The making of a one hit wonder

Written by Daniel Gregory

I am a Whidbey Island, Wa based photographer and photographic educator. I am a core faculty member of the Photographic Center Northwest, regularly presents at online and national conferences, and have classes at KelbyOne and CreativeLive. I host of the weekly podcast The Perceptive Photographer which focuses on the challenges and day-to-day aspects of living as a photographer.

May 2, 2022

Episode 373

I was rocking out to the car radio the other day. A few songs came on back-to-back. They were huge songs when I was in college. They played in every bar, dance club and seemed to be on a permanent solo rotation on the radio. I got curious what happened to those bands because these songs were the only ones I could remember. As it turns out most of them went on to make a few albums, but that one hit was the one hit.

I started to look back at my images with that thought in mind. Do I only have one good photograph? Am I just a one-hit wonder. Would it be bad to be a one hit wonder? At least you got a hit.

This week’s podcast dips its toe into the swimming pool of the one hit wonder. Is it bad to have only one hit? Would it be better to have a long career with no hits than a short one with one? What does a one hit wonder even mean in photography? We dive into these questions in an attempt to sort out the question of is making a great photograph, even if it is the only one that is looked at it over and over again, better than a lot of near misses.


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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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