Category Archives: Equipment

Ten Bucks Is Ten Bucks

“Well, what do you think?” The Passer says as we reach the end of another slow day. “Do you think it’s going to get any better?” “No.” I say and shrug. “I think all of us would be doing something else, if there was anything else to do.” The New Company wants all of us […]

Is It Real?

“I like my pictures to look exactly like the real scene I was looking at.” The Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says as she shows me a picture on her laptop of an alligator. “I don’t like using Photoshop.” “So you mean this alligator was really 13 inches wide and a few millimeters thick and lived […]

I Do Know Everything, I Just Don’t Know That

“Your telling me you know how you’re going to pose a group of four when they walk in the door?” My fellow Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says in disbelief. “You use the same pose every time?” “Pretty much so.” I say. The Button Pusher part of the New Company Training was dead easy.  So easy […]

Training, ReTraining, and ReReTraining

“We had some Passers in a meeting that said flatly they would never become Photographers.” The sort of, but not really anymore, Boss says.  “They said they knew it might limit their work potential.  Well, duh.” “Yeah, I figure they have about a month left.” I say and shrug. Still hanging in there with The […]

You Start at 2 O’clock, right?

“What are we doing?” The Passer says as she rolls up next to me in the parking lot in front of the Shoot location. “Waiting for someone to let us in.” I say and smile. The Passer whips out her cellphone and calls the number we have on our work schedule.  The man on the […]

Hello, My Name Is Peggy

“Did you check that the cable is securely seated?” The slightly exasperated Service Tech says over the staticy connection. “Yes.” The Passer says. “Just like you asked me to check it ten minutes ago.” “We’ve gone through the entire Checklist.” The Service Tech says. “It should be working.” “It should be.” I say and sigh. […]

What I Should Be Doing

“I’ve only got two days next week.” The Passer says. “How am I supposed to get by on only two days pay?” “Apply for unemployment.” I say and shrug. “Like all the rest of us.” I should be working on my own Shoots.  I should be running ads, handing out business cards, putting a nice […]

Hanging Out At The Mall

“Have you looked at their website?” I say to the Passer as I hand her one of their flyers. “It’s a lot slicker than The Company’s.” “Yeah, I know.” She says as she looks at the sample images on the flyer. “I spend over four hundred dollars on their pictures the last time I took […]

One Piece At A Time

“I wouldn’t mind trying a couple of Shoots of my own.” I say to the Old Timer Assembly Line Portrait Photographer. “But I don’t have the money to buy a whole studio.” “Oh, I’ve got equipment.” He says as we pull into his driveway.  “I’ve been doing this for a while.  You tend to pick […]

Karl Taylor Photography Masterclass DVDs

“So how come you don’t work for National Geographic?” The Subject says in what appears to be all sincerity.  “I think you would be good at it.” “Thanks.” I say with a bit of a laugh.  “But if I could get a job at National Geo, I wouldn’t be here.” Karl Taylor’s DVDs are porn […]