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Studying Other Photographers

It’s not that you shouldn’t study other photographers. You should definitely know what’s been made before you – and what’s currently being made. But if you’re working on your stuff – if you’re REALLY working on it, then you’re too busy to read and keep up with 20 other photographers blogs.

You’re too busy to talk on photographers forums and argue about the quality of a lens, or the latest version of Photoshop.

You’re too busy making.

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– Posted by + Debra

Is it just me, or does everybody have a camera?

It’s astonishing to me when I shoot events just how many people have cameras.  There are cameras in our phones, in our iPads, touchpads, laptops, and point and shoots. There are cameras in our jacket pockets, our purses.  There are cameras every where.  I shot the AIA Revolution Fashion Show on Wednesday with +Jo and Alumni Intern Gabe, and it was FABULOUS. I love our photographic family, each and every single member is so unique and wonderful, and it is always a pleasure to catch up with friends and comrades.  There were a lot of other photographers there as well.  Everybody was taking pictures, it was full on glitz, glamour, and paparazzi.
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When people say to me “I want to be a photographer” I have to smile and say with a small hint of humour that they should quit while they are ahead.  Everybody is a photographer.  It’s a great thing.  It also makes being a professional photographer that much harder.  When you shoot a fashion show, you are shooting side by side with seasoned professionals, talented amatuers, and the proud mom in the crowd with lasts years christmas gift, it might be the camera she waited ten years to own, and she is hungry to use it.  When you shoot a wedding, you have bridesmaids with a bouquet and a sleek point and shoot, uncle Bob in the aisles, and the father if the Bride vying for the shot.
It’s a jungle out there.  You should just quit while you are ahead.  You should give up.
 I feel guilty when I am simply moved by a moment and record it with my eyes instead of my camera, because deep down I know Raphael in row 6 has his zoom lense and maybe got the shot I didn’t, or maybe it’s Judy with her camera phone front and center who got it.  But I also know, I didn’t miss the point, and getting the point helps me get the shots all around.
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Being a photographer is about making pictures, understanding the moment, showing and immersing the viewer in the feel of the moment.  A picture shouldn’t say to you “hey I am a great photograph”, you should feel it.  It’s not always about the sharpest shot, the best exposure, the fanciest equipment.  You should feel a photograph.  You should breath the moment, or it should take your breath away.  However it makes you react, it should make you react.
We are so thoroughly bombarded by images in our society, we forget how to be moved by a moment, as a photographer, I want to capture that moment.  I want you to be moved.
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It’s wonderful that people are so avid about photography.  It’s more popular than ever, I hope that as much time as we spend capturing the moment we remember as a society that it is also good to relish it.  We are able to learn so much about our world, and humanity as a whole through the millions of pictures that flood the internet everyday.  We are finding the lyrics to us as humans, and how much we have in common through these photos, and I am grateful to be a part of that song.
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So while I was laying on the floor, trying to avoid being in about 20 different photographers shots, I contemplated my love of photography.  I marveled at what would make me lie on a perfectly cold concrete floor instead of being at home playing with my son, or eating dinner with my family.  My wonder and amazement grew deeper as I stumbled in the dark dressing area snapping pictures that would by some standards be considered unusable, but to me they are beautiful.  I was certainly a bit daunted to see so many other photographers, and all their fancy equipment.  I could have huddled and cowered out of their way, lamenting that my short lenses didn’t allow me to capture finer details.  Or I could use those lenses to drink in the scene, I could use my arms and legs to scoot closer to the action.  I could shoot from where nobody else wanted to (ie the cold floor) and I could make the limitations shape my shapes, and use it to my advantage.
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It’s all about how you choose to look at it.
Around here we shoot to learn.  We shoot to win.  We don’t believe in giving up, and welcome the competition to teach us how to be better.  Of course, we have just as many reasons not to give up. 
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AIA Fashion Show | Debra Edgar | Art Institute Atlanta | Revolution | Defoors Center | LeahAndMark.com
Special thanks to Javaun and his team for allowing the LeahAndMark.com team to capture their event.  We had a blast!

22:22

 

Well, flights have been booked and plans are being finalized.  I am looking to travel 22,000 miles in 22 days this holiday season.  I love to travel, and am very excited, and also very nervous about the journey ahead of me.

Travels plans include large chunks of the United States, and culminate in a journey to my childhood home of South Africa.  I haven’t been to South Africa since I moved to the States 18 years ago.  I have always been a fan of the phrase “home is where the rump rests”, now that I am am a mom, it is where my family is, where my partner and my son are, that is home for me.  However I will be traveling to see my far flung family, and also getting to experience my birth country, as an adult.

it’s exciting to think about.

It’s scary to think about.

I will be traveling to South Africa solo, arriving in Africa before New Years Eve.  I am eaving behind my wonderful partner and our precious son, but meeting up with my sister and brother.  My sister will be traveling from South Korea to meet up with us, and I am so ecstatic to see her, it has been a year. It will also be the first time I have been away from our son.   I know it will be a wonderful trip and our son will be safe and happy.  I will miss the goober alot though, and miss having my partner to ground me and appreciate my quirks.  It will be the first time I have been a single entity, and not a “we” in over a year.

I know I will take lots and lots of photos.

Travelling is always an amazing opportunity to reconnect with the universal core of humankind and discover some more of this amazing world we live in.  I believe firmly that traveling to far away places makes you a better person.   I am looking forward to seeing many new and wonderful things, and spending time with my extended family.  I will be spending the holidays with my American family members, both my mother and my soon to be in laws.  In South Africa I will be reconciling with my father, and his new family.  Just think, brothers and sisters I have never met.  Laughs I have never heard, quirks I have never seen.

It is all exciting, and nerve wracking at the same time.

I cannot wait to come back and have a show and tell.

This week, as I pondered the trips ahead, and the many different people I will be spending time with, I wanted to take a moment and enjoy the simple things around me.  Afternoons have been spent walking with my son, picking up leaves, enjoying the last of the warm weather, and realizing that there is an adventure to be had in our very own back yard.

These pictures are about realizing the simple pleasures around us.  The beauty of changing leaves, and changing seasons.  The last of the hibiscus blooms, the decorative gourds for the season.  The luxury of simple sunny afternoons with giggles.  It’s a gift to be able to appreciate the simplest things, without ever traveling more than a few feet from home.  I hope it helps me on my journey, to see the depth and beauty in far away places with greater appreciation.  

For right now, I am enjoying the now, the simple things that are familiar, so I can appreciate the new things to come.  :)

 

The Incident

There was something in the mushroom’s spores. You had to be careful.

They infected people and it spread fast.

They move faster…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just needed to get supplies. The group I traveled with was attacked and broke into pieces. We have a general rendezvous point if it happened.

As long as you could survive long enough to get back there.

 

RUN.
It is your best option. Don’t get cornered.

Don’t let them ambush you.

Ever.

 

You have to keep yourself safe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even if you know the person being attacked…
you can’t help.
Not anymore. Their hunger won’t allow you to get free. Even if you ‘survive’ an attack, you just become one of them.

O.O

oh.crap.

RUN!

Why did you let them see you?!

Why are they so quick?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hide…
you can at least out smart them.

… or not.

Keep moving …
gain distance.

Why don’t I have a gun? I know that’s what you’re thinking at this point.
It’s because the other people in the group said I wouldn’t need one.
Yeah. Thanks guys.

Too Close!

Did I mention you shouldn’t be the idiot to trip, fall and land in a mushroom patch?

Because you shouldn’t

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eat your words.

{as they eat you}

 

Third River Session

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– Posted by Mark

Hey. We’ve been spending a lot of time in the river lately. The mighty Chattahoochee! IDK. It’s kind of fun for me since I’m from Phoenix and we only ever had one river. The Salt River. Seriously. The Salt River. WHAT TYPE OF NAME IS THAT FOR A RIVER.

That’s like ‘The Water River’. No. It’s worse because The Salt River wasn’t really a river salt, it was still a river of… water. LAME. I will admit that at least the fecal count in the Salt River was always impressively high… and I suppose it was cool to float through the desert on an inner tube in 115 degree heat. Alright. The Salt River was kind of fun.

Anyways. River. We’ve been spending a lot of time there lately with the interns and even a few clients. This time we brought along Alumni Intern Brittany, and a few other models – including current Intern Mishaun’s younger cousin. On my last visit to the river, the water level was pretty low and we could walk all the way out to the middle without dying. It was so low that we made everyone lie down on their backs. See:

This time – it was really deep – and it had a pretty good current going. OH. And did I mention there were snakes? Well, snake. Just one. But you know – when you’re waist deep in water and all of a sudden a snake swims past you… you might freak out. Which is what we all kind of did. Brittany got out of the water… and I waited a little while before I asked her to get back in… Because damn – we were there to shoot and I wasn’t done!

Was it cold? YES. Were the models cold? YES. What did we do? We made them really GET IN the river. None of this ‘posing by the river stuff’. If you know us – our models are going under and coming back up. Not only that – but our cameras are going to be sitting right at the water level because that’s where you should put your camera anytime you’re shooting with a body of water. Everything else is for tourists.

Did I mention how cold it was?

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Now – a week or two earlier, a few Interns went on their own to shoot at this same location. They had been at the first shoot when the water level was pretty low – but now all of a sudden the water was waist deep. For anyone – this can really screw up all of your plans for whatever shots you had in mind. I kind of felt the same way when I first arrive and saw how high the water was.

I felt like the first group kind of let the conditions beat them. I wasn’t going to let that happen – in fact I couldn’t. Because I’m not about to waste 3 hours of shoot time just because of A LOT OF WATER and some snakes. (Snake.) So. And you know what? It’s a great thing that the conditions were completely different from that first time at the river. Because I made completely different photos.

Remember our Improv entry? It’s not what you’re stuck with – it’s what you’re given.

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One more thing – it makes a big difference if you’re working with models who’ll do what it takes for the shot. You know – models that’ll get in a cold river and stay there for half an hour. Even with snakes. Of course – it’s also the photographer’s job to make them believe that the shots are ‘worth it’ – and I’m not saying that I didn’t keep yelling out ‘OMG This shot is AMAZING!’ over and over again just so that the models would stay in the water longer…

We have one more river session scheduled. We’ll see what we make from that one…

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