Sketching is an artist’s way of presenting his/her thoughts, ideas, and inspiration on paper. When it comes to a photo shoot, I find it best to scribble abstracts on how I’d like the photo to look like prior to going on scene. Much like storyboards in film, pre-shoot sketches conceptualize three vital elements that provide the photographer a visualization of the scene, subject, and composition. The scene comprises of everything in the foreground, center, and background of the subject. The scene includes all things natural and unnatural that corresponds with the photo shoot and subject. The subject or main subject is the reason for the photo shoot. The adorable baby, the romantic couple, or the composed model are all examples of the main subject. The composition or framing is the type of shot you’re looking to get out of each set-up. The most common framing techniques used in photography are the rule of third’s, empty space, and simplicity. Some photographers capture an image and adjust framing in post-production while others take their time to adjust each as they shoot. There is no right and wrong way to compose an image. Personally I find it more effective to adjust framing during the shoot which allows me to have a variety of photo’s to choose from in post-production. If you think about it, sketching is like preparing for what’s to come. Sketching in photography or electronic arts is similar to a grocery list, financial planning, and life in the sense that you make a sketch of what you want to accomplish prior to beginning your journey instead of diving head first without any sense of direction. As an old habit from film school, I have realized sketching is definitely a habit worth keeping.
After a recent visit to San Francisco, I discovered that Rice-a-Roni is not the only San Francisco Treat. From the immensely different districts to the various dining options San Francisco has to offer, you might get lost trying to figure out just what to do next. It was my first time visiting Frisco and I quickly learned that no matter where you are, when there are sights to see, time is your enemy. Quickly mapping our getaway we visited the most distinguished places of interest and took the recommendations of fellow San Franciscans on where to go next. Dining was predetermined, as it was one of our priorities to visit the suggested eateries. As a photographer, I am always searching for different perspectives to capture a memory. This way, my photos are vastly different than anything I have taken before. I love to shoot angles and in odd positions that many believe to be unnecessary. An example of this was when I was shooting the St. Peter’s and Paul Church in Washington Square. Getting down on my knees and leaning in-between two tightly parked cars was not mandatory when it came to getting a shot of the cathedral, but it was the extra effort that made the photo and memory special. All-in-all, San Francisco stays true to its distinct character, flavor, and beauty. As a city, San Francisco serves as a treat for all sightseers and visitors alike while providing a cozy environment for those that call this renowned city home.
Far too often are photographers asked questions regarding how the photo was taken, what camera or lens was used, and so forth. What I have come to notice is that although the camera and lens play a large role in how the photo looks, it is in essence the “why?” factor we disregard or fail to ask. What I mean by the “why?” factor is the question, “Why was the image taken this way?”, “Why did we want to evoke a certain emotion?”, “Why, oh why?” The key to truly discovering the art behind a photo is asking a photographer “why?” Many will say, it’s because of the vision they were trying to portray or due to the availability of resources they had. Whatever the case may be, the answer is never “Because the client wanted it that way.” If it is, then all the photographer has provided is his/her photo taking capabilities and the clients requests to take some photos on a scheduled day, end of story. This rarely happens in the industry when employing a photographer with experience and a natural talent for producing impeccable photos. A client hires a photographer due to the appeal of the photographers past photo’s and artistry. A photographers duty to the client is to put the same love, care, and commitment into producing an image that sets it apart from those that preceded it. “Why” enables us to understand the what, how, where, and when a photo was taken, as it answers the fundamental reasoning behind the photos inception. All-in-all, whether the photo is of a Grilled Cheese Sandwich or the Acropolis, it’s usually the little things, the “why” that counts.
As my very first photo blog, I find it appropriate to discuss how my curiosity in photography developed into a hobby and how my hobby developed into a business. I was always amused at what my father was looking at when he looked through the lens of his now vintage Nikon. Soon, I was old enough to have some hands on experience. Needless to say I thought to myself that what he was looking at was nothing extraordinary. It was simply what was on the other side of the lens. It was only until my late teens that I understood how a simple image that is captured through the lens can be manipulated to inspire sentiments. This led me to further my knowledge in photography and videography and develop a hobby, or as many refer to it, a passion for film and photography. After many shoots, travels, and Instagram postings it was fitting that I start a production company that would tell a different story, one that is vastly different from when I first looked inside the lens of my father’s Nikon.