Category Archives: lighting

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 […]

I Love Your Pictures

“That was a great portrait.” The Passer says. “Your lighting is magic.” “Thanks.” I say, thinking she is just one more Passer who has been told to flatter the Photographer. “No, I really mean it.” She says. “Your pictures are beautiful.” Over the past 16 years or so I have learned how to see the […]

You Look Marvelous!

“Just look at these portraits.” The Passer says and pulls up a sitting from the young Photographer that she worked with the week before. “There.” “Not bad.” I say as I lean in to look at a group of about twenty-five portraits of a pretty young woman.  Headshots, three quarter lengths, full length, floor poses, […]

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 […]

Tweaking The Standard Set

“People are looking at these pictures and going Yuk.” The Passer says as she shows me one of the Profile Shots I have been shooting. “It’s not the best, but it’s not that bad.” I say. “No one’s buying them.” There are five main components to Assembly Line Portraits-on the front line are The PreSeller […]

There’s No “I” In Team

“When he turned in his notice, the Boss didn’t even ask him to stay.” The Passer says with a shake of her head.  “I always liked working with him.” “I only worked with him once.” I say and shrug. “He was fun to talk to, but he took even less time with the Subjects than […]

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 […]

The Philosophy of Portraits

“We’re using light to try and capture something more than a person’s face.” The Old Man who runs the High School Senior Studio says to me. “We’re trying to capture their personality.” “Is that right?” I say as I take a break from vacuuming the office floors. “And how do we do that?” “We find […]

The Rules Are Rules For A Reason

“We have been able to Grade the Passers for years by checking their Sales Averages and Frame Counts.” The Manager say to the small group of Photographers in this meeting.  “Now we are going to be able to do the same thing with the Photographers.  We have a new system in place to Grade the […]