Saturday, September 19, 2009


Patience. I don't have any. OK, maybe that is a bit of an exaggeration. I have some. I just need to cultivate more.

A couple of weeks ago I did a family portrait shoot for some friends. They were pleased with the results. I was not. I wasn't a train wreck but the results were certainly beneath my capabilities as a photographer. I attribute the less than stellar results to lack of patience, a smidgeon of carelessness and maybe the fact that I was in short sleeves in a gusty 12 degree night, freezing my butt off!


This picture is a great example of impatience. The exposure is good, it is sharp, good framing, blurred background, etc but there is a not-so-nice shadow cutting in to Terra's face. Boo-urns! Simply taking a bit of extra time to review on the LCD would have caught the error. It could have been easily corrected by swinging the flash a bit more forward or getting Terra's face more in line with her best pal Kona.

Too late for that shoot but we are going to do it again as soon as they have a bit free time.

Tomorrow I have a very important photo shoot so to prepare I am going to do a couple of things. One, I am going look at the work of photographers I admire to get a bit of energy and inspiration. And two, I am going to repeat the chorus from the Guns 'N Roses song "Patience" over and over in my head during the photo shoot.

Little patience, mmm yeah, mm yeah
Need a little patience, yeah
Just a little patience, yeah
Some more patience, yeah
Could use some patience, yeah
Gotta have some patience, yeah
All it takes is patience
Just a little patience
Is all you need


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