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It may seem strange that my favorite photography blog is written by someone who proudly professes to have no interest in being a photographer, but I've fallen in love with A Photo Editor. Admittedly, I'm probably the perfect market -- I have a lot of respect for magazine photography even when the final product leaves me dry, and the Myth-of-Sisyphus work ethic is right up my alley, the kind that will make someone shoot 700 perfectly exposed pictures, turn in 70 and grease-pencil 7 for one quarter-page photo, or do eight hours of set-up to make sure the client doesn't have to be on the set for more than three minutes. At the same time, I'm way too populist to give myself over to that world, so I don't have the bitterness that you see flaring up in the comments from photographers who A Photo Editor isn't hiring. In any case, it's provocative, insightful, funny, and a different kind of voice than you usually hear unless you're in that world.
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More from the studio

I had total creative control here, and wanted to get beyond simple beauty to something more interesting. I still prefer to get away from backgrounds and out into the world, but it is nice to have outlets:

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All Lit Up


All Lit Up
Originally uploaded by carpe icthus.

The one thing my motto -- "I shoot everything" -- had really been missing was extremely complicated lighting setups, mostly because I don't often have an extra $200,000 on me and a 5000 square foot studio. So I'm spending this week and next in an Advanced Studio Lighting class, and this is my favorite from yesterday.

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Now You're a Man!


Now You're a Man!
Originally uploaded by carpe icthus.

I shot my first bar mitzvah on Oct 13, and I really lucked out with this newly minted young adult. David is incredibly talented -- he played clarinet and keyboard with the band, and did a great job -- and just about the nicest 13-year-old I've ever come across, even when I was 13. The party had it all, too, from professional dancers to a casino to a fantastic view of the city. Congratulations, David!

Also, a funny story from the party. The DJ service had professional party guests -- basically attractive dancers there to make sure everyone was on the dance floor and having a good time. Now, every time I photograph someone for any reason, they stick in my head. Given that I take so many pictures in such a small area, I am filled with a perpetual sense of "Do I know you?" deja vu. Well, I kept getting that with one of the dancers, but it's really hard to ask "Do I know you from somewhere?" or especially "Have I taken a picture of you before?" without it seeming like a line. It wasn't until right after the party that it came to me -- she went to Columbia, and she was in a snapshot from a cocktail party three years ago. Yeah, that's my threshold for deja vu.