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Giving Back

Different charitable works and giving back to the community.

#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.

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.