Press photographer, you know you’re a press tog when…
1. You have french fries under your front seat and spilled coffee near your gearshift.
2. You rip your pants jumping a fence.
3. You view big press events as family gatherings
4. You gamble on how far you can go on an empty gas tank.
5. You win an award then find yourself shooting a pothole the next day.
6. You find yourself silently yelling at people who pass in front of your lens “Get out of the way!”
7. You accumulate press passes in your home from various events you’ve been fortunate to attend.
8. You see colleagues drop like flies around you when their backs give out.
9. You love your GPS until it makes you late for an assignment by sending you on a wild goose chase.
10. You lay out your front-page picture on the kitchen table for a long period of time and even look at it from the next room.
11. You cry out “Nooooo!” when you see a cropped version of your photo appear in print.
12. You photograph a chili cook-off, a pet-of-the-week, or a gurney race – two years in a row.
13. You fantasize about out-shooting James Nachtwey on an assignment in your community where he shows up.
14. You get incredible access to a huge event and try to play it cool.
15. You catch yourself laughing at a joke at a crime scene and realize how much of a schmuck that makes you appear to onlookers.
16. You see a whole crowd of television stations show up at a press conference to respond to a story you worked on the day before.
17. You sometimes feel like a vulture, a snake or a weasel even while trying to be sensitive on assignments.
18. You receive a phone call from a mom saying your picture made her son’s day.
19. You show up to an assignment to find you have dead batteries, full cards, or both.
20. You wish you owned your copyright but appreciate the health care if you work for a company.
21. You see a public relations professional’s friendly demeanor vanish when an assignment takes an unexpected turn.
22. You whine about photo contests because of their overseas bias, then enter anyway.
23. You are an expert of the dollar menu at McDonald’s.
24. You start referring to incredibly sad pictures as “great.”
25. You may know more about a particular topic than the reporter but can’t tell them what to write.
26. You have ink marks and holes punched in the back of your car seat from the pens in your back pocket.
27. You feel like a kid at Christmas when you either buy or get assigned new cameras.
28. You experiment with at least three different types of material to bounce light from your flash. At least two of them are hand-made.
29. You get yelled at by a security guard or police officer.
30. Your car battery dies after recharging your laptop and camera batteries.
31. You go to the bathroom in gross places out of sheer desperation.
32. Your dentist whispers over your shoulder “So how do you become a photographer?”
33. You drive your car around with a laptop open in the passenger seat, hoping and praying for a signal so you can transmit your photos.
34. You get pretty good at “Hail Mary” pictures (see above photo).
35. You donate a print for a good cause.
36. You work all the holidays, mystifying friends and neighbors.
37. You have a long list of reprints you promised (It’s time to go do them).
38. You would like to finish an assignment in minutes but decide to stay hours to do the situation justice.
39. You photograph a bored or unruly child at a press conference because you’re bored too.
40. You shoot five silhouettes in one week until a colleague shakes you to your senses.
41. You receive five assignments in one day. Or eight.
42. You get a hand-written thank you note from an elderly person thanking you for your care and sensitivity in making his portrait.
43. You buy nice clothes to polish your appearance then slip back into wearing jeans and rumpled shirts after your nice clothes get destroyed by mud, fire, and coffee stains.
44. Your family member wonders aloud when you will get a real job.
45. You are amazed that you have this job.
46. You throw up your hands when it comes to video, “nat sound” and social media, saying, “All I want to do is take pictures!”
47. You leave your power cord at the office and rush to get your work done with 5% power left.
48. You realize that your blue pictures are caused by not changing the tungsten white balance from the prep basketball game you photographed the night before.
49. You wish a life partner could be there to experience all the crazy, wonderful and sometimes difficult things you experience that get lost in the retelling.
50. You hope to change the world with your photographs.
Work for free?
Work for free? For exposure? Harlan Ellison sums it up…
Veteran Glasgow Photographer
Veteran Glasgow Photographer. The Korean War. Often regarded as the forgotten war, this job almost had me in tears. This guy is living in a run down council house, bothered by local neds and struggling on a pension. I’d tax celebs and footballers and give the money to those who really deserve it. :-/
Newspapers Glasgow Photographer
Newspapers Glasgow Photographer. The wonderful Ladybird book The Story of Newspapers, first published in 1969.
I really like these old Ladybird books. The originals, not the modern rehashed versions.
A bygone age, funnily enough similar to the world of newspapers.
Ken Block video…
Ken Block Video. Folk on the t’internet are loving this Ken Block video, but I just don’t get the hype. Granted, he has great car control but so does Russ Swift. What has Block actually won? He was a disappointment in the WRC and he just seems to be “more show than go”. He is a businessman who has invested his millions in fartin’ aboot in car parks surrounded in tyre smoke. If you check any of his videos they are a result of practice and planning, look at the existing tyre marks. Yes, I agree he has talent, but c’monn guys he ain’t a driving legend. I’m not actually that impressed by this video. It has great shots, but I’d be more impressed if he actually won a round of the WRC…
Andy Murray at the Davis Cup…
Andy Murray at the Davis Cup from a few years ago.
Just been digging through some old pics. Tennis isn’t really my sport, but always good to photograph Andy.
Video Journalist Edinburgh
Not a bad way to make a living. Picturesque seaside village, sun is shining, been fed and watered.
Salad for a Glasgow Photographer.
Salad for a Glasgow Photographer, cold chips.
It’s not the most healthiest of lifestyles, on the road a lot, deadlines, etc.
Zenith of my career, photographer Glasgow.
Zenith of my career, photographer Glasgow. No pun intended. ;)
Wandering about Dunblane, bought this old Zenith in a junk shop for £4.10 and it takes me back to my youth. Ah, them were the days…
FreeAgent, superb small business accountancy software.
Superb small business accountancy software. I don’t know what I did without it. 30 day free trial, if you sign up we both get a lifetime 10% discount. Go on, try it, it really is excellent.
Camera lens filter?
Camera, lens, filter?
OK. First and foremost this is a fun post. It is not episode 362 of “Should you put a UV filter on your lens”. Some people use them. Some don’t. There’s not enough bandwidth to ever end that argument.
But here at Lensrentals, we have a ton of filters. We have some really good, very expensive filters. We have some OK, middle of the road filters. And because some customers, uhm, happen to return a very cheap filter in place of the one they were sent, we’ve obtained some crappy filters. Brand names aren’t necessary. If it cost $22 in 77mm size, it’s a crappy filter.
Anyway, one of the techs has to clean all those filters, make sure the threads are OK, and test them out. Honestly nobody likes to do it, so it gets put off until we need some filters or there’s just nothing else to do. So the other day Kenny is cleaning filters and testing the threads by mounting them one in front of the other until he made a nice mountain of 50 UV filters.
Television, I can’t help it, just love a big telly… :-)
Television, the bigger the better, obviously…
Always like a we glimpse at Richer Sounds website for inspiration…
PR Photographer Edinburgh
PR Photographer Edinburgh. I must admit my office is full of Apple products. ac Pro. Imac, Macbook Pro, iPhone, iPad.. love ’em..
It’s photographer time. Photography students of all ages know what I’m talking about! ;-) It was always one of our first projects, and the watch hands had to be at 10 past 2.
Here’s an explanation from the Peta Pixel website…
Have you ever noticed that the watches and clocks found in product photographs and advertisements usually show the time 10:10? If you haven’t, pay attention the next time you’re flipping through a publication and come across a watch ad—the rule is almost always true.
If you have noticed this, do you know why 10:10 is the default time for watch photographers?
According to the New York Times, the main reason is quite simple and obvious: aesthetics. There are a number of visual advantages to having the hands set at the 10:10 positions.
One is that the hands are kept from overlapping. Having them on both sides of the watch face ensures that the hands themselves are visible and can be appreciated.
The position also allows the hands to look nice on the face of the timepiece. The 10:10 position is symmetrical, and the human brain tends to appreciate symmetry and orderliness.
Another reason is that key details on the face of the watch or clock usually remain visible at 10:10. The logo of the manufacturer is usually found under the 12, and sometimes next to the 3-, 6-, and 9-o’-clock positions. Logos found under the 12 are nicely framed by 10:10 hands.
Finally, the 10:10 hands look “happy” due to the fact that the hands look like a smile (or like a “V” as in “victory”). The NYTimes reports that Timex used to use the time 8:20 in their product photos, but eventually decided to turn that “frown” upside-down.
There are a number of urban legends regarding the 10:10 time floating around in the world. Many of them attribute it to a historic event (e.g. Lincoln/JFK assassinations, the dropping of the atomic bombs), but there isn’t any truth behind those explanations.
I’ve spent a lot of my working life in and around Glasgow, still proud that it’s my main city for work. Of course I’ll work in Edinburgh, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen etc. I’ve even been known to work in Englandshire. ;)
You know what they say. People Make Glasgow.