How Badly Do You Want It?

In Freelance and Business, Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons by David12 Comments

This one’s for pros, and aspiring pros. But I think it might equally apply to all. Mostly it’s a sermon aimed at me. By pro I mean someone making a living from photography, no more, no less. There’s the other sense of the word, as in “she’s a real professional” and the implication is that she conducts herself with high …

Shooting Intuitively

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David5 Comments

One of the things I hear frequently in response to an image critique or review is this: “But I don’t think about those things when I shoot, I just shoot.” Sometimes we appeal to the intuition as a line of defense, as though to say, “I can’t help it, it’s not my fault, my intuition failed me!” I’ve lost track …

Canon 5D MkII Thoughts // Stop The Madness

In GEAR, Rants and Sermons by David31 Comments

I pre-ordered my 5D Mk2 while I was still in Nepal. I sent an email to my drug dealer camera shop of choice, which is Leo’s in Vancouver. I begged them to put me on the list. I am very excited about the 5D Mk2. Why? This upgrade to my current tools means I can better serve my clients, and …

Another Update, Pulling Heart Strings

In News & Stuff, Rants and Sermons, Travel by David11 Comments

It’s 6am in Kathmandu, and this is my first day off in 7. The last seven days have been exhausting both physically and emotionally. This project has been tough. The last two days we drove out to Dhading and spoke to kids who bust rocks for a living, and earn pennies in return. Then we hiked up a mountain, part …

Seriously?

In Just For Fun, Rants and Sermons by David34 Comments

It’s 6:30am in Kathmandu, and one of the first emails I got this am is below. Normally I just delete stuff like this and assume the writer just had a bad day. But as it raises some interesting issues, I thought I’d post it here and let y’all reply to it. If I do it, it comes off as defensive. …

Paying It Forward

In Pep Talks, Rants and Sermons by David6 Comments

I never saw the movie from which I stole the title for this post. So you will forgive me for the gratuitous appearance of Yoda on the button. The concept is pretty easy to figure out. And it’s one that I think we’ve all got an obligation to live by. Think for a moment about the joy that you derive …

A gripe

In GEAR, Rants and Sermons by David15 Comments

Is it that hard, Canon? I love your cameras. I love your optics and their sexy red collars. But your service? It is hard to imagine how it could be worse. I’ve yet to hear a good service story – from anyone – anywhere in the world. Sure, you can get CPS in some places. And it’s free. And time …

Pointing Clearly and Powerfully.

In Influences, Quoted, Rants and Sermons by David10 Comments

I’m giving you another well-deserved break from my rants – not all of which, it seems, have been appreciated by others. I was accused, of all things, this week, of exhibiting sour grapes towards the very people for whom I freely labour by writing this blog. My rant about gear being paramount to vision rubbed some the wrong way. Alas, …

On My Soapbox Again. It's STILL hard.

In Rants and Sermons, Thoughts & Theory by David3 Comments

In response to my post last Friday, Craig Beyers left this comment: As I’ve already said–and you so eloquently state–if it was easy, everyone would to it. Robert Heinlein said it better: any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. You guys–the pro’s and amateurs–who have mastered the craft make it look so easy that the many of the rest …