“Experienced in the horrors of war the small band of elite soldiers regarded their next mission as an easy one. Go to Brynsiencyn and teach Lee the basics of off-camera flash. Days later those that remained finally found their way home……”
“Will you stop pressing the feckin shutter button…”
~ Robert Jones
All a bit confusing for anyone – let alone if you struggle (and I mean really struggle) with Dyscalculia like I do – you find every excuse under the sun to get out of doing something – even as far as pretending you are not interested or using that old excuse – You are just too busy…
* But what if you are interested?
* What if you really do want to do something?
* What if you yearn to produce a high standard of photography?
* What if you want to just shut the admin office door and play with your camera, style the products & props you are addicted to purchasing and get creative with photography of your own?
* What if you are fed up with pretending it doesn’t matter, doesn’t hurt, or you feel left out and you really do want to have a go yourself without having to throw your camera at your best friend and say “Fix it for me please”?
Don’t get me wrong, I have “THE” Best Business Partner in the whole world – he is good at what he does, he knows his stuff and he has understanding, patience and time for anyone who wants to learn – it is me, I just (must) drive him nuts – not because of my condition but because I won’t stop and listen and I get too frustrated, with myself… And, if I am honest, it is easier to just ask the BossTog to do it for me and it is probably, if he is honest too, just easier for him to do it rather than put up with my temper tantrums born of frustration..
I suppose it is like having your partner to teach you to drive – it just doesn’t work and you learn way more if you get a driving instructor to help you.
Last year in 2015 I achieved a lot, I ticked a lot of boxes and reached many of my goals, targets and KPIs but only on a professional front – personally I didn’t do so good, because I got too lazy, because it was easier to just find a work around (or to blame I was too busy doing the day job) to the issue of not being able to use my camera to its best ability because I couldn’t cope with bloody numbers… And silly bloody fraction numbers at that – whoever invented them things wants shooting…
This year 2016 – I turn 50…
* I don’t want to be FAT at 50 – I want to be slim, fit and healthy and to be able to do anything I want to do (like cope in 49 degree heat in Budapest) without having the excess baggage.
* I want to be able to use my Olympus E-PL7 PEN back to front and inside out – I want to be able to use it instinctively – to know what I need to be on, what setting I need to use and I want to produce photography to be proud of and know it is all my own work – and yes, that does include the post processing and not just using SnapSeed either… But the proper grown up processing packages that serious photographers use.
How I am going to do it…
* Both Eifion and Myself are making the time and putting in the effort regarding our Continued Professional Development in our own personal photography – It’s already begun – each month (sometimes twice a month) we’ve been meeting with our good friends Rob and Sharon and Eif has already had 4 acceptances and one medal of merit in the first “International Salon” he entered and last night – I, under the superb tutelage of Rob – set up two “Still – Life” scenes – both related to my Two Things… Both of which will make up my personal photographic projects for 2016.
*** An Olympus In My Handbag – Where I Go, My Camera Will Go ***
*** Food & Product Photography – My Weight Watcher Journey ***
* My Weight Watcher leader Jenny will be instrumental in my weigh loss journey – but again, like with the photography – I will have all the help and support I need but if I don’t do it, if I don’t put the work and effort into all I need to do to make it happen – it ain’t gonna happen. So, I am putting a bit of motivation into myself and my goals and hoping that mixing all my photographic ambitions with my weight loss journey and bringing them all into my personal photographic projects it will be easier (and rewarding) for me to stick to both of my, very important to me, 2016 dreams.
Time, Targets, Homework, Preparation, Dedication and Organisation will be key – No room for excuses – no blaming I am too busy.. I will also be keeping a journal and file – keeping a record of ideas, what I have done, why I have done it, hints and tips to help me remind me of those pesky numbers and what they do – and while I have the support of Rob (and Eifion) I have to do it for myself – Rob has a style of teaching that perfectly suits my needs (and personality) – his no nonsense – show you once now you do it by yourself approach and the fact he gives me homework!!! – and no excuse is good enough if I’ve not done it means that I will soon be able to instinctively know how to use my super little Olympus EPL7 Pen.
My Olympus In My Handbag – – Where I Go, My Camera Will Go image shown at the top of this page was a result of Rob making me set up completely by myself – no help on the styling at all like he had helped me with (for technical purposes) for my Food Product image. By the way – those lovely product in that image are all made by Olympus – even the handbag and I LOVE the notebook and pencil.
From now on, Monday’s will be My day, dates and times will go into the diary for study, prep and tuition – and they will stay there unless the world is ending – if I don’t do this now I never will and it will be the one (or rather two) regrets I will take to my grave.
Want to see the first result of my Food Photography – My Weight Watcher Journey – still – life set up? Here it is, my first Off Camera Flash image that I was made to work hard for, it wasn’t just a matter of pressing the shutter button – with a very firm Rob insisting he’d show me once then I had to do it in front of him and then alone by myself with him out of the room – this is Chicken and Leek Pie – from page 110 of the new Weight Watchers Smart Points Cookbook.
Want to know why the title “Blinded by the light….”?
Well, Rob made me do ALL of the work, I had to tell him what to do – but every time I asked him to move one of the speed-lights (and usually while he was looking at it directly) I pressed the button on the remote release and the flash would go off – straight into his face…
“Will you stop pressing the feckin shutter button…” became a very common phrase last night.