Someone recently asked me if I'd be willing to answer a couple of questions about photography careers for a school project they were doing and 2 things struck me about it and they kind of tie together. First, I went on a little bit of a tangent about what it means to be a photographer and what's most important. And what came out of it was that it's not about the camera or anything else, it's about the photographer. There are a couple photographers around Chicago, one specifically comes to mind, that take okay photos because they have good cameras. But the compositions are all so contrived, "standard wedding shot here, standard there, let's over process in light room". That's not to say I haven't done shots here or there to cover what the couple has seen everywhere else, but I also go out of my way to deliver images that other people can't. The other thing that got me thinking in the interview was that this field is going to be about the ability to deliver the highest quality image. Not photo. What's that mean? It means that there won't be photographers in the classic sense in a decade. There is a need for a creative professional that can deliver still and video content effectively. Sure, there will still be wedding photographers but anyone who can shoot video can shoot photos. And photographers are falling behind because not all photographers can shoot (and edit/author) video. Go to your favorite photographers website and look at how old they are. They're not going away anytime soon and as the high end productions become fewer and fewer, those established photographers are going to book them. You must have more than one competency or you will be going away with those high end productions.
It's been a busy past 12 months. I travelled the world. Took hundreds of thousands of photos. Met amazing people. Photographed some awesome couples. And was just generally insanely busy. As a result my website fell by the wayside. It's time to change that. This week I launched all new websites, with new content and a new look. It's split into 3 sites so that the wedding couples don't have to sift through the music stuff, and the music archive people don't have to look through my video work, and so on. I think it's a great way to structure it and will work out well for what I want to accomplish. Take a look through and let me know what you think. CalEngel.com :: This is my portfolio site. It features my music, portrait, video, and portfolios. When you're wondering what's new that I've been shooting, this is where you would want to go.
CalvinEngel.com :: This is my wedding portfolio site. It's important to keep the wedding stuff separate from the other stuff. Because brides & grooms don't care about last week's concert, they care about you being focused on their day. At least that's how I felt when I was looking for a photographer for my wedding.
DontBeScene.com :: This is my music photography archive. Wondering where you can see that shot from last night's show, you'll find it here.
Tour is going GREAT. Above is my home away from home (and hotels). We've got the best bus driver ever, if I win the lotto and need someone to drive me around on a bus he'll be the guy. I've got a ton to update on here and will hopefully get to that later this week. But I've been asked a couple times what I shoot with and I just got some new gear so I wanted to fill anyone in who might care...
Canon 5d Mark II - love the full frame sensor and I love the images from this camera, it's my go to
Canon 7d - this is newer to me, but I wanted multiple video frame rates (as I also do video), and the crop sensor for adding some length to my telephotos
2 x Canon 580 Speedlights
Gary Fong Lightsphere
6 x 500gb Lacie Rugged HDs
15" Macbook Pro
17" Macbook Pro
Many accessories to keep it all rolling.
I just discovered cubs fantasy baseball camp... anyone have 4k to send me?
The film is, but hopefully the love for them isn't. I picked up a polaroid back for my Holga and I plan to take one shot of the people and places I encounter this week at sx. Should be an interesting project.
Brickhouse in Downers Grove, IL
renaming the sears tower... LAME
wtf is with the tax hikes being proposed. Chi already has the highest sales tax in the US, now they wanna raise income tax 50% in IL
82hrs till we leave for sx
@raggedmag how do you hire photogs? I think my style fits right with your mag. We should meet up if you'll be in austin.
@sxswist how do we get in on giveaways?
i'll never have another job like this: last week we got a golden tee, today my boss was subtly giving me the finger in a meeting.
@FILTERmagazine done and done. Thx
@FILTERmagazine I can't seem to drop you a DM but I'd like to hit the sx parties. Any other way to register?
Basketball tonight or not? You tell me.