Final Post and New Site

 

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Short and sweet, this will be the final post from this URL. I’ve recently switched to a hosted WordPress site which you can find here. If you’ve been following this blog (God Bless YOU!) please visit the new site and subscribe there. Thanks SO much to everyone that has commented, followed, liked and subscribed on/to this blog. Bigger and better things are on the horizon as I invest in new gear, new topics and new modes of communicating this world filled with light. See you there! 🙂

 

Humbly,

 

Michael

Your Friendly Neighborhood Light Scribe

Got Headshots Summer Special

Summer Headshots Promo 2014

Update Your Social Media Avatars Now and Save Some Moola!

 

In an effort to reduce the number of cell phone “selfie” avatar pics on social media sites like Facebook and LinkedIn I’m offering a 50% off on headshots for the Entire Summer! You get a 20 – 30 minute mini session, 1 look with about 36 images captured. All files will be delivered digitally via Dropbox.

For more details about pricing and other sessions available mosey on over to the Investment Options page or simply shoot us a message via the Connect page. For examples of recent headshots completed by Light Scribe Creative visit us on Behance! We look forward to shooting with you! 🙂

21 Things I’ve Learned as a Photographer

Bernadette von Drachenberg Model Mayhem

Model: Bernadette von Drachenberg

I’ve been shooting for close to three years now and I feel like I should share with you some of the stuff I’ve come to realize as I grow as a photographer. Some of it’s philosophical more so than aesthetic or technical but it’s what I’ve observed over the past several years. So … here goes and in no particular order:

  1. A better camera doesn’t make you a better photographer any more than a Ferrari would make you a better driver.
  2. There’s more to be being a photographer than pointing a camera at someone/something and snapping a picture; the photos I’ve taken are when the subject and I have connected during the shoot.
  3. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. Yes, cliché, I know but no less true. Especially when you’re working on a conceptual shoot. There are too many elements at play to just “wing it”.
  4. Photowalks (Photo clubs, Photo forums, etc.) are AWESOME! You get to meet other Light Scribes, share your imaging war stories and learn from each other.
  5. Going to a college or university to study photography isn’t for everyone. And right along with that is…
  6. You don’t NEED to go to school to learn how to take great images.
  7. Always employ the KISS (Keep It Simple Sir) method when on a photo shoot. If there’s a way to achieve the image you’re after that doesn’t involve carrying around or setting up a ton of stuff then do it!
  8. Never wait until the day of a shoot to get your gear together – EVER!
  9. Never loan out your gear to someone you wouldn’t leave alone in your home. Trust is a must!
  10. Stop making excuses; go out and make great images instead. You’ll be much happier.
  11. Learning at least the basics of Lightroom and Photoshop is a must.
  12. Getting it right in camera will make your time in Lightroom and Photoshop more enjoyable and less like a chore.
  13. Imitation may be the greatest form of flattery but never settle for being like So And So photographer at the expense of developing and nurturing your own style. Add to that shoot what inspires you, not what’s trendy.
  14. Don’t be afraid to ask someone with more experience for advice. Not everyone will be an ass about it.
  15. Photography is a means to connect with the world around you, one frame at a time.
  16. Invest in some way to back up your images – DVDs, external drives, the Cloud, it doesn’t matter – just DO IT! You never want to feel the sorrow of losing thousands of memories, trust me.
  17. Once you begin to truly get into the art of photography light will never be the same to you ever again.
  18. Learn to be a discerning image editor; you can’t post everything you shoot. Nor should you want to. I believe it was photographer Jared Platt that said you have to be able to “kill your darlings”. I’m still learning that one…
  19. When you get your first camera PLEASE do yourself a favor and invest in extras. Extra batteries, extra memory cards…
  20. Dump the kit lens as SOON as you can afford better glass (lenses).
  21. Last but not least enjoy the process. Don’t be so caught up on the technically that you lose sight of what’s really important – capture the moments that move you and those around you.

What are some of the things you’ve learned during your journey with photography? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

Bla Bla Blog

Greetings Fellow Light Scribers!

ho-hum-roadSorry I’ve been MIA. Lots going on (dropping classes, looking for a steady gig, yada, yada, yada…). Lately, I’ve been having mixed feelings about my future with photography. I see the improvement but my creative juices just don’t flow as they once did.

Some of this “creative block” may stem from the aforementioned things going on in my life. Potential homelessness and having to drop out of class three times will have that effect, I guess.

Anyway, I’ve been doing something I haven’t done in a while and that’s go on photo walks. The last one was on the 10 year anniversary for Flickr (aptly called #Flickr10 – Check out the pics here.

Another thing that’s been bugging me is the lack of a defined genre. I will say that I’m just now finding that I enjoy studio photography but my “portfolio” is a hodge podge of different stuff. I did manage to create a decent portfolio on Model Mayhem. The more I shoot conceptual/fashion related work the more I don’t want to shoot conceptual/fashion related work. Thankfully, I’ve been speaking with some of my former instructors and concluded that what I’d really like to do is get my Cornell Capa on and become a “Concerned Photographer”. I want to capture images that are impactful on a social level, images that make people think and evoke sincere emotional reactions.

 

Well, this rants gone on long enough. Just know that I’ll be making some changes to the content on this blog or creating a new blog all together. We’ll see…