Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pearls of Wisdom

I shot a tuffman contest at the Odeon. It was THE worst light that I have ever shot in. F1.8 200th of a second at 1600. That was in the good spots. The lighting in the ring was so uneven that in the corners it would drop down about 5 stops.
There are certain things that I have been told over the years that have stuck with me. Buy good glass the first time. If you cheap out, in the end you will regret it. If you see a group of people shooting in one area, go somewhere else so that you have unique shots.

The one that has been huge for me came from Frank O'Connor, one of my teachers at Loyalist. His nugget was to always have a small notebook and pen with you to jot down photo ideas. Then when you are in a slump you always have ideas to try out.

I've been jotting down a series of photos that I want to try after reading "Annie Leibovitz At Work" The book inspired me and now I have a very specific set that I want to try. I've got 6 shots in mind but some of them require the weather to break. Looks like I have plenty of time to plan stuff out...


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