It was a great experience and I learned a lot:
- Be careful using wide angle lenses as they distort towards the edges of a frame. Bleh.
- The best critiques are usually the ones that make you nervous. Case point: Cheryl Diaz Meyer. Tough, blunt, but ultimately right. She gave me the most helpful critique.
- Watching Jed Conklin tone photos is going to drastically change how I process my photos. Who knew levels could do that much?
- Going through other people's shoots and competing in a 50 frame shootout has made me realize the importance of taking time to compose a photo rather than just shooting everything. I need to think more while shooting.
- Working relationships are not the same as personal friendships.
- Jim Bye is awesome. He drove back to Bowling Green from Murray, a two and a half hour trip, halfway through workshop to pick up faster computers to make the network run more smoothly. We had a Jim Bye Appreciation Day when he came back complete with masks, a card, and a plate of brownies. I think he enjoyed getting recognition for his hard work, something he rarely sees.
- Liz O. Baylen's multimedia piece gave me a different outlook on video as a creative medium. I have some ideas brewing. I might ask for the 5D Mark II for Christmas.
- Photojournalists are a very weird and tight knit bunch. Everybody seems to know everybody else.
- Workshop has been helpful in clarifying my goals for photography and where I want to take it, something I've struggled with for a long time.Even after all the time with the professionals, looking at good work, and even getting some ideas for future projects, I don't feel the overwhelming passion that I would need to be a photographer. I still love it, but the more I think about it, the more it seems to be a hobbie on the side rather than a full fledged career.