When the weather turns bad, the pictures get good. An old quote by NGS’ Sam Abell. It’s good to know and good to follow. I’ve written it here in the past.
Also, its good to understand the long road. The long road to learning.
These comments are driven by somebody who commented here and followed up with an email in sort of a demanding tone. She offered me another blogger’s site to show me just how I should teach what I do.
Yeah. That’s a good start.
I won’t comment on the other blogger except to say that pictures of flowers and nature will earn you exactly nothing in the stock photography world. Mostly that industry is broken. But, those who do earn any serious money in the stock industry make pictures of people doing stuff. They do fairly high-end productions and make large collections of images. Not, the occasional nature picture or two. If you want to see their work, ask me. I’ll post some links. They make good money. But, they invest good money. Oh, and did I mention? They are seriously talented.
If you look around in the comments section of the past week, you’ll see my response. I teach enough on Storyteller. I teach you about how I think, and how it might be applicable to what you do. I do think that I quietly encourage some of you, just based on what I see of your own blogs.
That’s my intent.
If you have a specific question, by all means ask it. I’ll answer it if I can. But, don’t expect to me outline everything that I do in a step by step manner so you can copy it.
For one thing, you can’t copy it. No two people think alike. No two people see alike. And, no two people have the same intent and vision. When I say tinker, I mean it. I don’t write down each step. I move around in an organic manner. To do my work any differently would alter the outcome. Maybe it would be better. Likely not. It would be worse.
If you read my reply and you really want me to do that, make me an offer. I reckon that since I started with the proto-Photoshop, that was then owned by Aldus, and bought by Adobe, my knowledge really should be worth something. I’ve been managing color since 1983 in one way or another. I’ve been tinkering with color since 1991.
Let me be clear. My intent was never to create a revenue stream from other photographers or people who want to be photographers. Many of my professional brothers do that. They teach online. They offer one on one training. They offer workshops. They offer photo tours. These days there must be 50 guys I know going to Cuba to teach other photographers to take pictures in Cuba. Many of the teachers have never been to Cuba. There is nothing wrong with this. It’s a way to make ends meet when assignments are dry. Or, when you start to age and don’t feel like beating yourself up. In fact, maybe I should do it.
I could teach you how to photograph well beyond the touristy stuff in New Orleans and not get shot, robbed or stabbed. Or, something like that. And, I know where the really local and good places to eat are located.
By the way, unlike my rant at WordPress, this is not a rant. That commenter really got me thinking that I should maybe do something like teach here or there or somewhere for a fee. I’m just afraid somebody will offer me a chicken in payment…
Anyway, the picture.
It’s very cold in New Orleans today. It will be for the next few days. The weather people are calling for a wintry mix. Certainly rain. Maybe some sleet. The possibility of snow. The first Carnival parade of the year was postponed from tonight until tomorrow night when it will be cold but nothing will be falling from the sky. Except for some confetti and Mardi Gras throws. I don’t know about the other event yet. But, they ride around in a streetcar, so they may keep going. However, they are very community-oriented and the community will be inside roasting logs and burning marsh mellows.
So. I published a cold weather picture from my New Mexico days. Just so you know, most of my post production on this picture is darkening everything and making the picture so contrasty that the streets shined. Well, the ice helped too. Then I added a frame.