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Lessons learned

From: Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists

Video: Lessons learned

Before we wrap up our time with David Cargill, I thought it would be interesting to reflect upon a few lessons that I learned. You know whenever I have an experience like this, I almost always spend some time in my journal, writing down thoughts, ideas and notes, lessons that I've learned. The lessons that I've learned have to do with three different pictures. I want to share those with you. You know, this first picture, it reminds me of the importance of paying attention to details. This was an important picture for me because somehow it set the course. It set the trajectory for the entire shoot.

Lessons learned

Before we wrap up our time with David Cargill, I thought it would be interesting to reflect upon a few lessons that I learned. You know whenever I have an experience like this, I almost always spend some time in my journal, writing down thoughts, ideas and notes, lessons that I've learned. The lessons that I've learned have to do with three different pictures. I want to share those with you. You know, this first picture, it reminds me of the importance of paying attention to details. This was an important picture for me because somehow it set the course. It set the trajectory for the entire shoot.

So this picture, again, it stands perhaps as a way to remind me of paying attention to those small details. Well, the next lesson that I learned has to do with this picture. This picture is really well composed. I was thinking about all of the different parts and pieces. It makes me think about what Keith said. He said, "Be ruthless with space." I want to have everything in the exact right spot, even the separation of the head and the apple. I had to lower my camera position so it was in just the right spot.

And this particular picture reminds me of the importance of taking the time to compose. Now the last lesson that I learned here has to do with this photograph. In a sense, this photograph, it stands as a token, a token which reminds me that sometimes the best portraits, well, they're not straightforward or direct. In other words, so often when I'm trying to capture a portrait I go for the face, for the person, something which is really direct. And many times it pays off to be a bit more poetic.

Think about it. Well what does a poet do? A poet says more with less. And if ever you can say more with less, it can help you create even more powerful frames.

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