LightSource Podcast Interview Series

E069 Nick Onken

In this edition of LightSource, Bill and Ed talk with Nick Onken, commercial and lifestyle portrait photographer.


Bill Crawford, publisher of (Flickr)
Ed Hidden, exclusive photographer (Flickr)

Theme Music:

Sean Campbell and Steve Hill (

Special Guest:

Nick Onken, commercial lifestyle and portrait photographer.

Nick Onken

Nick Onken Photos

Nicks Blog

LightSource Episode 69 (Interview Series) [35:54 minutes]



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In this episode:

Bill and Ed discuss:

Special Guest Nick Onken discusses:

  • His work in Lifestyle and travel photography
  • Definition of a successful lifestyle image
  • Natural lighting as a focus
  • Waiting for the right moment
  • Shooting many frames to get the right shot
  • Connecting with a subject
  • His camera equipment (Canon)
  • Favorite lenses 35mm f1.4 20mm f2.8 70-200 f/2.8
  • Looking for the right light
  • Controlling natural light
  • Using flare creatively
  • Photographing people on the beach
  • Scouting
  • Getting started in a photography career
  • Building client relationships
  • The importance of style
  • Capturing action in the image
  • Getting great in-camera results
  • Travelism
  • Upcoming travel photography book
  • Video of shoots on Nicks blog
  • Backing up photos on location shoots
  • Advice for photographers

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