Thought of the day:
I started my journey as a photographer/cinematographer about 8 years. Every photograph or movie, I challenge myself to get better and more innovative. As much as I like feedback from the internet audience, I cant allow that to dictate quality. I have to be honest with myself about my work in order to continue to grow. Most people are afraid to ask themselves if their photographs or films getting better. Stop allow people to tell you that average out of focus, overexposed, badly composed photographs are great and you are the greatest photographer. Base your work on those who are striving to become great. Check out work on http://500px.com/ or movies with great directors and challenge yourself to become great at what you do. Set the standard!!
I had the privilege to shoot the ONE Night, GRIP’s Annual Fundraising Gala on October 13, 2012.
Over 900+ arrived to support GRIP for ONE Night Gala
Everyone came together for ONE Night, as we work for ONE mission and ONE goal: to reach a generation of fatherless youth and see their lives transformed. ONE Night of incredible testimonies, exciting opportunities, live music, dancing, and more. Held at the The Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile.
Today I picked up this Kodak Eastman, Folding Autographic Brownie No.2 and a couple instant cameras from the post office. At a family reunion this summer, My aunt whom I had not seen in several years saw my passion for photography. Then mentioned she had a couple cameras my grandmother owned. Great to have this piece of history and something my grandmother owned.
“ You’ve got to push yourself harder. You’ve got to start looking for pictures nobody else could take. You’ve got to take the tools you have and probe deeper. – William Albert Allard
“ Nothing happens when you sit at home. I always make it a point to carry a camera with me at all times…I just shoot at what interests me at that moment. – Elliott Erwitt
“The equipment is only a tool, be inspired to create with the tools you have available.” – Herb Staten, Scales Off Media
“Stop thinking the camera will make the photography great, its not the camera but the passion to share something different” – Herb Staten, Scales Off Media
“My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition. ” – Indira Gandhi (1917-1984);
Had the opportunity to shoot Bellator 75 at Horse Casino – Hammond, IN for Chicagosmma.com
Some of the action I captured while shooting for Chicagosmma.com at Battle of the Warriors, Wish Toppfightingmma all the best in future events!!!
Contact Herb at email@example.com for fighter profile photographs!!
I had the opportunity to shoot this fight for Chicagosmma.com
Fight Card consisted of over 20 fighters from from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee and also fighters from Poland, Russia, Uzbekistan and Lithuania.
Photoshoot with actor/model Jake Miser
Challenged myself with a photoshoot at night on michigan ave.
Used only available light and small video led.
Primary lens used 50mm 1.4 and 35mm 2.0
It was a great shoot found some great locations.
Looking forward to doing more night shoots. Next night shoot I will just use one flash.