Tuesday, September 2, 2008

A Photographer's Truth

(Seen on Pixnit's blog: http://blaquepen.com/wobl/a-photographers-truth/)

a photographers truth

**saw this in my google reader it was shared by a friend, originally posted by textism, and I thought it was SO FITTING.

Which lens is best to have on hand?
The one at home.

Which camera is best?
The model a step up from the one you just bought.

When will the right camera for you be available?
Probably next year.

When will it be affordable?
When it is obsolete.

What camera do ‘fools’ buy?

Should you shoot RAW?
No! Shoot jpeg and get it right the first time you fucking moron.

Should you shoot jpeg?
No! Sliders and presets and curves! Shoot RAW you fucking moron.

What must you improve?
Your workflow.

Of what must you have more?
Screen real estate.

Where does no one want to be?
In front of a computer.

Where does everyone want to be?
Out shooting.

How much light is there?
Not enough.

What must the light be?

What must the colour balance be?

What must the subject matter be?

What do adjustments make your photograph?
More interesting.

What must the background be?
Blown out.

What mustn’t the highlights be?
Blown out.

What must the shadows be?

What must the flash be?

What else?

Like this?


Just turn it off.

What’s the meaning of it all?
Self-redemption through an endless stream of pouty self-portraits on Flickr. Also weddings.

The OTHER Side of the Atlantic

Hello all! I am getting settled in the Netherlands, and have totally neglected my photo blog, as I haven't had any professional gigs here yet. I'm working on making some contacts and getting info on organizations and associations for professional photographers here... hopefully I won't have to stomach a "real" job for too long here.

I did want to share some of my favorite personal shots I've taken over the last two weeks- I was able to upgrade not only my camera but also my computer before I left, and the change has been SO amazing! I was initially going to upgrade my camera body to the 40D, but couldn't find one in the city of Houston the week I was leaving, but did find a spectacular deal on a 5D- two giant steps above my cute little xti's. I cannot describe the difference between what I shot then and what I shoot now... I'll let the pictures do the talking for me. (click on any photo for larger view)





For more daily life examples:
My Netherlands Blog

Monday, August 18, 2008

One last post stateside...

How depressing my blog looks- two totally boring text only entries... I mean, this is a PHOTO Blog, isn't it?






Please stay tuned- my adventures are FAR from over!

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Movin' & Shakin'

Wow- I have less than 5 days left until I move to the Netherlands. That is so weird to type and read- it seems so surreal! Things are totally upside-down here at the house, and on top of moving and packing, I am also selling both my cameras and upgrading before I get on the plane- camera equipment is far more economical here in the USA. I also upgraded my computer- I have joined the Mac world! I just checked the Fed-Ex site, and it's here in Houston, waiting to be delivered early tomorrow morning! Woo! I am VERY excited.

This may be my last update until I get unpacked and overseas- to all my clients I say thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have all given me a piece of you to take with me, and I enjoyed every minute working and laughing with you!

See you on the other side of the pond!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Why I DO Want To Be A Wedding Photographer

2 photographers.
4 cameras.
10 hours.
40 lbs of gear.
1200 images. (well, my half is ~1200.)


I learned a lot, I messed up a lot, but most of all I had an amazing time, watched two people very much in love get married with the support and love of their friends and families all around them, and I think we may be able to convey it in pictures to boot.

My wonderful friend and partner in crime, Jayne Maltbie, roped me into shooting a wedding with her yesterday (and by "roped" I mean I begged and pleaded and managed to not move out of the country beforehand so I could do this with her). I think I talked to her almost every minute of the day for the last 4-5 days, and I know I called her 10 times before we met up on Saturday for the shoot. To say we were freaked and nervous and freaked would be the same as saying "The Great Wall of China is old and has been around a little while." I can't imagine doing something of this caliber with anyone else, and I'm so glad I had the chance to shoot with her- it is my last official shoot in America. That's right, folks, in just a little less than 2 weeks, Kari Noser Photography is going INTERNATIONAL. But, that's another blog.

So, I haven't totally written-off the idea of being a wedding photographer, but for now I feel like I need to second-shoot a lot more and maybe not take so many blurry pictures and not miss things like the first bridesmaid coming down the aisle, the dad hand-off of the bride, and the cake kiss. AAAARGH!!!

Why I Don't Want To Be A Wedding Photographer

1) I don't want to be the person that ruined someone's wedding by
- Missing a shot
- Being too bossy
- Talking too much
- Not talking enough
- being in all the guests' photos
- Being more nervous than the bride

2) The chance of booking a "Bridezilla" and being totally squashed by them because I am not a confrontational person by nature

3) Being totally excited about what I shot of someone's big day and then having them be exactly as disappointed as I am excited.

4) It's HARD WORK.

5) A million other reasons that ran through my head yesterday before 2pm.