Friday, August 17, 2007

Giving due props


My mentor, friend and co-worker Bill has taught me more about the art of photography than just about any other person.

Through him, I've learned how essential good cropping is to crafting a good photo, and how an effective crop can reveal the picture within the picture, thus opening the door to something that wasn't perceived when the shot was taken.

Bill has also shared with me his encyclopedic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop photo editing software. Bill works digital alchemy with it. To watch him free a photo's hidden potential is to watch a master at work. And he's just as adept in a traditional darkroom.

If this man were paid according to the worth of his skills and his mastery of not only taking images but bringing out their full beauty, he would be vacationing in Hawaii a couple times a year.

He's a damn good photojournalist and technician and an equally good mentor and friend.

I can be pretty cocky and irreverent, but when Bill talks, I just shut up and absorb what he's saying.

Thanks, Bill.

5 comments:

Matt K. said...

Good mentors are hard to find - you're pretty lucky.

Jean said...

"How an effective crop can reveal the picture within the picture, thus opening the door to something that wasn't perceived when the shot was taken".

How interesting. I've always felt that cropping was somehow cheating, whilst doing it a lot, and indeed perceiving just this. Will be thinking again.

Michael said...

No, no, cropping isn't cheating. Cropping allows for focusing the eye on the subject of a photo. Not cheating at all.

forman said...

"i can be pretty cocky and irreverant"

no, not anywhere i've read.

and i agree too, you're very lucky to find somebody with such knowledge.

Michael said...

In my personal life, I'm very cocky. But, I also realize the debt I owe to people who have helped me develop the skills and knowledge to have that attitude.

Yes, I am very lucky to have Bill as mentor and friend. He is sharp in his criticism but also fair, and he gives praise when it's deserved. It was a lucky stroke for me that our paths crossed.