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Podcast #184 What drives your passion?

9/17/2018
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When you are in school and getting ready to graduate, or you are starting to look for a job, you often hear advice from people about what to do with your life. Much of that advice was summarized in the book What color is your parachute. In that book, at the core is finding something you are good at and something you have a passion for and where those intersect you can find your ideal job. Photography and our passion for doing work that we like often have that same interaction. In this...

Duration:00:13:14

Podcast #183 Packing list to create for a trip that don’t involve gear

9/10/2018
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I love to travel and take pictures, and fall is my favorite season. In this week's podcast, we talk about some of the lists that you need to make to be successful when you travel. While most people know to make a list of equipment, clothing and travel documents, I encourage everyone also to consider making a few other lists that are about your creative approach to the trip. The post Podcast #183 Packing list to create for a trip that don’t involve gear appeared first on Daniel j Gregory...

Duration:00:11:12

Podcast #182 Jealous much? It’s not a camera problem.

9/3/2018
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If you are a photographer, the only person who cares about your camera brand is you and other photographers. People who look at photographs judge photographs not if they were taken with the "right camera." However, in our modern day of Internet fame and quick judgment, you might think that photographers are overly obsessed with gear. We shouldn't be. Equipment is a tool. You are the photographer. In this week's podcast, I am asking for some help in getting us to change how we focus on...

Duration:00:11:41

Podcast #181 Are you stuck in a photography loop

8/27/2018
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Ever feel like you are running on a treadmill and going nowhere. In my creative practice, I call these loops, and just like getting lost in the woods, I start and end at the point even though I feel like I start in a different direction. This week's podcast talks about some of the more common loops that I face, or I see others face in their photography, and how to deal with those loops. The post Podcast #181 Are you stuck in a photography loop appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Fine Art...

Duration:00:13:52

Podcast #180 Importance of balance in the frame

8/20/2018
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Ok so after a quick rant on the war and revolution that is coming in photography click bait, this week's podcast focuses in on balance. As we have discussed many times on this podcast, balance is something that is important when thinking about images while behind the camera. However, this week, we are focusing on the importance of balance, or lack of balance, in the final image. Balance is about visual harmony and understanding of the frame. It is achieved several ways, but for most...

Duration:00:13:33

Podcast #179 What is style in photography

8/13/2018
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Michael Gregory, no relation, wrote an excellent article for Aperture in 1961 about the nature of photographic style and idea for how to define and use style in photography. I was recently rereading the article and used it as the foundation for this week's podcast. One the most common topics I hear about that is related to creating great photography is that you need to have a style, but the definition of style is both ambiguous and misapplied. This week, using the insights from this...

Duration:00:11:41

Podcast #178 Lessons from minimalism and staying organized for photographic editing

8/6/2018
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In this week's podcast, we are talking about how to go about applying some of the basic concepts from minimalism and getting organized to make it easier to work and edit our photographs. At times it is very easy to get overwhelmed with the work required to make a good photograph. However, by learning to focus on a few key things that have been tried and tested to work in keeping organized, you might find that you can make better photographs more efficiently and faster. The post Podcast...

Duration:00:11:32

Podcast #177 Issues with the formulaic creative processes

7/30/2018
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I was flipping through Netflix looking at movies and got to thinking about how many movies follow the same basic formula. For example, in most romantic comedies, the couple gets together, and something happens that drives them apart. After some conflict, they are somehow pushed together and end up happily ever after. In our photography, we can quickly end up following the same formula over and over again. In some cases, this might be ok, but I other cases this could cause us to fall short...

Duration:00:11:42

Podcast #176 Listener Questions

7/23/2018
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Duration:00:15:30

Podcast #175 What’s it worth?

7/16/2018
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Welcome to the 175th episode of the Perceptive Photographer. This week's episode looks at how to determine what a photograph is worth. Is a picture worth more because it has sold more copies and made a lot of money? Is a photograph worth more because it has a lot of likes or impressions on social media? Or is a photograph worth more because it shares something or says something that pulls at our heart and emotions? It is worth more because it changes the way we see the world around...

Duration:00:11:59

Podcast #174 Diverging and converging ideas in our work

7/9/2018
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In the 174th episode of the Perceptive Photographer, we take a look at how various methods of expanding and narrowing down the photographic process can help us make better images behind the camera. The creative process has a huge influx of ideas from both external and internal sources. If we can find ways to maximize those inputs, it can often times give us a jumpstart on our creative practice. However, at some point, we need to being to cull through those ideas and images so that we can...

Duration:00:12:55

Podcast #173 Getting it right in camera is about more than settings

7/2/2018
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Welcome to episode 173 of the podcast!. Thanks so much for being a listener, I really do appreciate you taking time out of your day to listen to the podcast. This week's topic is all about how important the concept of getting it right in camera is to make a successful image. Typically, when we talk about getting it right in the camera, it is all about the settings. I find that in my own process, getting it right in camera is more about the mindset to pay attention to all of the qualities...

Duration:00:12:26

Podcast #172 Value of simple pleasures

6/25/2018
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Duration:00:10:52

Podcast #171 When good is good enough

6/18/2018
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Duration:00:11:39

Podcast #170 Observation, listening and emotion in photography

6/11/2018
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I believe that storytelling is central to humanity. From our earliest days, we have told stories. If you sit in a coffee shop and listen, all people are telling our stories--stories about family, friends, events, and work. At the core of a photograph is also a story. It is the driving element of a need to share something about how we see and understand the world. In this week's podcast, I talk about how three key areas of a storytelling event are critical to the story. While not the only...

Duration:00:13:13

Podcast #169 Insta language in photography

6/4/2018
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Have you ever taken a look at the names of some of your program and apps that you use to create photographs? Many of those names are all about speed-, insta-, snap- and a host of other quick action words. In Photoshop and Lightroom, we use fast presets and actions to speed up the workflow. Now while I am all for efficiency in workflow, I began to wonder if all the language around our creative tools impact how we view and see our images. What if Instagram was called meaningful photographs or...

Duration:00:11:48

Podcast #168 What are perfect prints?

5/28/2018
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Do you ever think about what it might take to make the perfect print? This week's podcast is about what are some of the non-technical considerations for creating the perfect print or deciding if that is even possible. When we are working on a photograph one of the most significant challenges is to let go of what we know and learn to see what is in front of us. This focus has us learning to evaluate and see a given image with a more precise set of eyes not bound by our expectations of the...

Duration:00:11:35

Podcast #167 Personality and photography

5/21/2018
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This week's podcast comes from looking Ricahrd Zakia's Perception and Imaging. A few podcasts ago, I talked about the Gestalt approach to learning. From that podcast, I was reminded that Richard's book also had a full chapter on gestalt and meaning. As I returned to this book, I also found the chapter on Personality interesting. In that chapter Richard talks about a lot of methods to understand personality, but Carl Jung's approach to personality traits sort of stood out. I thought it was...

Duration:00:12:37

Podcast #166 Sports betting, new box smell and deep dish pizza

5/14/2018
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This week's podcast is a mash-up of topics that I was pondering as I worked on the flower beds around the studio. To extend the creative space to the outside the studio, I have been working with Lori to plant some cool plants to support the creative energy I want on the inside. As I was working in the garden, I got to thinking random thoughts and how they relate to photography. The first was how sports betting sets odds to determine how betting is done. The house attempts to make sure that...

Duration:00:12:54

Podcast #165 Importance of celebrating your photographic successes

5/7/2018
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Photography can be hard, and it is easy to get discouraged. It always seems like there is so much to learn and so many people out there doing amazing things with a camera. I sometimes find myself getting discouraged and struggling to make sense of my practice. I have learned that one of the most important aspects of a creative life is to celebrate your successes. If you spend time thinking and celebrating how far you have come in your journey from where you started rather than obsessing...

Duration:00:11:47