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Take A Picture It’s a good way to remember. Looking back… - Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist — LiveJournal
Take A Picture It’s a good way to remember. Looking back…

Take A Picture

It’s a good way to remember. Looking back through photos, journals and such has been enjoyable the last few days. I waffle on how much editing I should do. Is it better to keep everything? Is it better to cast people or events in the best light? Is it better to always be engaged in my surroundings?

I used to take a whole lot more photos. Part of that was learning – it took like 5 shots to get the 1 good one. Well, probably more like 50 shots to get the one. I’ve gotten better and take fewer but I do t know if I’m keeping fewer.

I think I’m just way more ruthless with editing than I used to be. I’m more likely to dump an entire set from an event if the photos don’t meet some unspoken bar.

As for engaging, yeah.. I know I used to use the camera as a barrier between me and the world. I’m not so good at small talk, especially if I’m intimidated by a pretty girl or impressive guy. If I’m taking pictures, I can disassociate.

Gives me something to takes the edge if, actually.

Idle hands, anxious mind.

I kind if wonder if I should start carry my camera around more, see if it changes how and if I interact with the world.

I dunno, do you think there’s any truth to having something to do relaxes an anxious mind? I feel like I used to be better socially than I currently am.

Originally published at Portrait of the Young Man as an Artist. You can comment here or there.

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mysterysquid From: mysterysquid Date: February 26th, 2014 09:40 am (UTC) (Link)
I think it can. Gives you something else to focus on, maybe even an icebreaker or a conversational topic.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: February 28th, 2014 05:15 pm (UTC) (Link)
My general policy is to show things for what they are unless you're paid for it otherwise or want to emphasize something that would be otherwise hidden away.

Social interaction while using the camera I can sympathize with, it was the reason why I stopped taking nightclub photos. Just too much asking, too much posing, too much of a faux experience all under a single, somewhat blanding flash.

After enough studio work, I come to understand how to interact with certain people *to a degree*. You require it if you want to get good photos of kids, and if I was with the right audience, you can do the same. At the worst, I give them an excuse like how I like a certain part of their wardrobe, or their smile.
abmann From: abmann Date: February 28th, 2014 05:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
really - so at weddings you skew what you shoot?

I think that's an interesting point, that studio work garners a better person-ability.

I have a split view when I'm out and about with friends.
1: Do not disturb the scene you're trying to shoot
2: Do not neglect your friends or your experience.

With 1, you must, to a degree, do 2 and to do 2 you must neglect 1. I suspect I'm just hyper-aware of the negative impact because I have some anxiety over friendship and life experience insofar as I don't want to miss anything now or later.
zesty_pinto From: zesty_pinto Date: February 28th, 2014 06:27 pm (UTC) (Link)
When it comes to paid events, I often ask ahead of time what they are looking for specifically. Even if it's not the sort of image style I'm known for, I try to figure out how to get something close to what they want, so I guess this is a long-winded "yes." Every so often I get a client who is familiar with my work and comfortable with whatever I take, but I don't have that much of a clientele list to make it a regular thing.

I totally understand and agree with the spontaneous mindset. Smiles are more actual, the energy so much less fabricated. You may get little nuggets that would be missed from a "cheese" that you can find when people are not being commanded.

If you're around friends, I think it's cool to not take that role. In terms of my own photos of friends, though, I tend to at least try to get my friends to look my direction when doing a group shot by saying something like, "Hey!" Or "Do you see something here?" They get annoyed at all the photos, but after awhile, not unlike the more loyal clients I've had, they get comfortable enough with me to know I will edit the hell out of it if necessary.

Oh, and another thing to hopefully assuage your relentless purging: my studio experience had a tendency to involve a minimum of shots, so we were encouraged to purge relentlessly just to find enough unique looks that put our clients in the most flattering light. As a result, all-nighters tended to happen where we'd spend the day shooting and the night skimming as much as possible. It gets second nature after awhile.
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