What started as an audio podcast, then grew to include a video podcast, is now an “EXPERIENCE.” F-Stop Beyond, the shows, are personal interviews with the world’s top photographers. Beyond business and branding, beyond talent and technique, we delve into the heart of the visual artist.

F-Stop Beyond “The EXPERIENCE,” is a litany of original programming designed to inspire, encourage, and entertain professionals involved in visual media. It’s our hope to offer a fresh perspective by delving into poignant and sometimes personal topics that reveal the real people behind the lens.

The Shows

Our current line-up includes:

  • F-Stop Beyond (the original audio podcast): ranked as one of the top 10 artists podcast in 2008 on Podbean.com, this is the show that started it all. There are already so many podcasts about photography that cover f-stops and Photoshop, business and branding, but host Ron Dawson couldn’t find any that really got into the meat of WHO the photographer IS, rather than HOW he or she shoots. A big fan of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” Ron decided to create the podcast equivalent for photographers. So in September 2007, with his video camcorder to record at the annual Pictage PartnerCon in Los Angeles, Ron started interviewing some of the nation’s top wedding and portrait photographers. The show has now grown to over 100 interviews with guests from just about every aspect of photography: weddings, portraits, fashion, commercial, and photojournalism. Our guest list has included high profile names like Chase Jarvis, Vincent Laforet, and Joey L, as well as artists you may not necessarily heard of, like Flickr phenom Deobrah D. Lattimore, and a blind photographer from the Netherlands, Alex de Jong. If they use a camera to express their art, and they have an interesting story to tell, we want them on the show.
  • F-Stop Beyond: In Living Color (aka F-Stop Beyond TV): the video flavor of the audio show, we like to think of it as a cross between Oprah, Barbara Walters, Charlie Rose, with a dash of AMC’s The Actor’s Studio.
  • The Longest Day: the first online reality TV show for and about pro photographers. We took 24 of North America’s top wedding and portrait photographers, split them into two teams, and gave each team 24 hours to conceive, shoot, and edit both an original short film AND a public service announcement for a charitable cause. Besides being loads of fun, the show raised $5,000 for Thirst Relief International and Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.

iTunes Links

Below are links where you can subscribe to the shows in iTunes. (clicking on them will launch iTunes).

  • F-Stop Beyond (audio and video podcasts). Note: the first 99 episodes of the audio podcast can be found online, and are temporarily still available at this iTunes link.
  • The Longest Day: watch all ten episodes, the trailers, and the final film projects created by the teams.
  1. Jeff Miller
    February 9, 2009 at 10:45 am

    Hey Ron,

  2. Jeff Miller
    February 9, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Hey Ron,
    I felt compelled to email you upon listing to the last podcast. At the end of the podcast Zack made a comment about the direction of your interviews and that some people don’t like the content of your show. I find that in your interviews you get to really know the person behind the camera. I have to relate to the show with Scott Bourne when he explains that he puts on a character for his other podcast. I really enjoy your podcast and truly look forward to each and everyone. Thank you again,

  3. July 4, 2009 at 3:56 am

    Hi Ron. I just “discovered” your podcasts. Great Stuff!!! Thanks for what you’re doing!

  4. September 9, 2009 at 5:34 pm

    Love the insights in your interviews!
    Thanks for your kind of podcast.

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