In this episode with bonus content at the end, Matt D. Smith, UI/UXer, workshop giver/teacher, husband, father, shares when he decided to follow Jesus during college. That formative season taught Matt how to actively engage with God which has helped him through the storms of life.
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Alicja shares the original vision of Manual Focus, how it got off track, and where's it headed in the future
This is vulnerable episode on how social media sunk it's teeth into me. I share how I got entrenched in social media, hurtful thought patterns that entangled me, and what happened during a recent short social sabbatical.
The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman
On top of spending more time with God, family and friends the things I did to help me step away from social was:
- Made it harder to access my accounts
- Removed the apps from my phone
- Blacklisted from my computer
- Social announcements
- Friends’ support
- Be aware of the impending emotions
- Have books lined up that I wanted to read, or personal project
Music: Creative Commons; Ear Scriptones 2 by IntoInfinity.org.
Share the mission of the shoot, leading up to the shoot, and just before. Having my team understand the objective provides them perspective as to how their role supports the shoot. It also gives them a framework in which to suggest ideas.
Be open for ideas from your team, as you share the concept of the shoot. If I include my team from the beginning, a sense of ownership sets in as together we collaborate. My team will feel included, respected, and be more invested if they know they are valued.
Allot time at the end to execute ideas that come from the team. It’s always a good idea to pad the time of a shoot. Undoubtedly, something will happen to make the shoot run a little long. Most photographer knows that. But adding time to be able to craft impromptu ideas from the team could be a new thought.
Be clear in directives. This is a hard one for me, as my mind is going a mile-a-minute while on set. Being clear in my directions help the model feel secure. Once they start feeling that perhaps they aren’t providing what I want, things go south, quickly. Most times if that happens, it’s my fault.
Provide insight on the frame. From light to composition, I share the with the models and stylists what I’m looking for and they can tailor their efforts to meet the frame.
- Be thankful and praiseful. Realize and express that I wouldn’t be nearly as good if it wasn’t for them. Though I generally have the credit attached to my work, it’s a team effort. They make the art, as much as I do. For that I’m grateful and humbled by their collaboration.
Music: Creative Commons; Ear Scriptones 2 by IntoInfinity.org
- The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick; who can understand it?
- ...be transformed by the renewal of your mind...
- Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance in what we do not see.