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My first hired gig experience


Right off the bat, this article is a lie. I didn’t get paid for the photo gig I am writing about, however it was my first experience with people asking me to take their photos. I was asked by my friend to take some pictures of his family at a local park in front of a few cherry blossom trees. Up until this point I had just taken photos from home of me and scenery, so this was my first experience shooting people other than my family.


So, how did I get to this position and what were the results? Well I go into this position because I love photography and I recently struck gold when I found a Nikon D7000 on sale for $100.00 USD. This was a very big leap from my D3300 but I had been wanting an upgrade in camera to take better low light photos as well as larger photos. When I found the D7000 for that price I knew I had to jump on the opportunity.


After 3 or 4 months I had begun to get the gist of the camera and taken consistently good photos, not award winning, but the exposure, ISO and metering were all spot on giving a true to life image. At home when I am off of work and I have time to kill I love to watch youtube videos about/by people like Chase Jarvis, JP. Morgan, and Gary Vanerchuck because they motivate me to try new things. Recently I listened to a CHASE JARVIS RAW about starting your own business and I decided to follow his advice and so I put myself out there on the social web and found someone who would be willing to let me take their photos for free so I could get some experience.


After a few cancellations I finally got an e-mail from a friend who asked me to take his photos. I was so excited, so the day before I charged two cameras, packed homemade reflectors, and packed my stands and tripod. I left early in the morning and I even bought some cheap toys for the kids to play with. I thought I had everything figured out, I had prepared for everything, or so I thought.


I got to the location and was dismayed to feel such a powerful wind. There was no way that my reflectors could work, even when I strapped them to stands with sand bags. The sun was blasting in my models faces, they chose dead noon to meet, even after my pleas to meet later in the evening. However, even after preparing and everything failing I came out with good pictures capturing the family which was what they wanted, until I went to print the picture. Because I am still not super well versed in my camera’s programming, I accidently took all my shots on the smallest mode. So when I went to print I ended up with big pixelated, noisy blobs of color instead of the sharp image I saw on the 2 inch screen.


So all in all I learned a lot from this experience. A good reflector is no good without someone to hold it and is no replacement for a good flash, if the conditions call for it. I learned about posing and dealing with young kids, I also learned about the settings on my camera. In the end this was a giant fail, in my opinion, but I think it is important to fail flat on your face. If you are not failing you are not trying and if you are not trying you are not growing.


So what about you? What are some things that you failed in? What happened and how did you recover from it and learn from it. Please leave a comment below and share your stories so we can all learn together.



Austin Lantz


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