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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.


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






What are you missing and the one thing approach

I have been working on some images in the studio recently and some start of the new year cleanup work. As I bounced back and forth between those two projects, it occurred to me that I was missing one thing oftentimes. That thing could be a screw for a tripod leg or a lens cap or an emotional feeling in a print. But as I worked on the projects, I started to wonder how many things in my photography could be fixed with just one thing. So in today's podcast, we talk about how our approach to...


How do you feel about photography?

This week's podcast is a chat about how we feel about photography and photographs. In my teaching experience, I have found that many people think a lot about their photographs, but in some ways how we feel about our photographs can matter more. The post How do you feel about photography? appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.


The start of a new year and celebrating the good

This week's podcast is a quick chat about setting goals for the new year and the importance of looking back at the past year and celebrating what was good. In a year harder than most for people, 2020 gives us a chance to celebrate the flexibility and durability we all have to continue adapting and creating. The post The start of a new year and celebrating the good appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.


30,000-mile tune-ups

This week's podcast topic came about because of some maintenance on the car. That maintenance got me thinking about how scheduled maintenance to keep a car running smoothly could be applied to photography. The post 30,000-mile tune-ups appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.


Do you have photographic traditions?

This week's podcast is about the importance of having traditions in your photography. No matter how big or small traditions are something we can look forward to each year and reflect back on the past. The post Do you have photographic traditions? appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.


How to figure out your good photos from the bad

This week's podcast is all about homework. One of the areas that I think all photographers could improve is understanding what makes a good photograph or a good photograph to them. We dive deep into that topic this week with an exercise to help you better understand how and why you react to photographs the way you do and apply that knowledge to future images or discussions. The post How to figure out your good photos from the bad appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.


It’s Episode 300 so we are talking about celebrating milestones

This week marks the 300th episode of the podcast. So first off, thank you to everyone who tunes in and listens to the podcast. It really means the world to me that you all tune in and check out what is going on with the podcast. As I mention about a third of the way into this week's show, this podcast is about all the experiences that I have about how photography impacts my life both just every day and creatively. It isn't about gear, techniques, or fads, so I know it has a niche market. I...


AI and Computational Photography-When is it no longer a photograph?

I have been asked a lot recently about what I think about some of the new tools digital photographers have at their disposal. Many programs now offer "AI or machine learning" to help edit photographs. Now with the click of a few buttons, you can replace skies, change expressions, or quickly composite images together. In today's podcast, we talk a little about a few issues that arise when you think about the nature of computational photography and the language and words we might consider...


The rules and repeatability of composition

In the end, I think we all want to make interesting photographs, and the composition and framing are so much of that experience. The more you can be aware of composing, the more interesting and accurate stories you can tell. Being aware also gives you something else that is critical to photography--repeatability. You can repeat something repeatedly because you understand what happened and not just got lucky once with an accident. At the end of a day of photographing, knowing that we're able...


The joy and pain of muscle memory

In this week's podcast, we look at the impacts of muscle memory on our photography. Muscle memory, or the body's ability to do something without thinking about it, is an important aspect of working as a photographer. This memory allows us to be able to quickly and efficiently do our jobs. From settings on the camera to keyboard shortcuts in a program, being efficient can really make a difference in how we can do our work. Yet, there is a downside. Anyone who has spent too much time hunched...


How do you approach knowing when enough is enough in your photography?

In this week's podcast, we look at a possible photographic approach and discuss how you approach knowing when enough is enough when creating the image. For many of us, our approach to getting an image completed is incremental. We take small steps in our approach to framing, editing, shooting, and printing. While this method works, I propose that by making more grand shifts earlier in our process, we can get to a better result faster. We can get a better image, better concept, and better...


How do you value your images? Is it more than just a 1-5 star ranking?

After reading a brief snippet about how Forbes creates its top 200 most brand valuable companies, I got to thinking about what formulas do we use in our photography when we assign a photograph a star value of 1-5. This week's podcast looks at how we approach and think about our rating systems for our images. The post How do you value your images? Is it more than just a 1-5 star ranking? appeared first on Daniel j Gregory Photography.


Seeing the whole from the parts and a reminder to vote

Everything is connected. When you photograph a leaf, it is part of a tree. A leading line doesn't just start and stop in your frame. It extends beyond the frame. In this week's podcast, we look at how our approach to seeing the whole and its parts can impact how we view the world and the images we make. Small shifts in our awareness of how everything is related in an image and how those relationships extend beyond the frame can help you make more meaningful work. The post Seeing the whole...


Can you answer the question Why do you care?

I had a conversation with a friend a while back about photography and at one point, relating to photo editing, I asked him, Why do you care what someone else does so much? There was a long, almost uncomfortably long pause. The answer that he gave didn't really matter much to me, but that pause really got me thinking about the idea of why do we care about things the way we do. So this week's podcast dives into the notion of caring about your work and how it impacts you and the viewers of...


This isn’t personal. It’s just business

When I was younger, I worked for a high-tech startup that had to lay most of the company off in order to survive. They didn't do anything but prolong their demise, but the language used during the layoffs has stuck with me. I hadn't thought about it in a long time but recently heard someone say it when talking about photographs. The phrase used when I was laid off and in the review was This isn't personal. It's just business. The thing that stuck with me all these years is that it is...


A mile in someone else’s shoes

Sometimes when we look at a photograph, we just don't get it. We move on and don't give it another thought. However, assuming the photographer was attempting to make something meaningful with there work, the photograph does have something to say. I have grown to think that it is our job to try and understand our reactions to photographs so that we can better understand the photographer. While we may not fully appreciate the images, if we can walk a mile in their shoes we might gain some...


Questions to ask yourself and others about photographs

In a follow-up to last week's podcast on the value of interviewing others and yourself about photography, this week we talk about some possible subjects or ideas to consider when planning your interview. I always recommend that you start with the work. Look closely at the images and projects someone has created to get focused. Think about what you want to know about how the work came about, what they learned from the work, and their approach. As long as your asking questions that focus more...


The power of the photographic interview

One of my favorite exercises I use to teach photography and learn about my own work is called the interview project. This process involves you doing enough research about a photographer you are inspired by or want to learn from and then create a set of 10 to 20 interview questions that you would want to use to interview them. In some cases, you might be lucky and be able to use those questions to interview the photographer. Still, sometimes they might no longer be alive. Either way, part of...


The value of small changes you can make even in a year of crazy to boost your photography enjoyment

Sometimes it is the little things that can make all the difference. In a photograph, it might be a shift in POV or depth of frame. In our printing, it might be the right paper selection. No matter what you are working on a small change can be a big deal. However, as the days seemingly run together in this year of COVID, I got to thinking about how easy it is to miss the small changes since everything and every day seem to blend. This week's podcast takes a look at how small changes can...


How do you define photography and the impact of non-photographer based photography

I often think of photography as an active verb. It is something that we do, see, and respond. There is, however, a whole set of photography that is created without the photographer. Video and photos are created by surveillance systems and unattended cameras. These photographs and videos are used for evidence for the most part to show the actions recorded by these cameras without the influence of a photographer. This week's podcast takes a look at how we define photography in the context of...