Press photographer, you know you’re a press tog when…

Press Photographer?

Press photographer, you know you’re a press tog when…

press photographer


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.

Veteran Glasgow Photographer

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. :-/

Veteran Glasgow Photographer

Picture of the week…

Spring cleaning, Glasgow photographer.

Spring cleaning, Glasgow photographer.

Spring cleaning, Glasgow photographer.

Spring cleaning, Glasgow photographer.I’m a big fan of doing a clean install on computers every so often. It clears out orphaned files, little glitches and software that you don’t really need. It generally gives you a leaner, faster streamlined machine.

I never store data for longer than a few days on my machines, they are moved to my server where I have a proper archiving system. You’re asking for trouble keeping data on your main day to day working machine. I have my apps on the boot drive as they can be reinstalled easily.

With all my machines running Lion and being happy about their stability, I decided to do a clean install on my MacBook Pro. This is my main working machine on the road so it was crucial I had a few days clear of news jobs so I wasn’t stuck not being able to file.

Lion is download only so you need to burn a boot DVD before you start. So, the MBP has had it’s SSD drive erased, reformatted and a clean install of Lion.

I’ve taken the opportunity to only install apps that I really use, so it’s Photo Mechanic, Photoshop, Launch2Net, Photo Rescue, Shotput Pro and Final Cut Pro. Basically thats all I need on the road.

The machine is leaner and faster, so well worth it. You really don’t need all those programs you downloaded just to play with.

Obviously your mileage may vary, and don’t try this if you aren’t sure what you are doing. The one thing I will say is, make sure your data is backed up. Get a proper backup strategy in place, you’ll thank me for it.

Camera lens filter?

Camera lens filter?

Camera Photographer Glasgow

Camera, lens, filter?

Filter on your lens?

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.