For 2018, I am hosting a number of in-person and online workshops. From learning about creating amazing black and white images to mastering your digital printing to finding how to create more meaningful work, there will be several workshops to consider. I am also hosting a number of workshops with Lori Kane, my partner in Silly Dog Studios. These workshops will focus on a number of creative topics and ideas. Look for both my photography and the silly dog dates in the coming weeks.
“I feel very fortunate to have met, worked and studied with Daniel Gregory. He’s thoughtful, engaging, and talented both technically and creatively. I’ve had the chance to learn from him both one-on-one and in a group setting. He is a wonderful teacher and mentor.”Jeff Merriman-Cohen
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The Perceptive Photographer Podcast
In this week’s podcast, we take a look at the impacts of getting stuck in an easy rut. As we work on our photography, it is easy to find things that we are good at and stick with those techniques, subjects and concepts. However, it is important to continue to push our photography forward. One of the ways to do that is to find edges of our comfort zones and push outside of those areas. Trying new things can jumpstart new ideas, reenforce old habits and show us where we might be just a bit lazy in our approach to our photography.
I am learning to play the guitar. It is a slow but fun process. I am still early enough in my practice that all I get to do is play some cords and learn muscle memory for the cords. I know that one day I will get to play a song. What I want to play is more blues and jazz guitar. That seems so technical, and far off, I wonder as I strum a G cord if I will get there.
My own thought process reminded me of working with several people over the past few weeks with their photography. Over the course of some one-on-one session, I repeatedly heard about how things are just too technical. As I related that thought back to my guitar lessons, it got me thinking about what does that really mean? Most of the photographers I know are all technical on some level. As I processed my own feelings, I realized that it comes down to a couple of key areas.
Is it important for me to know this? Is what I am learning important to me or not. If it is not important, then I should just let it go, but if it is important, then I should accept that it might be hard to learn but needed.
Is it necessary? Do I actually need to know this or not? If not, I should walk away. But, if I do really need to know this then I should keep that as my focus and motivation.
How do I learn? It might be that you are learning the hard way. If you learn by reading. Then you should learn from a book, not a lecture. If you learn by listening, you should avoid a book. Try and find the best way to learn based on your own learning style.
Baby steps. Remember that it takes a lot of steps to run a race. Each step is just as important as the next or prior step.
Fear. Don’t let fear be the reason you avoid learning something. As adults, we often fear looking stupid. If you are working with someone who makes you feel that way, you should seek out other support. Having a supportive learning environment will do wonders for your work habits.
Celebrate. Don’t forget to pat yourself on the back even for the small stuff. Every success is amazing.
It is easy to develop bad habits. They can show up in our desires for equipment or software to make our “job easier.” They might show up in the way we approach our work. Some of our bad habits are there, and we don’t even know why we are doing what we do, but we continue because that is what we think is supposed to happen.
In this week’s podcast, I take a look at some of my habits and the type of people who surround my photography and try to figure out what I should keep and what bad habits should be kicked to the curb. I would imagine in your photographic practice that there might be a list of things you do that once removed might give you more time and energy for the good parts of your creative practice.