Whew, s’been a while since I blogged this up here, but if you’ve missed the Grimey Studios / Roberts Imaging photowalks, we’ve been doing them, I’ve just been forgetting to say so.
So. We’re walking this coming Tuesday, which is all August 18th and stuff. Meeting place: downtown Indianapolis, Illinois and Washington (under the Artsgarden, outside the Champps). Bring a camera, a friend, a spouse, extra batteries. If you’re down, bring a buck or two to throw towards whatever model I can scare up to work with us (yes, we’re gonna try to go back to shooting models, I like’em.)
This’ll be rain or shine, my droogies. Rain we go inside to the mall and Artsgarden, shine we stay outside around the same. It’ll be good for urban portraiture: glass and steel and cement all around. And aesthetically-pleasing glass, concrete, and cement at that.
So, if you want more pictures like the one at right (that’s Erin, who kindly donated her time and sexiness to our last photowalk with Nikon and Jeff Penn), then be sure to, you know, be there, if you can.
This week’s walkabout will take place Wednesday evening. Yup, you read correctly, Wednesday evening. We’re moving walkabouts to the schedule-friendlier time of 6pm, now that the evning light lasts long enough and is better than the morning light (well, for what we do, anyway). Meet us at 6pm at Rock Bottom, downotown Indy, for an hour of photography followed by an open invitation to join the two lead dudes of Grimey Studios for 2 buck pints at downotwn’s best brew pub.
Also, tentaively penciled for May 30th, but subject to change, we’re working on our first of a couple big Saturday photo shoots, where we want to bring lighting equipment and various camera reps out so everyone can play with equipment that might normally be above their pay grade. We have Nikon and olympus in the chute for this, and I’m talking with a lovely local model gal for one of them, and I’m going to contact this very ripped gentleman for the other, so it’ll be a good portfolio building exercise if you can make it out.
(Me, personally, I need to talk Oly into bringing a 35-100mm for me and Mr Henry to use, but boy is that a sweet friggin lens. F2! Zoom!)
In photography right now there are three basic ways to descrbie the top offerings from any given manufacturer: pro, expert, or flagship. My problem with the current market is how the term “pro” has come to be used.
Generally speaking, a “pro” camera, if you believe the market definition, has the company’s best imaging hardware and a full metal body with dual integrated grips (vertical and horizontal). I think this is a very commercially skewed take on what makes something a pro body.
Going to the root of “pro” we of course reach “professional.” It’s worth remembering that a professional is a person who makes their living from their photography. To that end, professional equipment really implies durability. Professionals generally are interested in durable equipment, because to them equipment is a tool and part of a cost and return equation. Well built equipment with acceptable performance for their specific needs is a good investment in the long run because the less often equipment has to be replaced the better the expense.