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

Hosted by Daniel j Gregory

May 14, 2018

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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. They pray on our greed from easy money so you might see 100:1 odds alongside other 2:1 odds. Those odds are all about getting the money even on both sides. 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. Is there something about unboxing a camera that makes us better? I decided that if there is something useful about unboxing a camera, rather than buying new cameras, you could just occasionally reset your camera and put it back in its box. Then when you take it back out, it is like a new camera, and you can save tons of money and get the new box creative lift.

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? If you think about pizza, it is all the same with a twist on crust and toppings, but like photographs at their core are like pizza. It is about a choice of preference rather than one being right. So if you think about the rightness of your photographs, maybe shift your approach to a choice rather the absolute correctness.

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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

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