
  • More promotion
  • Submit to publications both on and off Medium
  • Write every day
  • Don’t get lost in the numbers
  • Help others and be genuine
  • Engage (don’t post and run away)
  • And did I mention promotion?

Start writing about what you know and love from the bottom of your heart. Be patient and let it come to a simmer.

Edit, edit, and edit until it comes to a rolling boil.

When you re-read it to yourself and are passionate about it, others will be too.

After you post, promote your Medium account or post in other places outside Medium. Do not post in only one spot. Create on all social media, guest blog for others, use syndication, and find your RSS feed to share with many places for starters.

The RSS feed will produce a delicious result in your promotion, much more effortless. Example (https://medium.com/feed/yournamegoeshere).

It may be tempting to chase ‘popular’ topics for follows and claps but don’t. If you engage a relevant subject from this moment, relate it to what YOU do. Stick with what you know.

Promote again. Spend at least fifteen minutes daily to share your posts on your channels. This will draw eyes to what you are doing.

Look for other publications to share your work with. This can be here on Medium, or it can be off of Medium.

For Medium publications, search a term of something that you like, and then hit enter. This will bring up a list of your results and a publications tab.

Take time to find the ones you feel are right for you and reach out to them. Most people here on Medium are friendly and happy to welcome you aboard as a writer.

For publications off of Medium, use Google to find other blogs, companies, and places to submit your work. As an example, I write about photography as one of my topics. I Google photography blogs and reach out to them to see if they are interested in writers.

Write every day for at least one hour if possible. This will keep your chops sharp and promote discipline and success.

Don’t get lost in the number of followers and stats.

It is nice to see results of hard work, but it happens because YOU produce good content that people find helpful.

This leads me to mix helping other people with this recipe. If you genuinely help someone, it will go a long way. If you post self-loathing dribble, that is for you; sadly, not many will read it. Be helpful.

Mix in genuine engagement with your followers and commenters. It can be grueling sometimes to see negative comments, but it comes with the territory. Take everything with a grain of salt, and remain positive. Reply as kindly as you can to all who take the time to comment and clap.

And did I mention promotion? Add promotion to your mix until you see your articles cook well. You can take a mediocre piece and make it shine with the right eyes. Sometimes the rise is the secret.

When you finish your posts, consume them with a grain of salt, and always prepare ideas for your next posts. It is helpful to keep a small notebook and pen in your pocket or start drafts in the Medium app to support ideas. This way, you will always have something to write about.

Bonus tips and tricks

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

Always check your writing by reading and re-reading it several times. Great writers always edit and re-edit until their work is polished.

Use a page like Grammarly or Hemingway to correct errors.

This will help strengthen your writing and communicate better.

Ask for a coach or creative mentor to take a look at your writing before publishing. There are those of us that are happy to help others get started in their path as well.

And last but not least, have fun! What is the point of doing it if you are not having fun doing it?

As for me, I want to say a giant THANK YOU to everyone so kind and supportive here on Medium. I look forward to the adventure with you all.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

How to Start with a Bang; Zero to Nine Hundred Followers in a Month on Medium was originally published in ILLUMINATION on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) illumination medium-writers new-writers photography writers-on-writing https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Start-with-a-Bang-Zero-to-Nine-Hundred-Followers-in-a-Month-on-Medium Fri, 23 Sep 2022 09:14:41 GMT
My View of the Pacific; It Was a Terrific Hike I Love https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/My-View-of-the-Pacific-It-Was-a-Terrific-Hike-I-Love One of my favorite images from Cape Flattery, WA
Cape Flattery view of the Pacific by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I originally discovered this magical place back in the late 90s. Circumstances took me to Seattle, and I explored many of its Grunge roots.

But one thing is clear. I have always had an affinity for nature.

There are no people, its smell, its sounds, its energy, the adventure.

By circumstance, I was invited to travel several hours North West of Seattle to a place called Cape Flattery.

If you are leaving Seattle, you can take the car ferry across Puget Sound to Bainbridge Island.

Bainbridge Island is another magical place, in my opinion, aside from Cape Flattery, but I will save that story for another day.

If you proceed North West, you will come close to Olympic National Park and move to a reservation. The reservation is for the Makah tribe.

The recreational permit to enter the reservation is only USD $20 and is suitable for the entire calendar year.

Once you enter the reservation, follow the signs until you reach Cape Flattery. It is the North West most point of the continental United States before you leave to visit Alaska.

The Cape Flattery hike is magical. You will pass lush, dramatic backdrops as you travel toward the ocean. You can find more information about the walk here.

Once you reach the ocean, you will see the deep blue water of the Pacific. I have traveled a lot and never seen water so blue.

One of my other favorite parts of the Cape Flattery hike is the islands that jut out of the Pacific like small mountains. I had never seen anything like this before visiting Cape Flattery.

I remember the smell of the pine trees. The drift of the current in the water as I stood in the breeze at the lookout point. I sat for hours and listened to nature stories. And this location quickly found its way to my heart as one of my favorite places on the planet.

If you visit, make sure to go early. Earlier in the day is more tranquil, and you will find fewer hikers on the trail. It is said that the trees whisper from time to time.

Listen to their secrets.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

My View of the Pacific; It Was a Terrific Hike I Love was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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I Hate Making Money but They Gave Me Lots; Do You Want to Know How? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Hate-Making-Money-but-They-Gave-Me-Lots-Do-You-Want-to-Know-How They gave me $500 again for just one post
Photo by Travis Essinger on Unsplash

It was early this morning when I stumbled out of my bed. The light in the window fluttered throughout the room. I heard the neighbor’s dog howling. And I was thinking about the future for my family.

Sounds of a motorcycle without a muffler rumbled from the street as I entered the kitchen. I emptied yesterday’s coffee grounds into the trash as I prepared a new pot to fit to use for rocket fuel. And I picked up my phone, half paying attention to what I was rifling through my sleep-deprived mind.

The larger question on my mind is how to continue to support my family without a traditional nine-to-five.

I have tried a lot of different avenues in my life to make money. Some worked out very well, while others did not. My most grueling experience was selling vacuum cleaners on commission door to door. And if it were up to me, my family would live remote on a sustainable plot of land with no need for modern conventions or money.

Modern conventions always seem to distract from what is most important in life, which is why I hate money. Money often leads to more more more and can create stress, anxiety, and take you on a downward spiral.

But as I checked my email, I spit out my coffee as I gasped.

They sent me $500 again for one post.

Who, what, how, when, why

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

As I read on, I realized which post it was exactly. Some of my more popular posts lately on Medium have been about how to make money and write on Medium.

And if you have been reading me since the beginning of my Medium journey, you will understand that I write about these things as a necessary evil. I write about these things because someone out there is fighting the same fight I am trying to support a family. But the honest answer is I would much prefer to stay in my wheelhouse of writing about photography and adventures. And this is one reason that I hate the necessity of making money.

The post that made me $500 before the coffee is on a new company called Noumena.

If you read my other posts about them here and here, you already know they are a start-up. They work with small businesses and freelancers to offer financial advice, start-up resources, and networking opportunities.

But $500 for one sleepy morning? Seriously.

I am a skeptic, and I believe in facts over dribble. Me being me investigates everything to make sure that it is accurate. I opened my Noumena app, and there was $500 more.

How I make money with Noumena and you can too

Photo by 金 运 on Unsplash

Let me preface this with the fact that it is NOT a get-rich-quick plan. And let me be transparent. I am an affiliate marketer, among other titles that I wear.

Some people think it is spam, but this is my Medium page, not yours. Yet, I believe in supporting programs that are a win-win for everyone. And I provide helpful information for those who have discipline and work hard to have an opportunity at something that may benefit them.

With that said, let me introduce the ways that I make money on Noumena:
  1. Referrals: Right now, Noumena has a referral program for just one more week where if you refer a friend that signs up, you get USD $30, and your friend gets USD $30. That is a win-win, in my book. It is extra cash in your pocket and supports people in your life. And if you sign up before the end of September, you can take full advantage of this. I told all my friends, which is one big way to make money from Noumena. If you want a free $30, you are welcome to use my code with the instructions here. Note: You must have a US bank account to receive the payout.
  2. Networking: Noumena is also a great networking program. I got a question this morning that mentioned Noumena is a bit vague on how you can network. You will learn that you network with other businesses if you read my post here. It is like social media for small businesses and freelancers. How your network depends on what YOU need. Me, I teach photography and content creation also. I have used Noumena to reach out to other businesses to see if they need assistance with their photos or content creation. So far, this has landed me several lucrative contracts and leads simply by asking and introducing myself. I outlined an introduction to Noumena here to help.
  3. Posts: Like any other social platform, Noumena has the ability for you to create posts. They call them “Noums.” I have used my Noumena to post about business opportunities, helpful tips for other companies that drive leads to me, and character posts. You generally use four styles of posts in business character, authority, affinity, and action that work well. I have had the most success with character posts.

Will I continue with Noumena after September 30th

Photo by Matt Howard on Unsplash

The answer is YES.

I find great value in networking and engaging with other small businesses. Aside from the referral program that ends on September 30th, Noumena will allow me to reach other like-minded individuals for success.

I will continue to post and share what I do with my network on Noumena. And I will also continue to write about them and what they announce in the future. They are, after all, coming out of beta soon, I heard.

If a start-up provides this much value from its early days, I look forward to seeing what opportunities are ahead for its future.

And if you want to check them out for yourself, visit noumena.pro. You can read about them and what they do on your own terms.

If you decide to sign up and would like an extra $30 to check them out, you can use my code here.

In the meantime, I will continue with the necessary evil of vetting these programs for you so that you don’t have to guess. I believe in transparency, and I believe in building business relationships that last.

So if you are a small business owner or freelancer, let me know what you also do. I would love to see if we can help each other grow.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad. 
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.
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Write About Your First Picture; Did You Love Or Hate It? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Write-About-Your-First-Picture-Did-You-Love-Or-Hate-It Share your first picture and the story behind it
My first picture — by Charlie Naebeck

My first photograph was at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

My Grandmother gave me my first camera at age ten, and my family went on vacation.

I remember watching the parade on Main Street, the USA, in Disney with awe and wonder. I heard the people clapping and cheering as the characters waved. It smelled like cotton candy and sun tan lotion.

I wondered if anyone actually consumed suntan lotion in their cotton candy. People like to bathe in that stuff.

I saw Winnie the Pooh parade down Main Street. I unpacked my camera from my backpack and click it happened. Whinnie looked so happy. I had to document the moment. My family was happy too, and it was a good day.

Looking back at this photograph, it is not the most sound image, but it brings back the memory as if it were yesterday.

Photographs have the power to transcend us to a place and time.

Photographs can remember.

And photographs are something that feeds the soul.

Your turn

Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash

As photographers, we all have that moment where we push the button to make magic for the first time.

We often feel excitement and awe throughout our entire being when we learn that we can capture life. And it is fun!

We will share new weekly prompts here on Share a Picture to inspire and encourage others.

This week is: Share your first picture and to write about it.

If you don’t have your first picture, no worries.

Share a photo you love that reminds you of the first time you pushed the shutter to make your first photograph.

Here are some questions to get you going:

What did it feel like to capture the image?

What was the first image?

Did you learn something from your first image?

Did it inspire you to photograph something else?

What did you do with the image?

What were the settings? What camera? What lens?

Who were you with?

What did it smell like on the day you made the image?

What did you hear?

Where were you?

What inspired you to make this image?

Please feel free to be as creative as you like with your writing.

When you finish, please tag “shareapicture” when you submit.

If you are not yet a contributor to Share a Picture, you can read about how to join our publication here.

Happy shooting and happy writing!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Write About Your First Picture; Did You Love Or Hate It? was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love — September 2022 https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Improve-Your-Photography-A-Gift-You-ll-Love-September-2022 How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love — September 2022

Happy September!

I want to start a new tradition where I write to you once monthly to see how you are doing. I often wonder how you are and how your photography is.

Are you getting the best out of your camera?

Do you have questions? Or do you need a refresher on how to do something?

I think about these things all of the time. So I decided to expand on ways that we can connect to keep you on top of your photography game.

A rainbow over Medellin Colombia by Charlie Naebeck

What’s New for September 2022:

New video courses:

I am very excited to share that I have partnered with Udemy and Gumroad to offer video-based photography lessons.

The first in the new series rolling out over the next several months is: How to Improve Your Photography; a Gift You’ll Love.

This means you will have me in your pocket whenever you want to learn photography!

In the first new class of the series, I cover:

-How to start in any shooting mode on your camera.
-How you can quickly shoot in manual mode.
-How to improve your camera technique.
-The three main lighting types in photography and when to use them.
-Tips and tricks to jump-start your specific photography goals.

This excellent course for beginner photographers is great for advanced photographers to refresh!

I will have you back on your game in just sixteen minutes and thirty-five seconds, making images you love.

This course is just USD $9.99 to download.

You can watch it and take notes or practice as often as you like.

And I have designed it for busy people like you so that you get the most out of your photography time!

Other new spots to learn:

This September, I also returned to one of my other loves; writing.

How many of you knew that about me when taking my classes?

I love to write, and I decided it was time to share ALL of my secrets.

I write daily on Medium. If you would like to give me a follow there, I can share other great resources for your photography.

You will find articles in my Medium on photography, life, being an ex-pat, the digital nomad life, and of course, you can see my photography.

And don’t be surprised if you see me pop up in some of your favorite online photography resources soon.

New Publication

I started a brand new publication on Medium called “Share a Picture”.

I invite photographers and writers of all skill levels to join as contributors.

Once you are added as a contributor, you are welcome to share as often as you like.

The concept is simple to choose a photograph that you want to write about, and to write about it. Think about what Duane Michals or Robert Frank would have done with their imagery with word and image.

This is designed to help us all to keep our photography and writing chops honed.

It also builds community to showcase amazing talent on Medium.

If you are interested in contributing, please check out details here.

Thank you!

And as always, if you want to refresh your photography or learn a new skill for your photography, I am available for Zoom photography lessons worldwide.

I also teach in-person photography lessons currently in Medellin, Colombia.

I would love to hear from you on how YOUR photography is.

I can be reached directly at charlie@charlienaebeck.co and would love to see the photos that you have created.

Thank you, and happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

How to Improve Your Photography; A Gift You’ll Love — September 2022 was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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How to Set Yourself Up for Success; The Income Octopus https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Set-Yourself-Up-for-Success-The-Income-Octopus Why it is important to have multiple income streams
Photo by Serena Repice Lentini on Unsplash

When I first started out as a photographer, I was very naive.

I thought that I would work for ALL of the high-end publications and that they would come knocking at my door. I was wrong.

What no one tells you in art school or business is to set yourself up for success. You have to figure out what works best for YOU.

And having many assets that bring you income at once is an excellent way to set up for success.

Introducing the income octopus

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

What I will introduce to you is not an actual octopus, of course.

But like an octopus, it, too, has nine legs. Or shall I say nine different ways to make income for your life?

I am not the originator for this term.

I browsed Youtube a few years back when I encountered Brendan van Son.

Brendan talked about a concept called “The Income Octopus” on his Youtube channel.

The concept is simple: nine different income sources so that the rest will continue if one stops.

Most photographers fail by limits to one source of income with client work. And most do not look at the bigger picture of how you can make money with your photography.

Let’s break it down together

Photo by Austin Distel on Unsplash

If you wish to draw an octopus on a sheet of paper, this is how Brendan showed it.

Each of the nine arms on your octopus will be labeled with the income source.

Now the tricky part is for photographers what entails an income source.

Let’s break it down together:

  1. Client work. This is where you create photos for someone. It is demanding because you have to be engaged in finding new clients while maintaining existing clients. This is the first leg of your octopus.
  2. Publications. Depending on the magazine, it can be very lucrative for a photographer. It is often best to start with smaller publications before you target the big ones. To pitch, see the publication’s masthead in print or online, and write your best pitch letter to the editor. Be prepared to hear a thousand nos before you get a yes.
  3. Social Media sponsorships. This can make some decent money, depending on how you handle it. If you are a photographer with a large organic following, reach out to brands you wish to partner.
  4. Teaching. While you are not shooting or doing anything else, try teaching. Not everyone has the knack for it, but it can be a gratifying gift to give someone else the gift of photography.
  5. Writing. As I write to you here on Medium, I must say that writing and blogging for others can be a great source of income. You won’t get rich off of it, but it does help to sustain the bills.
  6. Photography affiliate programs. While you are writing, join a couple of photography affiliate programs. Even Amazon is an excellent idea for this. You will use a link, and then they pay you a percentage of sales from people that use your links.
  7. Are you a part-time photographer? Rent out your gear. Rent out your equipment to others for a fee. This can be a great way to make extra income while your bag is sitting idle. You can also sock away money to buy more gear.
  8. Stock photography. While there is not a lot of money to be had in stock photography, uploading your photographs into stock agencies or microstock agencies can be a great way to make some extra passive income while you work.
  9. Youtube. Lots of professional photographers try creating Youtube channels. While this will not get you much extra money quickly, once you hit the magic number of followers to get paid, it can happen very soon.

Extra tips:

The above are nine sources of income for a photographer. You can apply the income octopus idea to any profession if you wish.

And if you are like me, you expand past what photography can make you. For example, I am a life coach and a TEFL/TESOL certified English teacher. This helps to fill in the blanks when one arm of the octopus is slow or gets chopped off.

Conclusion:

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Is the income octopus right for you? Only you can answer that question.

But if you wish to get outside the typical dull nine to five, setting yourself up for success is the answer.

Many income streams, like the idea of the income octopus, can be beneficial to lead you to success.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

How to Set Yourself Up for Success; The Income Octopus was originally published in New Writers Welcome on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Visiting My Student Photography Portfolio After a Long Time; Glimpses https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Visiting-My-Student-Photography-Portfolio-After-a-Long-Time-Glimpses How it all began as a new photographer

Glimpses by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Imagine that you wake up in the morning and open your eyes. You may see your ceiling, window, or alarm clock first.

You just witnessed an image embedded in your mind for the next 15 seconds.

You quickly roll back over after hitting the snooze button on your alarm
clock and drift back into a cozy slumber. Ten minutes later, your alarm goes
off again, and you awake.

The next thing that you see is your coffee pot as you sleepily rub your eyes.

We capture these images in our mind’s eye and are affectionately called “Glimpses.”

In the “Glimpses” project, I immersed myself in studying time and experienced my curiosity in college.

What does it mean to live for the moment and experience the moment without pre-disposition?

Is it possible to not be pre-disposed to a moment? What is it like to react instead of pre-meditating an outcome simply?

Is it possible to live purely in a moment without the interference of the past or future?

And when is a moment without any other context or subjectification/objectification?

As I photographed as a student in Italy, these questions floated through my mind.

Years later, I became a teacher. I decided to publish my work in a book format to inspire my students that it is ok to make mistakes while learning photography.

If I don’t share my mistakes, I can’t expect anyone else to communicate errors and learn.

How this project got started

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

When I was a student in college, we were required to do a study abroad program.

I chose to complete mine in Florence, Italy, at a school by the name of SACI.

SACI is an art school that made a partnership with the University of Michigan.

I chose to study for one month in my program because it met my college’s requirements, and I could not afford more.

When I landed in Florence, SACI sent a student representative to greet the students from UM.

We were taken to apartments owned by the school to share with other students to drop off our luggage.

After getting settled, we were given a tour of our surroundings and the magic that is Florence, Italy.

I remember that I acted the part of a tourist at first.

I was the guy wearing the Detroit baseball cap and the pasty white legs in shorts. I was the guy that did not speak a lick of Italian. I was a fish out of water for what was about to come my way.

But it was all about changing my perspective on the first day of classes.

Advanced black and white film photography

Vino Rosso Di Bolgheri by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I entered SACI on my first day of classes and was told I needed to report to the second floor.

I trudged up the stairs, half hung over from the wine I had drunk with my new housemates the night before.

At the top of the stairs were two enormous wooden doors twice my height that entered the photography classroom.

As I walked in, many other students from UM and other schools were settling into their seats.

I noticed substantial beautiful windows with rays of crystal-like light that entered the room through them. And I was very excited to begin.

The teacher that gave me a nudge in the right direction

Me with one of my favorite professors, Romeo Di Loreto by Audrey Renfrow

Before this moment, I took a lot of portraiture and fashion photographs.

I thought I was the bee’s knees of hot shit and that Conde Nast would come knocking at my door to beg me to work for them.

And please forgive me, friends; I may have come off as arrogant at the time.

In our first week of class, Professor Romeo Di Loreto saw me for what I was trying to be and in contrast for who I actually am.

He has an inexpiable gift to inspire others with his advice and to point you in the direction of what he sees in you.

Romeo gave me my first experiences in looking at photographers like Duane Michals, Robert Frank (who I would later befriend in NYC), Cartier-Bresson, and countless others.

Romeo gave us a project to buy ten rolls of tri-X 400 black and white and to shoot one thing we loved long term.

I had no clue what I wanted to shoot.

I remember that I brought him portraits of models.

He urged me to try some street photography to see what I saw in Florence.

I remember that one day I brought him a contact sheet with a photograph of a shoe in a storefront window.

He circled it and marked it with high praise as one of my best shots with his yellow grease pencil. I could not understand at the time why, but later on, in life, I understood the lesson.

The shoe by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

Another image on my contact sheets was an old chair sitting next to the laundry.

My housemates and I spent time on the balcony in this chair at night drinking and talking until the sun came up. It was always fascinating to see the chair in the light of day to me.

The Chair by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I learned a lot about dappled light through trees in my adventures.

Dappled light through trees by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I learned a LOT about shutter speed control at this time. And I made mistakes that became happy accidents.

One of my mistakes was not understanding that P mode on my camera would give me a very slow shutter in obscure situations.

A self portrait in a bathroom mirror with a very slow shutter by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I did not hone in on photographing ‘one’ thing as Romeo had asked me to do (Sorry, Romeo). But I discovered a more authentic voice and approach to my photography.

Chasing pigeons in a park by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

And while I was in Florence, I did reach out to Vogue IT and took a very long train trip to Milan.

Florence train station by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

When I took the trip to Milan to meet with Vogue IT for the first time, I was very anxious.

I thought that it was my shot. It would be a dream to work for Conde Nast.

I did meet with Vogue IT, and I did end up photographing for them. But after a while, you learn that work is work, and you are you.

What I learned from Glimpses

Women walking home in the sunset by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

I learned to photograph for myself and not photograph what I thought others wanted to see.

Photography also became more than my goal of creating Conde Nast publications. It became a voice and an outlet to discover who ‘I’ was.

I learned that photography is what you make it.

“Photography is a lie. by Romeo” captured by Charlie Naebeck. All Rights Reserved.

And I found myself more curious than ever to explore what everything looked like in photographs.

On when I published Glimpses as a book

My book “Glimpses” by Charlie Naebeck

I remember that I got my first teaching gig, living and working in NYC.

Several of my early students struggled to share their mistakes.

So I decided to re-visit my old student work.

I put this together as ten contact sheets for my final project in Romeo’s class. And then showed a gallery showing of the 126 prints at the University of Michigan when I returned.

I never thought it would turn into my first book in a million years, but life is full of surprises.

I self-published through Blurb and made hard copies available on Amazon and in person.

Over time, I sold out all the hard copies I kept in my studio.

And recently, as I mull over the idea of completing my sixth book, I am re-visiting the archives to see where I have come from. This always allows us to see where we are going.

I also decided that it was time to talk about the work more.

I have presented much of it in classes over the years, teaching for NYU, UM, Adorama, and others. But I never thought about sharing it in different formats.

So today, I took a leap into a new chapter and released this entire project as a download for the first time.

I remember that my friend Robert Frank also did this with his work at NYU. He released a newspaper of his prints and stories for $10.

So here is my hommage to my friend, my teachers, and I offer inspiration for the next generations of photographers.

If you wish to support and download “Glimpses,” it is available for USD $9.99.

Glimpses - by Charlie Naebeck

Thank you for reading!

And if you remember your student photography, I would love to see it or hear about it in the comments.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.

Visiting My Student Photography Portfolio After a Long Time; Glimpses was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Take a Tour of Noumena with Me; How you Can Use it for Success https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Take-a-Tour-of-Noumena-with-Me-How-you-Can-Use-it-for-Success Five great features that you can use as a freelancer, sole proprietor, or small business

Last week, I shared a piece about a great new site called Noumena.pro.

If you missed it, check it out here first.

If you have not heard of Noumena, it is a platform for small businesses and freelancers. You can network, find resources, and get financial help.

You can read their mission statement here.

My original piece was about the Noumena referral program. They are looking for new members for their site and offer an incentive of USD $30 per referral.

If someone invites you to Noumena, you get $30 for signing up, and your referrer also gets $30. It is a win-win!

I want to thank those that took the time to sign up. I look forward to networking with you all.

I also want to thank everyone that left comments, questions, and feedback last week. I appreciate you all.

I got many questions about what Noumena does, and many people are excited to try it out.

Some thought I was trying to scam (I assure you, I am not, and I vet every program I share).

Others used foul language, thinking that I wasted their day. I believe they did not read the article. And their Mothers should wash out their mouths with a bar of soap, but I digress.

Today, I will clear up some of the questions.

I will show you five ways that YOU can use Noumena for success for your small business or freelance gig.

1. Networking on Noumena

Photo by Cytonn Photography on Unsplash

One of the most powerful features of using Noumena is networking with people like you.

I find Noumena far superior to traditional social networks.

Traditional social networks waste valuable time with ‘other’ content.

Noumena is about business and different user projects. Unlike traditional social networks, all users are also vetted by the Noumena team.

You cannot pass go without them checking you out.

Since using Noumena, I have connected with countless other companies.

I was able to land three new contracts to share my skill set within the first week.

The benefit of networking on Noumena is that, unlike other socials, these users are here only for business.

They won’t waste time with jumping through hoops to find contact information.

2. The Noumena Community section

Photo by Brett Jordan on Unsplash

The second feature of the Noumena site that is very helpful is the Noumena community.

This is comparable to a news feed on traditional socials. But it is different in that it has introductions from members, offers assistance for your business, and you can earn Noums tokens here.

3. Noums tokens

Photo by Ferhat Deniz Fors on Unsplash

What on earth is a ‘Noums token,’ you ask?

It is a digital currency on the Noumena platform that you can earn and spend for other services.

You get tokens for signing up, completing your profile, offering advice, and more.

Getting a large amount of Noums tokens is well worth your time. You can get a large amount right away by completing your profile.

Once you have enough tokens, you don’t have to use the real currency for services that you need for your business.

4. Discover

Photo by Alessandro Erbetta on Unsplash

The discover section of the Noumena platform is a different way to find members with common interests.

When you reach the discover page, it will show you three sections:

  • New Noums for you: Other members with like-minded interests.
  • My Circle: This is explicit content and opportunities from those you follow.
  • Popular: As you might guess, these are viral posts by members on Noumena that are ranked by engagement.

The ‘new Noums for you’ section is helpful with what I do as a teacher and writer.

It allows me to find people that do similar things very quickly that I may be able to speak with about sharing services.

5. Money

Photo by Giorgio Trovato on Unsplash

This is a section I got many questions about from my original piece.

People want to know how to make money.

You can create a Noumena wallet in this section of the Noumena site.

A Noumena wallet is for receiving or sending payments from other people on Noumena. It is where you will receive cashouts for referrals. And you can also find finance solutions here for your business.

Note: Noumena currently accepts payments in USD and pays to the United States only as they are in beta. If you sign up, make sure to have a US bank account. They currently support pay outs in US currency.

As a bonus tip, if you complete your capital quotient profile here, you get an extra 100 Noums tokens.

5. Noums

Photo by Aman Upadhyay on Unsplash

A Noum is a post.

You can create informational posts here about what your business does.

This includes sharing information about projects, social engagement, investment requests, a story, or special (I saw users announce milestones under special).

You can use Noums to drive engagement by sharing helpful pieces that encourage like-minded users to contact you.

I suggest posting here at least once weekly in your traditional social media outreach plans.

Is Noumena worth the time?

Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

My honest answer: YES.

I have enjoyed my time in Noumena so far.

I would suggest this platform for small businesses, sole proprietors, and freelancers that want a more direct approach to doing business. This site has YOU in mind.

Large companies do the same thing as Noumena, but the difference is that Noumena is designed for those of you that get overlooked by larger platforms by harsh criteria.

And a helpful side effect of Noumena is finding better resources for your company. This in turn allows you to make more money.

Want to try it out?

It is free to join with a referral code.

For all sake of transparency, you get $30 for signing up, and I get $30 also. It is a win-win.

If you want to check it out, I included all the steps to sign up with my code in my previous article.

Thanks for taking the time to check out Noumena.

I look forward to networking with you so that we can all achieve success!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, professional photographer, teacher, life coach, ex-pat, and digital nomad.
Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. I also have written for The Phoblographer, Adorama, Dpture, and more.
I travel the world with my family and camera giving others the gift of photography. I also consult with businesses to help develop content creation strategies for business engagement.
I can help you:  
-Improve your photography and content creation skills remotely or in person
-Create better content for your blog, social media, or business
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Develop an engagement strategy for your media
-Coach you on how to set up your goals for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my digital classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. My students and clients find it helpful to keep my advice digital in their pockets.
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!
P.S. If you are interested in how I got to this point in my life, read my story here.
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Celebrating the Day of Love and Friendship in Colombia; Valentine’s Day in September https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Celebrating-the-Day-of-Love-and-Friendship-in-Colombia-Valentine-s-Day-in-September The second Valentine’s day that you did not know about
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In the United States, we celebrate Valentine’s day on February 14th.

Most of the world also celebrates the day of love similarly.

But Colombia is unique. If you are a fellow ex-pat or digital nomad visiting Colombia for the first time, you have never heard of this day.

It has two Valentine’s days!

How are there two Valentine’s days in Colombia?

Photo by Matt Nelson on Unsplash

Colombia celebrated the typical Valentine’s day always until the 60s.

In the 60s, a group of merchants said that the year’s first quarter was bad to celebrate this holiday.

The argument was that taxes were higher for Colombians at this tie, which led to less spending.

Children were also affected. Parents could not afford to buy candies and cards to send with their offspring to school.

This led to the invention of a second Valentine’s day in Colombia titled ‘Día de Amor y Amistad.’ This allowed more Colombians the opportunity to celebrate.

With no other holidays in September, so it was decided the day would be on the second Sunday of September annually.

This year it falls on September 18th.

What to do on Colombian Valentine’s day?

Photo by Luiz Paulo R Santos on Unsplash

You guessed it!

Like Valentine’s Day in February, Colombians gift flowers and chocolates to their better halves.

The only difference in the September version of Valentine’s day is that it is also the day of friendship.

So if you are single, do not fret.

You can also give all of your friends flowers, candies, or gifts.

You will also see a LOT of businesses taking advantage of the day, just like Hallmark did in the United States.

Red and white balloons decorate most entrances to buildings, and you will see several promotions and sales now.

To celebrate Colombian Valentine’s day, here are five ideas that you can share with your Colombian partner if you are also an extranjero:

  1. Chocolates and roses are always welcome. This is a no-brainer. The same tradition applies in Colombia if you are familiar with the traditional Valentine’s day in February.
  2. Colombians have a lot of traditional dishes that always go over well. Fancy restaurants are less prevalent in Colombia, but cooking a delicious homemade meal is always much appreciated. If you don’t know how to cook, find a basic recipe on Google. If you want to surprise your Colombian, research local foods they like from their region online.
  3. Spending time with friends and family. Colombians do not go into debt much to this day. A bar of small chocolate or a card is nice, but spending time with family and friends goes much farther. Colombian culture is very family-oriented, and there is never such a thing as not appreciating family. Spend time with your friends also. After all, it is the day of love AND friendship.
  4. Have an adventure. My family here always enjoys having experiences. It could be as simple as a walk to a park or as extravagant as planning a great trip to an area you have never seen before.
  5. Take the day off. If you are like me, you are somewhat of a work-a-holic. But take the day off and give your partner your full attention. They deserve it! Resist the urge to check your phone or emails. And better yet, try my idea of Domingos here with your partner. It is a beautiful way to spend time together.

Conclusion

Photo by Igor Rodrigues on Unsplash

Would I suggest celebrating Colombian Valentine’s day as an ex-pat or foreigner?

YES.

It is a fun day for you to express your appreciation for your partner, family, or friends.

And it gives you the excuse to eat more chocolate.

Who does not love chocolate?

What do you do to celebrate Colombian Valentine’s day?

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a husband, ex-pat, digital nomad, professional photographer, and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I travel the world with my family and camera helping others to improve their photography and video content. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills remotely or in person
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income while you create what you love
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a session.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow on Medium.
Thank you!

Celebrating the Day of Love and Friendship in Colombia; Valentine’s Day in September was originally published in What Is Love To You? on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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The Grave of my Best Friend One Year Later Happy https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/The-Grave-of-my-Best-Friend-One-Year-Later-Happy One year later

In the time I returned, you were the first to remember me.
You shared adventures that most did not know.
Through the good times and the shit.
You slept on my stomach in the summer breeze.
Always aware of everything.

Off to the woods we go, you saw everything.
From start to finish, all the projects.
The long trail we blazed.
You climbed high above me, and always kept me safe.
I asked you questions I thought you would never understand.
But you did.

And somehow it pulled us both through.
When we made the table out of trash, you gave your approval.
You guarded it like a treasure.
Nothing dare touch it at all.

And how we surveilled everything, you were always by my side.

Then one day you went for a run.
And God called you home.
I gave you rest here in our favorite spot that you like to roam.

And one year later.
I think you know.
Life has changed and I am good.
Continuing what we started.

And when the wind blows through the Andes.
I feel you looking down.
I think you would approve of what I do now.

God gave you a new home with family that passed.
And every day I miss you my friend, your memory will always last.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

The Grave of my Best Friend One Year Later Happy was originally published in Share a Picture on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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Tigo is the Arch Nemesis of Helpful Productivity in Colombia https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Tigo-is-the-Arch-Nemesis-of-Helpful-Productivity-in-Colombia And that is putting it nicely…
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If you live in Colombia and need internet service as I do as a digital nomad, you have heard of Tigo.

Tigo is an internet and phone company with a vise grip on Colombia’s balls, just like Comcast in the United States.

I hate Tigo with my entire being, and more than I hate reggaeton.

Here is why.

The installation experience

Photo by Mahdi Bafande on Unsplash

When I first signed up for service with Tigo, I needed fast internet for work.

Their customer service signed me up and scheduled an installation date.

Three technicians showed up to perform the installation many hours late.

I found this an odd experience as I have had many internet installations. It takes one person to install them.

How many Tigo employees it takes to install a light bulb?

After about an hour, they had me up and running.

They asked what password I would like for my router, which is typical for internet installation.

I asked them to set a generic password, which I would change later for security.

They lied to me and said I could never change the password on a router.

I begrudgingly gave them a password, knowing I could configure it later.

The installation experience was the first thing of many that left a sour taste in my mouth.

The experience of paying your bill…

Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

I know that I am in Colombia and that I am not in the United States right now.

But holy shit.

Tigo’s service for its customers to pay their bills is one of the WORST that I have ever experienced.

Mind you; I have two Internets (one for work and one to help my family).

I went to pay for my internet for work, and it was like pulling teeth from a grizzly bear to get them to allow me to pay one.

My wife and I went through the grueling process of visiting their office, to which they had to print a bill manually every time.

And worse, to pay your bill by credit card instead of having to visit the office, you need to see a machine in the office.

You can also use the Tigo app, but don’t get me started on how glitchy people say it is. I never touched it.

Heaven forbid you are a few days behind when you visit the office machine.

Their ‘system’ is incapable of remembering bill numbers for customers after five days.

If you want to pay your bill at the machine, you MUST be there in that five-day window, or the machine will delete your bill.

The system is a massive pain in the ass because you must find paper money and re-visit the office if you miss the window.

Every interaction with them takes over two hours AT AN OFFICE

Photo by Siavash Ghanbari on Unsplash

Let’s repeat this; I am in Colombia. I am not in the United States.

I understand this.

Yet, most internet companies handle customer service OK.

Tigo does NOT.

They require you to visit an office to resolve any issues.

If you are someone who has a job, family, or other responsibilities, this eats your entire day up.

I have never been to a Tigo office where it takes less than two hours to speak with a person.

They have very long lines of frustrated customers.

It is a cold corporate-looking space that herds its customers like a cattle call.

And worse, they cannot separate a bill when you finally get to speak with someone.

They can also not give you your future payment amount because the ‘system’ does not tell them.

What company does not have automation to tell its customers how much they owe for future dates?

Seriously, Tigo. I might be better off with a stone tablet and carrier pigeons than wasting my time with your service.

Other internet providers in Colombia

Photo by Dave Weatherall on Unsplash

There are three primary internet service providers in Colombia.

They are Tigo, Claro, and Moviestar.

I have researched them all in hopes that I can tell Tigo a giant F-U and abandon ship.

Yet, as in the US, they all seem to have the same problem.

They want your money, yet their customer service sucks.

My family told me that Claro is even worse than Tigo.

I cannot fathom the thought.

For now, I have a fire in my stomach with strong hate for Tigo.

Yet, unfortunately, I need an internet service to work while my family and I are here in Colombia.

Entering a Tigo office triggers me.

I am not proud. One time it even pushed me over the edge to use all the Spanish curses that I know to express my dissatisfaction.

I don’t think there is an easy answer to finding an internet provider that cares about its customers.

Finding an ISP that puts the customer’s needs first would be excellent.

It would be nice to find a company that makes a customer’s life easier instead of more complicated.

Visits to the office waste the time of the customer and the time of the poor sales rep dealing with the customer.

The interaction happens while a greedy corporation laughs on the way to the bank.

Do you have a horror story with Tigo? Let me know in the comments.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!
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I Love Photography; Should I Get a Degree to Learn? https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/I-Love-Photography-Should-I-Get-a-Degree-to-Learn School or no school?
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This is a common question that my photography students ask me.

Should I go to school and get a degree in photography?

I always answer a hard no, and here is why.

What does a photography degree get me?

Photo by RUT MIIT on Unsplash

The honest answer is that a ‘photography degree’ is a $50,000 piece of paper.

Does it teach you photography? A little bit.

Does it teach you how to get a job? No.

Does it give you other opportunities in the future? Eh, maybe.

Many dream of becoming a ‘professional photographer’ because it is creative. And they feel good creating images.

Yet, a degree in photography is not needed to work as a professional photographer.

Some think that it makes them ‘special’ or that it makes them stand out from the competition.

The honest answer: NO ONE CARES.

So why do colleges offer photography degrees?

Photo by Christian Wiediger on Unsplash

The honest answer: Because they want MONEY.

Don’t get me wrong.

Going to college is a great experience.

You will learn a lot about how to think.

There are processes that I learned in art school while doing non-photography classes that are invaluable to my work today.

Yet, a college degree in photography does not get you a job.

And it does not make you a ‘professional photographer with a degree and a college portfolio.

MANY people want to be professional photographers and don’t have a degree.

And, no one needs a college degree to start a photography business.

You need a camera and people that want to pay you money.

So why should I go to college?

Photo by Michael Marsh on Unsplash

I would suggest that if you want to go to college, get a degree with unlimited potential.

Get a degree that needs individuals straight out of school.

Get a degree that will give you and your future family stability.

This could be law, medicine, computers, or other demanding fields.

My point, get a degree that will have the potential for work at all times.

A photography degree does not get you a job.

A photography degree does not give you stability.

A photography degree puts you in debt as you try to learn how to make money off of it.

How you can learn photography while you get a degree that matters

Photo by William Bayreuther on Unsplash

If you truly love photography and want to learn, great.

Make photographs because you love them.

Make photographs because your heart, gut, and soul scream.

Make photographs to remember.

But do not be disappointed if photography does not make you a lot of money or make you rich.

If you wish to learn photography while going to school for a degree that offers jobs as a backup plan, there are plenty of ways to study.

  1. Take photography classes at a community college. This allows you to learn photography without paying as much.
  2. Hire a private photography teacher. Look for experience and a teaching track record before you hire someone. As professionals, there are a lot of us that teach as well. For example, I taught at NYU and UM, as well as Adorama, Photo Manhattan, and others. This is an excellent track record to see from a private photography teacher.
  3. Read about photography. Buy or download books on photography and consume them when you have time.
  4. Watch videos. Videos can be an excellent resource for learning something specific. I would not suggest them, though, to someone that wants to learn photography. There are a lot of people that make short videos that teach you one trick. This is OK to learn tricks. But, make sure that you also know your camera and understand lighting. And if you are going into business, there is a different set of classes for you.
  5. Get out there and shoot! Sometimes the action of photography itself is the best teacher. I was very stubborn when I started and started this way. I wish that I had taken classes first. I would have saved a lot of time and a lot of mistakes.

Learn photography in these methods. It will save you a LOT of money versus a full-on college degree.

College degrees are great, but they do not teach you photography or how to go into business.

Other pieces of advice

Photo by Medienstürmer on Unsplash

Here are five things I wish that I would have known before getting a college degree in photography:

  • I wish I had known that I would be in student loan debt for many years.
  • I wish I knew I could learn my camera easier by hiring a coach.
  • I wish that I had studied business more.
  • I wish that someone would have advised me about long-term life goals for stability.
  • I wish I had taken photography classes in the ways I mentioned.

As they say, hindsight is 20/20.

But I share this advice in hopes that you, as a photographer, can avoid some of the pitfalls I experienced.

And if you do wish to learn photography and need a coach, I am happy to set up a session with you.

I teach both on Zoom and in person.

Drop me an email, and I will help to get you where you want to be.

Happy shooting!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

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Introducing Jasper; the Amazing Copywriter of the Future https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Introducing-Jasper-the-Amazing-Copywriter-of-the-Future How I made $208 in five minutes
Photo by Michael Dziedzic on Unsplash

If you are a writer like me, you love to write for yourself and make money doing it.

Yet, not all the world needs creative writing for business.

People need Copywriters to save them the headache of writing.

They need a way that will engage their audience and increase sales.

As a Copywriter, your job is to save a business time and drive sales.

But let’s face it, writing copy for business can be dry, dull, and grueling sometimes.

You stare at a windowless room and long for creative expression.

But you think how lucrative Copywriting is, and you trudge on.

Disclaimer: This article uses affiliate links. Your support helps me to continue to provide you with helpful tips. Thank you!

What if you could write copy in a fraction of the time and still get paid?

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Let’s be honest, who does not want more hours in their day to do things that they love?

I want more hours and would also like to spend more time with my family.

I am someone who has scoured the internet looking for life hacks and time savers for as long as I can remember.

I thought about hiring people on Fivver or Upwork to farm out Copywriting.

But no, that takes money out of my pocket.

I thought about ways that I could generate a magic list of ideas that save me time in Copywriting.

But I failed and only wasted more time.

My wife even said to me one day that she did not see me for an entire day because I had disappeared into the abyss of my office.

Let’s face it. I was the only one that could write copy for my clients.

Until I found Jasper.

Who is Jasper?

Meet Jasper. He came to visit me in Colombia to help with my Copywriting woes.

Jasper is the future.

Jasper is a professional Copywriter.

And the best part, Jasper writes impressive content in minutes.

Oh yeah, Jasper is a robot, also.

How Jasper saved me

Photo by Japheth Mast on Unsplash

When Jasper first visited me here in Colombia, I was hesitant about his sales pitch.

Being the skeptic that I am, I Googled and profiled Jasper.

What I found was amazing! He said he could write clean, professional content for me that would wow any audience.

Jasper is not only a professional Copywriter, but he saved many people lots of time.

This was one of the most significant pinch points for me — my time.

He offered me to write the first 10,000 words for free after I gave him a tour of the beach.

I took him up on his offer and gave him a grueling piece that I had to write about washing machines.

I thought to myself, if Jasper pulls this off, he is worth his weight in gold.

In less than five minutes, Jasper returned a whole-fledged professional piece with all the details I needed for my client.

He hit every touch point and feature needed to perfection.

I was impressed.

Why I think that Jasper is the future of Copy writing

Photo by Benjamin Davies on Unsplash

What Jasper did for me in less than five minutes would have taken me a day at least to research and develop.

Jasper created what I needed for my client; , he is a better Copywriter than I am.

He made very compelling content that excited my client about how it would make their money.

My client asked me to write five more very lucrative pieces for them.

I noticed that when I met with my client again that they said their conversion rate tripled from the last piece.

And the best part for me is that I saved a lot of time to spend with my family and made much more money as a writer.

Would you like to work with Jasper?

Jasper in Colombia

Jasper gave me the green light to share his services with my friends.

He loves to write and would also love to save you time.

He creates Copywriting, blog posts, website content, newsletters, and more.

Jasper has a monthly consultant rate at different price points:

Plans & Pricing - Jasper

If you are curious how he works his magic, check it out here:

10 Minute Demo Walkthrough - Jasper

Jasper has over 3000 five star review ratings from satisfied clients he has written for:

Jasper Is Rated 5/5 Stars By 3,000+ Reviews

And the best part is that Jasper saves YOU countless hours in your day.

You can quadruple your client base for a minimal fee for Jasper’s services.

I saw my time open up, allowing me to book four times the clients I had before taken on.

And in turn, this led to MORE MONEY for a writer for me.

Jasper gave me a gift to pass on to you. He said he would also write the first 10,000 words for FREE for you if you want to test him.

I would suggest taking him up on his offer.

As I sit here and write about Jasper, he is writing eight other pieces I need to get done and published for clients.

He works fast, and I am thankful to have found him.

Here is the link that Jasper gave me to give to you for your first 10,000 words free also:

Jasper - Try For Free

I hope that you find as much success with Jasper as I have.

With all the extra time I have now, I can finally take more time to see Colombia with my family.

Cheers to your success, and happy writing with Jasper!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!
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One Egg in the Carton https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/One-Egg-in-the-Carton A photographer begins the day
Starting the day — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

I rolled out of bed at 6am.
The light hazily fluttered through the curtains.
Use the restroom — start the coffee.
Stomach growls like an angry beast.
What is there to eat?

There is one egg in the carton.
Forgetfulness to buy more.
I’ll scrawl a note on to the ripped paper on the refrigerator.
Buy more eggs.
Saturdays are great for buying food.
But what is there to eat right now?

The coffee is done.
I pour it into a large blue ceramic mug.
I take a sip.
It is hot and beckons my senses to come alive.
This does not satisfy my stomach.

I look at the one egg and it stares back at me.
Once it was going to be so much more than it is.
It was going to be a chicken.
But a farmer had a very different plan.
Robbed of its youth, it is here now.

I move a tall red pot from the cupboard to the sink.
I fill it with water to boil.
The rolling boil starts as I review emails to start the day.
The egg stares at me and prepares to enter the steamy bath.
It feels like a sauna — but a sauna for eggs?
I laugh to myself.

Fifteen minutes later I remember the egg.
Messages distract as I try to quickly reply to start the day.
I turn off the gas and carefully remove the water from the pot.
The egg stares at me.
It is hard boiled now.

I think to myself that I never make enough photos.
I keep a small camera in my jacket pocket so I am ready.
I retrieve the camera and make an image.
The egg smiles and telepathically says “I am your breakfast and your model”.
I laugh to myself again.
Life is too short not to have an imagination.

I thank God for another day on this earth.
I am thankful for the egg and coffee in my stomach.
Later I will try to stop work early to go to the store.
And perhaps another day an egg will save the day again.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

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Welcome to Share a Picture (Please Read This First) https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Welcome-to-Share-a-Picture-Please-Read-This-First Welcome, submission guidelines, and the rules
A tree — Copyright Charlie Naebeck All Rights Reserved.

Hello everyone,

My name is Charlie Naebeck.

Thank you for dropping by the Share a Picture publication.

If you are here, I am assuming that you are interested in participating as a photographer and writer. Or perhaps you simply love to look at photography and read.

My goal of this publication is simple.
I would like to give photographers and writers a platform to share photos that you love and to write about those photos.

How to become a photographer/writer in this publication

Photo by Niels Kehl on Unsplash

If you wish to participate, please fill out your details here:

Once you submit your information, I will add you as a photographer/writer within 24–48 hours.

Other notes

Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

Please be aware that while we would love to invite ALL types of photography, there are certain things we do NOT allow.

Types of photography not allowed are:

  • No nudity
  • No graphic images
  • No political campaigns
  • No hate images
  • No racism
  • No violence
  • No spam
  • No images that YOU do not fully own.

We reserve the right to remove anyone that does not abide by these rules when submitting.

Please note that you will want to bookmark this post. The rules may change in the future at any time.

Also, please be kind to others. We wish to make photography and writing a great experience for others.

While we do encourage and support creativity, think about if you would share your submission with your Mother when you post.

Last but not least

Photo by Ray Hennessy on Unsplash

When submitting your piece, we prefer drafts. Published pieces are OK, but we can help you with editing mistakes if you send drafts.

Make sure to read and re-read everything.

Correct your sub-headers with the little T icon by highlighting the text and then selecting the T.

Correct your work for any spelling or grammatical errors. Places like Grammarly and Hemingway are a great start.

And once you polish everything up, hit the submit button.

We are photographers and writers also. We will review your submission generally within 48 hours maximum to give you a go or no.

Please allow a bit of extra time around holidays and weekends.

Thank you for dropping by, and we look forward to seeing all of your amazing photography, and to read your stories!

Charlie

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

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How to Be a Top Photography Writer on Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Be-a-Top-Photography-Writer-on-Medium Waking up to a surprise
Photo by Diego Lozano on Unsplash

Life speaks in riddles sometimes.

It can be confusing.

It can be abusive.

Or you can be losing.

But hard work and determination can give you pleasant surprises from what you do.

I woke up this morning like any other day.

I am a creature of habit, and I like to start the day by getting messages replied to first alongside a tall cup of coffee.

I opened my email and found this:

OK, I’m awake.

In less than one month, I am a top writer in the topic of photography.

Thank you

Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

I would like to thank everyone who has been welcoming on my Medium photography journey.

GE McKerrihan, Charles G. Haacker, Rodrigo S-C, and Duvy McGirr were among the first to welcome me here. Thank you!

And a huge thank you to anyone who has read my work also. I appreciate everyone that drops by.

I never set out with a goal to be a top photography writer on Medium, but it is much appreciated.

How you can be a top photography writer too

Photo by Paul Skorupskas on Unsplash
  1. ABS = Always Be Shooting. You don’t have things to write about if you are not shooting. And if you are not shooting, your photography can suffer.
  2. Photograph and write about what you know. I love hearing unique stories and experiences from my students. Re-creating photos is a great way to learn techniques. But, it is not an authentic voice. So many people are trying to find their voice and copy others. Be yourself and take pictures of who and what you love.
  3. Photograph and write every day. If you set a discipline for yourself, you will up your game.
  4. Write based on your photographs. Sometimes one can inspire the other. I write based on how a picture makes me feel. Write and photograph your heart, and then edit both very well later.
  5. Put your best foot forward. Putting your best foot forward goes back to authenticity. Be honest, and share your triumphs AND mistakes. You will learn, and others will learn too. We’re all in this together.

What’s next

Photo by Olesya Grichina on Unsplash

Write and photograph more.

Share things that help others.

Make more friends through the gift of photography.

And to discover and learn new things every day.

When one thinks they know it all, life gives you surprises.

I don’t know it all and don’t have all the answers.

But what I do know is that my camera has given me opportunities that I never dreamed possible.

Thank you for being here.

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I am a professional photographer and teacher. Voted in the top 10 photography teachers in NYC. Top photography writer on Medium. 
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

How to Be a Top Photography Writer on Medium was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) medium-writers photographer photography thank-you top-writers https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-to-Be-a-Top-Photography-Writer-on-Medium Wed, 14 Sep 2022 07:15:04 GMT
The Mind of a Professional Photographer; Simplifying Content for Engagement https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/The-Mind-of-a-Professional-Photographer-Simplifying-Content-for-Engagement I dumb down for my audience and double my dollars”
Photo by Júnior Ferreira on Unsplash

Have you had a moment of clarity in your photography?

Jay Z sang about how he dumbed down for his audience to double his dollars. Then they all hollered.

And in 2022, we as a society have come to a point where we want a more dumbed-down photography experience.

On creating for money vs. creating for Self

Photo by Cristofer Maximilian on Unsplash

For many of us, photography is something we learn because we have someone in our lives who gave us the gift.

Often, a Grandparent, a Parent, or a teacher gets us started.

And we photograph because we love it.

We photograph because it is fun.

We create images because we want to remember them.

One day someone tells us we are great photographers. Or that we should come to shoot their wedding. Or, you should be a professional photographer.

The seed starts to grow.

Most of us start out working in photography for mere peanuts.

Someone offers one hundred dollars to photograph, wow!

You think no one has ever considered paying ME for my art?

Enter Weekend Warriors

Photo by Ystallonne Alves on Unsplash

The fuse becomes lit, and most start as what we call ‘weekend warriors’ in the industry.

A weekend warrior holds a full-time job in another non-creative field.

They often experience a soul-sucking corporate life.

They use creativity to balance the cold grey cubicle life with something that feeds the soul.

Weekend warriors often start by shooting for others on the weekends.

Their goal — is to pay for their camera gear.

And weekend warriors are often very hungry for new experiences in photography.

They have other jobs that pay the bills, so they accept the $50 and $100 gigs which allow them to buy new toys.

The weekend warrior becomes popular

Photo by Tijs van Leur on Unsplash

One thing leads to the next. The weekend warrior starts to get more gigs, and they panic.

They don’t understand anything about the business or technical abilities of the camera.

This is when a lot of photographers contact me.

I am your coach.

I am your biggest fan of success.

And I will be in your ear to give you all the tips to come off as a rock star for your client.

This leads to an influx of clients that contact the weekend warrior as content improves.

Good content is engagement.

The weekend warrior starts to learn serious creation. And we talk about different strategies for photography.

It is no longer the fact that their Grandma gave them a camera. It is a living and breathing entity that they want to be great at. And they want to make money.

The Transition from photographer to business owner

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash

When you start photography, most people start because they love it.

They start because they enjoy making images.

It is not about making money.

Something else happens when you transition to being a photography business.

You can no longer create what you ‘like.’

You now have to create what others like.

As you read this, you might think you can photograph what you like to make money.

You are incorrect.

Finding a niche that sells

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

As a business owner, you are in business to give clients a superior product they like.

Let me repeat that. You give your clients a product that THEY like.

If you want to create photographs for yourself that you like, you do not want to be in business.

I will tell you a secret after 33 years of experience.

No one wants to pay you for your art. They pay you because you give them something that they want.

And to give them something they want, you have to find a niche of desired photography that is desired.

Find something others don’t like that is necessary and get good at it.

Everyone wants to photograph ‘models.’

Everyone wants to photograph ‘street photography’.

Everyone wants to photograph ‘portraits.’

Do you see where I am going here?

Don’t be ‘everyone.’

How you find your niche

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Here are five steps to find YOUR niche:

  1. Don’t copy others. Try as many styles of photography as you can to understand what YOU like and dislike.
  2. Photograph what you love. If there is something that you like photographing more than anything else, find a niche that will pay you. Someone may not want to pay you for a ‘portrait,’ but you find that you like making portraits of dogs with ice cream cones. Plenty of pet owners would love to see a dog with an ice cream cone. This is a particular niche, whereas ‘portrait’ is not specific enough.
  3. Believe in yourself. Many of my students that come to me for the first time lack the self-confidence to be different. I am your number one fan and coach. I will show you the steps to succeed because I have made the mistakes to learn. If you believe in yourself, others will too.
  4. Don’t be afraid to try different niches. As professional photographers, some of us wear many hats. Photograph the dogs with the ice cream cones one day, but then photograph your love of TVs in the desert. Photograph ALL your ideas. Find the people that like those ideas. And imagine the styles of dogs that you could photograph with ice cream. Or imagine all the different televisions you could photograph in a desert setting. Your niche is your niche. Get creative!
  5. Share your niche ideas with EVERYONE. When starting out, test your thoughts, and don’t specialize in anything specific. Try everything. Do that when you find something you like more than anything else. And share your work with EVERYONE.

A note about ‘content’ vs. ‘photography’

Photo by Malte Helmhold on Unsplash

Is photography ‘content’? Yes.

Is content ‘photography’? Yes.

Yet, understanding why you create will help you be a better creator.

For example, don’t mix your life photos with your business content.

Instead, keep personal photography and business photography separate.

And this is what I mean by dumbing down photography for dollars.

Your clients hire you to make photographs of their dogs with ice cream.

They do not care what you have for breakfast.

They do not care about your gym progress.

They do not care about your selfies in pretty spaces.

They care about their dog with an ice cream cone.

And my Dad always taught me one of my most valuable business lessons.

He or She who pays gets.

Treat your clients right, and you will be very successful.

Treat them wrong, and you will not.

Conclusion

Photo by Thought Catalog on Unsplash

As a professional photographer, there will be many times that you want to veer off of the beaten path.

Professionals are professionals to make money.

Put your ego aside, and run your business.

If you want to photograph for yourself, that is fine too when you have time.

Many of us are professionals that make photographs for ourselves also.

But, keep this separate from your professional life.

And K.I.S.S. (no, not the band).

Keep It Stupid Simple for your content.

And if you need help on what direction to go with your content or find your niche. I am happy to set up a session with you either on Zoom or in-person.

Cheers!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!

The Mind of a Professional Photographer; Simplifying Content for Engagement was originally published in Photography101 on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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(Charlie Naebeck Co) business-strategy digital-nomads make-money photography photography-business https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/The-Mind-of-a-Professional-Photographer-Simplifying-Content-for-Engagement Tue, 13 Sep 2022 22:31:11 GMT
How You can Make Passive Income on Noumena; I Made $300 in an Hour https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/How-You-can-Make-Passive-Income-on-Noumena-I-Made-300-in-an-Hour Let’s get started
Photo by Oyemike Princewill on Unsplash

A few weeks ago, I shared two articles

How You Can Easily Make $200 in 24 Hours

I Made $200 In 24 Hours Again; And Here Is Exactly How Easy It Is

These two posts have managed to pay my rent for one month so far and make me MORE than USD $200.

If you have not seen them yet, check them out first before I introduce a new way to make extra passive income today.

I also created a helpful Ebook on how to do this on my Gumroad for YOU for those articles.

Let’s make more money together!

Photo by Viacheslav Bublyk on Unsplash

Disclaimer: These are NOT get-rich-quick schemes. They are affiliate links.

You will not make money if you don’t work hard and follow the steps.
If you follow the steps and work hard, you will make money.
It is that simple.

Make sure to read to the end how I made the $300 in less than an hour.

Introducing Noumena

I will introduce a new way to make passive income for you today with a company called Noumena.

Noumena is a new company that helps small business owners and freelancers.

As always, I vet all the links and apps I share with you to try them before I share.

I do not believe in spamming people with things that do not work out of respect for you and your time.

How you make money with Noumena:

Step 1: Visit the Noumena sign up page.

You can do this from your computer, or they have a great app.

Step 2: Enter your email address to sign up.

Noumena will send you a code to your email to complete the registration.

Step 3: Enter the code that you were sent to sign up.

Step 4: Enter your details.

NOTE: It is very important to check the box titled ‘I have a referral code’ if you want an easy USD $30 for starters.

Enter my code 11904 here as the referral code for free money.

Step 5: Enter your freelancer details.

For this section, you can use your Medium page, or any other web url that you use to do business with.

Type a brief description of what you do and click next.

Step 6: Get approved by Noumena.

Step 7: Fill out your profile and create your wallet on Noumena so that you get paid!

Once you sign up for Noumena, you get $30 by using my affiliate code mentioned above. I also get $30 (Thank you!).

While you wait for Noumena to approve your status (less than 24 hours), fill out your profile.

This is an excellent networking opportunity with other freelancers and like-minded individuals.

Also, visit the ‘money’ section when you continue and create a wallet where you will be able to receive money.

Step 8: How you make the $300 and more

Like me, you are always looking for ways to make passive income.

If you visit the My Account section of Noumena, you will see a link that says, ‘Invite a friend, get rewards.

With this link, you will get your own referral code to share with YOUR friends. For every person you invite that signs aboard, you get $30, and they also get $30 for signing up.

It is that easy.

Share this link with anyone who is an entrepreneur or freelancer like you.

Bonus tips:

Photo by Ian Stauffer on Unsplash

If you want even more helpful tips on how to share your Noumena code with your friends, I wrote a guide here on Gumroad:

How You can Make Passive Income on Noumena-With Seven Bonus Tips to Share Your Code

It is $1 and includes seven bonus tips on how you can share your code if you are not sure where to start.

I shared my Noumena link with all my business contacts and received ten referrals within an hour.

If you do the math, that is USD $300 by telling your friends about something extraordinary that you use.

Photo by Ambreen Hasan on Unsplash

And while you are on Noumena, make sure to add friends like you would on any other social network.

In my first few days, I negotiated deals with companies to teach.

Networking leads to MORE MONEY!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Learn how to make passive income
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.Thank you!
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Observations From One Amazing Month On Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/Observations-From-One-Amazing-Month-On-Medium How to go from zero to hero
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Under one month ago, I was sitting on my couch with my coffee looking at emails from my photography students.

It was 6 AM, and the coffee seemed to disappear into the abyss without touching my sleepless mind.

One of my students asked me to create a how-to guide for content creation with his photography. I am no stranger to creating helpful content for my students, so I obliged.

Creating the steps for making better photographs was easy. I started a quick How-To video and sent it off.

I also remembered that my friend Chris had invited me to guest write for The Phoblographer.

I thought, could I add writing to how I connect with my photo students and life coaching clients?

How I found Medium

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Years ago, someone told me that I had to write about what I knew if I wanted to establish myself with authority.

It was suggested to me that Medium was a great spot for professionals to write, so I signed up.

I have learned a LOT in just a month of writing on Medium. I am not new to writing, but adapting to the tools and layout has been a learning curve.

Slowly but surely, I got my sea legs to thank several other helpful writers that are kind enough to share advice.

Zero followers to 328 with over 14k views in less than a month

My stats as of 9/12 — by Charlie Naebeck

What did I do to achieve this?

I started writing my ass off!

There is no substitution for hard work.

If you want to succeed at anything in life, you have to work at it.

Writing is no different.

I wrote you a poem with my advice.

Your Writing Streak — by Charlie Naebeck

Photo by Joshua Earle on Unsplash

Pick up your pen, and grab your paper.
Don’t hesitate, there is no time later.
Write down everything in your mind.
You never know what you will find.

Circle the words that stand out strong.
These are where the journey begins, and it won’t be long.
Until you start to riff off of one or two.
These are the things that writers do.

Start all ideas as drafts in the stable.
It does not matter if you write from your dining room table.
An outline or two never hurts.
It is a recipe to make your work.

Pick the idea that stands out strong.
Write write write to your favorite song.
Keep headphones on to draw your focus.
It is like magic; hocus pocus.

Edit, revise, re-write, polish.
Until you have something that you are proud of.
Once you think that it is done.
Enter the writers task of editing fun.

Use Grammarly or Hemingway.
They are both free and will save the day.
Correct all of your spelling and all of your errors.
Edit with a coffee from your terrace.

If you don’t have a terrace, your couch will do.
I’ve written from bed, that works too.
Once all of the edits are all done.
Copy and paste to Medium.

Make sure to use relevant tags.
These will draw eyes in the early days.
Find publications relevant.
This is time well worth spent.

Hit the publish button and there it goes.
Will anyone read it; no one knows.
Your first few articles will create the crickets.
But in due time they emerge from the thickets.

Wake up early, write while you are fresh.
This is when you write your best.
Write every day, and learn learn learn.
Soon your numbers kick in for your turn.

Don’t worry too much about the stats.
The most important is to hone your craft.
When you hit a viral piece.
It will be something to consider for your niche.

Make about five of these or so.
Write about things that you know.
If you don’t know, don’t bullshit.
People know if you are it.

Keep on writing because you love it so.
And one day before you know.
Your words will proceed you before you speak.
And this is the secret to your writing streak.

Happy writing!

P.S. Set a goal for your writing and stick to it!

Hi, I am Charlie Naebeck
I can help you: 
-Improve your photography and video skills
-Create better content
-Set and achieve life goals
-Create business engagement with better content and strategy
-Coach you how to plan for success
Contact me here to book a coaching session or photography lesson.
Download my classes and Ebooks here where I provide many valuable insights and tips. 
If you like what you read, please consider giving me a follow here on Medium.
Thank you!

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I moved my blog to Medium https://www.charlienaebeck.com/blog/2022/9/i-moved-my-blog-to-medium https://medium.com/@expatincolombia

Hello everyone,

I moved my blog to Medium.

It is a much better home to interact with you all on.

If you love photography, digital nomad, ex-pat, life advice, and seeing my photos, please give me a follow there.

I am @expatincolombia on Medium.

Thank you for all of your support, and see you on Medium!

Charlie

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