Tag Archives: lighting

You Have A Bad Attitude

“You need to change your attitude.”  My Manager says.  “You’re not one of my better photographers and I’m not going to be working you.” After almost 17 years of taking Assembly Line Portraits it seems that the end is finally close at hand.  I still enjoy taking portraits and I’m still good at it.  My […]

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, […]

Shouldn’t We All Be On The Same Side?

“If they want it, they will buy anything.” The long time Passer says with a dismissive wave of his hand. “I only need two pictures and I can sell a package.” “But we’re supposed to be taking all these poses and changing the lighting and the body angels and the background.” I say as I […]

Thinking about a Meritocracy

“Why can’t I work the Shoot that is close to where I live?” One of the newbie Passers says at a Meeting. “We like to put our best people at our best Shoots.” The sober and stern sounding Boss says with a frim nod, daring anyone to challenge this common sense assertion. “So does that […]

Customer Service-You Talkin’ To Me?

“You’re a terrible photographer.” The Woman said with an angry look on her face. “I am very unhappy with these pictures.” “Oh?” I said with a smile and followed her back to the viewing room where the Passer is patiently waiting for the woman to tell me what was wrong with her pictures. “Look at […]

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 […]

The Room is Too Small

“The PreSeller said this room would be fine.” The Coordinator says as she shows me a room that is little more than a broom closet. “I’m sure he did.” I say as I size up the tiny room with it’s built in cabinets and  low hanging florescent lights. “But I won’t be able to use […]

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 […]

Some Days a Diamond, Some Days a Stone

“They bought a little, but they would have bought more if they had something to buy.” The Old Timer PC says with her hands on her hips.  “You should have done better with them.” “That was the best I could do with what I had to work with.” I say. “That’s bull.” She says and […]

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 […]