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  • Category Archives Guest Blogger

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    A few weeks back Brad Moore, Photo Studio Manager at Kelby Media Group dropped me a line inviting me to be the Guest Blogger. I first met Brad while he was working with Joe McNally in New York. Brad came with Joe to the 20×24 Polaroid Studio, while I photographed Joe for my Behind Photographs Project. So, thanks Brad and Scott for giving me the stage for the day.

    Photography is part of my soul, it is not my job. Simply put, I love it. Richard Avedon said it best, “If a day goes by without me doing something related to photography, it’s thought I’ve neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up.” So today I will share some images and some thoughts that help put a smile on my face and make me feel complete.

    BE WHO YOU IS
    Ian Summers is a great business coach in our industry. He loves the quote, “Be who you is, cuz if you ain’t who you is, then you is who you ain’t.” As a photographer it is easy to try to imitate another shooter’s work and to try to be all things to all people. I am based in a smaller photo market in San Diego and often have to shoot a variety of styles to satisfy my clients. However, when it comes down to the work, I always try to give them what they want, then shoot something they way I see it. At least at the end of the shoot, you have something

    ...San Diego, California based commercial photographer Tim Mantoani. Brad was the one who first introduced me to Tim's work, in particular to a very cool project Tim has been doing, where he used 20x24 Polaroids to capture famous photographers posed with a print of one of their favorite shots. You can see his photographer portraits over at Tim's portfolio (here's the link), but while you're there, make sure you check out some of Tim's Sports and Commercial photography portfolios---he's got some really amazing work (and of course, be back here tomorrow to check out his guest blog post).

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    Lessons I Didn’t Learn In Photo School

    1. If you can’t be remarkable, be memorable.
    If you know of PixSylated, it’s probably because I… Pimped My McNally, Shot Ben Willmore In Broad Daylight, and then Smashed Pumpkins With High-Speed Sync. Is there really anything remarkable about coil-binding a book, constructing a DIY ringlight, or batting some vegetables around? I think not. Yet, I’ve met people all over the country who’ve said “You’re the guy who did that?” (Which I always choose to take as a compliment – regardless of how they really meant it.) Running with the pack won’t get you any attention these days. Create ways for people to remember you (and yes, crazy red is my natural hair color).

    2. You are NOT defined by your photo gear or your computer’s operating system.
    Nikon vs. Canon, Mac vs. PC. Truth be told… none of this matters to anybody other than the people who sell this stuff. Nobody will look at your photographs and shout “Yep, that guy’s a Nikon shooter on a PC. It just shows.” If you’re a hardcore Nikonian or Canonite, loosen up, trade cameras with a colleague, and go make some great photographs with another brand. Come to understand that your images are reflections of you as a human and not the machines you used to create them.

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    3. Powerful photographs touch people at a depth they don’t anticipate.
    If you want to be a strong photographer…

    .....a good friend of the blog, the man behind the PixSylated.com blog, Syl Arena himself! I've been following Syl's blog for the past year (by the way, Syl's name is pronounced "Sil"), and he's posted comments numerous times here on this blog, and it's really a kick having him as a guest blogger here tomorrow. Check back then and see what Syl has in store! :-)

    Zack Arias' thought-provoking, inspirational, and emotion-filled look inside himself, his work, and his life truly connected with so many of us on so many levels. I was, (we were) just blown away. His brilliant video drew more than 300 comments, and is now the third most-commented post in the history of this blog. Here's some of what you guys were drawn to say, and really, these comments say it all: Thank you from all of us who are not photographers. This reaches everyone who’s ever questioned their passion. I needed to hear this today. You make it feel how real it is. I totally identify [with] you. Everything you said is totally what I’ve been going through. You put things into perspective for me. ...certainly made me sit up, listen & now ponder. WOW! This gave me a chills. I have to say this…

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