Listen: Beyond Technique: Relationship Building in Music Photography with Steve Brazill
"This Shamir young and I'm joined by my co host and expert of Excellence Skip Cohen. That's a heavy one of excellence standard. You hold very high standard. At least my goal is to hold that. Let's talk just for a second about the excitement around Plateau ball planned. You have been involved working with the team at Plata pod Oh I guess we started last September and you were especially involved in a lot of the Behind the scenes work and putting together the kickstarter campaign. But I just WanNa make one comment. This is an experience that I've never been involved with before in terms of a kickstarter campaign. But it's one thing to do a campaign it's another thing to have a product that is so well designed and thought out and I know the tagline for Plateau pod his ban you know returning the upside down because Dr T. invented a ball head. That literally is upside down from the standard ball head. And there's so many BENEFA- no it's it's so fascinating and it has been humbling and so inspiring at the same time to see the interest that that's been flooding in for this Plateau Ball. I mean photographers. They're placing their orders. They can't wait and they're simply excited about how much easier this new plan ball is going to make their lives. When they're out in the field shooting I mean it is literally like you mentioned. It's redesigned from the ground up. Well the part of this. That's so cool is that we're coming up on. Fourteen hundred photographers that are backers of the product and their backers one because of the quality too because Plata pod has always delivered and kept their promises in past kick starters and three. Because there's a big savings whether you're going with the Ergo or the elite which has the electronic level indicator Built in and it's just been it's just been exciting and I just want to remind everybody we don't WanNa turn this into a full-blown infomercial. Even though it is but the fun thing about working with with plateau pod and DR T- This is a company that really believes in supporting the industry. And it's a it's a mom and pop company with great design and great ideas and if you're at W. PPI next week because this airs before Wpi come by booth ten twenty nine because plateau ball both of them will be set up and demonstrated along with the entire Plateau pod line and we also want to make sure people know to check it out. Plant at plannable DOT com. So if you go to play dot com right now the kickstarter page will show up and you can look at all the cool features of this brand new ball head from its twenty two pound capacities accurate to half a degree. I mean it has one touch controls a really it becomes an extension of your hand so plottable dot com. Check it out so this is going to be a kick today because this podcast is going to hit that. Excellent level known as the rats on K. C. A. L. F. M. We'VE GOT STEVE RAZZLE JOINING US Today. And he's a well respected radio personality. He's alive music photographer. And he hosts. What's become one of my favorite podcasts? Called behind the shot now. The Fun thing about Steve is that he was able to put his love for music and photography together. And I guess you'd say the rest is you know simply history but it's great history. We're going to talk about his career as an artist the importance of relationship building. And who knows what else is gonNA come up along the way now the other part of this that I love and this is you know for our listeners out there you know cyberspace can be a very bizarre place sometimes but what a kick of out of when you look at the friendships that come out of cyberspace. And that's what's happened with me and Stephen we're kind of testimonial to that. I called Steve after the interview. Dr t the founder of Plata pod. After last year's Photoshop World in Las Vegas and I wanted to be able to take a segment of that clip Of His interview with with Dr T. and be able to share it and a blog post That we were doing on the plateau pod DOT COM ball Blog while that led to a few more conversations and next week we're finally going to catch up for dinner together during the PPI show and it's a kick everybody when you've only known somebody online and you finally get to sit down with him in person. So hey buddy if I haven't gone too long and screwed up technology here. This is the for your lips to move. Welcome to be on technique. I thank you both for having me very much and there is there is so much. I want to answer to what you just said. First of all The Master of excellence that you are really. You need to be the interview The the Plata pod relationship the way I met you through Dr T. Is still one of my favorite things. That's ever happened to me online. And one of my shows on behind the shot is because of that relationship. So that's really a good place to go today as well sounds good us definitely see. We are so thrilled to have you. And before we get into the juicy details you know it's an your experience is impressive during FM personality. You're a journalist. You're a music photographer. You're a podcast. Can you tell us about your journey and how you got into what you're doing today especially with photography? Yeah it it. I think started probably like a lot of people in that when my son was born. I should back up and stay that my background my training. I'm an IT person. So I'm always around technology. I'm a Geek by heart when my son was born and we wanted pictures. I started taking pictures with whatever camera was around but when he was in high school in marching band and he was out on a high school football field and marching around playing drums. I went into a camera store and I said to somebody. My son's marching band is marching around faraway. I'm up in the stands trying to photograph him. What do I need to get pictures of my son and the person behind the camera a counter? This was at one of the old Ritz. Camera's if you remember the chain Ritz camera and they said to me. Well you know. Here's a and here's a cannon you could take either one and I picked cannon simply because it was more comfortable in my hand it was an old cannon at Ti and he said okay. You're going to need some different lenses. So here's a seventy two three hundred F. Three point five two five six or a seventy two two hundred F two point eight and my response. Not knowing anything about photography was well that one is a three hundred and that one's a two hundred zero three hundred 's better and the camera's black and the lenses white they don't match so the seventy two three hundred is better. It's the largest mistake I've ever made in photography choosing that Lens and yet that really is where my love of photography started because as a Geek. I had to sit down and figure out why when I'm sitting up in football stands photographing my son on a football field I would be at seventy millimeters exposed perfectly. I would zoom into three hundred and all my shots were wrong and it was because it was a variable aperture Lens. I had to learn very quickly. What an exposure triangle was. Because I made the mistake of buying a lens that didn't fit my needs necessarily and that's really where my love of photography started was was that. Wow this is so great. I never thought you would be the one that I would meet that at one time in his life really didn't know the difference between an F stop and a bus stop. I it's I had no idea and it's I joked now that if I had known when I was younger that really photography is Geeky I would have been doing it all my life but I really had no idea the detail that you could get into if you wanted. But you don't have to if you don't want and I fell in love with it very very quickly and again to me. The analysis portion of trying to figure out why is my exposure changing. Just because I zoomed just taught me so much. It forced me to learn photography the right way to capture the good pictures of my son marching in in marching band and literally at that. That thing changed my life."