Pete Hudeck: “Keep At It”

Meet Pete Hudeck, another who has been with the project for quite a while.

“If you have not figured it out by now, Don asked the P52 participants, to let him and the world know, what challenges P52 presented us and how we overcame them. He also asked for a couple of take-aways that we will keep with us and what our plans are for the future. Here are mine.

The first challenge was the timing. Since there were two weeks to complete an assignment and one assignment due every week, there were always two assignments somewhere in the process of designing, shooting, and post production. This requires continuous creativity to come up with images that will meet the assignment along with any other shoots that came up during the year.

Another challenge, the still-lifes in the beginning were difficult for me. The styling of the images to make an interesting photo along with ensuring a background that was congruent with the shots was hard to solve. To solve the styling issue, I looked at a lot of photographers’ portfolio websites that had been posted in the Flikr streams. These tended to be of photographers that were currently working in the genre of our assignment. Don gets the credit for the backgrounds though. One of the things that Don emphasized to the group was to provide texture to our backgrounds by not fully lighting them. An example would be to allow a shadow gradient to fill a solid color background, this tends to gives the subject a background to stand out upon.”

“Here are my take aways:
Envision the shot first – It gives me the pathway for the shoot, I know when I am on track.
Once you have the shot keep going – I still find this difficult to do, but it leads to unexpected goodness.
Get it right in camera – It saves you a ton of time.

The dollar store is your friend – To find items that I wanted in a photo but did not have, a trip to the dollars store was in order. I now have a collection of single glasses that were purchased because they fit just right into the picture that I had envisioned.

My plans as I move forward include continuing to build my portfolio through personal shooting, and project 52. I would also like to continue to grow my small studio.”

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Thanks, Pete.

Author: Don Giannatti

I have been a photographer, art director, creative director and designer for nearly 40 years. The experience both behind the camera and behind the desk hiring photographers has given me a unique set of tools for working with photographers. Project 52 grew out of a frustration with the boards and forums that seem to be more about personalities than the actual work of being a commercial photographer. I am not famous, and I have no aspirations to be... but I know what the hell I am talking about.

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