I am a photographer and, as such, I have a very hard time handing my camera over to someone else and asking them to take photos for me. Or of me. In my head I always know the shot I want and I can generally achieve it. But when I give the camera to say, Dale, and try and get him to create what’s in my head . . . well . . . it doesn’t always go smoothly.
Take, for instance, the other day. I asked him to photograph me with my awesome new knitting mug that I got at Pier 1 Imports. I knew you’d all want to see it and I figured he could handle taking a photo similar to this one I took of Patrick last summer.
Here is his first attempt.
Yeah. Not exactly what I meant. The entire frame is focused and the background isn’t blown out at all. Plus there’s the whole squinting into the sun thing.
Let’s try again.
This is better but still not what I want. The mug isn’t big and in the middle of the shot and I’m still too in focus.
So I took the camera back and gave it a hug and a kiss and shot one of Dale, showing him just where to stand and how to frame the shot.
See? Like this. Now you take one just like that of me.
Sigh. No, no, no. The mug, honey. It’s the mug that’s supposed to be the subject of the photo. I guess it’s sort of flattering that he keeps trying to focus on my face.
Okay, let’s try again.
This is certainly the best he did but still not exactly what I wanted. And he cut off the top of my head.
You know what? When you want something done right, just do it yourself.
There. I feel so much better now.