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Danny Williams

A friend of mine called me up last week because he needed a couple of new headshots for his modeling portfolio. I’ve worked with Danny before and he is a pretty cool guy. Its been awhile since I’ve posted anything on the blog. So, I thought I would share some of the photos with you from the shoot. Happy Holidays everyone!

Check out the rest of the images on Flickr.com

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My Story: Kim Harkins

I haven’t been very good about posting anything to the blog lately because I’ve been super busy working. It’s a great problem to have, but it can get in the way sometimes. Unfortunately I’ve haven’t been shooting for myself too much lately. So, I recently completed another episode to the “My Story” project I’ve been kicking around for the past year. The idea behind the project is to show the world a glimpse into people’s lives. I wanted to tell cool stories about cool people that you might never meet. I needed to get out and shoot something, and I needed a challenge to push myself creatively. Shooting video seemed like a great way to learn and a great way to create something new.

I graduated from Gwinnett Technical College this year with a degree in commercial photography. I’m still not quite sure how I found myself there but I wouldn’t change anything for the world. I’ve truly found something I love doing and I plan on shooting till I’m six feet under.

This project isn’t about me though; it’s about the people I’ve met along the way. The world of photography is enormous and things are changing daily in our industry. I’ve only been in the game for a few years but I truly think that one of the most valuable things to me and my future career as a photographer is the people who have invested themselves in my life. I am one of the few that actually went to school for photography and I owe a lot to my professors at GTC. Without the help of some very key people I would not be where I am today.

Kim Harkins was the department head of the photography program at the time. She has been teaching for close to 35 years and is moving out to the West coast to continue teaching. She was at GTC for 27 of those years and has made an impact on not only my life, but countless others like Zack Arias, Marc Climie, and many more.

I went to a Tech school, but the program that Kim and the other professors built over the years far surpasses some of the Art colleges I’ve visited. The quality of work and craftsmanship coming out of Gwinnett Tech is phenomenal, and is only getting better as time passes.

This video was a lot of different things for me. It was something creative for me to get out and do for myself. It was a way of saying thank you to Kim and everyone at GTC, and it was a way for me to meet some really great people. All in all, I’m really stoked to be doing what I’m doing, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Cheers!

Special Thanks to those who have invested in me: Kim Harkins, Marc Climie, Zack Arias, Sheri Finch, John Kippel, Kathy Nesbit, David Allen Jones, Claudia Winter, Andrew Kornylak.

Red River Gorge

Last Thursday me and a few friends made the six hour drive up to Slade, Kentucky to go climbing at Red River Gorge. Our soul purpose was to crush as many routes as we possibly could in a few short days. Red River Gorge is one of the premiere destinations in the south for sport climbing. It has been nearly a year since I have gone rock climbing and I quickly figured out that I’ve grown soft (A.K.A. – Fat and Lazy). None the less, I had the time of my life. Great friends, great climbing, great food, and the great outdoors; who could ask for more. See the rest of the photos HERE.

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Andrew Kornylak

Most people who know me also know Andrew Kornylak or at least have heard me speak his name. I did my internship for school with him last year and now I’m his Studio Manager. We gave the studio the boot a few months ago, so I’m not sure what I call myself these days. I basically do whatever needs to be done. Andrew has been shooting for the past decade as a professional photographer and is also shooting professional video as our industry grows. Andrew and Josh Fowler just released a full-length climbing film called “A Fine Line“. I had the wonderful pleasure of working on some of the filming and production. I shot the footage for interview with Andrew last year and now I’ve re-edited it show you a glimpse of who Andrew is. Check out Andrews work at www.akornphoto.com.

Heres the Trailer to “A Fine Line

Why is photography so expensive?

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I hear the same question from a lot of people. “Why is photography so expensive?” (Most of these people are not even talking about my work either.) Here is one way of looking at it; if you go the the mechanic to get your car fixed because it not working, you already know you’ll have to pay for something. The mechanic takes ten minutes and comes back and says it’s “fixed”. You jump up and down for joy until you see the bill. $200 for ten minutes, “you’ve got to be joking right?” The mechanic turns to you and says: “It’s $25 for the replacement part, $5 for labor, and $170 for knowing where to look.” Your jaw hits the floor and this poor mechanic has ruined your day for highway robbery. Take a second to think about it though; This mechanic, more than likely has some form of college degree in automotive engineering and you probably don’t. If you could do it yourself, you most likely would in order  to save some money. Right?

The same principles adhere to photography. You go to a professional photographer for their Knowledge, Expertise and the Time invested in a given project. Anybody can shoot a photo these days with the latest-and-greatest camera, and its cheaper than going to a professional most of the time. There is something to be said for going to a professional photographer. Professional imagery truly stands out when done by someone who knows what they are doing. If you have the Know-How to shoot it yourself: Do it. Don’t waste your money, but use professionals to do the job right when needed. I’m not trying to undermine Professional Photographers in any way. I’m one of them. Photographers have to eat too. All I am saying is, when you do choose to use the services of “ANY” professional; expect to pay them what they are due. Everyone works hard at becoming the best they can be at something, and everyone would like to be respected accordingly.

On a different note: Buy only what you can afford. This goes for anything. Debt is the evil monkey lurking in the shadows to devour you soul. 😉 Professional work isn’t cheap. Hobbyist photographers charge less, but you also run the risk of poor/average quality images. This is not always the case, but typically “YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR”. I’m not ragging on anyone that falls under this category. (You should be happy, I’m trying to send people to you with their money)

Professional Photography is truly an art that takes a great amount of time and sacrifice to prefect. When you want it done right, don’t skimp on professional work. If you do, I can almost guarantee that you’ll won’t be satisfied with the end results. Hopefully I answered this age old question.

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Film Vs. Digital: “Which is better?”

I realize the age of film is no more. Digital photography and cinematography will only get better as the years go by. My question is: “Right now, in this day in age, is Film or Digital better?” This question can be answered in many different ways. We could look at as a quality test, or perhaps the time it takes to process an image. How easy it is to use vs. its counter part, or the capabilities of the medium itself. The list could go on and on, but I think we should start somewhere. I found this video on a blog I follow regularly called www.fstoppers.com. If you are nerd enough to watch it, you might understand why film is not totally gone.

Face lift

I don’t know if you have noticed but this blog had a slight face lift recently. I’m changing a few things up; including the way things look. I’m finally out of school so it’s time to start truly pursuing my career in photography. I haven’t figured it all out quite yet, but I had to start somewhere and this was as good as any. With all things new, I figured I’d kick things off with a short clip of a few of my friends skating. I didn’t even know people still used roller blades until I met these guys. Watching them skate reminded me of the movie “Brink” from Disney back in the early 90’s. Super cheesy film that every kid seemed to love. I would have busted my face if I tried it. So in my pursuit of the new, I want to bring back some of the old. If you guys have any fun retro ideas for some photographs I would love to hear them. Leave a comment and tell me what you think. My Portfolio website is getting a face lift as well, so be on the look out in the coming week or so. Cheers!

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