I did it! Pete Wat­son

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Part-time pro Pete Wat­son has ex­pe­ri­ence of how per­sonal projects can help when shoot­ing for pay­ing clients.

“Along with do­ing shoots for clients, I like to do my own projects. With these I have a lot more free­dom and can do any­thing I like. For ex­am­ple, I’m putting to­gether a por­trait pro­ject that in­volves us­ing only one lens and hav­ing lim­ited time to shoot. The chal­lenge is in­ter­est­ing and use­ful, and be­ing forced to find so­lu­tions within these lim­i­ta­tions is a per­fect ground­ing for shoot­ing for clients.

Paid shoots of­ten in­volve quite lim­ited time to get the job done. Clients don’t al­ways know what they are look­ing for so you have to think on your feet. You need to know your gear, en­vi­ron­ment and have an eye for what will work and what media it will be used for. My shoot with one man and his (hire) bike in Am­s­ter­dam went through sev­eral ideas be­fore I de­cided that the best thing would be to use pud­dles on an el­e­vated con­course that would dove­tail with the river be­hind, cre­at­ing a clean im­age. The clouds and off-cam­era flash worked well and I knew we had a good shot that would fit with what the com­pany needed. The key is to use ex­pe­ri­ence from jobs like these to build your con­fi­dence and shoot­ing style to help on your next shoot.”

Find more ex­am­ples of Pete’s work at www.pe­te­wat­son­photo.com

Pete’s per­sonal, ex­per­i­men­tal projects help him be much more flex­i­ble and cre­ative dur­ing shoots for busi­nesses

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