Better-trained and/or more considerate clerks at local businesses always like to assure me, as I wait in line, that they will be right with me. And I always reply with a smile, “If I was in a hurry, I wouldn’t be living in Ojai.”
But I sure got into a hurry last night. I was updating one of my websites (www.deanzphoto.com) and lost track of the time. Around 5:45, I realized I was supposed to be at the Petit Playhouse in Oxnard at 6:15 to photograph headshots for the Elite Theater Company’s production of As It Is In Heaven.
I pulled on some shoes, threw flashes and lenses into a bag, and drove carelessly fast for almost an hour. I arrived half an hour late and thoroughly rattled. Somewhere along the way, I lost my AFKA mantra.
As some of you may recall, AFKA is the life-changing acronym I picked up from David Hobby last March. It stands for Ambient, Fill, Key, and Accent. Control these, and you become a master of light.
Unfortunately, my brain does not travel as fast as my car, and did not arrive at the theater until I had already photographed four of the twelve women in the play. They did not get a background (Accent) light, so their dark hair blends into the dark background. It’s not a deal-breaker, but it bothers me.
The background was not the only lighting problem with this set of twelve photos, but I haven’t decided whether to cry over this spilt milk on my blog or not. After all, most people don’t notice my mistakes until I tell them about it. Hmmm. Maybe the other acronym that will help my photography is for me to STFU.