Internship Adventures: Westlight -010
This week I was very fortunate to witness something in the studio and be able to learn from that experience. I won’t mention the details, but it is important to understand boundaries when in a work environment, which many people do not. I was able to witness a situation that was helpful to me for understanding those boundaries within in myself and also others in the future.
I also spoke with my mentor and a few others that work at the studio about the importance of communicating with your subject. They can’t see what you want the image to look like. You have to tell them where to move and place their hand. Sometimes when you are lucky a model clicks with you, but more often than not you must direct them, get to know them, and talk with them. But also, don’t overdue it. I also learned that one of the photographers had gone to a shoot with another photographer and while shooting dog carriers for a client, the client said, “make them look good”. The second shooter apparently was already upset and had said something back about the condition on the carriers and how difficult it would be to make them look good because of how poorly made they were. The first photographer pulled him outside and spoke to him letting him know that no matter how angry you are what he said in front of the client was inappropriate and that he should have just stepped away and collected himself. This is something I feel like many many people do not understand yet. If something upsets you, walk away for a moment or calm down before you speak. Anyways, it goes to show that most people do not understand that every single image you see online or on social media has been altered to an extent, and that as a photographer, our job is to make anything look amazing.