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My Wallet

My Wallet

I went to an appointment this morning and my plan was to grab lunch after my appointment.  I had a coupon for a free sandwich – no strings attached.  I thought I would get my free sandwich and buy a soda.  I go to grab for my wallet, and my wallet isn’t there.

When that happens, your first reaction is panic.  “Did I leave my wallet somewhere?”  “Did someone steal it?” are among some of the thoughts you have.

Then, I remembered, I took it out of my jeans last night so my jeans could be washed.  It’s probably on the bench in the bedroom.

I took my sandwich to-go and headed home, worrying the entire way that I might be mistaken and my wallet really is missing.  I drove carefully and cautiously home so not to draw attention to myself.

When I got home, I went straight to where I thought it might be.  I didn’t see it right off the bat which would explain why it didn’t make it to my pocked.  But, mingled in with some objects of similar texture and color it was there.  Whew!

I ate my sandwich and then headed to my office to get some work done.  I had received an e-mail requesting I teach on a few subjects later this month in the Church Service Missionary Photography meeting.  Today happened to be a good day for getting that organized.

Their asking me to teach on the subject was great timing.  Last night I had dreamt about teaching this subject and a good way to present the topic.  I headed to the cyclorama table to take a picture that I would use in teaching the subject.

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Color Space

It will be an overly simplified example to teach what many find a very complex subject.  The exciting thing is, it will work.

A Windy Day

In Pittsburg, California, the wind used to hit our 2-story house and it sounded like a car running in to the side of the house.  “BOOM”, when it would hit, and then you’d hear the sound as it would rush by.

Today I experienced that here for the first time.  I was in my studio, and suddenly, “BOOM”, and then the door, which wasn’t shut all the way, creaked open.

When I went out to run some errands, I noticed one yard being cleared of its leaves by the wind.  I thought that would be cool if all the leaves from my yard made their way to some abandoned field.


Time to editorialize…

I noticed the liberals jumping all over the fame of Malala Yousafzai, the young lady from Pakistan who is pushing for the education of women.  Right off the bat, let me state I think this young lady is amazing, brave and intelligent.

The problem is, the politicians in this country who are parading Malala Yousafzai’s accomplishments are the same ones that try to regulate such behavior through law.

It is one thing to pass a law declaring discrimination is illegal, but it is another thing to require quotas – something the Democrats are quite good at.

Any time we try to regulate or force people to behave a certain way, it is going to backfire.  Look at prohibition.  Yeah, avoiding alcohol is always a good idea, but forcing people to that standard, isn’t.

In any event, I find it scary when Nancy Peolosi starts parading Malala Yousafzai around as a poster child for women’s education.

Oh, speaking of discrimination, I recently saw an ad, “Wanted, photographer’s assistant.  Must be a good-looking young woman.”

Really?  With the Equal Opportunity Employment Laws, someone would actually post that in an ad?

Wow, I think even on Craig’s list, they have you check a box that you agree to follow the law and not post any jobs that discriminate.

Of course, I’ve been to these events, fairs and tradeshows where the booze companies have their booth.  They always have a big crowd.  No, they aren’t giving away free booze.  In fact, I’m not sure if they give away anything because I avoid them.  But, they always seem to have scantily clad women and all the guys are trying to get close enough to talk to them.

You never see a size 2x woman in their booth, and you might see one guy standing in the background like a bouncer.  Nobody is attempting to talk to him.

So, I wonder if a 5’8″ man, bald, weighing 250 pounds were to apply for the job of working in their booth if he’d have a snowball’s chance in hell in getting it?

A long time ago, I worked for a company where one of the supervising managers was visibly upset.  After work, I asked him, “Something bothering you?”

He explained he was told he had to lay off one of his designers.  He told human resources the decision was easy.  He gave them the name of the guy and stated, “He’s my lowest producer.”

The H.R. guy came back and told him, he can lay off anyone except that guy.  When he asked why he couldn’t lay him off since it really didn’t do a very good job, he was told he couldn’t because the guy was a minority and that would put his department below quota.

You see, sometimes we turn a blind-eye to discrimination because of what the public wants.  (Case-in-point:  The booze tradeshow booth.)  Other times, we’re told to conform because of laws that are meant to do good, but hurt productivity in the end.  (Case-in-point:  Co-working have to let go a good performer because the bad performer was a minority.)

You can’t legislate good behavior.  Malala Yousafzai’s behavior wasn’t regulated by Pakistani law by any means.  In fact, many see her as a rebel in Pakistan.  And, if you try to legislate that sort of behavior, it only backfires.

I saw this all the time in the corporate world.  A manager would make a rule trying to drive good behavior.  Instead, the workers would find ways around them.  If you tell someone production has to increase by 20% in the next month, they will find a way to fudge the numbers to meet the goal.  If you tell someone the average phone call needs to be under 3 minutes, they will hang up on customers in 2 minutes and 50 seconds.  One of the most common problems with people on time clocks is they get other people to punch them in or out.  The list goes on.

There are a lot of people who don’t drive fast on public roads because they know it is dangerous.  There are a lot of people who don’t smoke because they know it will kill you.  There are a lot of people who treat everyone with respect because they know they too are children of God. They know this stuff because someone taught them correctly.

I like how Joseph Smith, Junior, stated it in an interview with Daniel Webster, “I teach them correct principles and they govern themselves.”

Let PARENTS teach their children correctly so they can govern themselves.   Let parents teach their children that education has no color or gender.  Let parents teach their children that ability out ranks privilege.  Let parents teach their children to stand up against coercion no matter what form it takes.  Government can’t teach people to behave correctly, it can only try to control behavior.

Super Monday Spring 2013

Twice a year the Professional Photographers of America have Super Monday.  This is a day set aside for the education of professional and aspiring professional photographers.  I, again, volunteered to teach a class this day.

The class was Studio Lighting A-Z.  I had 5 students, and we had a great time.

One of the students was from Pleasanton, California.  And, although we didn’t personally know each other in California, we knew of each other.  She was actively involved in PPGBA (Professional Photographers of the Greater Bay Area), and I was involved with NCPP (Northern California Professional Photographers, which, by the way, split off from PPGBA back in the late 1990s.)

Lighting is one of those things that separates the men from the boys, as they say.  Anyone can take a picture using flat lighting, but dimensional lighting takes knowing what you’re doing.  And, so, that is why I decided to teach this class.

I was beat by the time I got done.  Teaching is demanding, but rewarding.


Super Monday Preparations

Monday is PPA’s Super Monday, and I’m teaching again. This time, Studio Lighting A-Z. So, I thought I’d get ready.

Thanks to Gray Betty, I was about to get some illustrative (eel-LUST-tra-tiv) shots for my students.

Broad Light Rembrandt

Broad Light Rembrandt

Pretty much the entire day was spent on getting ready, and I still don’t feel ready.

I will be having them set up the studio for various styles of lighting, as well as teaching them about the equipment, the theories, and science behind studio lighting.

Someone the other day said they met a graduate from a local university who had their Bachelor’s of Fine Art in Photography. When they mentioned something about lighting, the student had no clue what they were talking about. He wondered what in the world they were taught in college.

I still stand by my convictions that anyone wanting to go in to photography as a career should get a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, Marketing or Accounting. The “art” part can be developed after college, but the stuff learned in college with those degrees will help them more. After all, working in photography is about 90% business administration, sales, marketing and accounting, and 10% art.


I heard a great quote today, “It is better to be a guide on the side than a sage on the stage.” I’m going to have to remember that when teaching. Sometimes, it is easy to be the sage when your time is short, but after hearing this, I think it is more effective to always be a guide on the side. (There are exceptions when a teaching venue doesn’t allow for questions or group participation.)

Sister Gillespie and Sister Jones came to dinner tonight. We had white bean soup with ham, whole wheat muffins (which turned out perfectly), and chocolate/hazelnut mousse for dessert. Sister Jones had never seen the house, so Elizabethe gave her a tour.

My friend, John Kidd, called from California and we had a long talk about cameras, The Friend, and what’s out here in New York. I’m still trying to convince him to come visit.