Many people dream of wanting to make photography a bigger part of their lives. They are deeply passionate about pictures and they are often more talented than even they seem to realize. It’s amazing to see their joy when they realize that they can be the photographer they always wish they could be.
For the last several months my smartphone camera has remained in my pocket and I’ve been carrying around a new camera instead. It’s made an incredible difference in what I see, what I shoot, and most particularly in the quality of the images I capture. Most amazingly though, it’s a professional camera that also allows me to get any image to social media—within seconds.
One day I asked myself, “If someone were to give me the complete freedom to shoot anything I wanted with an unlimited budget, what would that be?” This was meant to be an existential question about who I wanted to be in the future as a photographer. The answer changed my life as a photographer and might change yours as well.
A few weeks ago I was introduced to a group of talented shooters whose work cries out to be more broadly seen and enjoyed. Every week, these photographers have the responsibility to capture subjects as varied as athletics, healthcare, corporate communications, and illustration. And their work is simply brilliant.
Photography gets under your skin. It burrows itself into your soul and infects you for a lifetime. It chooses you. When you meet other people who also love photography, their energy is infectious and it’s deeply inspiring to be around. They understand your obsession. And they want to talk about the virus that’s infected us all.
When I started using Speedlights, I was hoping that I might be able to use them for some of my work without feeling like I was cheating my clients. A few months and many projects later, the only one I feel like I’ve been cheating is myself—for not ditching the studio gear more often. These days my Speedlights are getting a very regular workout and I feel pretty foolish for not looking into them years ago.