The Business Side of Colby Brown, with Colby Brown and Larry Becker

Join Larry Becker and Colby Brown as they sit down to discuss Colby’s journey to becoming a successful travel and humanitarian photographer with a very diverse skill set.

Larry Becker sits down with professional photographer, photo educator and author, Colby Brown who specializes in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography. Over the course of 90 minutes Colby shares the story of how he got started in travel photography, the importance of immersing yourself in the cultures you cover, why being open to new opportunities is crucial to finding them, his perspective on choosing gear when traveling, and so much more! Throughout his work one can see that he combines his love of the natural world with his fascination of the world’s diverse cultures. Each of his photographs tells a story of life on this planet. Colby has dedicated years of his life to combining his passion for photography with his love of travel and adventure. From diving the Great Barrier Reef to climbing peaks in the Himalayas. Surfing the breaks off the North Shore in Hawaii to ice climbing the glaciers of New Zealand. Through these experiences, he has learned the importance of compassion within this dynamic and complicated world we all live in. Lending a helping hand or even a smile can go a very long way. In 2010 Colby helped found Lespwa Haiti, an organization that sets out to bring back the focus on the rebuilding of Haiti. In 2011 Colby founded The Giving Lens, which blends photo education and giving back to local communities.

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Course Lessons:

Lesson 1: On Getting Started (Duration 11:25)

A love of travel is at the core of Colby's passion for becoming a photographer. From there time, devotion to learning craft, being open to new opportunities, traveling extensively, and connecting with the right people opened new doors for building his business.

Lesson 2: On Communicating with Others (Duration 11:09)

Immersing yourself in a foreign culture forces you to learn how to communicate and make connections with those around you. Those same skills are critical to building your business and brand as you are seeking opportunities for career development.

Lesson 3: On Wearing Many Hats (Duration 14:45)

Being self-employed requires that you wear many hats. Finding ways to create multiple income streams helps you weather market fluctuations.

Lesson 4: On Photojournalism (Duration 11:57)

Being able to write is a strong compliment to being a travel photographer. Writing about your experiences, and being able to pitch stories to publications can help round out your income potential.

Lesson 5: On Social Media (Duration 14:25)

Knowing why you are getting involved with social media should drive which social media outlets make the most sense for you to invest your time. Colby closes this segment discussing how and why he started The Giving Lens.

Lesson 6: On Copyright and Gear (Duration 21:25)

Protecting your copyright is important for photographers, but Colby also feels it is important to have a balanced approach with the rest of your business. The interview wraps up with a discussion of photography gear.

Meet Your Instructor: Colby Brown

Colby Brown is a professional photographer, photo educator and author based out of Denver, Colorado. He specializes in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography. Throughout his work one can see that…

Meet Your Instructor: Larry Becker

Larry Becker is the guy behind the inexpensive photography solutions and DIYs featured on DTownTV. That's about all you really need to know, but if you're still curious about the…

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