I'm half way through an online photography workshop from the folks at Creative Live and it's changing the way I shoot.
The course is by one of the best wedding photographers working today, Joe Buissink.
Maybe I shouldn't say this, but I'm in awe. Joe's ideas about the state of wedding photography and the photography business in general are fascinating and I agree with much of what he says.
His client list includes A list celebrities and artists - folks who are looking first and foremost for something different from the norm.
The market is crowded with work that looks the same. We've all seen images that are over saturated, with grass that glows and skies that are unnatural. Colors pop as though they are on steroids. It's the sort of tweaking that film shooters just didn't have the ability to do. Photoshop and the RAW files our camera's produce allow photographers a huge amount of latitude for what we can adjust in post production.
The names of some of these adjustments say it all: saturation, hue, vibrancy, luminescence, highlights and shadows.
As Joe points out it's the moments a wedding photographer is looking to capture and these happen in a split second. If we miss them and try to recreate them for the camera they are never quite the same.
We have a functioning record player in our house for the first time in about thirty years, and I gotta say it’s the best thing ever.
Playing records again is bloody awesome.
In the same month David Bowie died, it all feels very ‘full circle’ – this new year has been more nostalgic than most.
US politics – it’s never boring.
Bernie Sanders (yay!) and Donald Trump (boo!) the two non-establishment candidates, just won New Hampshire.
One’s a Senator, the other a multi-millionaire, neither of them are called Clinton or Bush so they are outsiders.
So, a few years ago now, I went on a Paleo Diet.
I wasn’t looking to lose weight, but I was intrigued by the other alleged benefits; more energy, generally feeling/being healthier.
I did it pretty strictly for around 9 months, combined with a moderate work-out for 30-40 minutes, 3-4 times a week.
Then I fell off the wagon.