Saturday, 30 August 2008
Tuesday, 26 August 2008
Saturday, 23 August 2008
The theory was that we were going to do some product shots in the studio. In practice we just mucked around with a bag of lollies. Some of the shots turned out all right but I really must say that there has to be an easier way to stop lollies in the air than the way we were trying to do it... There may be some lollies left in the studio, it's amazing how far they can bounce for soft sweets!
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 13:46
Sunday, 10 August 2008
Saturday, 9 August 2008
When I was 13 I attended a careers day at the local hospital. I saw an ambulance and spoke to the officers and decided that I was going to be an ambulance officer. No problems, study what was needed to be studied and wait until I was 21 (you need a full drivers licence).
And that's what I did, studied biology, physical education and maths etc, joined the army as a medic when I was 17, worked as a nurse until I was 21, applied to the ambulance service and was accepted at 21.
Over the years things change and progress and now I am passionate about photography. All of my money is spent on photography, books, gear, film (yes, it still exists), monitors, printers, scanners and the single most expensive thing so far - the course... And, yes, it is keeping me broke at present. The hope is that the effort will bring the rewards.
I was speaking to one of my staff a while ago. She is currently studying paramedical science at uni and seems to me to be doing it quite slowly. There is an opportunity for students to apply for a job and receive more "on the job" training to compliment the uni course but she hasn't applied...
My question to her was "if this is what you really want to do why aren't you doing it?"
Her answer made me think about "passion" and what it means. She told me that to be an ambulance paramedic was her passion but that she didn't want to rush into it. She didn't want to take it to the next level (intensive care paramedic) and that she was in no hurry to start working as a paramedic.
I don't get it. My idea of passion is that it has an intensity of desire that means that anything that doesn't drive you towards it is ignored and neglected. The speed that you run towards your "passion" is as fast as you can possibly go and you only occasionally stop for breath.
What is passion? Passion is what drives you forward towards your dreams. It surprises me that there is a slow option...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 09:32
Bear with me on this one;
Last week at school we were getting the studio set up for the session. One of the girls in the course was disappointed to find out that her brand new (Nikon D80) camera didn't have a sync plug for the flash cable. "No problems" said I... We'll just set your cameras' internal flash to trigger the slave on the studio flash, if we turn down the power on your flash to minimum then the light won't affect the image it will just trigger the flash...
Yet another disappointment was in store, the camera flash couldn't be adjusted. So off I went to my bag of gear and pulled out an external flash, set it to manual, reduced the power and sure enough it worked. My comment to the girls (and the instructor) was "why am I here (learning this stuff that I can already do)?" The girls said that I was here to teach them stuff (but I'm a student and I paid to learn stuff not to teach stuff).
The instructor looked at me and asked me a question; "You know what they call people with too much "stuff" don't you?", I wasn't sure so he told me; "a geek!" Well I thought about this for a second and my response was to ask him "which problem that we have had here tonight was I not able to fix?" I'm still waiting for an answer...
Now I'll be the first to admit that I have been known to be a smart arse but this wasn't my intention at all.
What I learned from this is that I am well qualified to be a studio assistant but I'm not yet there with the photography and that is a problem that I'm working on... And that's why I'm there...
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 08:39
Tuesday, 5 August 2008
I found this today after someone pointed me to the website www.faildogs.com where they have a range of sometimes quite funny (and sometimes downright weird) photos of dogs failing to make the grade in various ways.
Posted by Malcolm Garth at 20:37