Footnotes and endnotes Episode One

are trying out a new segment for the podcast called footnotes and endnotes. This segment is a collection of small random thoughts I have in my notebooks and conversations that rather than stretch into a longer podcast where I might get a little redundant I rapidly cover each topic in a few minutes.

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Why do you care what other people photograph and why bash on them?

I have heard over the past several weeks other photographers talking about other people’s photographs. What caught my ear was how critical these photographers were of people’s subject selection, the commonness of the subject, or general bashing of the image as been there done that. This week’s podcast takes a hard look at what that conversion is about and how we can find a better way to talk about photographs.

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Change your thinking not your settings

I often hear people talk about or suggest the proper settings for your camera to make good photographs. You might also find people who are suggesting the proper methods to edit your photographs for maximum impact. In this week’s podcast, we take a look at that approach and discuss how more times than not, taking or editing a good photograph requires you to think more about your approach to the photograph than the settings in the camera or software.

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What’s the rush?

Episode 329 Often timed I find myself in a rush to do something. When that happens not much good comes from it. In this week's podcast, I talk about...

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How do the spaces we work in and frames we create overlap?

We all have places we work on editing our photographs. It might be a dedicated studio or room in the house, and for others, it might be a shared desk in the kitchen. In this week’s podcast, I talk about how setting up your space to work is similar to how you might approach working on a photograph behind the camera. I also talk about how getting a space set up to reflect your personality can make all the difference in editing. So no matter how big or small, private or shared, your space is making it about your photography will be a good thing.

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Focus on the ripples in your pond

In this week’s podcast, I talk about how the work we make is all about the small details and impacts. Like ripples in a pond you never know how big of impact something you do might be but obsessing about how big the impact is or should be can lead to a dark creative place. Much of the work we do in art isn’t about major groundshaking events, it is in the smallest moments.

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Does our style shift when working on different photographic projects

In this week’s podcast, we take a look at the question of does our style change when we change what we photograph or is our style consistent. I was asked recently if our style changes all the time based on what we photograph. They gave the example of black and white landscapes verse color fashion photography each being of interest but having a completely different look and approach. I thought it was a great question to tackle this week.

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Stuck in neutral and the sense of going nowhere

There are times that everyone faces in their photography when you feel like things are going nowhere. Maybe you are spending more money The longer we spend on photography, the less time and energy we have to do photography. This week we take a look at how the work can get in the way of the work.

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How important is accuracy in a photograph?

In this week’s podcast, I take a quick look at the notion of accuracy in a photograph. Each photograph has a given set of attributes that we respond to when we look at the image. In critiquing work, there is often a sense of correctness to those decisions behind the camera. In the discussion this week, I challenge the idea that there is one accurate way to create and respond to the photograph and offer suggestions on how to approach our response to images.

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The value of ideas that are both easy and hard

In this week’s podcast, we talk about the duality of many of the concepts and ideas that we might face when making photographs. We look at how ideas can be both easy and hard or how expectations can be both meet and disappointing. As we face this dual nature of many aspects in our photography, how to ultimately choose to use that duality to make more interesting photographs is a question I think we all must face.

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