Getting to the next level is a deep priority for many who want to diversify their skill set and become more visually interesting to those who see their pictures. And really, getting to the next level should be a priority. Because your photography journey is truly endless, and each step you take along that path will get you closer to the photographer you wish to be.
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.
Perspective-control lenses are one of my secret weapons. They are tools that allow me to create pictures that would be nearly impossible to capture in any other way. They will always have a place in my camera bag, and they might deserve a place in yours too.
Brad Smith, the former director of photography at Sports Illustrated, says, “Photo shoot is Latin for “‘problem.’” Problems are relative, of course, but there is something about a photo shoot that seems to generate more than its fair share of hurdles to clear. Overcoming those problems can be one of the most satisfying parts of creating photographs—especially when you’re working with more than 70 of the world’s best athletes at the MLB All-Star Game.
Every introduction of cutting-edge camera technology brings a set of new possibilities—some insanely valuable, some with questionable merit. What really matters to me is, “What will the technology allow me to do that I can’t already do?” If something is just marginally better than what I already have, I’ll likely stick with what I’ve got. But if it will allow me to make pictures that I couldn’t make any other way—or nearly as easily—then the line forms behind me to get my hands on it.
Whether on skis, at the gym, or in the studio, Lindsey Vonn is hard-wired to work at the highest level. She’s an Olympic gold medalist, the women’s record holder for World Cup victories, and she is one of the most naturally beautiful women I’ve ever photographed.