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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Color correction cheat sheet

Learning to print in color is about using a system of opposites to balance the photograph. This is the same process in the analog darkroom and in black and white printing. You add light to make it darker, subtract light to make it brighter and add the...

What does color correct mean?

Color correction is one of the first steps in editing an photograph. When I am working with people, I get asked what makes something color correct? Does that mean the colors are real? True? Accurate? Pleasing? And, the answer is a little of all that. The big first...

The Perceptive Photographer Podcast

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Podcast #167 Personality and photography

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 interesting to see how Jung’s model of sensing, feeling, thinking and intuiting could be applied to how we see and understand images. So this week, we dive into how, if at all, your personality traits as defined by Jung might impact and influence your photography. Jung’s work offers more than just a right and left brain approach, the various models by which we understand certain aspects of personality can give us insights into a better understanding of how we relate to the world. 

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

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 all bets are placed evenly, so they don’t lose a bunch of money. But, it got me thinking about how to bet on my images when I take them and process them. What odds would I give every shot that it would be a good photograph?

The second thing I was pondering is what is it about the new box smell of a camera that jumpstarts our creativity.
Finally, do you think that there is a right way to order pizza? Is Chicago style or New York style the right and correct type of pizza? Is there a right or correct photograph or just a different way to arrange the ingredients? 

Don’t forget that if you like the podcast, I would love a review on iTunes or google play. Have a great week. 

Podcast #165 Importance of celebrating your photographic successes

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 only about the future, you might find that you are better able to move your creative practice forward. In the celebration of our successes not only can we find the motivation to continue and the impact of happy dopamine in our brains, but we also get to stand back and appreciate how much we have grown as photographers. 

This week’s podcast is all about why you sometimes need to step back and celebrate how amazing you are, even if the journey is never over, and some ways to meaningfully celebrate your photography growth. 

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