And while this is certainly not the first of its kind to come down the pike, Dustin has inserted a couple of twists that make his project right up our alley. Get your One-A-Day shot, inside. And while that sounds all laudable and romantic and stuff, I can tell you from experience that there is nothing like a long-term project to expose your "camera expertise" as nothing more than a bag of tricks -- and a shallow bag of tricks at that. Which is exactly why you do them, of course -- to grow, practice, discover your limits and then expand them out of sheer necessity. But Dustin has added another Strobist-friendly aspect to his daily grind: Lighting diagrams for many of his photos.
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And while this is certainly not the first of its kind to come down the pike, Dustin has inserted a couple of twists that make his project right up our alley.
Get your One-A-Day shot, inside. And while that sounds all laudable and romantic and stuff, I can tell you from experience that there is nothing like a long-term project to expose your "camera expertise" as nothing more than a bag of tricks -- and a shallow bag of tricks at that. Which is exactly why you do them, of course -- to grow, practice, discover your limits and then expand them out of sheer necessity. But Dustin has added another Strobist-friendly aspect to his daily grind: Lighting diagrams for many of his photos.
So, what kind of loser has enough free time on his hands to light, shoot, diagram and publish to the web non-stop? Well, if you are a Gmail user, you have Dustin to partially thank for it. Dustin was an engineer on that team at Google. As for myself, I am not sure how that Gmail tech stuff works. But you can get a basic idea with this video. Dustin worked at Yahoo before that, and recently moved over to Twitter.
In fact, he announced his resignation from Google with a tweet. But suffice to say, he is a plenty busy guy to be tackling a significant project like this. As always, click on any of the pix to get to the Flickr page, which in turn will point you to his lighting diagrams. Has this been harder than you expected, or has your lighting grown easier and more intuitive because of the repetitive nature of it?
Doing a " project" is of course, not uncommon among photographers. To give some brief history, I had already been taking pictures several months prior to even beginning the project. In regards to daily shooting, I have been a photographer for four years. You know the old saying -- "you need a camera to take pictures".
So I carried mine everywhere. Choosing just one image from a bunch is hard -- really hard. I have, however, found it easier over time in deciding what photo I want to take each day by simply focusing on single-themed photos. This is as opposed to going out and taking a variety of photos and then having to decide between having "too many" photos at the end of the night.
In regards to being "harder than I expected," it has been. But part of the goal of the is to try new things, make mistakes, and do things out of the ordinary.
Q: Speaking of that, has the project revealed the limitations of your bag of lighting tricks? Are hitting a wall, or are you growing as a result of those exposed boundaries? The Technology, of course, is vital, but the best it can do is to help realize ideas and perception" Thus, in one sense, to say one is only as good as their equipment is a bad outlook. Between my wife Erin and I, we have six speedlights and six PocketWizards.
The only real limitation is my imagination for lack of a cheesier expression. And no amount of gear is going to solve the problem of making a good photograph with meaning.
So yes, this is difficult. But to this point, there are only three things that have gotten easier: 1 leaving the house 2 setting up 3 tearing down Therefore, the biggest stumbling block each day is the "what" and "where"-- and the occasional "how much time do I have before midnight," which has happened on several accounts. Q: You famously swapped horses from Google to Twitter. At Google, there is a decent-sized community of photographers, and even a pretty tight group of guys into small-flash lighting.
If not, have you seen any interest from others due to your project? Google is an Engineering company. They have a photography mailing list. None of these are bad things, as they represent the culture quite well. And as far as I remember, very few were into strobist photography. I had helped organically grow one small group within the Gmail team, and it became quite fun for a lot of us. On the flipside of the coin, I am more interested in the art of photography.
For example, learning the inverse square law was fun for a few days. Taking photographs that actually evoke emotion is what I am after, and light plays a major factor into creating that feeling.
Nevertheless and to the point, Twitter is a much smaller company in regards to employees. And there is no photography community. The goal was to lead the Frontend Engineering team, not seek camera friends.
Q: What advice would you have to anyone considering a project? For anyone crazy enough to do anything out of the ordinary for days, you WILL get tired. But specifically for photographers, find inspiration in other places besides photo websites. And lastly, reflect often. Notice your own improvement and try to out-do yourself — not others. It does not take a to do this. I mainly chose my custom framework to bring forth challenges that were appropriate to what I wanted to get out of it.
Therefore broad or narrow, whichever framework someone chooses, I believe self-challenges are always a great way to better oneself. It started off on it last summer, with more enthusiasm than long-term strategy.
Then the upstream conversation quickly got to take up far too much time in the workday. It was kinda like trying to take a sip out of a fire hose. Right now, it is still dormant. But I am finally off of my travel merry-go-round and trying to work out a system that will be sustainable. If you want to be onboard for whatever ends up happening, you can click to follow here.
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Felkree Paulduke rated it liked it Oct 10, Ian Lander srrobist it it was amazing May 01, This is not a book that goes into detail of why he chose that shot and to explain why he took that shot. And this may rub some people off the wrong way. And as mentioned, it is worth the money! Anders rated it liked it Nov 26, Chris marked it as to-read Aug 05, Grant Salick marked it as to-read Oct 22, If anything, learn from that experience. But people wonder, are there people watching his equipment when he takes his photo in the streets somewhere in the Bay Area?
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