I've been around cameras, both film and digital, since I was 13 years old. We were lucky enough to have a darkroom in my high school so I grew up developing 35mm film. When you first start photography everything looks amazing, you're so excited of that photo you took of a fire hydrant.
But if you're taking the art seriously, then you start looking at other people's work and thinking "I wonder how they captured that?" So you begin emulating others' techniques, learning how to control the manual settings on your camera and manipulate them to give you specific results. When I switched to digital I was astounded that I could change my ISO, what a game changer!
And then you develop a specific taste for photos. You cultivate your style (I'm still trying to find mine, by the way. I'm stuck between wanting to be Linda McCartney and Dennis Stock). And because you have this style, you tend to shy away from broadcasting images that don't fit your "thing," not intentionally, but because your photo tastes aren't as wide anymore. Oh, and then throw a specific type of photography into the mix like headshots and everything gets crazy.
Martin is photographically particular in the best way, which means that he has taught us, as his team, to not only see tiny expression details in an actor headshot or an off-center tie in a business headshot, but refine our overall taste in photos even further.
What makes this tricky sometimes is that I don't remember what it feels like to look at an image without all of this photo knowledge about studio portraits or specific lighting. While this means I always try to send only the very best to people I work with, something in me would love to go back to an untrained eye. I wonder what my work would look like! I wonder what I would see?
Do you have a trained eye for photography? Or a trained skill? Do you remember what it was like before you knew all the things you do? Let us know in the comments or tweet us @mjbhomeent!