NNPS Episode 044 – Making an Unsplash

NNPS Episode 044 – Making an Unsplash

By |2019-01-12T18:49:41+00:00Nov 27th, 2018|

Well, isn’t this a nice treat. We’ve got our very first in-studio guest at the No Name Photo Show. Originally, I planned on recording this episode on my own, but after having a great conversation about the value of a photo with my good friend, Dan Hawk, I asked him to join! In this episode, Dan and I return to the topic of Squarespace partnering with Unsplash, first discussed in Episode 43. Because Dan is primarily a commercial photographer, he has some pretty interesting reasons as to why this partnership, and Unsplash’s business model in general, warrant concern. You’re in for a real treat, so listen up and enjoy!

Show Notes

  • Learn more about Dan Hawk at his website and follow him on Instagram.
  • Brian refers to a story he wrote detailing the partnership between Squarespace and Unsplash [via Fstoppers]

What’s On Your Gear Shelf?

Dan: Lume Cube LED Light [via Amazon]

Brian: Manfrotto Variable Friction Magic Arm [via Amazon]


  1. Mark Harris December 1, 2018 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Episode 44 gave me a lot to consider. Like Dan, I have a Squarespace site that will be difficult to move, but I will have to think hard about that. As I enter 2019 I also need to rethink my pricing and how much I am willing to do for local non-profits for minimal compensation. I do feel that being part of the community is important, especially living in a small town. But I do understand the need to insure people never stand the value of what they are getting. Thank you for bringing up this issue.

    I didn’t realize that there was a share link, but I did put up a link to episode 44 on my Facebook wall.

    • Brian Matiash December 2, 2018 at 6:24 pm - Reply

      I’m so glad you found the episode interesting, Mark! Dan certainly brought up a lot of things to consider. And thanks so much for sharing the episode on your FB page!

  2. Scott Webb December 22, 2018 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    Digital Photography is an exponential technology. Disruption is occurring in a multitude of ways. In a talk or q & a by Gary Vaynerchuk said:

    “Any time you’re mad that there’s a marketplace that drives down the cost of your craft and you don’t realize that if you’re the one best at your craft that has no impact on you, you’re a losing romantic.”

    Was Dan making money from SquareSpace to provide their customers with stock photography? Don even mentioned that people didn’t find him via his website. Is there a concern with the fact that brands are skipping photographers and going straight to “influencers” for work?

    In the disruption there is always opportunity.

    It doesn’t drop your value as a photographer at all. You’re not playing the race to the bottom game if you contribute to Unsplash (and sites like it). Photography and visual content is more valuable than ever before. If you’re clients see your work as less valuable than you’re probably not conveying your value well. Clients don’t care about the photos. They care about what the photos can do for them and their business. They care about outcomes and not your deliverables.

    I am a contributor to Unsplsh and other sites. On Unsplash, I just surpassed 3M photo downloads and over 500M Photo views. I’m not someone that uploaded 3 photos and wanted to see what might happen. The experience has been totally positive. I’m a professional architectural photographer, first. While contribute free photos and don’t expect anything back, I’ve learned there are ways to use Unsplash strategically. I’m a newbie when it comes to vlogging, but I’m trying to get up a whole series of talking about Unsplash and giving away some photos for others to use creatively. They’ve done so much more than sitting on a hard drive that’s destined to fail soon enough. To me, this all needs a fundamental shift in mindset more than anything.

    Swamped with paid work to finish, but hoping to get vlogs up to share the positive experiences soon. I’m sure I’ll ref this ep. at some point as something to listen to for another point of view.

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