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Here in the world of Phil Hovey Photo, time is always moving too quickly. I’m glad to sit here and finally catch up with some writings.
I write many study guides, short hand notes, emails and text messages….
And yet, I don’t get much chance to ever write letters. I’ve been planning the following entry for some time….here is my letter to, you…my letter to the photographer.
You hold knowledge both technical and creative. You spend days learning and dreaming…only to find time to grab your gear and go.
Photographer, you possess tools that look similar to but do not perform like many others of its kind.
The camera you have chosen may have chosen you.
You may not know when it is time to focus and when it is time to release…but you know there is an unwritten story calling to you.
The journey is tough, it will not be easy to obtain the non-tangible rewards we seek. Images and shutter clicks will not be common and mundane…but adventures with each press of the shutter button.
Your training will be tested as your work may not be noticed, recognized or otherwise appreciated by the masses….but then again, who are the masses? They do not share your eye, your passion or dreams…thus, they are mere onlookers to your story.
Days are not lost if a camera remains tucked away safely in the bag. You never stop being a photographer…a watcher, a learner and a visionary.
The camera raised to your eye extends you to a world where you make history….for yourself or those around you…without ever knowing.
You freeze time, you control time…you get lost in time. You find ways to reproduce multiple versions of the decisive moment.
Photographer…..your fears, frustrations and your inner questions are your fuel. Shoot your fears, shoot that which scares you most…and you shall find truth.
You will not fail, but you will fall down. You will rise and rise again. You will find light in the darkest recesses.
Every frame you make will become a tile in the path towards your growth.
Photographer….you will find yourself inside the tenths of a second that captures your light.
Remember to accept any chance to adapt and change in your quest to capture time.
Photography alone is not easy, but those with passion for the image….will find a story to tell around every corner.
Simply holding to numbers and calculations will not create a photo. A photo lives inside a story. The essence of a scene is not based on equations and numbers read through-the-lens…but, photographer, understand that the best light is often hidden behind the shadows of the simplest formula.
You will share your gifts with yourself and then with the world.
Photographer, you have been chosen. And with that, choose to be the one who can capture time. “
This is Mr Phil signing off
I’ve been composing the opening line to this entry now for quite some time. Tonight has been about some serious reflection and thought.
Upon returning home from a trip to Boston MA, I sat and checked messages, backed up photos from the trip then got watching new videos posted from in various photo-related web searches.
One video that caught my attention was from yet another “pro-photographer/instructor”.
Typically, I try avoiding rants here. but tonight I must raise my flag of concern regarding this particular video.
"reliable sources" often tell us about what we ‘should’ be doing/not doing as photographers. It often comes in the form of what we should avoid doing. In this case, avoid asking for help with lenses if you ‘make money from shooting or have a pro level body’
Now that’s just stupid. My rant begins here with the fact that people are actually viewing videos such as the one quoted here. People are simply letting these want to be “pro photographers’ clutter their minds with backwards thinking. No wonder why I receive so many questions/concerns from students who are stuck in their photography because they are “too afraid to change”. Yet….I can not accurately address the entirety of what I call faux-tographers here in this one entry.
How does it matter what body we shoot with or if we take pay from shooting?
According to this ‘pro-photographer’, people with advanced cameras should ‘never’ ask “what lens would be good for this particular camera?”
He goes on to inform the masses that shooters of this level ‘should know what lenses to look for’. Well…no.
What if a portrait photographer wants to dabble in macro works and has no idea what lens is best for keeping sharp focus up close? I am assuming any rational shooter would ask macro photographers about their lenses.
Case in point….a car photographer may not know about the reasons for using a super telephoto lens for portrait work just in the same as a food photographer might not know the benefits of shooting a super wide angle lens for creative perspective skewing.
Now onto my side of the argument.
We are able to shoot more advanced content and styles because of what we learn as we grow. Our styles evolve as we continue to ask questions.
It is asinine to assume that a certain brand or model camera precludes us from asking for lens advice.
I cannot understand how ‘professionals’ can get away with spreading to the world this narrow minded “advice”.
I am sure that he (the photographer in question) at one point had to ask for help when selecting lenses as he switched cameras. ….And he did not begin his ‘pro’ career with a fully developed knowledge base of all lens and camera combinations. I assure that if I looked back onto his video archive, I’d see videos with him selling/buying/trading lenses as he learned the pros/cons to each unit tested….
The fact is that to share knowledge with and encourage growth of our fellow shooters, we become stronger photographers.
In my own travels, I think back to all the tricks I’ve picked up by simply asking questions of those around.
Lenses don’t work the same for ALL people…..so why should all people with a certain camera feel constrained when it comes time to selecting lenses?
Ask those around you…..because some day, after you’ve stumbled onto your new signature look….you’ll thank someone for the lens advice.
Personally, I never wanted to shoot a long lens. I thought it was too confining. One day, I asked why a certain photographer always used the 70-200 for his portrait work.
The reasons he explained to me seemed so simple once he began going into greater detail regarding the benefits of his 70-200mm lens.
In his discussion with me, I realized a few things. First, I realized that many of the troubles I was having were due to not having the right lens. I then was able to understand that a longer lens would solve many problems I was having.
Yet, without asking, I’d never have learned those tricks…nor would I have been able to adapt that lens into my own signature style that you all see here.
In closing…don’t feel restricted by your lenses, but do ask those you look up to for gear recommendations if you feel stuck.
There are so many lenses available to DSLRs today…why not investigate as many as we can?
We learn, we shoot, we grow and we evolve. Knowledge is the root of the evolution…so, seek the knowledge.
This is Mr Phil signing off,
It has been a long while since I wrote to you all. My absence has not been due to lack of interest, but more like….lack of time.
My mission to create has lead me into some very exciting times.
I’ll add in later, shots that I am so proud of. I almost don’t know how to choose…as I’ve been shooting at what seems to be a non-stop and increasingly exciting pace.
Before I continue…I want to thank my team of amazing models/friends/fellow creators. Without you, none of this recent glory would be possible.
But as always…each edition of this blog has a theme. So let’s get to it.
From a question asked of me this week: Don’t you get bored with shooting?
I was asked this after someone looked through my past 2 months of images on the facebook page….where I also have my Project 365 gallery.
Bored…do I get bored? I really don’t.
Some may look at my body of work and see similar faces, lighting methods, poses and style cues among my shots. Yet, I find surprises and excitement in each session I pull.
When I enter the room or arrive on scene, I always feel lucky and honored that someone wants me to capture their essence in images.
The fact that people have grown to recognize what it is I do, is so flattering and astounding to me. Part of me is still humbled every time someone refers in conversation to an image I have shot. That means people study my images enough to mention/discuss my photos to others.
"why do you shoot the same people all the time?"
Well, the simple answer is…..the regulars are all my close friends.
That is the most important reason.
But, aside from that…..I take so much pride in capturing my close knit group on a repeat basis b/c as time marches on, we all change and grow. It is so interesting to allow our creations to grow and evolve as a team.
That’s a challenge. It is not easy to build upon past themes, to reinvent oneself consistently. First time session or fifteenth session, I want to capture my subject’s at a level that not even they are ready to project.
To me, there is never an excuse to be “just OK”.
Moreso….it is a distinct honor to have people enjoy coming back for repeat shoots with me.
If I had to put a closing thought together…..I’d say this much.
Each shoot should be focused on creating iconic images of your subjects.
Shoot as if tomorrow, any image from a session could be that person’s cover shot on Time, Vogue or People. Create iconic images and create your signature by finding your light.
This is Mr Phil Signing Off,
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