I have published well over 130 episodes of my podcast, and have been thinking about some changes recently. And here they are. In this post I will tell you what the changes are, and why my podcast will be better than ever for them!
The Photography Explained Podcast is going to be published fortnightly, on a Friday. The episodes will be longer, giving me time to explain things how I want them explaining. There will be a couple of extra bits, including a section where I tell you if this is relevant to you if you take photos with your phone. Longer, higher quality, more entertaining episodes, and a much happier me – what is not to love?
I will tell you more about this lot in this post, and also about the new stuff that you will find in my podcast.
Before I go on – if you have a question you want me to answer let me know – email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or head over to the Photography Explained Podcast website. A good place to go to first is the Start Here page.
Who am I?
I am Rick McEvoy, photographer, blogger, You Tuber, podcaster and all round good egg. I am based in the UK, and specialise in building photography. That includes architectural photography, construction photography, real estate photography, basically any photography of buildings.
And I love travel, so love taking photos of nice places, and of course buildings in nice places.
And I am professionally qualified in both building construction and photography.
What is my podcast about?
General photography stuff. I explain one photographic thing per episode in plain English in less than 10 minutes (ish) without the irrelevant details. OK, the 10 minute thing has now officially gone. And that is one of the things that I want to tell you about in this post.
My podcast is about general photography stuff, not just building photography. I have practised most types of photography in the years that I have been into photography, which is erm about 40 years now.
Yes, 40 years. Now whilst I started early that still makes me quite old……
But I know this stuff ok?
The original plan for my podcast.
The original plan was to record an episode lasting less than 10 minutes, publish it and be done. And that is how I started off. But it has evolved along the way.
I listened to an episode once and thought – “Rick – you need to edit this”. Too much noise, long pauses, the sound of me breathing, mouth sounds, that kind of thing. The kind of things that needed editing out.
But the strange thing is no one ever said anything…..
So, I learned how to edit audio, and started editing episodes before publishing them, starting with episode 90 – Do I Really Have To Edit My Photos? It Depends But Mainly Yes!
And no, that was not planned. Only now have I noticed the irony of the episode that I started to edit!!! Seriously I had never made that connection before.
After that I edited each episode before publishing, and then had to go back to the very beginning and edit every episode.
Editing episodes changed it from what it was meant to be in the beginning, and this was the start of the changes from the original plan to where I will be this Friday.
Why these changes?
Well I want to create the best podcast that I can. I have mentioned this before, after 130 ish episodes of my podcast I have been thinking about things. I missed an episode, and published one late. And that really got me thinking – why am I doing this weekly?
So I did a bit of research. Time to see what everybody else does, and the statistical majority of podcasts are published fortnightly and each episode lasts 20-30 minutes.
Well, I had already decided on the longer time, and had decided on 20-30 minutes, so going fortnightly allowed this to happen.
I did not have the time for longer weekly episodes. So that is the plan sorted.
OK – so what has changed?
I will be publishing new episodes fortnightly – this is change number 1.
Why? Well I touched on that. And I was pretty sure that I would have made that decision without the research.
Do people mind? Do people want weekly episodes?
It is not that important. Well it was to me, it was a thing that I had to do. But not to everyone else. And everyone else is who matters here, not me.
But is getting something out weekly better than getting something better out less often?
Yes of course it is.
So fortnightly it is. Starting this Friday, 14th October.
And there was a time when I published two episodes a week – the thought of that now……
Publishing on a Friday
Yes, I am moving from Tuesday to Friday, starting with the next episode which will be published on Friday 14th October 2022.
Why publish on a Tuesday? Well the simple logic was that I publish my blog on a Monday, so my podcast goes out on the next day. Yes, that was the only reason.
Friday is much better, giving folks the weekend to listen to me. Let’s see how this goes.
Podcast episodes will be longer. 10 minutes just isn’t enough to do justice to things, well not the way that I want to. 20-30 minutes was my thinking, which my research confirmed.
I have found episodes getting longer, rarely hitting the 10 minute time. And I recently recorded an episode which was much longer. Photography Explained Podcast Episode 131 – How Can I Improve My Photo Editing Workflow? Want To Know What I Do? was over half an hour long, and I loved it.
I touched on this before – the idea when I started my podcast was episodes lasting less than 10 minutes which I recorded and uploaded without editing. That didn’t work, but this evolution is perfectly natural.
I will still explain one thing in less than 10 minutes, but that will not be the end of it. No, I will expand on that, and share my experiences with you of that very photographic thing. All stuff that relates mind. Apart from me digressing all over the place that is, but this for me that is the fun stuff, the good stuff.
Going fortnightly takes the weekly pressure off me, which I felt the immediate benefit of having made the decision. And longer episodes give me space to explain things in a better, more relaxed way. And this will make me more entertaining, well I hope so!
I can be the me that I want to be on my podcast, and explain things the way that I want to .
And some new stuff
I am also going to pick up on stuff from previous episodes. When I have finished recording an episode there are usually things that enter my brain that I wish I had said. I think this is just a result of the way my brain works. Or that I was rushing to hit my weekly deadline.
So I am now going to include them in the next episode, in a sort recap/ further discussion kind of thing. And while I am doing this I will give you the opportunity to add your thoughts on that subject as well.
And the other new thing for people who take photos with phones?
If you take photos with your phone there are lots of photography things that you might not have ever heard of. Do you need to know this stuff? I will tell you in a new section of my podcast called, erm, “What if I only use a phone?”
Yes, I will tell you phone photographers if you need to know this stuff and why. I want to tell folks who take photos with their phones, and indeed folks who have got into photography using their phones, all about the broader, wonderful world of photography.
My survey – where you can help me
I have created a survey, which you can help me with – just head over to Photography Explained Podcast.com/survey. It won’t take you long I promise, and your answers will help me to understand what you want from my podcast in the future.
My podcast is about my listeners, not me.
A higher quality, more enjoyable podcast providing better explanations of photography things.
But still without the irrelevant detail.
These are the changes that I am going to make to my podcast –this is the beginning of the next phase of my podcast.
And going fortnightly gives your ears a break too….
What if everyone says, “no Rick we want to hear you weekly?” Well, if there is revolt amongst you dear listeners then I will of course revert to weekly episodes.
Just kidding – that will not happen, I know.
Check out the video for this episode right here on my You Tube channel.
Well just head over to the podcast website.
And now for the ending from my podcast blog , which you can find on the podcast website.
What’s next in the Photography Explained Podcast? Friday 14th October – Photography Explained Podcast Episode 140 – What Does The Future Of Photography Look Like?
Want to know more?
Head over to the Start page on the Photography Explained Podcast website to find out more.
And here is the list of episodes published to date – you can listen to any episode straight from this page which is nice.
Let me know if there is a photography thing that you want me to explain and I will add it to my list. Just head over to the This is my list of things to explain page of this website to see what is on there already.
Let me send you stuff
If you want me to send you an email when a new episode is published just fill in the form to the right. If it’s ok with you I will also send stuff of interest from time to time, and also let you know when I publish new stuff on my other website.
And finally a little bit about me
Finally, yes this paragraph is all about me – check out my Rick McEvoy Photography website to find out more about me and my architectural, construction, real estate and travel photography work. I also write about general photography stuff, all in plain English without the irrelevant detail.
Thanks for listening to my podcast (if you did) and reading this blog post (which I assume you have done as you are reading this).
With thanks and warm regards from me
Cheers from me Rick