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NEPA SCENE PODCAST: NEPA photographers roundtable on art, media, and the photography business

NEPA SCENE PODCAST: NEPA photographers roundtable on art, media, and the photography business
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The NEPA Scene Podcast is back in a new location with new co-hosts and a fresh format, conducting the same honest, uncensored interviews and in-depth discussions about Northeastern Pennsylvania that the show has become known for, covering local arts, entertainment, and the issues that matter to the area.

Recorded and produced every week by Internet marketing company Coal Creative in their production studio in downtown Wilkes-Barre, the podcast is now presented as a live, multi-camera show that streams in high definition on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. Every hour-long episode is hosted by Rich Howells, editor and founder of NEPA Scene; Brittany Boote, owner of Boote Photography Studio in Forty Fort; and Johnny Popko, the senior marketing consultant at local radio stations Alt 92.1, Rock 107, and ESPN Radio. Viewers are encouraged to tune in and interact during the Facebook Live stream so that the hosts can address comments and answer questions as they come in.

After the live webcast, the show is available the following Friday as an audio podcast on iTunes, SoundCloud, and Stitcher, while the video version can be seen on Facebook and YouTube.

In Episode 7, we try something a little different with a roundtable discussion where we turn the camera around on four talented, award-winning NEPA-based photographers who know each other well – Tom Bonomo, Jason Riedmiller, Keith Perks, and Alex Seeley. We discuss why they chose photography, their different styles and varying projects, misconceptions about photography, what makes a good (and bad) photo, the ups and downs of the photography business, shooting photos for newspapers and other publications, what the media asks for in a photo versus what a photographer wants to shoot, the difference between art and commercial work and blurring those lines when possible, the meaning and personal stories behind their work, approaching events and subjects in various ways, the importance of receiving credit and/or appreciation for their images, and more. We also answer some questions and comments from live viewers.

Since we went over our usual hour, there is no Last Word segment this week, but there are plenty of jokes, weirdness, and controversial opinions to go around for one episode!

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The views and opinions expressed during this podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the hosts, NEPA Scene, and Coal Creative.