I don’t often blog about work but this was a pretty neat event that also has a tie to photography, so I thought I would share my Thursday evening experience with you.
We are opening a new (remodeled) facility in the Cedar Rapids area. It is a beautiful reconstruction of the existing building. Actually there is virtually nothing left of the original building. We just operated out of it as the new building was built around it.
There was a professional photographer from the Cedar Rapids Gazette at our facility Thursday evening taking images of the staff and of the building. He had all his equipment (including studio strobe lights, light stands, tripod, light meter), and everything was first class equipment. Yes I was salivating with envy over his equipment but it was more than that.
There was an air of confidence in his approach to setting up his equipment and composing the shot. He was methodical, but self-assured in his process. He took readings from his meter and then shot several test shots before actually taking the final images. He would take some images, then check them on his laptop and make minor adjustments and take some more images.
I thought about my own photography and how so many times I hurry the shot or take little or no time with the set up because I don’t want to annoy people. Most people don’t like to have their picture taken unless it is a special event or it is by a professional.
So I watched with great interest as he went about his craft and I thought about how I would enjoy doing that on a daily basis. Yes I did learn many things by watching him so every day is a learning experience, and while I may never get to do what he does on a daily basis, I can work very hard to become the best photographer I can be.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day of rest. Be careful.