The Naked Photographer

Did I get your attention?! This thought occurred to me after scouting a location a friend showed me (waving at Steph), where we saw three other photographers on photo shoots of their own. These photogs were toting more equipment than I take on my shoots.

One photographer had a swivel flash contraption attached to his camera. I think those are great, don’t get me wrong, but not necessarily for a shorter day shoot, in my opinion.  He was also using a 70-200 … for what looked like an engagement shoot. To each his (or her) own, but that’s not my lens of choice for portraits. He may not have received the memo: It’s not the size that counts!

Another photog had an assistant with two flash units on one monopod that was aimed at a 5-in-one reflector (silver side).

I didn’t really notice what the third photog had with him because he was up a hill and behind a tree and by then, I was too busy checking out the scenery of the park.

I’m sure all of them got some great shots – as good as you can get at that time of day. I also believe they probably could have captured some equally great shots without the excess baggage. I believe in traveling as light as possible for the conditions and using natural light as much as possible. Often, you will see my camera without a flash attached. The 70-200 comes out when I can’t be right in the action. So I’m sort of “The Naked Photographer”.

Darcy Elliott

I don't believe humans truly have a purpose. Our goal is to survive until we expire. Period. Joy is pleasurable and worrying is not. Balance in life is crucial; but if the scales must tip, may they tip on the side of joy. I’m just another human trying to survive. I blog because I can and because I enjoy it, not because it serves any purpose.

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