“If I could tell the story in words, I wouldn’t need to lug around a camera.”
– Lewis Hine
With two more weeks of photos to report on, photographic–almost photo-journalistic–inspiration is seemingly everywhere. Living life through a lens can be quite enjoyable, so it takes conscious thought to leave the camera behind in daily life. And often, I don’t.
To start off, here are some shots from yet another splendid photoshoot with friend and model Kristine:
And here’s some other photos taken throughout the last two weeks:
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.”
― Ansel Adams
Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve tested (and re-tested) the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art lens, read up on lighting techniques and products, and booked some photoshoots.
Before we dive into my latest excitement, let’s get real here for a moment. One of my oldest friends recently told me that good photography is just nice cameras and lenses- not skill, not eye. Just textbook techniques applied to fancy equipment, and apparently lots of post-processing. Little does he know, many of my photos aren’t significantly post processed. Little does he know, he’s just offended everyone out there who’s ever loved an art, and failed. To him, there is no truly “good” photo, just photos that some people like more than other photos. Extending his logic, there’s no good novel, movie, or song either, just ones that some people are somehow willing to purchase more than others.
In response to this, I shared with him that photography is much more than a fancy camera. In fact, some of the most iconic images have been made with junk for equipment. It’s eye, it’s technique, it’s opportunity, it’s predicting moments. It’s engaging with your subject, being truthful to personality and spirit all the while creating the desired concept. A good photograph should provide enough context to the situation so as to impart a feeling of “being there” when you see it. But most of all? A good photograph should draw emotion from the viewer, or resonate with them in some way. This is why I’ll partially concede to his point that photographs are valuable only in the eye of the beholder – and that is to say that to some, this following photo may draw emotion. It may make you think of happiness, of the carefree and innocent nature of children. To stone cold people like him, the following photo apparently means nothing at all and I might as well have pointed the camera at the ground.
Nikon D750 w/35mm f/1.4 @ 1/640 f/1.8 35mm iso100
Oh well, he’s entitled to his own opinion. But that’s the great thing about this life: so am I! Reference the quote at the beginning of this post.
Now on to more exciting topics. 🙂
I signed up for the International Bikini Model Search, held this November in the Bahamas. I’m excited about the opportunity to work with various professional and aspiring models, to learn more about glamour and fashion photography, and to network with industry pros. The community has been so incredibly welcoming and I just can’t wait to meet other folks with these aspirations. You could say, I’m stoked.
Anyway, since this is a photography blog after all, here’s a few more shots from the past couple of weeks:
Anyway, that’s about all I have for now. Looking forward to more photo shoots this weekend!