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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