The Art of Digital Photography: The Inspirational Series with Greg Heisler By Gregory Heisler and Mia McCormick

1 hr 19 min

Join Mia McCormick and Gregory Heisler as they sit down to discuss Greg’s award-winning career as a portraitist. Greg is known the world over for his evocative portraits of some of the most well known leaders in government, business, the arts, and more. Spend an hour hearing inspiring stories of how Greg got started in photography, and some of the many lessons he has learned along the way. From the importance of having a unique vision that transcends technique to the willingness to take chances when everything is on the line, Greg and Mia discuss key moments in Greg’s experience as a portrait photographer that will surely give you a new appreciation for his thoughtful approach to his work.

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According to Greg Heisler, technique without vision is just technique, you need to have vision to create work that stands out as your own.
You can have the greatest plans for shoot, but you always need to be prepared to make the best of what the situation actually presents at the time of the shoot.
At an early age photography became a way to gain access to a lot of opportunities that would not have otherwise presented themselves.
Greg tells the story of making a portrait of his photographic hero, and what he learned from that experience.
Greg feels it is important to try new things when everything is on the line and it absolutely has to work.
Greg's approach to preparing for a portrait session is driven by the subject, the context of the session, and other considerations specific to the shoot.
Greg recently released a book that is a retrospective on 50 of the many protraits he has created over the years.
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Gregory Heisler


Gregory Heisler is a photographer and educator renowned for his technical mastery and thoughtful responsiveness. His enthusiasm, curiosity, and drive are manifested in his hands-on approach to all aspects of the image making process. His iconic portraits and innovative visual essays have graced the covers and pages of many magazines, i...

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Mia McCormick works as a resident video technology expert for KelbyOne and B&H Photo. She's a KelbyOne Instructor with courses ranging from basic camera operation to capturing outstanding video on your DSLR. Mia also conducts a series of business and inspirational interviews providing insights from some of the world's leading photog...

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  1. Profile photo of flemshans flemshans

    Loved his openness and personality. Especially his approach to photography is very unlike everything I’ve heard before. Great vid!

  2. Profile photo of Joe Mcgowan Joe Mcgowan

    What a great interview! I gained a real appreciation on what makes Gregory Heisler tick. There is no doubt that he is a great man. However, I think the interviewer, Mia, really asked some great and timely probing questions that brought more to the surface than you get out of the typical interview. It is obvious that she was prepared. Great job, I look forward to watching some of her other interview courses.
    Joe Mac

  3. Profile photo of Richter Richter

    As an amateur photographer, I found the interview as a great inspiration.
    Mr Heisler shares his stories and experiences very openly, and I learned something from it.
    I thought is was great, and I will probably watch i again.

  4. Profile photo of Ross Ross

    I saw Mr. Heisler at PSW in Washington DC. His stories were interesting but he came across as quite full of himself and I confess I got tired and left. The gentleman on this sequence is a very different fellow. Engaging, comfortable with himself and not encumbered by hubris. This is a wonderful sequence. Mr. Heisler is a good “talker” so I think that Ms. McCormick’s work was easier than perhaps with other guests for the inspirational series, or perhaps she did such a stellar job that she made it look transparent. It’s a great series and while perhaps not a series that makes me want to go out and make photographs as Mr. Heisler does, it does inspire the creative artist within, such that it is, to try to be better.

  5. Profile photo of Luke Luke

    Time after time I hear photographers mention their experience with celebrities and I have heard more unpleasant than I have heard pleasant

  6. Profile photo of alancrosthwaite alancrosthwaite

    This was really a tremendous video visit with Gregory Heisler. I enjoyed his openness and his stories and was inspired by his images. Highly recommended.

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