Diving deeper into photo inspiration and influences

Hosted by Daniel j Gregory

March 25, 2024

Episode Number: 472

Welcome to another installment of the Perceptive Photographer podcast. I’m excited to bring you episode 472. Before we dive deep into this week’s topic, a quick note for those eager to enhance their photography critique skills: I will be running a class on April 6 and 13 designed to refine your ability to understand and discuss your photographs more profoundly. Now, let’s get into the heart of today’s discussion, learning to identify and understand the influences in your photography.

The Role of Influences in Shaping Your Craft

In a recent class I taught about imitation, inspiration, and influence, we uncovered the significance of in-depth knowledge about the photographers who shape our work. It’s incredible to note how many of us begin our photographic journey under the subtle guidance of our predecessors without even realizing it. Our personal style often evolves from emulating the images that captivate us. Identifying these pivotal influencers is the first step towards acknowledging the roots of our creative expression.

Why Delve into the Lives of Influential Photographers?

The exercise of recognizing influential photographers goes beyond a simple acknowledgment. Once we pinpoint these individuals, it becomes immensely rewarding to undertake a biographical exploration. Unraveling the stories behind the artists who resonate with us strengthens our connection to their work and enriches our own creative process. By understanding the context of their lives and their art, we open ourselves up to deeper insights about their impact on our photography.

The Power of Significant Works and the Lessons They Teach

As we immerse ourselves in the lives of these photographers, it’s crucial to dissect their portfolios and identify the pieces that speak to us the loudest. These significant works are often a composite of the lessons we absorb and apply to our own photography. However, influences can be as diverse as the genres we explore. They can pivot our perspective, technique, and expression in ways we might not have predicted.

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Gear used in the podcast


One of the questions I get asked frequently is what sort of equipment do I use to record my podcast. I have used a variety of equipment in the years that I have been recording, but here is the current list of equipment that I am using. Also as an FYI and full disclosure, the links are affiliate links to Amazon.
Rode Procaster XLR microphone
Rode Boom Arm
Rode PSM Shockmount
All three Rode components a kit
Focusrite Scarlet 2i2
Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)
LogicPro X
Macbook Pro
OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock
Headphones

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Defining your best work

Defining your best work

In this week’s podcast, we explore the elusive quest to identify the “best photograph” in a series, delving into considerations like emotional impact, composition, and our own personal bias.