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So I'm Photographing in a Prison..

I’m 17, turning 18 on Friday. I feel both totally out of my league, and really excited. I KNOW I have a knack for portraiture.. Or at least the two-second street portraiture that I’ve practiced. These portraits will be headhsot/three-fourths body images, and simple two-light softboxed setups on an all white BG. I’m shooting with a digital camera in raw. I’ve worked with softboxes/studio lights enough to know how to use them, but I’ve got a whole lot more experience with natural light. Below is my gear list.. Am I forgetting anything?

4x lightstands

2x softboxes

2x Calumet Genesis Strobes

2x powerpacks (shoulder-slung)

1x hurley proboard (BUY $165)

2x Cameras

4x clamps

1x hotshoe flash

1x pc sync adapter

1x sync cord

1x 8gb SD Card

2x 4gb SD Card

1x 2gb SD Card

1x 1gb SD card

2x AAA Battery Packs

In terms of communicating with my subjects… I’m just gonna give them my full honesty. I am a middle class white boy who has no idea what they’re going through. I’m gonna say that they shouldn’t try to show ME their essence, but show the people that may see my work. The people who know what they’ve endured. I have a severe stutter, which I hope will help me to connect with these people. I refuse to bring an ego with my photography, as I feel I’m too much of a spring chicken to deserve one. When I’m 65, I hope I’ve led a strong enough career to be an arrogant son of a bitch.

Any and all advice about ANYTHING (gear, attitude, communication, what to eat beforehand, etc etc etc) is extremely appreciated. I feel nervous and inadequate, but I have to start somewhere. “Humanity” will be my first big series, for better or worse.

by Phil Garber at 2013-04-18 03:37:47 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

Take 1 more synch cord and a small external HD and laptop for immediate backup.
With your attitude, you are going to do just fine. Just fine. Don’t worry.

by John Rudoff | 18 Apr 2013 15:04 | Portland Oregon, United States | | Report spam→

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