Charles makes a mistake and gets really upset about the situation. Thus a podcast was born.
This podcast talks about mistakes. Systematic versus random errors. How little mistakes can reflect poorly on you. How little mistakes can cost you time, money, or even your life.
This podcast is chockfull of examples about how being precise can truly benefit you as a photographer. Precision should be a guiding philosophy in your journey as a photographer.
What does this mean for photographers?
Systematic errors have serious implications for photographers affecting (but not limited to) the following issues:
- Dodging and burning
- Getting better models
- Developing a consistent style
- Scoping out locations site-unseen
- Multi-tasking (camera settings, manual focus, prisms, lighting, model direction, etc.)
Are all mistakes bad? No. This podcast will be the impetus for the next podcast about when mistakes can be good. That podcast will be called "organic mutation".
A private workshop photographer tells Charles about a request to speak about fashion photography at a local college. Except he isn't a working professional fashion photographer. And to make matters worse, his "arch rival" is speaking as well.
So he declines the invitation.
This podcast is about what Charles would have asked this photographer do in this situation. This is a learning lesson about opportunity, perspective, defining success, and not missing an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition.
For the first time Charles goes against photographers going pro.
Keith sent Charles the petapixel video (link below) for how people in other industries responded when asked to do free spec work. The conclusion is that photographers should all just say no to free spec work.
Or is it?
Charles and Keith discuss the merits of asking for and providing free spec work.
Following the last podcast Charles tells Keith about his process when entering a shoot site unseen. The podcast talks about process and set sequence as afforded by the location and natural light. The discussion turns towards the end of the shoot when Charles discovers he has a dead spare battery and how he manages that situation along with previous camera situations.
What do you say when a model asks you for proofs of the entire shoot? Here's a real story of a real conversation of how Charles stood up for fashion photographers all around the world and told model no.