This months American Photo magazine has an article on the 12 hottest and most innovative items of the year
photo: Jon Whittle/Michael Kraus/American Photo
I wanted to add what I think is the most important tool that a photographer should be using right now:
The most important tool that you have at your disposal is whats sitting inside your head. New gadgets are cool, and some will help you with your workflow, but what you have upstairs will trump any piece of electronics or metal.
Creatives have been creating for hundred and thousands of years. They didn’t have the newest megapixel camera or photoshop program – they did it by using their brain and refining their craft.
In my workshop I have students that have never put their camera in Manual Mode. Watching their brains fire up after putting that dial to “M” and thinking things through is more of an accomplishment than any technological device can ever be.
Don’t succumb to thinking the latest gadget will make you better. You already have what you need in your head. Use that, make it sharper, make it stronger, and you’ll create work more magnificent than any gadget can replace.
A good friend wanted me to shoot his wedding. I don’t do weddings, but I knew exactly what we could do:
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On Sunday August 22nd we had the first Southern NH Photographers meetup of 2010. We’re a bit late in getting these started, but the premise is simple: Photographers and models get together and network, and photograph, and just generally enjoy themselves creating work amongst their peers.
We got rained out on that day, but there were still a small group that braved the rain and played around. Here are a few images from the meetup that I took:
The next meetup is scheduled for Sunday, September 19th. We will be meeting at the old Benson’s Animal Farm grounds in Hudson NH starting at 1pm. If you are interested in attending, just toss me an email for more details.
Let me start by saying that I am currently at no point in my professional career to start thinking about hired help. Ideally, somewhere in my perfect world, I’d be at the point where I’d be so overwhelmed with work that I’d need to hire an assistant. But that isn’t the case, and I’m not sure when that will happen.
At the beginning of summer my friend Elise had me meet Jeremy Gillam. He’s an NYU student in film making and was a former music student of Elise’s. He was back home for the summer and he met with me and asked if I accept interns or assistants of any kind. I really didn’t know what to say. I’m certainly not busy enough to afford an intern, and I embarrassingly told him so. Payment wasn’t really a factor for Jeremy – who simply wanted to be spending time with a creative helping out and maybe picking up a tip or two along the way. I was nervous, but I invited him to a shoot I was having the next week. That turned into Jeremy helping out on almost all the shoots I did over the summer.
It was good just to have an extra set of hands when I needed them. And I made sure that Jeremy felt comfortable enough to ask questions about anything I was doing, and tried to get his input as well. I tried to make him feel as if he was part of the process. Any questions he had I made sure I answered as honestly as I could.
At the end of the summer I felt kinda bad that I couldn’t pay him – he had helped out with a bunch of location shoots. But he told me that he learned lots of great information simply by watching and asking questions. He got to digest tidbits of information and small tips and tricks to better understand things. He also got a free Portable Portrait Workshop on the house, as that was the least I could do for him as thanks.
Jeremy is heading back to NYU and another semester of classes. I just wanted to take a moment to sincerely thank him for his help this summer. He was great to have around, talk shop, and have laughs with. My door is always open to him, anytime.
If anyone reads this blog in the NYC area and is looking for an assistant – let me know so I can give you Jeremy’s contact information.
Thanks Jeremy. See you soon.
I try not to be a gear freak. I live and work by the belief that you can do amazing work with minimal gear and tools. I try not to fall into the trap of marketing: you are only as good as the latest camera or gadget. This simply isn’t true, but judging by how fast new camera bodies are released and how much money and sales digital SLR cameras are generating, I’m in the minority when it comes to this belief.