Keeping It All Straight

When I started actively building the paper existence of my photography studio I was asked a lot a questions by interested friends and acquaintances. They were not trying to pry or be rude by asking questions, but I often would find myself silent or stammering in an attempted reply to their questions.

I find it necessary to have a goal, or perhaps more accurately described as a mark on the horizon toward which I am moving. This keeps me moving consistently forward in one direction. Since I am one person, owner of one business, it works out very well.

I couch this topic a little in the aspect of a corporate vision. Hobbyists and parents, don’t be discouraged; this post is still directed for your benefit. By the way, please understand I do not intend to be condescending when I say “hobbyists” or “parents”. I am still a hobbyist myself in differing activities and I am the son of parents. I love and respect you both.

Parents, in my opinion you have a blessed and unique position to raise and teach your children according to your desires and standard.

Hobbyists, you too have a unique ability to spend time at your leisure doing the thing you love without the requirements of deadlines or financial pressure bearing on your expertise in the field of your hobby. The only difference between you and me is that I have the added stress of selling my expertise and photos, whereas you are free to enjoy and share both.

So parents and hobbyists, please enjoy as you read the hard learned lessons of a “working grunt”.

Vision: (It may be best to leave this broad definition to answer last while you answer the specific things below.)

Goal: (What do you want of your photography. Style? Signature work? Memory Keep-sake?)

Success: (What does success look like when you achieve a goal?)

  • Having something in hand to show off?
  • A party with your pictures displayed in slide show?
  • Decorating your house with your photography?

Focus: (What is important for you to remember as you pick-up your camera and adjust it for each shot?)

As you define these things, not only are you setting yourself up for success, but I find it so much easier for me to articulate my aspirations and desires to friends and acquaintances in answer to their questions.

“Its not what you see…”

You remember the phrase in business “It is not what you know that most often opens opportunities but who you know”? In this post I¬†will share some unique ways of looking at a topic of photography by bringing into perspective who you see and not what you see.

I enjoy watching people. Taking photos is my job, so I am constantly on the look out for a great sports move to capture in the immortal moment of fame or simple beauty of a flower everyone else passes by. Although I take special interest in watching people with cameras to see what they see and how they will capture what they see.

Often there is an equal desire to have scenery and relational interest in the photo, so the people will be a fraction of the picture with an abundance of scenery. I do not write this to be disparaging to the photographer! This is their photo and they will get the exact photo they want. Good job! Since I write this blog to help parents as they photograph their children or hobbyists who want to improve their skill I will give some tips to make those shots even better!

The next time you have the camera in you hand, take note of what you see on the display or through the view finder and just how wide of an area it really is.

Now zoom in or move closer and notice the change in viewing area. Get used to being closer in to the subject of a photo. It will be this change that draws your attention more to the subject. If the picture will be understood just as well without including the entire stature of the person, zoom in a little further and really grab our attention with that cheshire cat grin. Limiting the amount of objects that accompany your subject in a photo will make your message be read all the better!

So you see, “it is not what you see in the picture, but who” that makes the difference.