Monday, December 17, 2007

All right, school's done for the semester and I'm off 'til early January. I'll be doing some portraits of friends' kids and family. Here are some shots of my friends little boy Elijah. He possibly might be the cutest kid alive. You can't tell because you can't hear some of the stuff he says, but take my word for it.

Monday, December 3, 2007

"Does that thing have face recognition?"

It seems I link to Strobist in just about every post, but with the wealth of knowledge provided by David and all the readers, I feel obligated. I was watching an interview with Mr. Strobist himself, discussing the development and growth of the blog, and how the internet community has become enabling in ways the world has never seen. There is nothing between us and the information. It is all free.

I really can't imagine if it was 30 years ago, and I had picked up a camera and had to learn everything I've learned through school or from other people. On Strobist, and Flickr, I literally have the ability to communicate with tens of thousands of people who are willing to help and give advice. It really is amazing how much I've learned in the past year, and I wonder how much longer it would have taken me had I not had this gigantic communication platform from which to draw knowledge and valuable information.

That being said, technology doesn't do everything for us. Digital cameras are getting better and better, but it's not like you could give a monkey a brand new Nikon D2xs and expect great results. There is still some talent and skill involved. As I'm sure every photographer has experienced, someone sees your pictures and immediately remarks, "wow, your camera must be great!". This is somewhat off putting to say the least. Was LeBron James in the NBA at 20 years old because of his "super sneakers". No. My pictures don't look decent solely because of my camera's ability. As said in the interview, "a minimum of equipment is required to do the job, but the most important equipment is between your ears." Oh so true...

In one of my favorite analogies on the subject, David said
he used to tell his students something similar to the following when he taught college:
"Say you're in a valley, and on one hill there is a twenty-year old kid with an super-expensive automatic rifle. He has tons of ammo, but little know how or experience in marksmanship. On the other hill, there is an old man with a single shot bolt-action rifle, and he's been doing nothing but this for 20 years. Who are you going to be more afraid of?"

I just love that. Anyway, my super camera had this idea of stitching together 3 shots for a panorama of this nice church. I didn't get it at first, but it turned out pretty bitchin'.