40 episodes

Hosted by fine-art photographer Daniel j Gregory, the Perceptive Photographer is an exploration of what it means to be a photographer. The podcast primary focus is on the more non-technical aspects of the art of photography covering a wide range of subjects from intention and meaning behind the camera and in the print, meaningful analysis of images, nature of influence and interviews with amazing lesser known working photographers. The podcast is for the photographer who is looking to better understand their own work and the work of other photographers.

The Perceptive Photographer Daniel j Gregory

    • Visual Arts

Hosted by fine-art photographer Daniel j Gregory, the Perceptive Photographer is an exploration of what it means to be a photographer. The podcast primary focus is on the more non-technical aspects of the art of photography covering a wide range of subjects from intention and meaning behind the camera and in the print, meaningful analysis of images, nature of influence and interviews with amazing lesser known working photographers. The podcast is for the photographer who is looking to better understand their own work and the work of other photographers.

    The wrong type of research can ruin a photograph

    The wrong type of research can ruin a photograph

    Episode 254

    Ok, maybe there isn’t really wrong research. I do think there is the research we do before a trip that can have us create work that isn’t our best. In this week’s podcast, I talk about how your approach to researching where and what to photograph at any given location can be a problem in creating your work. I think research is essential when planning for a trip or outing. However, I do believe that if we spend most of our research time looking at other’s photographs online of the same places can negatively impact our work. Those images set a tone, expectation, and “correct” way of seeing that can become an undue influence.

    Rather than looking at photographs of places you plan to visit, I would encourage you to do your research by reading about the history, culture, and spirit of a place. Maybe some novels or poems that are set in the location. Perhaps you look at some travel blogs but skip digging in on the images. The more your imagination can work to help you think about what you might photograph, the better. When we spend time looking at other images, we run the risk of replication, duplication, or disappointment because of the quality of light isn’t the same. By shifting how we prepare for that trip, we might be able to find a better way to approach our photography. With that new approach, we might get more photographs that we enjoy.

    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 a kit

    Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)

    LogicPro X

    Macbook Pro

    OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Headphones

    • 12 min
    The road to nowhere

    The road to nowhere

    Episode 253

    This week’s podcast takes a deeper dive into the question we discussed last week about facing difficult times in your creative process.

    I think everyone gets stuck sometimes and ends up in a dark place when creating.

    There are times when you have to take photographs because the bills depend on them being made, but even then, those photographs can be hard to make. You have a voice in your head telling you that things are hard, can’t be done, and you just aren’t feeling it. At times you feel like you are on the road to nowhere. When that happens, what is a photographer to do?

    In this episode, I try to talk about some of my feelings when this happens and what I focus on to help with the process. I also talk about how focusing on the measure of photography, reasons for photographing and the power of feeling lost in the dark has as you turn the corner on your process — learning that being nowhere can help you find what is inside your own voice and show you that you are better today because of what you did yesterday.

    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 a kit

    Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)

    LogicPro X

    Macbook Pro

    OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Headphones

    • 14 min
    Five listener questions to start 2020

    Five listener questions to start 2020

    Episode 252

    As we kick off 2020, I thought I would make this week’s podcast all about the five most common questions I got asked in 2019 that weren’t related to camera gear or printing. I thought each question was exciting and provided an interesting insight into the creative process.

    Here are the questions I talk about in the podcast this week. I hope that you find the questions as enjoyable as I did.

    1. What was the biggest lesson you learned in 2019?

    Importance of saying no.

    2. How long does it take to become a professional photographer?

    Depends on how you define professional

    3. Do you have any good books for me to read?

    Art can help by Robert Adams

    Photowork: 40 photographers on process and practice by Sasha Wolf

    Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

    4. How do you know when to work in black and white?

    That is all about how the photograph will make me feel when in black and white or color.

    5. Do you ever get stuck in your process and feel like you can’t create following your process?

    Absolutely all the time consistently never goes away frustrated often…

    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 a kit

    Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)

    LogicPro X

    Macbook Pro

    OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Headphones

    • 14 min
    2020 and the importance of time

    2020 and the importance of time

    Episode 251

    As we close down the year and decade, many of us start to look back and reflect on the past year or ten. I am not a huge fan of looking back at what was cool in 2015 as a part of the decade. I would much rather think about the coming year. As photographers, we are always dealing with time and issues in time. It is part of the reading of photographs and the making of photographs.

    As the new year dawns, I got to thinking about how much time there is. I hear from so many people how time is lost, and there isn’t time to make the photographs they want. So in this final podcast of 2019, I talk about how your approach to giving yourself time from making empty spaces can be one of the best gifts you can give yourself to start the new year.

    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 a kit

    Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)

    LogicPro X

    Macbook Pro

    OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Headphones

    • 12 min
    Is your approach to your photography too narrow?

    Is your approach to your photography too narrow?

    Episode 250

    I’m excited to be producing my 250th episode of the podcast for this week. It is a milestone that I never imagined when I started years ago, and it has been fun thinking about all the episodes I have had the honor to create thus far. As I began to reminiscing, I realized how much my podcast, while photography and creativity focused, isn’t really about being a better photographer by using a formula, but rather more about a wandering path.

    That realization got me thinking about how much we can miss in our photography and learning when we try to focus our scope of work down so small that we miss the big picture. While it might be valuable at times to have a defined sequence of events, much of our creativity isn’t driven by that method. If we get closed-minded, we can miss the boat. Maybe we solve the wrong problem. Maybe we miss out on new information. Maybe we mark an accomplishment and yet feel as if nothing was done. No matter what you might be feeling, you can shift your approach to your photography in a meaningful way by embracing a more chaotic approach to your path and consistently remind yourself that it might not be as simple as A to B to C.

    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 a kit

    Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)

    LogicPro X

    Macbook Pro

    OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Headphones

    • 12 min
    Autofocus or manual focus issues

    Autofocus or manual focus issues

    Episode 249

    I was recently helping a friend who was insistent that his camera lens needed to be adjusted because it wasn’t able to properly autofocus. I tried to tell him that it was likely a technique issue, but he was insistent. So he and I got together to test the lens, and sure enough, it was him and not the lens.

    As I reflected on the experience, I got to thinking bout how many of us have a manual focus autofocus issue in our photography. In the old days, most people who missed focus would assume it was them and not the camera, but as automation comes into play with “better” technology, we seem to blame the gear quickly. In this week’s podcast, we talk about how we approach the source of a problem that can have reaching implications into our shooting and editing of our photographs. No matter what issues you face as a photographer, you will need to sort out how you will approach things when it turns out that it isn’t your camera but you that has an issue.

    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 a kit

    Focusrite Scarlet 2i2

    Adobe Audition (part of creative cloud subscription)

    LogicPro X

    Macbook Pro

    OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock

    Headphones

    • 13 min

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