Today I'd like to tell you about a gratifying experience I had yesterday. A friend of mine came over to my house to see what is involved in portrait flash photography. The afternoon started out with pretty standard stuff. I explained the anatomy of setting up for a indoor studio style portrait shoot. We talked about the gear involved and I skimmed over how it all works. After a few shots, Allan (my friend and student for the day) had taken a few shots and came away with a nice portrait if I do say so myself!
What I did not expect was the conversation we had about other things photographic. We compared notes on creativity pertaining to both landscape (which is Allan's passion) and portrait photography which is my own passion. We talked about other things to do with photography, photo editing software, printing your images and sharing them. Now I must admit I had to cut the day short because I had a shoot that day and I had to pack up my gear and get to my appointment.
Before I left I did offer to send Allan the images he shot to add to his own personal work. He declined saying that he was happy to spend some time with me to shoot and chat. That brings me to the title of this post "Paying it forward". You see I to had someone I liked to talk to and shoot with whenever I got the chance and more often than not he was very patient and helpful. He did not hoard is knowledge but instead he shared that knowledge. It ultimately made me a far better photographer and I saw this as an opportunity to share some expertise with someone else. It is as always a very gratifying experience.
I thought I'd share Allan's image with you for a couple of reasons. Even if he had it I'm afraid it would stay locked up on his computer and never see the light of day. Secondly the image is of my own daughter who has modeled for me many times in the past. So you be the judge and feel free to leave a comment. What do you think of Allan's first crack at a portrait? Personally I think it's pretty darn good!
Till next Sunday take care and we'll talk next week.