I am late, but I just watched the Kanye RUNAWAY video. I am so inspired to do what travels through my mind and care less what others say about my work. Thank you for that Mr. West and to the people out there, I know music downloading is common. It’s very, very common but I hope a lot of us actually buy the Kanye album. It’s truly art and art must be appreciated and to appreciated it, you have to pay the artist.
I have a couple to list here but I will hit the one that hurts the most. DON’T put your knees together and assume it is high fashion. It is not. Not even JCPenny accepts this pose anymore. And while you are at it try to focus on a less busy image. I am looking at her knees, then her Lolita image, then her string of pearls (and guess always find a moment to think of a pearl-necklace joke), then I look at the big pot behind her, and the lines on the floor and then the Donald Trump fantasy pillar behind her. It’s too much! Keep it simple. This entire picture is a waste of a very beautiful girl. Keep her in a simpler outfit. Let the background me more subtle, more canvas-like so that we can focus on her. If she wants to dress Lolita then she can, but let us see it. Right now I have to dig through other visuals until I figure out what role she’s playing. But most of all and most importantly, THE KNEES CLOSE, AND BOTTOM OF LEGS SPREAD OUT is something we all need to adopt on our NO MORE OF THESE POSES list.
Please God don’t let me eat my words and have me pose a girl like this years down the road. I know someone will remind me of how harsh I was.
“When I hit on someone, I say HELLO, HELLO or HEY, HEY cause it shows them that I can be fun and serious at the same time.”—My friend said this to me about his “flirting” techniques. After I stopped laughing at him, I decided to tumblr his comment.
The man says he’s going to be nicer now. People say they are skeptical. I can understand that but let the man grow, let him have a chance at personal/professional growth. In about a week’s time, I’ve seen the difference and like what I see. I’ve met him. He’s kind in person. So I don’t think this is going to be too hard for him, just a change in his business format.
I mentioned several weeks ago and now it is official, I have one of my most exciting projects in front of me. I have 3 different high schools giving me a chance to bring the arts back. They will learn photography, lighting, learn about the industry and hear about ways to get into careers with the Entertainment industry.
In school the universities largely ignored our campus. Because we lived in a lower income, largely Hispanic community. The only visitors were sub-level trade schools and the armed forces. I grew up thinking that is all we were capable of. When I decided to work in entertainment, it was with blind guidance and I did not have a clue. I did not know anything and looking back, I can only imagine how many of my friends would have different lives if someone guided them.
I intend on documenting their voyage and my voyage on this blog. I cannot tell you how exciting this is for me. What I have done so far, is incredible. The people I have worked with are inspiring and how lucky am I to have photographed magazine covers, album covers, single covers, and campaigns? Very lucky! Very blessed!
Years back at Cal State Fullerton’s Camp Titan, our director Anthony R. shared a quote by Shirley Chisholm. It was “Service is the rent we pay for the priviliage of living on this earth”. It stuck with me when Tony said it the first year and it still stays with me. I take that line very seriously and it’s time to give back to the same community I grew up in.
So I am paying rent, as Shirley Chisholm said. I assume great stories will come of this, and I hope you read as I write about them.
Oh and the picture? It’s me in high school playing around. I played water polo but we did dives for fun.
I call them camera jerks. They walk around withbig lenses and large sensors chips; and brag about how they just bought a 5D or some other amazing camera. They put ads in Craigslist and and offer to photograph your wedding or event. They are clueless. Give them an $89 dollar Fuji camera and they will capture the same image as the $4K camera. I’ve seen it.
You can get an amazing image with a disposable camera if you understand lighitng. Do not fall for the latest camera gimmick.
You need to understand more than just how to hold an expensive camera.
Photography is more than pointing and clicking. It is about framing, lighting, telling a story, etc… learn that please.
You can get published in national magazines with a $50 plastic camera. I have. I used my cheap holga camera and photographed a music superstar and top athlete.
I used a Canon 40D, to capture an album cover. You do not need the best of the best to get the right image. You need a good eye. Develop your eye. And you’ll be the best of the best.
You do not need the top of the line lens. I captured a record cover from a major artist with the factory stock lens. The lens barely holds focus but I made it work. That’s because I understand my camera and the second I hold it, it feels like an extension of my arm. You have to learn how to use the device, not rely on technology.
Yes a better camera increases your chances of a better picture, IF you have a clue. Yes a crisp lens will give you a better picture, but do not rely on it. A bad photographer with a great camera only looks like a bad photographer with a higher resolution bad picture. Rely on your talents. I used the shittiest lens and got a record cover. You know why? Because I knew what I wanted. I did not hide behind top notch equipment. I went in that room with a purpose and had only 90 seconds to get the cover. There was a stopwatch near my face and I got it, on a cheap lens and busted camera. So please everyone, focus on your talent. Focus on the art of the picture. Focus on learning the machine and lighting and framing, do not rely on the latest and greatest equipment. It will not bring you accolades. Your talent will.
Today I missed running over a dog by about 5 feet, while driving in Studio City. It scared the hell out of me, and the dog seemed to not even care. What was I doing in Studio City? Yeah, I was driving to a PETA photo shoot. I can’t make this stuff up. Irony. This is my life.
OK can we all agree that lines like “I never got your email” or “I just got your email right now” no longer have a place in the world? See email accounts now mail back receipts of when people open AND receive emails.
By avoiding this excuse, you avoid me forwarding the email that says it was read on …thus, no awkward situation.
TIP: “OMG, I read it but forgot to respond”
Still works on me and is fairly honest.