Fisheye Connect Photography Podcast

This podcast series is hosted by Mike Moreland. In these episodes, Mike interviews many of the world's top photographers about their artistic style, discovering helpful tips for improving photography skills along the way. If you were looking for a place to hear about the ins and outs of photography, you have found it!
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Aug 11, 2018

Don Sparks is an award winning professional photographer with over 25 years of full time experience based in Atlanta, Georgia. However to really know Don Sparks is to understand that he is far more than simply a Photographer. In fact he is just as much a lighting designer, wardrobe stylist, set builder, digital artist, and innovator… Quite honestly you could portray Don as rather a “Rockstar” of Photography. He is fun, creative and always full of energy.

Even in his tween years he loved photography. Don’s passion for Photography has roots in his early memories of printing photographs in tiny amber lit basement darkrooms. According to Don, “Other than watching the birth of my daughters there is nothing more magical than photography”.

Don’s fascination with photography continued through his teens and 20s as he earned his Kappa Tau Alpha Honor’s Degree in Photojournalism at California State University, San Jose. After college, he was hired by The National Geographic Society as their youngest Photographer/Editor in their 100+ year history.

For the past two decades Don has been operating award winning photo studios in Washington DC, Miami and Atlanta. With all of this experience there aren’t many things that Don hasn’t photographed. This range of experience gives him quite an edge on his competition. In fact, many of his clients rave how quickly Sparks works and often produces twice the content as that of the average Photographer.

Whereas many Photographers choose just one photographic specialty, Don enjoys and even excels at many. He captures people, portraits, products and events with great skill and a pinch of magic. “I thrive on creating really powerful images that truly wow my clients… my goal is to turn the ordinary into extraordinary” says Sparks.

Mike sits down with this legend of photography, and his old employer. That's right! Mr. Mike Moreland began his career as an assistant in Don's studio! 

Today, the duo talk about the photography workshops and classes that Don instructs. He says that his specialty is boudoir and building sets for photoshoots. He loves experimenting with bold and bright colors. 

In his workshops, he takes the same approach as Mike, hand-on, and very personalized. He shows the students how he runs his photoshoots and how he organized his models and props. 

One tip that he gives to photographers who are new to shooting portraits and boudoir photography is that you must take control of the shoot. If you do this, and compliment them frequently, it can really bring the confidence and beauty out during the shoot. 

For more information on Don Sparks or his workshops, explore some of these links! 

Don's Website Portraits Courses Next Workshop in Alpharetta, GA

Aug 4, 2018

Ken is a location and corporate photographer. He has traveled all around the world with his photography, shooting for many clients. Ken also teaches a photography workshop!

Today, Ken and Mike talk about his workshop at Speed Week, a group of automotive enthusiasts that come together at the bottom of a large, flat former lake bed in order to get the cars to top speeds.

The workshop is unique because of Ken’s relationship with the officials who organize this event. They let the students in the workshop get beyond the typical boundaries in order to shoot some truly amazing pictures. We have some pictures here from his workshops that demonstrate the amazing contrast of colors with the sky and the sand and dust that these vehicles disturb.

Ken recommends a lens with a good zoom for specialty equipment during this workshop. Since you are right beside the vehicles when they take off, that means that you are pretty far from them when they reach top speeds. The extra zoom capabilities are essential for getting that perfect shot from those distances.

In addition to the amazing scenes available to the students for shooting, Ken also is available for them. Since there are only about 4 students, you really get the individual help that is vital for learning photography.

Ken describes his photography workshop as a “Bucket List” photoshoot. He says that there is so much to photograph. With miles and miles of scenery to photograph, it’s truly something that he wants to share with anyone that is interested.


For more information on Ken and his photography workshop, click this link!



Jul 28, 2018

This episode is a very special one. You have been listening to photographer Mike Moreland sit down with other photographers to talk about their photography and careers. Now it's time to hear from the man himself, Mr. Mike Moreland. 

In this episode, Mike sits down to talk with you about his photography workshops. He is the owner of the photography workshop database, Fisheye Connect.

With 30 years of photography experience, Mike really brings a lot to the table during his workshops in Atlanta. He offers courses that range from beginner to advanced. He even covers many different aspects of photography.

He has a series of workshops dedicated to lighting. He has courses about wedding photography. He has courses created for folks who are new to the field of photography. He's even starting a new course that is centered around photography for cosplay! 

During his workshops, he has a team of professionals and assistants, as well as equipment and models ready to be utilized by the students. Since the class sizes are smaller, it really gives you a personalized, hands on experience that you might not get with other workshops. 

Here are some of the important links for Mike's workshops and his portfolio.

Mike's Website Workshops Weddings Maternity New Born

Fisheye Connect Website

Jul 21, 2018
Nino Batista is a model and exotic automotive photographer in the United States. His work is regularly published in lifestyle and men's publications all over the world, and he is regarded as one of the premier model photography and retouching educators in the U.S.

His recent resume includes working for Fstoppers since 2014, a senior writer for Shutter Magazine, speaking at Shutterfest in 2016, 2017, and 2018, and a featured instructor for CreativeLive, as well as his own events and workshops around the country! 

During this interview, Mike and Nino talk in-depth about the workshops that Nino teaches around the country. He is currently on a workshop tour with model Josie Fox from July until December of 2018. 

Nino talks a bit about how his hands on workshop work. He says that his workshops are not just about taking someone from "beginner" to "professional" with his instructions, he tries to make sure that no matter what the level of the students are, that they all leave with the tools necessary to capture amazing photographs.

He is also an expert in retouching pictures. In the beginning, he notes that he taught retouching during his workshop. He found that a better way to teach retouching is actually to wait until after the workshop, create a video of retouching the images taken during the workshop, and sending it to the attendees. He's found that this is more effective. 

Another tip that Nino gives is to crouch and get down. He says that one thing that a lot of photographers forget is that the act of simply changing the height of your camera while shooting can change the angles of your pictures and improve the pictures drastically. 


Here are some important links for Nino's workshops and website! 

Nino's Website Workshop Tour Dates Car Portfolio Model Portfolio

Houston Workshop Enrollment


Jul 14, 2018

Arthur Meyerson is recognized as one of America’s finest color photographers, workshop instructor and photo tour leader. Since 1974, he has traveled throughout the world, creating award winning advertising, corporate and editorial photographs, as well as an extensive body of personal fine art imagery.

A three-time winner of Adweek’s “Southwest Photographer of the Year” award, he is on Communication World’s list of top 10 commercial photographers and was named one of the 30 best advertising photographers by American Photo Magazine.

His books include the highly acclaimed, The Color of Light (2012) and the recently released, The Journey (2017).

To order The Journey go to this website!

On the podcast today, Mike and Arthur talk about his style of photography and attention to details like color contrast and lighting. They also discuss Arthur's career and books that he has published during his lifetime. 

They also talk about teaching classes on photography, which is how Arthur spends most of his time now. He gives a couple of tips for you as well as explaining his process for photoshoots. 

May 19, 2018

David Beckstead was named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in the world. He is well-traveled, a hotshot firefighter, a painter, and an artist.

The first tip is to let go and let their creativity flow and not worry so much about being technically perfect. “Always push yourself,” says Beckstead. He really wants photographers to challenge themselves, creatively. For example, David takes all the “rules” of photography as a challenge, and you can tell in his work. He talks about the beauty in the midday natural lighting that most photographers shy away from.

He says that another thing that photographers don’t always understand is the mood of the photo. He notes that there are more moods than just “happy”.  “You need to learn to do some things for yourself.” Beckstead notes that a lot of photographers lose their creativity and style because they are always trying to do exactly what others want them to do. This makes sense when shooting wedding photography, but he notes that creating your style is really what makes a photoshoot become amazing.

He says that about half of what he shoots for a wedding was shot for the bride, groom, and family, but the other half of what he shoots is for him. He makes sure that he does both what the wedding party will want, but also using his own creativity to create stunning photos.

He notes that a lot of people ask him how he finds the interesting lighting that he is known for, but David says that anyone can see and find the light. The problem is that most photographers don’t exercise the courage to take those shots with the different lighting because of a fear of failing.

David also talks about traveling, and how he takes a lot of his creative inspiration from paintings. He says that the renaissance paintings in Spain inspired him to start teaching composition and how things work.

Self-assignment: Study, study, study. He notes that a very important part of his career has been studying: Studying composition, studying the history of the places he travels, etc.

Ask for critique. Let others tell you what they do and don’t like about your photos. This doesn’t mean to take all their advice for shooting, but this can sometimes give you an idea for how to improve your style.

He talks about his critique group called “Abstract Canvas” where photographers post their abstract pictures for critiquing. He also talks about his books and videos on his website that are lessons on LED lighting.

He talks about his experience shooting weddings overseas. He notes that there are not many countries that allow you to come in as a photographer for weddings. He says that he usually just travels as a tourist with extra gear. He also notes that it isn’t always necessary to bring ALL of your equipment for your photography when you travel, as well.

In his closing statements, he reiterates that education is extremely important for photographers. He says that workshops and lessons in photography are incredibly powerful. He says he continues to educate himself to improve his photography and encourages you to practice what doesn’t come as natural to you as others.

For more information on David Beckstead, Fisheye Connect, photography workshops, or anything you heard in this podcast, go to

May 12, 2018

Mike Noa has been a photographer for many years. His career began in the film and TV industry. He co-founded the Roswell Photographic Society and created PhotoPlex Studios in Alpharetta, GA. 

PhotoPlex Studios started as a personal studio for Mike and his team, but during the recession, many of his photographer friends would ask to use his studio. Eventually, he opened the studio as a rental studio.

It currently has all of the equipment and amenities that you could need for a photoshoot, including 20 ft. ceilings and garage doors to bring vehicles into the studio. 

The studio can either be rented as for 2 hours by anyone or more than that, if you are a member. The memberships are divided into 3 tier memberships with each tier having better perks than the last! 

PhotoPlex currently has between 40 and 50 members who pay on a no-contract, month-to-month basis. They also offer photography tips and even workshops for photographers to improve their skills.

Beyond the studio that he runs, Mike Noa also does a lot of work filming and shooting for documentaries and portrait photography work. He does some travel with this, and gives a couple of tips for traveling with your equipment. Make sure you listen for the tips! 

For more information on Mike Noa or PhotoPlex Studios, click here!

For more information on Mike Moreland, Fisheye Connect, links to more podcasts, blogs and workshops, go to our website!

May 5, 2018

Kevin Schmitz is a fashion, editorial, and lifestyle photographer. He is also a tv host for "Great Escapes" and a director of photography workshops around the world. The list of his accomplishments within the world of photography and entertainment is long. 

Kevin talks with Mike Moreland about his workshops and explains why his workshops are so amazing at helping photographers become "high-end" photographers. 

The process starts with the first day of workshops. The first day is all about learning what you need to do to create a photography shoot. This includes not only taking a stunning picture, but also storyboarding, marketing, post production, and everything you need to know. 

It also introduces you to panelists that are major figures in the photography scene, from agents to magazine representatives and top photographers from around the world. 

The second day is the photoshoot you spent the first day creating. 

But that isn't all that Kevin does for photography students. He also puts on multiple day workshops with amazing equipment and props that will enchant you! Some examples he talked about were horses and hot air balloons! 

For more information on the workshops that Kevin does or any of the workshops on Fisheye Connect, go check out these links! 


Fisheye Connect

Kevin's workshops

Apr 28, 2018



Mary Buck is a photographer in the Atlanta area. She started doing photography workshops in 2003. She teaches about lighting both in person and online. She also runs a photography studio in Duluth. She has been published in magazines like Forbes. She is a very successful photographer in the scene today. A few of her strengths include lightscape photography, street photography, and nature photography.
Today Mike and Mary talk about the workshops that Mary instructs.
She talks about her immersive workshop. She says that she models the instruction after the language learning style of “immersion”. The workshop that she talks about in this podcast is her next one located in San Diego, California. She talks about how the city provides many different opportunities for all sorts of different styles of photography, from landscapes, wildlife, lifestyle, street, portrait, and action photography.

Mary shares a  few tips on street photography. The first of her tips comes in the type of lens that she uses for Street Photography, a  35 mm lens on a full frame camera. She expresses that it forces her to get close to her subjects. This helps to build a photographer’s confidence. This is key for Street Photography. Since this style is based on capturing moments that come completely by chance, it is imperative to be outgoing and confident with talking to strangers.


An old fashioned classic car with a psychedelic motif


A bike rider on a quiet street in Havana


A woman smoking a cigar

Mary also talks about her Amicalola Falls photography workshop that is geared more towards nature and wildlife photography. Weather is the biggest obstacle for nature photography, so we asked about her tips for inclement weather. Mary’s answer? Avoid the rain. She feels strongly about prioritizing the safety of the photographer and their equipment.
Beyond shooting, Mary also instructs her students in a lecture style workshop about camera settings and post production techniques.
Apr 21, 2018

Lou Freeman has worked as a photographer for Playboy, a high fashion photographer in Italy, and currently does a lot of portrait work around the Atlanta area. On this episode, Lou and Mike talk about her style and the workshops she instructs. 


For more information on Lou, Mike, Fisheye Connect, or any of our photography workshops, check out these links. 

Lou Freeman's Portfolio

Fisheye Connect

Lou's Workhops

Mike Moreland's Portfolio

Apr 9, 2018

In this episode, Mike interviews nature photographer Rob Daughetry about his photography style and workshops that he teaches. 


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Mike's Website

Rob's Portfolio

Rob's Wildlife Workshop

Photography Workshops

Mar 31, 2018

In this episode, we interviewed photographer Ian Spanier about his photographic style and upcoming workshop! 


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Mike's Portfolio

Information on Workshops

Ian's Portfolio

Ian's Workshop

Mar 24, 2018

In this episode, Mike interviews Christopher Marona, a photographer from Colorado that is well-known for his western styled photography and cowboy photography overnight workshops. They talk about Christopher's style, information about his workshops, and tips for you, the photographer! We hope you enjoy the show! 


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Mike's Website

Workshop Information

Christopher's Website

Mar 17, 2018

In this episode, Mike interviews Florida photographer Peggy Farren about her work and her workshops. We hope you enjoy the podcast and that you learned something! 


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Peggy's Website

Peggy's Portfolio

Mike's Website

Feb 20, 2018

Former stand out linebacker Takeo Spikes shares his story of creating his first coffee-table book called "Behind the Mask." 


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Mike's Website

"Behind the Mask"

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