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Podcast that looks at photography as an art and craft rather than a collection of camera gear.

Podcast that looks at photography as an art and craft rather than a collection of camera gear.

Location:

United States

Description:

Podcast that looks at photography as an art and craft rather than a collection of camera gear.

Language:

English

Contact:

2066598001


Episodes

Creativity is not left brain or right brain, you need a whole brain.

8/3/2020
There are a number of aspects of photography that fall into two camps. There are artistic decisions and technical decisions. For some people, you might think of this as left-brain (technical) and righ- brain (creative) decisions. However, to be successful, you need both sides of your brain to make a good photograph. Not only both sides but also some language around how both sides work together to make a successful photograph. When we can talk about how our camera decisions help or hinder...

Duration:00:14:26

Do you keep getting distracted?

7/27/2020
One of our listeners sent in a great question about distractions. Her question was a two-part approach to dealing with distractions. The first was dealing with the distractions of editing the wrong images. The second area was dealing with distractions outside of editing. We take a dive into both of these topics this week and look at some ideas for dealing with these distractions and approaches for when it might be ok to be distracted. The post Do you keep getting distracted? appeared...

Duration:00:19:22

Lessons relearned in night photography and oh yeah, wear a mask!

7/20/2020
Make yourself the best photographer in the world. To do so, all you have to do is wear a mask. If you think it kills your freedom, put one and walk around and see if you can still do things. If you can, the mask hasn't destroyed your freedom but has kept the rest of us safer. In this week's podcast, I reflect on how our emotional state can drive how we approach our photographs when we are out in the field. The shifts in emotions, feelings, and experiences while out with a camera can drive...

Duration:00:13:49

Are you asking yourself the right questions?

7/13/2020
I get asked a lot of questions about photography. Some are good, and some are not so good. When we look at our own work and spend time behind the camera it is all about asking and answering questions. Is this the right composition? Do I have the right settings? Is my narrative on point? In my experience, when we ask the right question we get what we want in our photography sooner than later. So, this week's podcast is a look at the process of asking questions and how we answer those...

Duration:00:14:34

Five projects for the week to keep you going when stuck at home.

7/6/2020
As COVID-19 continues to build in the USA, I thought I would use the podcast this week to share five things you can do with your stay at home time. These to-do items will work even if you aren't stuck at home under quarantine. Still, these to-dos can help pass the time and improve your photography and photographic inspiration if you are at home. Read and do the work in one of your photography books you bought Inventory your camera gear for insurance and to do a keep, sell, donate, or...

Duration:00:13:37

Become a better photographer by seeking out diversity in the photographs you look at

6/29/2020
I often get asked what the things you can do to be a better photographer are. The two that are always at the top of my list are printing and consuming other people's work. I like to use the analogy of ice cream when discussing other people's work. Our work is one flavor of ice cream. Different people all have their own flavor. When we look at others' work, it is like getting to try a new flavor of ice cream. We might like it. We might not. Either way, it helps us broaden our palate and...

Duration:00:18:40

Do you prefer to pick Junior Mints or Skittles when going to the movies and other thoughts on choices we make in photography

6/22/2020
We used to be able to go to the movies, one of my favorite traditions was getting something from the concessions stands. Now I know they are a rip-off, but I just love having a treat during the movie. I am always somewhat annoyed; however, by the time it takes some people to pick a type of candy while in line. Now, I have read enough research to know that given too many choices, most of us can't make a decision. Given too few choices and we rebel against our options. That leaves most of us...

Duration:00:14:43

Do you run a complaint department?

6/15/2020
Ah, the great American past-time of complaining. Nothing beats hanging out with friends over a beer and complaining about all sorts of things in life. We love to complain about lots of things such as politics, weather, work, and even our photography. Photographers love to complain about all things photographic. Subscription fees, cameras, software, editing techniques, other people's work are just the tip of the iceberg of topics photographers like to discuss. In this week's podcast, I dive...

Duration:00:13:41

When you get stuck, trying something else sometimes does work better

6/8/2020
A couple of the things I hear photographs talk about all the time is hitting a wall, not getting good feedback, and fear in the face of change. In this week's podcast, I tossed all of those issues into the Vitamix blender and hit high speed on the dial. No matter what problems you face, odds are you try to solve it by repeating the same behavior over and over. When we do that, more times than not, there is no change in the outcome. When we need to have a change in our work, we need to try...

Duration:00:14:32

Is photography about non-intervention or do we play an active role in our creating and viewing of images

6/1/2020
In her classic essay On Photography, Susan Sontag makes the statement: Photographing is essentially an act of non-intervention. So in this week's podcast, I thought we would take a look at that quote and discuss how photographing and the viewing of photographs can be a non-intervening act. The photographs we make that are significant to us, and some of the photographs we view have a lasting impact. These things become acts and objects of the intervention. These photographs and the act of...

Duration:00:14:24

The notions of how and why in the critique of your photography?

5/25/2020
In this week's podcast, we focus on two aspects of the nature of critique. The how and the why of taking a photograph. The how is the technical side of things in creating the image. The why is who you are as a photographer in the photograph. The story of the image so to speak. When we work on images, ideally, we would have both aspects in our images. The image would be our best foot forward in both technical and story. However, in my experience, this isn't always the case. There are a lot of...

Duration:00:14:48

Does binge-watching television programs impact your photography?

5/18/2020
In this week's podcast, I talk about some of the impacts that might appear in your photo editing and viewing as a result of binge-watching. While it is fun to sit down and consume a show from beginning to end as fast a possible, there is a cost to this approach. Much like eating good food, without a palate cleanser, our ability to sense subtle nuances in how we see, taste, and experience the object of our affection is lost. We need to have a way to reset our visuals and start fresh. As we...

Duration:00:12:52

The notion of mundane and the art of stir crazy

5/11/2020
This week's podcast focuses on the impacts in our photography when the days, projects, images, and seeing seem to drag into each other over and over again. The groundhog effect, so to speak. I don't think there is a person out there who hasn't had a negative sense of deja vu when it comes to there photography. Maybe you are stuck working locally rather than getting to travel. Perhaps you think you are editing what seems like the same image again and again. The mundane comes in all sorts of...

Duration:00:14:04

Do you think about your ethics as a photographer?

5/4/2020
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. This week's podcast is based on a request from one of our listeners regarding a question of ethics in photography. Ethics, our sense of doing what is right and wrong, is at the core of each of us. As photographers, our understanding of right and wrong regarding what and when to photograph should be a key consideration we make.. While those ethics are different for each person and depending on your job might be different...

Duration:00:16:53

Time, acceptance and the value of a daily check-in

4/27/2020
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. This week's podcast is a direct response to conversations I have been having with my friends and associates as they struggle to deal with their creative process during the pandemic. As the days drag on from one to another, the creative spark for many people has become less enjoyable and harder to maintain. This week's podcast focuses on the importance of doing a daily check-in. Really looking at how you are doing with...

Duration:00:14:38

Digging into your archives

4/20/2020
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. I have been having some conversations with people lately about how they create their work. In the course of those discussions, I have found that a lot of people seem to focus on the next thing. However, in my experience, there is a lot of information to be gained by returning to your own photography library and looking at it with new eyes. In this week's podcast, we talk about a few different ways to dive deep into your...

Duration:00:12:25

Thinking about time and photography

4/13/2020
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. As we all have been forced to make changes to our daily routines, it got me thinking about time. Time is one of those things at the foundation of photography, and I believe, defines a unique aspect of photography as a medium and form of communication. I also have begun to really realize the awareness impact of having less time everyday can have on my approach to my work. As photographers, we are bound by our sense of time...

Duration:00:12:41

Training puppies and language in photography

4/6/2020
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. We recently added a new family member, Cora the dog, to the house. She is a loving, energetic ball of Aussie Shepard fur. Lori and I are working at training her to be a happy, well-adjusted, non-cat chasing member of the family. Part of that training is Lori, and I getting on the same page about the language we use when talking to her in training. After all up, down, lay, sit, stay, come, here, touch, and a ton of other...

Duration:00:13:40

It’s a long, long road

3/30/2020
I hope that you and your family are safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. For a lot of us, we are following stay-at-home orders and not going out much. For those of you stuck in essential jobs, thank you for continuing to do your job. I have had several conversations with my photographer friends about how they are dealing with all of these changes. For many of them, while stressed about the general situation, they felt it was an opportunity to really dive into their work. While this has been...

Duration:00:12:09

A turning point in your work

3/23/2020
In this week's podcast, we take a look at the importance of recognizing when you hit a turning point in your work. This might be technical, where you finally learn your workflow tools and feel confident editing. It might be in learning how to use some camera features that you always planned on learning. The turning point might also be more in your artistic vision as you learn to communicate more deeply what you are thinking and feeling behind the camera. No matter where you are in your...

Duration:00:12:51