Interview with Scott Robert Lim
What makes this special you ask? Well let me tell you this special edition we are bringing in the instructors who are teaching each segment and it is really exciting to be able to actually catch up with them talk to them a little bit about what's been going on and what they taught on photo week it's really interesting to get that kind of behind the scenes perspective so it's been really fun this week to be able to do that money was for sandy's by the way I don't think I introduced myself so I'm going to be hanging out with you watching it all day long all week long in fact as we go through this rebroadcast today we are going to have we're going to start out the day right with mr scott robert lim who was teaching a crazy stupid wedding light then we're going to go with profitable pricing with jared bahman self publishing with a blurb with dan milner and then finishing up the day with anatomy of an epic photo shoot with a benjamin bon wang it's an exciting exciting day that we are doing ...
today s o I am about ready to get started let's go ahead and start out the day though with a little look at the highlights from photo weeks let's go ahead and check out those highlights so be cool being weird but with everything you d'oh everything that's this weird and strange I want you to just keep asking yourself why maybe even like almost underneath it and I'll show you something I hope it comes out ok you see what happened here, right? I went below table level and if I again if I can lose this horizon line that kind of almost looks like it's floating in air ones find that minimum focus distance and create an image using that minimal focus distance and we'll get something that's very unique okay, so so there's our minimum distance how about you're looking out the window again when I'm making headshots happen for people? I work off the color in their eyes of the colors in their hair, so for me you could look straight at my face and say blues greens, purple smile, it's grays or you could work with color turns in my hair, which would be something like what you see here so you can ask the subject to bring white spaces and every start with ten of your favorite photographs and then when you find something when you produce something you've got this gorgeous light you've got this beautiful photograph take one of the town that you don't like us much and replace it as you flip over our brochure this image right there is a real size eight by ten so it's by far like an impact image like when you're going through mailers, you're going to really by ten I will not wait for inspiration, I will search for it. So the important thing here is that if you just sit around and wait, then you're never going to know what to photograph. You're going to feel panicked. Your clients will be very upset with you because you won't be prepared like I'm not telling you this. So then you please your client. I'm telling you this is the new liver really happy life. So I just love seeing all the highlights. It just reminds me of the things that we were able to. It was such a crazy week, we had over forty instructors teaching one hundred and fifty different classes are one hundred fifty hours of classes on three different channels. It was such a big week with so many of the folks that I love tto learn from. So I had a great time, and I hope that you guys did as well if you did watch it if he didn't, this is your opportunity to check out some of photo week. So we're going to start out this day. I think on the right foot. Hey, is one of my favorites I remember. I've hosted one of his workshops and really, really enjoyed it he is fun, he is smart and he is someone who can really break down light into a approachable, practical way that you can actually use it in the real world. So I'm excited to bring on our first interview of the day, mr scott. Robert lim scott, how you doing? Hey, how you doing? I'm doing great get good, so good to see you love the backdrop looking very thank you. I'm issue guys, I wish I was there, you know, man, I know we missed you too. S o tell us a little bit about your course from photo week crazy stupid wedding like, yeah, I had a chance to give really easy ways and how to create and techniques on how to create great light during ah, a wedding, because a lot of people are afraid of student a wedding because there's, you know, the environments are unpredictable, you don't know where you're going to be from minute to minute, but how do you create great light within these chaotic parameters and that's what? I kind of go over? I kind of go over some things that work for me, you know, for a decade, and I kind of share those tips and tricks that I've learned along the way. Yeah, it was really, really cool, so we're excited for people to be able to see it. Now I want to talk to you really quick. I actually haven't asked you this. Usually we talk about lighting and our own work and we're like, this is so super awesome this is really amazing. This is just ridiculously cool. You call it crazy, stupid? Why do you call your lighting crazy? Stupid. I'm sorry. Is that what you call your your lighting? Crazy. Stupid? Well, actually I could have ripped it off from a movie title. Crazy, stupid love and I really, really like that movie. And then, hey, crazy, stupid light that I like that and that just stuck with may and I think people kind of gravitated to it. And so it's kind of kind of owned it now, so I love it because I mean, it actually describes your process really well, like your process is just very mechanical and simple and straightforward so that you can really do it practically in any situation at least. That's what I picked up from hosting your first workshop, which was crazy, stupid light. Do you want to talk just a little bit about that? That was our one of our first workshops that we shot in san francisco, and it was I yeah, I had a great time on crazy stupid light quite frankly I think if I could have done that workshop any better if you had me go on and do it again I don't think I could have done it better than I did those three days it was very magical and I love you know what was great was working with if the students that were there and seeing their progression from you know completely off afraid to actually getting up there and managing three four lights in one shot in front of like fifty thousand people I that was really a joy for me to see at how much they progressed in a short amount of time yeah absolutely well and even more than getting the shot right sometimes getting it in one shot like yes well using the formulas and setting up so that on the first shot yeah, that was their final exam um I I said you know and it was like, hey, you're gonna have to get up here and do it in one shot and they all knocked it out of the park I mean my requirement was three lights with some people were using like five lights and it was crazy it really was and that was I mean I loved it because you were using very simple lights manual lights you know, inexpensive triggers nothing that was like crazy crazy expensive it was just the simple stuff that gets the work done when you understand how it works I think that's my philosophy and regards the lighting equipment is that you don't need a lot of fancy stuff just you know understand having knowledge is more important than having fancy gear and that's kind of like my whole philosophy on things I love it all right so let's talk about the philosophy that you shared in your next course which was think like a ten k wedding shooter oh yeah that wass you know, this is really my story on how I became a thousand dollars wedding photographer to a ten thousand dollar wedding photographer and how you know, I started with nothing and then created a luxury brand with my wedding photography and allowing me to charge you know, four times market value um and a lot has to go in this not only technique but it's a lot of belt business and it's a lot about our personal growth and all those things and so it was a tremendous works job I really loved that workshop as well yeah and I think that's something that a lot of artists in particular struggle with is that self doubt that doesn't allow them to actually value themselves where they are so do you have any thoughts and maybe you know, I actually didn't get chance to watch that one so I'm really excited to see it at some point but uh do you have any thoughts on how to kind of overcome that and really start to value yourself where you should be you know what I think it's kind of a two step process and where you have to constantly try to improve your skills and then whence you improve your skills and people are booking you on a regular basis then you can start to raise your rates and what happens is we get comfortable once we start you know looking are twenty four weddings a year we trying to kind of like to have that booked a year in advance and then we don't take chances with our pricing and so forth and so there's this kind of hokey dokey plateau that we can't run into once we kind of start getting our business point but then we don't take it further because we're afraid to risk what we've already achieved but hey man life is not like that life is always kind of going forward and taking risks and even when you're at the top of your game you still need to take risks and grow love that love it so much eso talk about being at the top of the game let's bring it back to the beginning what are some of the things you wish you had known when you first got started out that would've helped you kind of speed through that process a little faster yeah you know I think uh one point I kind of told this my kim kardashians story on think like a tank a win for our side if you haven't seen that video, check it out I'll talk tell you about my kim kim kardashian story and what it basically was about was fear on dh if I could do things all over again, I would definitely take more chances with my career and not be so afraid of just trying things don't be afraid to fail and I think that's the one thing that I've learned is to always push yourself and even when you're doing really well, you still have toe push yourself it doesn't, you know we think like, okay, you know what? Once I start making xml life will be hunky dorry and everything's gonna be fine. Well, guess what, that's not true. Every point of your career, you're going to reach a point where you're gonna have to continually stretch yourself, especially if you want to be successful in this world. You want to be an arthritis were always pushing and striving, and so we can't get away from risking and failing it's just part of the growing process beautiful idea really quick, what are some of the most common questions that you hear from people and and your answers to them? Yeah, you know, the wilkes commons question, I think is a lot on howto control your flash and I you know I can't do it in a couple minutes but if you get my crazy stupid light video I workshop, I totally go over that and that is because flash is very hard to understand because it's a burst of light a burst of instantaneous light and we're not usedto understanding on how to control that on so that's and we should learn how to do it instead of just avoiding it on dh I think that's the the key thing is the kind of tackle your fears and to every photographer should learn how to manage their their flash. Beautiful, I love it. All right, so let's talk about what is new with scott? Robert lim what's your big what what kind of project are you doing right now? What do you have, tio? Yeah, I'm still continuing to develop lighting products and I've got some new ideas and some new products that are about to be released that one that's been very popular. I actually introduced it on crazy, stupid light eyes, the triple mouth, but I finally got it produced and this has been going really well, but also other than that, what I think is a great companion to creative life workshops is the rial hands on workshops, and I'm doing one in london in august and I'm doing one in new york city in september that are still open. And I think I left those because now I get the real hands on. So we have the head knowledge. But how do we take that head knowledge and apply it and make it work in the real world? And that's? What I love doing is thies live workshops, too, so I can work hands on with people. Fantastic. Well, I can attest, folks, that if you do get the opportunity, take the opportunity to hang out with scott and learn from him in person. Not only is he an amazing instructor, as you can see from from our creative five productions, he's. Also just a great guy and a lot of fun to hang out with. So absolutely. Check that out working people. Find out about those. Just go to scott. Robert photography dot com. Perfect. All right. Well, thank you. Thank you so much for joining us. Taking the time out of your day to talk to us today again, we, uh we miss you. We love having you here. And hopefully we'll see again really soon. Thank you, scott. All right, everybody. So go ahead and check out scot robert limbs crazy, stupid wedding light from photo week two thousand thirteen