Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 78139 [post_author] => 47250 [post_date] => 2017-04-21 12:55:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-21 16:55:58 [post_content] => There's no doubt that weed has had a powerful presence in music, art and basically every creative scene you can think of. After all, even Bob Marley says, "When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself." But what about when it comes to photography? I mean, taking a couple hits and running out to shoot something 'artistic' almost seems too easy. So to find out how weed affects photography, we spoke to 16 photographers of varying ages and disciplines about what it's like to get high AF and manhandle a camera.1. 'Only bring your A game,' Roberto Valenzuela, Wedding Photographer, 39First, before I begin making my point, I want to let you know that I've never smoked weed or done any kind of drugs in my entire life. However, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen the effects of weed or any other mental stimulant on other people. I can only equate the effects of smoking anything with drinking wine. I think the most challenging issue adults experience with bringing their A-game to a photoshoot is their own inhibitions. During a photoshoot, there is always an unspoken adjustment period between the subject and the photographer. This is especially true if you're working with that subject for the first time. Children on the other hand, don’t have any inhibitions. They do what they want and say what they please. Bringing your inner child could be a powerful tool to bring to a shoot. It would make the photographer more decisive, not have to second guess him or herself, and come up with the wildest ideas with great enthusiasm. People are attracted to personalities like that. They become instant leaders. For this reason, I don't mind sharing a little wine with my clients before a shoot. It could help remove some inhibitions and help the subject relax.[caption id="attachment_78164" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Alaska Carter[/caption]2. 'Your client will know you're stoned,' Jason Leiva, Advertising Photographer, 37My use of Marijuana has played a very small part of my creative process, even less so as I've become older and more confident in my process and ability to think through my methodology.In my younger days, it was a bit of an escape from the stress of long days, whatever personal issues I was having, and weeks of post-production. But ideation and problem solving wasn't necessarily made better by a smoke break. However, it did occasionally help me focus or at least become interested in benign bullshit while I was locked in a darkroom retouching ad campaigns for days on end.My creative process has changed over the years, but it has always been based in knowledge of my craft and the willingness to experiment. And sometimes, a little burn can assist in opening up that experimental side of your process. But it can also be a drawback. When time and deadlines are important, getting stoned didn't always help. Sometimes I would walk in a creative director's office with a "brilliant" idea, when in reality it was only brilliant to me inside my hazy mind. Also, dealing with clients while stoned isn't a good practice. You know that paranoid voice in your head that keeps asking "if they can tell I'm stoned?" Dude, they know.However, I think it helps me most often when I feel a bit stuck in my own process or just need to let go of some preconceptions. But it is by no means a way of daily inspiration. If you're only creative when you are stoned, then you may have a bigger issue at hand when it comes to being creative at all.As an independent artist, free from the confines of a daily gig, I'm free to burn whenever I feel like it. But these days I have less desire to take that path with any regularity. Really, it's simply a vacation from myself for a couple hours and a chance to try something familiar with a slightly alternative state of mind. Sometimes the results are interesting, sometimes it just looks like I was stoned.[caption id="attachment_78158" align="aligncenter" width="1000"] via Flickr/Brenna Daugherty[/caption]3. 'Trust your inner voice,' Celebrity Photographer, 32 I think if you can really be honest and ask yourself, 'does this make me more creative and productive?' and the answer is 'yes,' then sure, smoking weed is good for your photography career. I've definitely gotten high and wrote nonsensical notes-to-self that later turned into successful personal projects, so in those moments smoking was good for my photography. Then again, I've also gotten high and wasted hours getting sucked into a Law and Order SVU marathon. Obviously, this is not an effective use of time. It's so personal. I know some wake and bake, all-day-every-day smokers who are really creative and get a lot of work done while stoned out of their minds. And if this is you, amazing then, smoke away! I personally can't function that way—weed as a lifestyle for me would ruin my career. But as the occasional creative catalyst, or sleep aid before a big shoot, I'm a fan.4. 'Rely only on your own vision,' Portrait Photographer, 41I don’t think weed, or any drug for that matter, can necessarily make anyone a better photographer. I’ve never smoked before shooting a client job, but I've sometimes smoked before shooting some personal work while out wandering by myself or during the editing process. Smoking will affect people in differently, but for most, it will potentially allow us to look at something in a different way or to explore a new way of seeing.I find now that I simply want to be razor-focused and aware of how I’m seeing, and to think about why I’m seeing the way I do. Being impaired can take away that clarity. It’s also worth remembering that editing something while high can make us think the most bizarre things look amazing. I would often go back to what I’d edited late at night while high, thinking I’d created something epic, only to look at it in the cold light of day the next morning and wonder why I ever thought what I was doing looked good!With that said, there’s no denying that smoking weed has helped open up certain ways of approaching or seeing the work I want to create. I understand that for some, smoking weed is used as a tool and they do just that. The only real danger is becoming reliant on weed, or anything, really, and thinking that we need it before we can create the way we want to. I believe being reliant on anything other than your own vision and expertise is just taking you down the wrong path.[caption id="attachment_78161" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Sebastian Arbelaez Fuentes[/caption]
5. 'Don't let weed slow you down,' Ryan Speth, Wedding Photographer, 44
I don’t know if any drug can make you a better photographer. I’ve never found marijuana to be a very productive drug for me, and I don’t think you can really be in the moment when you're altered like that. When I’m shooting, my eye is rapidly scanning and reacting to what's in front of me. Weed slows that down and softens the edges too much for my liking. And I certainly can’t be on anything when I’m shooting with an 8x10 camera. For one, it’s too technical to operate stoned, plus it's already a slowed down process and very zen like. I do have caffeine to keep my energy up, and sometimes a stiff drink to help me get over social anxiety, but they don’t make me a better photographer.
6. 'Tackle your fears,' Matt Henry, Photographer, 46
When you're young I would say drugs help you tackle your fears. Ask that stranger if you can take his or her picture. Ask that model or celebrity to be in an awkward position. Help push your passion. Be able to focus intently. But it could also backfire, and I've put my foot in my mouth numerous times because of weed.
7. 'See beyond,' Billy Murray, Editor-in-Chief of Resource Magazine, 24 (IG: @_billymurray)
For many, many years of my life, I was a massive stoner. Back in the day, as far back as high school, I could roll a gram into a blunt, smoke it, then go about my day without any inhibition. In fact, that was often when I would ace tests, write music, which is one of my biggest past times, or have extremely intense, open-minded and deep conversations with friends about the meaning of life, accessing the bullshit expectations of society and our plans to excel above that. I know, I know, it sounds like the lyrics of a Grateful Dead song, but really, this lifestyle, which included many more factors than simply smoking pot, is truly how I discovered that the only thing I ever want to do is create shit for a living.
However, something changed in my late teens. Increasingly, smoking weed made me paranoid and very anti-social, self-conscious, and unable to carry myself with confidence in public. I guess the simplest explanation would be that I just grew out of it. Of course, if I was high, feeling like that all day, I wouldn't be able to function in any facet of my life, aside from getting stoned and eating pizza in bed. And when it comes to photography, it was only very recently that I've become confident in my abilities and locked in my process. Weed makes me second guess that, and overthink everything I'm doing. At the end of the day, it makes me so critical of my work and overcome with self-doubt that I end up getting nothing done.
That said, I would by lying if I said I 'don't smoke.' Like many photographers, I sometimes suffer from pretty intense insomnia and I'm outwardly against relying on pills or other medications for sleep or anxiety. But a puff or two of weed before bed is a solid tool for putting my mind at ease, as long as I don't smoke too much. Basically, I wouldn't say smoking weed has ever made me create better work, but I respect weed culture in the sense that, from a young age, it helped me see beyond the straight and narrow, copy and paste life path that society says will lead to happiness, but in reality leaves many of us unfulfilled.
[caption id="attachment_78159" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Mark Sniff
8. 'Don't let weed slow you down,' Celebrity Photographer, 45
Working in the field of photography where trust is paramount, and often the time is very limited, I've always tried to limit any on-set “relaxation” to a wrap beer. Or, OK, sometimes the occasional “last set-up” beer if the talent suggests it. But I've never actively tried to shoot while having smoked weed. But part of success with the above is being able to maintain a very chill and relaxed state of mind, especially when things aren’t going right. I feel that in general, the attitude of smoking weed contributes to that personality, almost allowing me to draw on the feeling of being high while not being high, like a method actor draws on a past emotion. As for trying a pot-driven shoot where everyone is involved and just “seeing what happens,” I have not yet done that.
9. 'Lubricate with beer,' Barney Britton, Photographer, 34
Beer seems to be the more usual professional lubricant.
10. 'Smoking between set-ups gives me a break,' Ty Beal, Photographer, 44, (IG: @Foto119)
Using marijuana while I'm shooting is cool for me, whether I smoke it, or have some edibles, because I seem to be more creative and free with less rules and less fear. Also, having a quick smoke between set ups gives me a freakin' break! It gives me a second to breathe, reflect on what I've already shot that day, and come up with that extra kick in the ass for the next round of shooting.
After smoking, I can 'see' a little more, I laugh a little more, and I'm more empathetic, which makes for a great shoot. So I don't know if marijuana makes me a "better" photographer, but it certainly makes me a little more fun during the process!
11. 'Just drink instead,' Brad Trent, Photographer, 57
It doesn't help me...it puts me right to bed! That's why I don't smoke weed and drink so fucking much wine!
[caption id="attachment_78162" align="aligncenter" width="640"] via Flickr/Sebastián Mankind
12. 'If I had ADD it would help me focus,' Tam N, Photographer, 32
I feel super impaired, unable to even keep a conversation going. Whenever I get high with Lauren, I’m always a few topics behind. I know my brain is so slow when I’m high. That said, my brother who has diagnosed ADD is an agent and a mild dose actually helps him focus. But only indica, which is a downer. When he smokes sativa, he gets random and slow like me too. Basically, stimulants help clam him down and depressants speed him up, which is the complete opposite for non-ADD/ADHD people.
13. 'There is a time and a place for it,' Photographer, 35
Being a better photographer is a really broad statement. Does being a better photographer mean I’m being more creative? Or does it mean I’m executing better? I think one could say that being better at either of those things would constitute as being a better photographer. Anyway, I think there was a time that I believed smoking weed opened up my creativity and allowed me to think outside the realms of my own limitations. However, it has definitely affected my ability to execute as I’ve gotten older. So I guess I believe there is a time and a place for it. It is wonderful for spurring creativity, but awful for sustaining productivity.[caption id="attachment_78163" align="aligncenter" width="1024"] via Flickr/Audrey Dunahoo Zacharias[/caption]
14. 'Don't fall into the rabbit hole,' Pat Black, Photographer, 25
I am 25 years old and have never smoked weed, but for my friends that do it it helps them relax, take their time, and not to become stressed out by the clients and the struggles of being on set.
I've watched people let everything they care about slip through their fingers when they lose self-control, but the same thing happens if someone drinks too much or gambles to much—it depends so much on how driven and responsible they are. For myself, I know I would probably fall into that rabbit hole so that's why I try to stay away from it. 15. 'Shooting Dead,' Peter Hurley, Photographer, 47
[post_title] => 16 Photographers Talk About Getting Stoned [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => 16-photographers-talk-about-getting-stoned [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-24 11:59:21 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-24 15:59:21 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=78139 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77859 [post_author] => 47250 [post_date] => 2017-04-06 11:51:08 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-06 15:51:08 [post_content] => Facebook has always been the leader of questionable privacy policies. After all, Zuckerburg does have the power to push a couple buttons, making your private albums go public, and firing personal images into the public domain, riddling your timeline with all your hidden drunk pics. Like any popular social media platform, porn has also creeped into the inner-workings of your social life, but now Facebook, perhaps the unlikeliest contender of all, wants to protect you from your bad decisions and nude selfies. Yes, I'm talking about revenge porn.In case you don't often partake in modern day swooning, sending your bae nude photos or videos is not an uncommon practice. However, when things go south, there's a lot of material that can be used for evil, and the internet has created a sufficient community of shameful ex's hungry for revenge. Aside from Facebook, there are also a variety of sites, such as www.myex.com, www.getrevengeonyourex.com, and shesahomewrecker.com, that attract this malicious behavior.In a January 2016 episode of 'Dark Net,' Anisha Vora explains her horrific revenge porn attacks by her ex boyfriend that started in 2012. He reportedly posted nude photos of her to hundreds of sites, including Facebook and Tumblr. These attacks were escalated by adding her contact info to posts, listings and photos mostly pretending to be her, engaging in conversation with strangers.Some situations led to suggestions of rape fantasies that brought strangers to her house, pushing their way in and assuming her resistance was part of the fantasy. None of the websites that hosted these non-consented photos offered any protection for Vora.Now Facebook has taken the first step in protecting users from situations like this, providing tools to prevent revenge porn. Here are some of way the social network is doing so:1. Users may report photos that are posted without their permission and victims may follow a guide that Facebook has created here.2. The users who post photos that are removed will have their accounts disabled (with the option to appeal this decision with Facebook).3. Photo-matching technology will prevent removed photos from being re-uploaded.4. Facebook is working on furthering this technology by developing an alert system to the subject of the photo that is being attempted to be re-uploaded a second time. However, this will be a development for the future.5. Facebook is working with several organizations to create support and information for victims and users including the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative and The United States Marine Corps.Of course, the best way to protect yourself is to simply refrain from sending a dick pic or booty shot. Still, it's good to know that social media giants are making moves to protect its users from cyber attacks, given that only 35 states have revenge porn laws in place, many of which are only misdemeanor violations. [post_title] => Facebook Is Fighting Revenge Porn Because No One Else Will [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => facebook-is-fighting-revenge-porn-because-no-one-else-will [to_ping] => [pinged] => https://www.cybercivilrights.org/revenge-porn-laws/ [post_modified] => 2017-04-06 11:52:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-06 15:52:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77859 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 77831 [post_author] => 47250 [post_date] => 2017-04-05 12:25:33 [post_date_gmt] => 2017-04-05 16:25:33 [post_content] => We’ve recently witnessed the shutdown of American Photo and Popular Photography magazines, two of the photo industry's longest running giants. In addition, in December 2016, Conde’ Nast set in motion a chilling example of what’s to come for the media conglomerate by dropping Self Magazine in print, going exclusively digital with “more cuts on the way.” With a rocky future ahead for other publication consortiums such as Hearst and Time Inc., it’s hard to gauge how far this epidemic may go and how fast it will come. About 20 years ago, during the heyday of the current titles that are now struggling, a professional photographer may have been hired for as much as $3000 a day. Today, it would be more common for a photographer to receive $250-500 per day from a major publication; over an 80 percent drop in their day rate. While this red flag has been waving since the dawn of the internet, it's only now that the "print is dead" threat is truly starting to come to fruition.
I turn into a zombie on that stuff so I think it's dependent upon the human being who's firin' it up.
16. 'Be your professional best,' Karaminder Singh Ghuman, Photographer, 35
I’ve barely smoke weed, but when I’m shooting I need all my wits about me. Often times, it’s not about being creative, it’s about managing time, the client, the subject and putting out fires and being creative with all the limiting factors. I believe any intoxicant (weed, alcohol, etc.) is a hindrance to being your professional best.
"New York Times is said to be "more than doubling" its day rate for photographers, from approximately $200-$250 to $450..." As editorial rates have been withering away, advertising budgets have been dropping as well. After speaking to a few photographers and understanding the many factors that play into their final profit from a job—such as usage, creative fees, equipment, pre-pro, and post—there has been a definitive decrease in rates. Today's advertising rates, for example, fall between $3000-30,000 a day while 20 years ago it ranged from $15,000-100,000 a day. On the high end, we're looking at up to a 97 percent drop in day rate. Now consider overall economic inflation and the number is even more staggering.However, it is important to note that it was recently reported that the New York Times is said to be "more than doubling" its day rate for photographers, from approximately $200-$250 to $450, still barely meeting the average editorial rate of today. Not to mention that this will be made possible by a rise in digital-subscription revenue that almost reaches the billions, according to a Times report.So what’s the connection between magazine shutdowns and commercial photography? Print publications are losing audience to digital platforms, which leads to lower budgets; companies and brands are reallocating ad dollars to digital outlets that can reach more people for less money, which means it is up to you, the photographer, to adapt to this ever-changing market.
"With photography becoming a commodity over an art, talented photographers are being found in abundance..." Even more, other tangible industries are dying off such as retail shops like Payless, Macy's and Staples, among others. This is a general indication that "IRL" (in real life) is becoming the greatest dinosaur of all, as we enter deeper and deeper into a digital reality. The appetite for content on the internet is bigger and hungrier than that of any print magazine in history, which means there is more content that must be created and the world needs it now.Can you still make a living as a professional commercial photographer? Absolutely, but the cards have changed and are continuing to do so. With photography becoming a commodity over an art, talented photographers are being found in abundance, equipment is becoming more and more accessible, and megaphones like Instagram are making it easier than ever to find them. That said, commercial photography is not what we traditionally know it to be, but it will evolve with our evolving world of content, opening new doors for those willing to create beyond what photography once was. [post_title] => The End of the Traditional Photo Industry is Now [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => the-end-of-the-traditional-photo-industry-is-now [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-04-05 13:49:51 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-04-05 17:49:51 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://resourcemagonline.com/?p=77831 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 8 [filter] => raw ))