Podcast #158 Learning new task and what sort of photograph to show

Written by Daniel Gregory

I am a Whidbey Island, Wa based fine-art photographer and photographic educator. I am a core faculty member of the Photographic Center Northwest, as well as an instructor for CreateLive and KeblyOne . I also regularly presents at regional and national conferences. I also the host of the weekly podcast The Perceptive Photographer which focuses on the challenges and day-to-day aspects of living as a photographer.

March 19, 2018

In this week’s episode of the Perceptive Photographer we discuss two topics that can have an impact on how we create photographs and how we share photographs. The first half of the podcast, we talk about how to learn a new task that can be applied in our photography, and the second half we focus on what a photograph should be as an object or artifact.

Learning a new task is all about the creative practice. Learning new things can add a lot of energy and excitement to our creative process. When we are learning something new, our expectations need to be balanced between how long it really will take with how long we think it should take. Sometimes when we are learning something easy and simple, it might not take very long at all to learn the task. But, when things are more complex, it can take a lot longer to learn. Knowing the complexity of the task can help you set your expectations and also release pressure when you get frustrated when things are happening slower than you want.

As we move into the second half of the podcast, we take a look at some of the things to consider when you are processing and outputting your photographs. Photography is a very flexible medium and figuring out how you want to share an image and how the photograph should be experienced is an important part of the process. There are a lot of factors that can impact if your images should be prints, digital, composites or used in some other way. I like to consider some of these factors when I figure out how to create the final object that becomes the photograph:

  • my intention
  • the feeling I want the person to have when they/I look at the image
  • longevity of the image
  • manipulation of the image
  • replication of the image
  • the accuracy of the image.

In the next week or two, we will be announcing the workshops happening at Silly Dog Studios so check out that information when it is released in the next podcast or two.

Gear used in 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 three 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 as kit
Focusrite Scarlet 2i2
Adobe Audition (part of create cloud subscription)
LogicPro X
Macbook Pro
OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock
Headphones

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