Cultural Sensitivity

Today we are going to have a lesson in cultural sensitivity. I realize that in this day and age you would assume that it would no longer be an issue. You would be wrong.

As one of two “white” people in attendance I helped shoot a debutant pageant over the weekend with a “mixed race” company. Now normally I am not a person that even acknowledges this type of difference, but this weekend apparently it was an issue.

Somehow I inadvertently upset one of the contestants with something I said. She took something I said as a racial slur and naturally was offended. The problem comes in I am unaware of what I said, and no one else can figure out why she was offended. I feel bad that she was upset, and have no recourse in the matter.

To make a long story short, be careful what you say. No matter how innocuous you believe your words to be, you might hurt someone’s feelings.

Time To Rant

I understand that it is very tempting after you have captured those special photos for yourself or your clients to want to crop it to make it perfect. Unfortunately if you open it in photoshop draw a box around it and hit crop it is not going to print as a 4×6, 5×7, or 8×10 without further cropping! It is a physical impossibility. This being said, I would like to give everyone a few options. Do not crop your images until you figure out what size you or your customer wants, and then crop it to those dimensions. This is easy to do in CS6 as it gives you the “normal” print sizes as options. In CS5 and below it is as simple as putting the dimensions in the cropping tool and sizing to your hearts content. As you can probably tell I work in a photo lab and this is a subject that comes up frequently. 20121027-111637.jpg

Just thought I’d introduce myself. I am Melissa and a photographer. I shoot anything that catches my eye which in some cases can be a little bizarre.



Picture it if you will, canon 7D 70-200mm 2.8 IS lens, 5D mark II with a 24-70 2.8, a bride, her groom, and lake. Truly it was a beautiful sight. But what do you do next?