… And You Will Be Invincible

During the spring and summer months, it’s common practice for Euro fashion catalog shooters to come out to the U.S. to shoot the fall / winter catalogs. They liked AZ because of 300 days of sun a year, and I’d make a decent amount of $$ off them as their RV Driver / local guide. There was one guy I assisted, Bob somebody, a Welshman (funny as hell… a rarity amongst fashion shooters, in my experience), who was shooting for one of the German catalogs. The results from a week-long shoot out in Arizona was riding on his shoulders, and expenses involved included a dozen Euro models (HOT Euro models…), an art director, me, his assistant, three stylists… and he shot everything on Kodak 100 chrome using (wait for it) a half-dozen Nikon Quicktouch point and shoots. Yep, not an F4, not a Hassie, a consumer-level compact 35mm camera, about as basic and boring a camera as you could get at the time.

No manual settings. No external light sources beyond fill cards and reflectors. His assistant would get an incident meter reading, they’d note it, and then it was off to the races.

He shot that way because he wanted to focus (no pun intended) 100% on what the model was doing and how she was interacting with the camera, and didn’t want to bump something and have a whole session ruined. And it worked for him. He got some great shots from his models, and the chromes looked really good when all was said and done.

He could do this because he knew every single step before, during and after the shot, and knew how to play within the limits of his gear.

I’ll leave it to you, dear reader, to figure what all this has to do with your gear, how you use it and what’s the “right” gun for self defense.

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  1. This post reminded me of a book I read when I was a young buck. I actually don’t even remember what it was about, I have read so many books in my lifetime. But I will never forget the name of the book. The Singer not the Song. In this case, it would translate to the shooter not the gun. What a perfect reminder of how very important it is that we don’t become so wound up on the latest and greatest in technology, at the expense of knowing not only how to run our equipment, but how to run it instinctively. Whether you own a high end Novak or Wilson Combat, or a HiPoint or Taurus, it is the same thing. Learn to run it well, with no need to fumble if you have any failures. And most important, I have learned to always be in a state of higher arousal than the average sheep on the street. It could keep me and my loved ones alive. Great post, great reminder.

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