A couple of weeks ago I went to my sister-in-law’s graduation ceremony, and commonly enough I saw the photographer that the school has hired to document the event. Like a good tech geek I checked out his equipment and was thoroughly impressed with the amount of professional gear he had. He had a new 5D with a 24-70 L Lens, a Q Flash and Quantum Power. On his photo station, He had a nicer PC hooked up to a Sony Dye Sub printer, all in a rolling road case, so he had a portable workstation. I thought to myself, man it would be great to have a system like that.

As the ceremony proceeded, I noticed at how the photographer worked. He would casually mosey on one side, snap a few shots, flash is on full power of course, then mosey on the other side, flash blasting on the subject. Now to the non-photo savvy person, this would just be a normal thing. But I am thinking to myself, what is this guy doing? He is making his subjects squint from the lightning that just bolted out of his camera, the background darkens behind the subject, and harsh shadows start to appear. This $5000 equipment has now been reduced to what essentially most point and shoot cameras are capable of doing.

And so I sat there a bit disappointed not only at how this person is taking photos, but more so for the clients that are buying the photos at the premium price of $25 per 5×7. One of those people was of course me, having prepaid before seeing them.

All in all I just want to encourage you, whatever you are shooting with, learn to use your camera, learn to see the light, learn the limitations of your equipment, and most of all be passionate at what you’re doing, money is not the end goal, your story is.


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2 thoughts on “Rant

  1. That is such a shame! A few months ago I bought a 7D and set out to learn as much as I could before I started shooting pics of the family at Disneyland. I was amazed at what the camera could do and I was getting the hang of it, then I added a flash unit and I’m starting over…LOL.

    That being said…I took some of my first night pics in front of the castle at Disneyland last weekend and after some test pictures was able to get some pictures I was happy with but wanted to have pictures of my wife AND I together so we had one of the PhotoPass cast members take a few with their stuff. Well, I looked at those the other night and was amazed that these few people are paid to do this job and sad that I have to pay for these pics just like you did. I’ve had some great pics in the past but it seems last weekend they lost their pros and every night or shade picture turned out horrible. Or am I just noticing it more now? LOL Glad I found your blog!

    • Hey David, thanks for reading my blog! I’m from southern California myself, and I know exactly what you mean about the castle, I will definitely be posting a classy tutorial on here in the coming weeks, so stay tuned! I’ll show you how easy, but sometimes challenging flash photography can be! But in the meantime, Be ready, be available, and keep shooting!

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