Thursday, October 20, 2005

Learning Curves...

I got a phone call from my daughter's soccer coach last week. The photographer they had scheduled couldn't make the last game - did I know anyone who could take pictures?

Uh, yeah. Me.

The only problem was that while I am an experienced photographer, my experience is in portraits and weddings - not sports. I spent half the day on the phone with distributors and labs trying to figure out how to do it all because sports photography - well, it's an industry in itself.

It was fun taking the pictures and since it was my daughter's team, I at least knew the girls. The pictures turned out fine and now I'm in the midst of sorting out the forms so that I can order the prints. It's a lot more work than it looks like.

And there's the rub. Just as few really know the blood, sweat and tears that go into creating a novel, we often don't realize all the behind the scenes work that goes into doing something in a professional manner. Yes, I only stood out in the sun and snapped pictures for an hour, but I've logged at least ten more in preperation and production and I haven't even been to the lab yet with my CD.

So I guess my thought today is that what we see, well that's only part of the story. And that's what I'm sticking to.

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