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#4. Invest In Yourself. Take Workshops.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

Invest in Yourself. Take Workshops. All clichés aside, you’re worth it! If the workshop is good, and you put that learning into practice, then you’ll quickly earn back its cost with your next several shoots. If you don’t have $1,000 or $500 to go sit at the feet of someone you consider a master, then you’re not trying hard enough, and you’re not serious about becoming a better photographer. Sell your couch. Sell your TV. Have a yard sale.

If you don’t take workshops because you think you have nothing to learn then you have bigger problems 😉 and you may want to consult a member of the psychology profession 😉 Please note, that last comment is not directed at Joe McNally or his peers 😉

Following are some of the workshops I’ve taken that have moved my photography forward:

  1. Doug Merriam, Studio Lighting, The Santa Fe Workshops
  2. Joe McNally, Location Lighting with Small Flash, The Santa Fe Workshops
  3. Matthew Jordan Smith, Glamour Portraits, The Santa Fe Workshop
  4. Denis Reggie, 3 Day Wedding Conclave, Atlanta, GA
  5. Nate Kaiser, Shoot Shop, Oceanside, CA

#3. Hire An Assistant. Keep the Vision Flowing.

June 16, 2010 | By | No Comments

Always work with an Assistant.

Once you’ve learned to notice reflected light and distracting objects etc., and once you start using off-camera lights and reflectors and you understand how to use a Key and a Fill and a Kicker light, it’s better to hire someone who will execute your thoughts while you’re shooting, rather than interrupt yourself.

Hire help and keep the vision flowing.

#2. Seek Out your Betters, Listen, Learn.

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I’m embarrassed to remember how many of my mentors I’ve disrespected by being a know-it-all around them. Photographers by nature are independent risk-takers. But displaying your own vast knowledge instead of listening to someone with something to teach you, who is willing to teach you, is to squander a gift. [Sorry Derek! Sorry Brian!] Find someone whose work blows you away – a mentor – then shut up, listen, watch and learn.

#1. Shoot Ordinary People.

June 15, 2010 | By | No Comments

When starting out in portrait photography, I shot the best looking people I could find, models and aspiring models and other members of that human minority who enjoy being in front of a lens.

It took me a while to realize that my beautiful models were carrying my bad photography.

Models not only look great just standing there, they usually know how to pose themselves and bend this and that without direction.

If you’re like most photographers who shoot weddings and portraits and high school seniors etc., the vast majority of your income will come from photographing normal people. Regular people have no idea how to pose themselves, and about 95% of people are just not comfortable in front of a lens. As a working photographer, it will be your job to get regular people comfortable in front of your lens. It will be your job to bend and pose them in the most flattering ways.

I can hear the purists now saying “well I don’t pose anybody – I’m a pure photo journalist, and I only capture what’s actually happening.” Here’s a bonus inside secret about earning a living as a photographer. People buy the photos in which they look the best. With zero exceptions, the brides who have hired me who tell me that they only care about photojournalism (pj) buy and ooh and ahh and share and make their avatar POSED DRAMATICALLY LIT PORTRAITS.I love pj and I do a great job of it. But, if you want to make your living selling your photography, you must learn how to bend and pose people to look their best.

Better to shoot average, awkward people as you strive to improve your lighting, composition, story-telling, scouting, banter, post-processing. Then when you get a photo that you and everyone else loves, the love you’re feeling is about your photo, and not your model.

10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Photography

June 15, 2010 | By | No Comments

I have a long way to go before my photography and my photography career are where I want them to be.

Even though I support my family of six entirely through my photography, and I have met with a relative torrent of success since moving from Utah to Las Vegas, I do not yet consider myself a successful photographer.

However, I have learned a few things since I started seriously shooting back in 2006.

To re-launch my blog, I am posting “10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Photography”.

I will expound a bit on each one over the next week or so. For now, here they are, in teaser format:

1. Shoot Ordinary People.

2. Seek Out Your Betters, Shut Up and Listen.

3. Hire an Assistant.

4. Invest in Yourself. Take a Workshop.

5. Get Closer. Get Away.

6. Ya Gotta Serve Somebody.

7. Say “Thank You.”

8. Shoot Into the Sun.

9. Move Around.

10. Never Go Full Retard.