Category Archives: Equipment

I Never Met A Light I Didn’t Like

“I’ve never seen any of the other Photographers use this many lights.” The Passer says as she looks at the extra light heads I have setting around the Studio. “I like to have a little more control over how my images look.” I say “Well, I can’t see much difference.  Except for the backgrounds.” Some […]

That Dream Job

The slow times of the year are good times to look at what other jobs are out there.  Everyone I work with talks with longing about the good old days of two or three years ago and how they need to find something else to do.  Many of my fellow Assembly Line Portrait workers have […]

Seeing and Capturing

“Don’t you like this portrait?” The Manager says as I set one of the wallet sized portraits to one side. “This is a really good portrait, if you don’t like it we might have problems.” “It’s a duplicate pose.” I say as I sort through the stack of a couple of hundred portraits. “I already […]

Playing With The Exposure

“That pictures’ kind of washed out, isn’t it?” says a young Dad as he looks at the High Key Portraits of his family. “Here, let me darken a little for you.” The Passer says as she applies a black vignette around the image. “Is that better?” “Yeah, I like that.” The problem with trying out […]

I Like Backgrounds

“You know, you could take all the portraits shot in the district in the last six months and throw them on the floor.” I say as I look at some of my portraits over The Passer’s shoulder. “And I wouldn’t be able to pick mine out.  We all do the same poses.” “Look at that […]

What You See Is NOT Always What You Get

“Is this what the picture will look like?” The woman says as she leans in close to peer at the video capture display. “It’s pretty close to what it will look like.” I say, knowing that the mirror is never exactly lined up with the camera. “This is just to give you an idea about […]

My Best Work-Best Work? Really?

“I don’t think you’re putting forth your best effort.” The Boss says from across his big desk. “I expect more from someone with your experience.” “I’m doing the best I can with the subjects I have to work with.” I say and look out the window. “And the equipment I have to work with.” “We’ve […]

Pick Your Battles

“I don’t burn CDs at home because I don’t think my battery will last that long.” The grumpy old Assembly Line Portrait Photographer says. “Yeah, these batteries suck.” I say, not raising to the bait that it makes no sense to run the laptop on battery power. “Most people ask-Why don’t you just plug the […]

Zen and The Assembly Line Portrait

“Wow, that was a good shot.” Dad says as I capture his two year old daughter smiling and clapping her hands. “She’s a cute kiddo.” I say and smile. I read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance several years ago and I really liked it.  Might have something to do with my own mild […]

Cadillac Ranch and The Assembly Line Photographer

“I want you to see something.” A large man with an iPhone in his hand tells me. “Look at this.” “Nice.” I say as I look at his perfectly framed and amazingly clear image of the rusty cars in the setting sun. “I used to have a fancy camera.” He says nodding at my Digital […]