“A Disturbing Trend” – by Neal Rantoul

“A Disturbing Trend” – by Neal Rantoul

PHOTO BY NEAL RANTOUL FROM THE PORTFOLIO “WAVES”

“Look, the practice of making pictures used to be hugely craft based. You needed to study photography and the making of pictures hard to be good at it. It used to be difficult to do well. As a professor I seldom saw any student any good at it until they were a couple of years in. Now, the level is higher and proficiency comes without much work. I doubt most students two years into their degree can accurately tell you what ISO is, aperture and shutter speed settings, 18%  gray, reciprocity failure, D-Max and so on. You can build the case, of course, that they don’t need to know those things. Put the camera on “P” and fire away.

My point? As photography becomes ubiquitous, as we are all photographers and even the most simple of cameras made today provides stunning results compared to a few years ago, photography is free to explore areas never approached before. That’s all good. But please give me less words and better pictures! I find the story, the text mostly boring and condescending, telling me how to look at the photographs rather than letting the photographs do the talking.”

Digital. Film. Images.

“I don’t think using film per se makes someone stand out in a digital world,” he says. “That’s never been a motivation to me. It’s essentially a photographer’s understanding of his craft and sensibility and way of seeing that makes him stand out… And that certainly shouldn’t be bound by a format, or even a talking point in the conversation between the image and the viewer.”

— photographer Jamie Hanksworth in this fabulous column on the growing resurgence of film.

Overheard: Keith Taylor, Photographer, Atlanta

Keith Taylor, Photographer, Atlanta:

“You must learn to be content with where you are & what you have, yet still push yourself. Otherwise, you will destroy yourself – mentally – by comparing yourself to where somebody else is at. What somebody else is doing doesn’t matter so much. What matters is what you’re doing with what you have to work with at any given time.”

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PHOTO BY KEITH TAYLOR

I noticed this guy as I walked past him on Peachtree Street. He was looking through the viewfinder of his camera at something or another. Once past him I looked through my viewfinder at him and sharply said, “Hey!”

 

He looked up at me & I took this shot. Then, I walked over, introduced myself, and explained that I liked capturing random people & sharing a little about who they are as well as any words of advice they had for the viewers of their photo. This is what I got from him:

 

His name is Seth, and he is originally from Americus, GA. He moved to Atlanta one year ago to pursue his dream of becoming a full-time photographer – something he has been working on now for seven years.

 

I asked him to share some advice with the viewers of this photo and he said (in the context of pursuing photography professionally): “The key is patience. Don’t get in a hurry. It’s all about becoming a better version of yourself. You’ve got to learn to enjoy where you’re at while you’re there.”

 

He then apologized to me because he felt what he had just said was “incoherent.” I suppose it could be to some people – but it wasn’t to me at all and I told him so. As a photographer myself, I knew all to well what he was talking about…

 

Commercial photography does require patience – copious amounts of it. There are very few overnight successes in this field. It requires what seems like a never-ending effort on your part – for years – before you start seeing some of it really pay off. You’ve got to stay in the game during the times you don’t feel like playing anymore.

 

You’re forced to become a better version of yourself, because you’re constantly having to learn, adapt, & humble yourself.

 

You must learn to be content with where you are & what you have, yet still push yourself. Otherwise, you will destroy yourself – mentally – by comparing yourself to where somebody else is at. What somebody else is doing doesn’t matter so much. What matters is what you’re doing with what you have to work with at any given time.

 

So Seth – thanks for reminding me of what I need to be doing – and possibly even some other creative spirit out there that’s feeling like giving up as they read this.

Noticed on Keith’s FB page today.

Visit Keith Taylor Photography.

Jay B Sauceda: Ya’ll Need To Meet This Texas Photographer

Jay B Sauceda is an Austin based photographer with a Texas-sized appetite for making killer images. Whether it be piloting a plane through a mountain canyon, or hiking the Utah plateaus, Jay looks for images that spark the imagination.

Jay is also behind the zaniness of Texas Humor (www.txhumor.com) and the author of Y’all: The Definitive Guide to Being a Texan”.

I had a chance to sit down and chat with him for a few minutes and I thought I would share that with you.


“Body and Soul” a New Book by Boudoir Sensation, Susan Eckert

MEET SUSAN ECKERT, BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHER

AUTHOR OF "BODY AND SOUL" ONE OF THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHIC BOOKS I HAVE READ

Meet Susan Eckert, a photographer in Long Island, NY specializing in intimate portraiture of women. (Blog)

Her new book, “Body and Soul” is one of the best photo books I have had the privilege to read. It is a wonderful mixture of artful images, and real down to earth business advice for anyone wanting to start a photography business – whether boudoir or not.

Susan’s background in psychology is super interesting, and she brings some wonderful insights into how clients and boudoir photographers relate. This info is not found in any other book I have ever read.

I LEARNED A LOT!!! (And I have been doing this for so long it really does have to be a new idea to get me interested.)

Eckert blends solid business and marketing advice with a wonderful set of interviews with clients, past clients and even a few other photographers. This presents a super valuable read for anyone who is in business, wanting to start a business or possibly struggling in business.

If you are one of those photographers, you will want to purchase two copies. One copy for your bookshelf and one copy to mark up, highlight, post-it-note the hell out of. This is your guide to a successful launch of your business.


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