February 15, 2008

When people are what my kids would call n00bs (i.e. neophytes, beginners, padawan learners, etc.), it’s always lucky if they find a good mentor. Someone older and more experienced who can encourage them, teach them, guide them in a supportive fashion toward a greater understanding of their endeavor–whether that endeavor is photography, or life in general.

Since I don’t have anyone like that, I rely on Dan Johnson.

Kidding! Dan is a great mentor. I can have long drawn-out debates with him about whether you should take the lid off your Lightsphere in a low celling or in a high one. Other times he can deliver the concrete advice in a hurry. (“The Bradley Center? Go to Manual, use ISO 800, 1/500th shutter and f/2.8.”)

I have lunch regularly with Dan and all our mutual work pals. It seems like every time I see him I have some new thing to ask, or some new news to relay that would only be of interest to another photographer.

Best of all, he rarely tells me to fuck off when I point my camera at him.


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  1. He doesn’t have to say it. The look on his face says it all. πŸ˜‰

  2. You know Dan too well, Charles.

    Hey, whatever happened with that coat rack? πŸ™‚

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