Inside the Photographer’s Mind Episode 2: Charlie Naebeck

Photographer Charlie Naebeck was on the latest episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind

For our second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind, we interviewed Charlie Naebeck. Charlie is a photographer here in NYC, and also a teacher. What’s special about Charlie is the fact that he started out in street photography, then got into portraiture, and then got into conceptual work. How? Well, according to Charlie it had a whole lot to do with how he started in photography, evolved, and how he decided to collaborate with other people, especially dancers.

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Charlie Naebeck’s Energetic “Kinetic” Project Takes Dance Photography to New Heights

All images by Charlie Naebeck. Used with permission.

After more than a year of shooting, scouting for collaborators, editing photos, and putting everything together, Charlie Naebeck is finally set to release a book to culminate his Kinetic project. This series, which is an exploration of the energy of dance, is his own take on photographing the graceful movements of this art form through long exposures and multiple exposures. Early into the project last year, we’ve given a preview of his experimental and non-conventional approach to photographing the dancers he collaborated with. Now, he’s gearing up for a worldwide launch of his Kinetic book and an accompanying music album on October 20th.

To catch up with him and learn more about his project, we recently had a chat with Charlie, who shared in great detail the processes, motivations, and ideas behind Kinetic, as well as some information about his upcoming international launch.

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Charlie Naebeck’s Kinetic Showcases Experimental Photos of Dancers

All Images by Charlie Naebeck. Used With Permission. 

“I am a firm believer that the image exists in the interaction between subject and photographer, and not actually in the camera,” says Charlie Naebeck, in reference to his Kinetic series. “A lot of photographers are the other way around where they think the end game is what is important. It is not, it is simply the byproduct of the experience.”

Naebeck was first inspired to work on his Kinetic series by shooting some behind the scenes images for his friend and famous photographer Jordan Matter, who at the time was working on a Dancers After Dark series. “I watched how graceful and beautiful that the dancers movements were as they fluidly lept through the air hitting each jump. In that moment I became inspired…” he says. Not long after he was contacting dancers of his own, playing with ghostly movements, multiple exposures and the Kinetic series began to take shape.

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Charlie Naebeck: How to Make it as a Photographer

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All images by Charlie Naebeck. Used with permission.

Photographer Charlie Naebeck is an artist residing in New York City. He knew from the start that the business would be all about networking, making deals and creating work that excites people. His business, Spiffy Photos, does headshots and portraits–but he’s also done commercial and editorial work. On the side though, Charlie is a street photographer.

Besides shooting though, Charlie is also a photography course instructor here in NYC. Most of all though, he’s a realist instead of being an idealist when it comes to the industry.

 

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Inside the Photographer’s Mind Airs Today at 6pm EST on AdoramaTV!

Inside the Photographer’s Mind shows today at 6pm EST on Adorama TV with photographer Charlie Naebeck

Hi everyone,

Today, the second episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind airs. You’ll be able to catch it live on Adorama TV (Youtube) at 6pm ESTYou can attend the show live for free via EventBriteAs a refresher, Inside the Photographer’s Mind is an extension of the interviews we do on the website–bringing into the world our chats with photographers about how and why they create the photos they do. There’s a little bit about gear, and a little bit of education–but this is mostly about psychology and art than anything else. So for our second episode, we have photographer Charlie Naebeck.

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Photographers, Stop Chasing Instagram and Focus on Sales

Instagram doesn’t care about you as a photographer; it’s done, and other platforms are better.

I’m writing this post after a year away from Instagram. It was more than just a detox. I still logged onto The Phoblographer’s Instagram to check and focus us as needed. But for the most part, Arts and Culture Editor Dan Ginn runs it. A year away from it, and so much has changed. We’ve got cool things like ClubHouse. Photographers are trying to promote themselves on Tik Tok. Then there’s Foundation, where photographers are selling images for blockchain. And a few tried and true options like Tumblr and Behance still keep me inspired. But if you put all your eggs into the Instagram bucket, they’re going to rot. 

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After 187k Followers, I Deleted Instagram as a Professional Photographer

All images by Charlie Naebeck. Used with permission.

I topped out at 187k followers on Instagram – I spent day and night constantly checking numbers, likes, comments, and often lost time that would have been better spent on things that actually matter. I once had dreams of becoming a popular photographer in New York City – A photographer called upon to photograph the who’s who of the fashion and commercial worlds. Enter a “real” photography career – people don’t really call you. You have to call them and often times hope to get through to someone that cares, let alone someone that actually hires you for what you are worth. 

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Media Kit

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Who is The Phoblographer?

Founded in 2009, the Phoblographer is a story of a few driven individuals working to change the way we think about cameras. It started with taking the cameras and lenses out of the lab and into the field. We’re all passionate photographers. And we love to shoot our daily lives with the photo gear we purchase. So it just makes sense for us to incorporate it into our lives. That’s what our staff does.

The website has bridged the gap between the art world and the tech world for over a decade. We do this holistically in all our content as much as possible. It starts with our reviews. By applying it in our gear tests, we work to remind photographers that there’s still a passionate, creative person behind the camera. So you have to work to get the shot. This is further translated through in our various interviews and series’ like Creating the Photograph. What’s more, we’ve worked with partners over the years to uplift the voices of women, POCs, disabled photographers, and others. Our Editor in Chief and Founder Chris Gampat is legally blind. And through Phoblographer, we’ve worked to motivate and inspire passionate photographers everywhere. Nothing should hold you back from getting the shot!

Our founder has been involved in every aspect of the company’s growth and development over the years. He cares, and it shows holistically through the content. Part of the site’s strength is our incredibly strong Search Engine Optimization. We’ve applied strict ethics to our stories and earn the trust of Google and our readers. Everything from our word choices, stories we tackle, and our image selection is meticulously chosen.

What Does The Phoblographer Do?

The Phoblographer publishes on our website daily. Our content varies from thought pieces, opinions, reviews, tutorials, roundups, deals, and more. We strive to not deliver the same content and have different conversations from everyone else. Our posts are transmitted out to our Facebook page, Tumblr, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Flipboard. They also go out into The Daily Phoblographer: our newsletter sent every evening. Most of our stories are translated and read by an AI algorithm. You can listen to it on our website. We’re streaming daily on Apple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsStitcherPocket Casts, and Spotify! Lastly, you can tune in once a week to our Live Show called Pro Camera Reviews. We talk about big subjects in the Photo World on this show. It’s simulcast to Facebook. And later on in the week, you can catch it on YouTube and Flipboard TV.

We interview photographers on the Inside the Photographer’s Mind Podcast as well. Below is a screenshot of some of our audio podcast stats as done through our website. There’s a lot more where this comes from though.

Achievements and Accolades for The Phoblographer

We’ve been quoted and referenced all around the web in the LATimes, NYTimes, CTV, Glamour, CreativeLive, 1 Hour Photo, Pop Photo, Look4Ward, Creative Boom, Neatorama, the Tony and Chelsea Show, and much more. Our content is included in various high school lesson plans around the world.

The Phoblographer has earned participation in the coveted Amazon OnSite program. What’s more, we’ve also got our own Amazon Camera Shop.

Our staff is located all over the world too! Other accolades include:

  • Continuing to break traffic records. Through our partnership with Yahoo!, we continued to break traffic records with stories like this one about an incredible image shot on 9/11.
  • We’ve objectively reviewed the most lenses of any photographic-niche publication. We even made a big announcement earlier this year and the number has continued to increase.
  • We’ve reviewed the most camera bags of any photographic-niche publication. Folks continue to come to us to hear the honest truth about camera bags.

We were an All-Out award 2021 media partner and we continue to champion the LGBTQ+ community. Take a look at our coverage.

We were a sponsor of the 2021 Mobiography Awards. Take a look at our coverage.

We are a Sony World Photography Awards Media Partner.

We built the Phoblographer into an app this year. It’s available for iOS, iPadOS, and Android.

We Were Named One of the Best Photography Blogs By

These Schools Have Included Our Content in Their Curriculum

Let’s Talk Numbers

As of December 2021, here are some of our average yearly stats:

Traffic

  • Average of 1.58 million pageviews a month average across all feeds
  • Average of 562,000 unique visitors a month
  • Average of 1:27 minutes a session

Affiliates

  • Over $650,00 in shipped in hardware-based affiliate revenue
  • Approximately 2 Million come to us to find a good deal!
  • We’ve worked with various manufacturers to provide reader exclusive discounts via Amazon Storefronts

Channels

Demographics

  • 74% Male, 26% Female
  • 1.7 million folks consider themselves techies
  • 1.5 million folks consider themselves shutterbugs
  • 1.4 million folks love the great outdoors
  • 1.4 million folks love shooting photos when they travel
  • 1.5 million folks interested in buying a new camera
  • 600,000 interested in buying a new phone
  • 552,000 interested in a new lens
  • 404,000 interested in a new laptop
  • 400,000 interested in prints and home decor
  • 354,000 interested in a new computer
  • 24.5% between the ages of 24-34
  • 19.3% between the ages of 35-44
  • 18% between the ages of 45-54
  • 14.3% between the ages of 55-64
  • 10% are 65+
  • 13.6% between the ages of 18-24
  • 82% of the audience primarily speak English
  • 45.9% based in the US
  • 8.8% based in the UK
  • 6.51% based in Canada
  • 3% based in Australia
  • 3% in Germany
  • 3% in India

Traffic Sources

  • 61% of our audience reads us on mobile devices
  • 36% of traffic comes from organic search
  • 28.9% of traffic comes to us directly
  • 31% of traffic comes to us from referrals
  • 3.4% of traffic comes to us from social media channels

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Testimonials

“The Phoblographer’s prolific product round-ups have proven sales through its affiliate programs that make working with The Phoblographer that much more important in days where every ad dollar spent must be effective in broadening brand recognition and producing sales.”

Stacie Errera, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Tamron USA

“As a PR rep I’ve worked with Phoblographer several times over the past couple of years. Chris and the team are always a pleasure to work with – they are well-informed, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. They are always imaginative and diligent in their approach to think of an angle which would interest their readers and make for a more engaging story rather than just replicating a press release.”

Eleanor Macnair, Freelance Publications for the Photo Industry

“It has been a pleasure to be involved with articles on the Phoblographer and I look forward to seeing what new pieces they publish every day.”

Tony Gale, American Photographic Artists President, Photographer

“The Phoblographer is a dichotomy that works well for advertising. It pairs a forward-thinking platform and understanding of modern distribution channels with a more old-fashioned business interaction approach. The upshot as a client reaches on all channels the audience is found, and a team that is flexible and personal.”

Kishore Sawh, Pixel Shift

“The Phoblographer is a collaborative partner, rather than just an advertising channel. I have worked with The Phoblographer in several capacities over the past several years. I’ve had the pleasure to partner with The Phoblographer on events, press coverage, sponsored content, and advertising. Chris and the team offer creative opportunities that other sites do not and unique channels to reach audiences. They have exceeded expectations across all projects and are truly a joy to work with.”

Danielle Lawler, Senior Producer, Blue Pixel Creates

Reminder: Inside the Photographer’s Mind Episode 2 Goes Live on January 17th!

January 17th at 6pm EST the next episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind! Sign up for Free Via our EventBrite.

Photography has two sides to it: capturing and creating. Some photographers lean in one direction over the other while others balance the two. The Phoblographer, Madavor Media and Adorama TV invite you to join Chris Gampat as he speaks with established professional photographers and up-and-comers alike from various backgrounds and explains their thought processes behind their images while connecting the technical and artistic sides of their brain in the creative process.

Inside The Photographer’s Mind is a webcast in front of a live Adorama Event Space audience that delves into how and why photographers create their photos. It is hosted by The Phoblographer’s Chris Gampat, who has had years of interviewing experience being on both sides of the photo desk. The show features photographers with interesting portfolios of work who are established in the creative and social world of photography. Inside the Photographer’s Mind will be broadcast live on Adorama TV and available for viewers to tune in later on as well.

Our next guest is Charlie Naebeck. Charlie Naebeck is a photographer/artist residing in New York City. In having strong support from both sides of his family while growing up in photography and drawing, he attended the University of Michigan for a BFA specializing in photography and illustration. With a strong interest in the darkroom process, he then studied advanced film and drawing at SACI in Florence, Italy. We’ve interviewed him a few times as well.

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January 17th: The Next Episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind

.Tune in next week to the next episode of Inside the Photographer’s Mind! Sign up for Free Via our EventBrite.

Photography has two sides to it: capturing and creating. Some photographers lean in one direction over the other while others balance the two. The Phoblographer, Madavor Media and Adorama TV invite you to join Chris Gampat as he speaks with established professional photographers and up-and-comers alike from various backgrounds and explains their thought processes behind their images while connecting the technical and artistic sides of their brain in the creative process.

Inside The Photographer’s Mind is a webcast in front of a live Adorama Event Space audience that delves into how and why photographers create their photos. It is hosted by The Phoblographer’s Chris Gampat, who has had years of interviewing experience being on both sides of the photo desk. The show features photographers with interesting portfolios of work who are established in the creative and social world of photography. Inside the Photographer’s Mind will be broadcast live on Adorama TV and available for viewers to tune in later on as well.

Our next guest is Charlie Naebeck. Charlie Naebeck is a photographer/artist residing in New York City. In having strong support from both sides of his family while growing up in photography and drawing, he attended the University of Michigan for a BFA specializing in photography and illustration. With a strong interest in the darkroom process, he then studied advanced film and drawing at SACI in Florence, Italy. We’ve interviewed him a few times as well.

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