When it is practice and when is it insanity?

Hosted by Daniel j Gregory

March 4, 2024

Episode Number: 469

In this week’s podcasts, I jump into the essence the struggle between practice, inspiration and making images. I emphasize the necessity to actively engage in practicing the craft of photography, emphasizing the importance of honing technical, organizational, shooting, and preparatory skills. When we fail to practice, it can leave us unprepared for unforeseen challenges. 

There is also a critical  balance between practicing what we already know and learning new tasks that is crucial to our continued development and excitement as photographers. I also talk about the risk of disregarding moments of influence and inspiration to explore the unfamiliar that can move us forward in favor of the safety of easy practice. This impact can risk stagnation and the feeling of going nowhere. The key lies in being prepared while maintaining flexibility, ensuring growth without becoming stuck in a rigid routine.

Some of the tools for fostering inspiration include the creation of an inspiration journal. This journal encourages us to celebrate the beauty in our surroundings at any given moment and urges us to try something entirely different to stimulate creativity. I also think it is important to establish an efficient and organized system for practice, allowing for a structured yet flexible approach to the craft of photography. By embracing these principles, we can hopefully have a a smart and evolving photography practice, ensuring we are prepared and open to new possibilities.

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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

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