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Episode 059 – Shutterbugs and Superheroes: Exploring the World of Fictional Photographers

Depictions of photographers in movies and television are very common these days. I think it was when I started seeing a bunch of different pharmaceutical commercials where ALL of the main characters were photographers that I started to think maybe things were getting out of hand. In the latest episode of The Nerdy Photographer Podcast, I sit down with long time friend of the show, Leighton DaCosta to discuss our favorite fictional photographers. We also talk about what it is about these depictions that photographers both love and hate.

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Leighton and I talk about photographers from pop culture as well as the recent “Fictional Photographers March Madness” competition I ran on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Sure, we discuss the usual suspects, like Peter Parker, but then we delve deeper. The conversation even brings up some characters that beg the question, “Is the character a photographer just because they use a camera?” and “Does photography need to be pivotal to the character to consider them a photographer?”

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About Our Guest

Leighton DaCosta

Leighton DaCosta, or “LD” as many know him by, is a Wedding and Fine Art Portrait Photographer. He started his photography business 15 years ago while serving in the Navy. Due to the military requirements, he learned to make his studio “interstate mobile” as he has operated for extended periods in Virginia, Florida, Utah, Georgia, South Carolina, and California. He’s conducted photo assignments in exotic and remote places such as Dubai, Jamaica, and Aruba; as well as several years flying over Afghanistan.

When not creating content of his own, Leighton diligently works at educating photographers and others in the industry in not only content creation but also in business practices geared for the creative.

You can check out Leighton’s website at, and follow along with him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. SH

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With more than a quarter century as a professional photographer, The Nerdy Photographer's goal is to spread knowledge and laughter throughout the photo industry. Please follow along on social media and subscribe to the podcast.

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