PERSONALITY THURSDAY 
Of Cameras & Photoshop &
I know it’s Personality Thursday, but before the photos, allow me to rant about a particular breed of people. You know them, the ones who see my photos and are like ‘Wow, those are nice. What camera do you use?’ *face to palm*. But that sounds like a very reasonable question right? Well yes, but the problem is when people ask it to validate the quality of what they see. Its like, ‘oh, he uses a D40, no wonder he has good photos’ or ‘oh, he uses a D40, surely then it must be photoshop, yes, that explains it, photoshop!’
Maybe I should just shut up and deal with it, but I wont. Because it takes a lot more than a good camera to take good photos. Yes, a good camera does help but you see you have to be doing something to be helped. A good photo can be got by an inferior camera, even a camera phone and a crappy photo can be taken with a Nikon D3s in the hands of an idiot. A photographer is not someone with a really cool camera because it takes more. Calling someone a photographer just because they have a camera is as calling someone a marathon runner just because they have thin legs. It don’t work that way.
To make good photos, I believe, you need a very good eye to see the shot, then the camera shall help you get the shot. If you have a vision of what the shot should be then you shall know what to do with your camera, what settings to change(aperture size, exposure time, iso etc) so as to get that shot that is in your vision. Without that vision, you are just a blob of flesh with a real fancy camera, or even not. Sometimes, the camera is inferior to the task and so the creative mind thinks, what can I do using this camera to match what I want? That is what sets you apart. Take it this way, 2 people have to make a meal, one has a non-stick pan and the other doesn’t. They can both make an awesome meal, only problem is the guy without a non-stick pan may have to be more vigilant so his food does not stick on the pan. You may never realize what food was cooked on what pan unless you are that idiot who always has to ask ‘This food is good, what pans are you rocking?’
Bottom line is this. Unless you really want to know what camera I use, don’t ask so that you can try to ‘pima’ me. Once in a while, if you like a photographers work, just tell them so. Don’t be like ‘Wow your photos are nice, you must have a really good camera’ because we shall hit you over the head with a tripod.
Personality Thursday 
So my personality today is N’gendo. She is kinda crazy,(sorry N’gendo, apparently I’m supposed to be truthful) so I was really wondering how to portray her in the shoot. I guess we had to turn the crazy up, but not to high, I have a kinda serious blog here you know. She is a copywriter(still don’t get what those guys do), but she says it has a lot to do with word play. I have known her a short while but I do know that with her in the room, it is not boring. She has bursts of life happening here and there and is easily derailable, if she doesn’t derail you first.
So she came over to my, ahem, studio and it was quite a bit of fun and derailment and all that. Her friend Njeri was with her so we left no face un-shot. They were great subjects and Mrs. M and I enjoyed myself. Without further ado.