We Know What We’re Talking About
Over the 15+ years we’ve being doing this clients have said all sorts of things, but a couple crop up regularly.
The first is when they get their scanned photos, or particularly scanned slides and negatives, it’s something like “Wow! You really do know what you’re doing.” Obviously I make such a poor impression on people that they’re shocked that they get any sort of digital image out of their ancient material let alone a clean, colourful image that looks great. I’ve got used to it, I have a smile and say to myself they’re just very happy with their scans and this is their way of saying so.
The second is “Do you take photos yourself?” When this came up I wasn’t sure what people meant. Could it be they thought I was so dim I wouldn’t even be able to operate a shutter? That anything beyond an iPhone would be a stretch? Even though this has been said many times I’m still not fully at ease. My best interpretation is that clients expect someone operating a photo oriented business should come at it from the direction of skilled snapper rather than just from an IT / computing background.
Well I do take photos. It’s now my number one hobby and it’s something I’ve worked at particularly in the last few years. Originally I shot analogue material which I was able to develop and print in the darkrooms I had the use of while at university. Today I’m fully digital, using primarily Sony equipment. It has brought me some success in competitions. To prove it these are the trophies secured last Friday. The silver plate is for best landscape photographer of the year, the shield was won for the annual projected digital image league at the Brentwood and District Photo Club. Daffodils by Sainsburys.
So please, we do know what we’re talking about and yes, I do take photos myself. They’re photos other people think are pretty good.