Interview with Kevin Kubota
So we are excited to bring up our final final sort of instructor here for this final segment. This is a little bit of a different segment, something that we were really excited to present and something that I was excited to be a part of so I'm going to introduce the creator of photo ignite mr kevin cambodia kevin how you doing? Hey guys going wonderful wonderful so excited to have you here good to talk to you again so tell us a little bit about photographers ignite it was not like the rest of the segments in photo week so give a just tell us about it. Yeah, well it's some it's unique in the beach it brings several different perspective different speakers five minute presentations the slides auto advance every fifteen seconds. So it's a very well thought out quick it's like some people have called it the twitter of presentations because it's just to the point and quick and a lot of high energy and there's so many different topics that go on and ignite which I love is it you know you cou...
ld be laughing and crying the next one and then furiously writing notes on the next one for your lighting, technical skills or whatever so there's so many different things you get in a very short amount of time in it I think it got him makes you think about boiling down your information to the most important points and you find that you learn a lot in five minutes if if the presenter really thinks about what they're going to share with you exactly. And as somebody who did present this year, it really does make you focus your message because it's it's these five minute presentations auto advancing every fifteen seconds, and you have tio make your point, you have to make your point and move on, make your point and move on. And then it makes you realize what is my point. It makes me really just think about it that I have a point. Yeah, well, a do I have a point and then being, what is it? And so I really loved it. Do you have any great memories of this particular event? Oh, yeah. There were so many good ones in this event. Ah, benjamin von wang was really, you know, enemy and exciting. His image is a really cool thehe. Dodds was actually one of my favorite. She did a program about gay and lesbian are photography wedding photography specifically, and it was really heart felt it was very practical. And then she actually wrote a book that followed up, which I've, you know, contributed a little quote to it and all that it was going to cool to see that from that ignite tio full on book and now it's published book and it's getting great reviews, and I think that was one of the most unique and gutsy presentations we've had, and I was really happy to see that one, too. Yeah, I agree. Ah, on a personal note, that was like a, um just an eye opener and a lot of ways, tio two people that were being overlooked in the industry and just different techniques and things that we, when you're not considering the particular needs of a community, you know, you go into it with a with an incomplete understanding, and so they need to learn and the need to understand the culture and the community of the people that you are serving, and it doesn't just apply to gay and lesbian weddings. That's the fact with any wedding photographer if you don't understand the people that you're shooting because they are not doing the government's, you're not to be successful, and I think it was a great just from the business standpoint about looking at niche markets to a lot of times, we try to be all things to all people as photographers, and sometimes that works, but most of the time you really need to focus or find your niche. And then you stand out in a crowd and you khun draw higher price tag to when you're more unique so that was a good whether it's doing that or any other type of niche market photography it was a great example of how you can make that work so that really opened my eyes and just kind of move me and in a way that a lot of presentations due in the night we just have some really great presentations yeah, absolutely I agree it was it was an awesome night so that's what we're going to see next folks just to let you know that is what we're going to be watching now but you have had other workshops here on creative life you had a three day that I was happy to be involved with it was called lightweight location lighting told a little it's a little bit about that one that was really fun that was my chance to just play and shares much as I could about lighting, which is what I love to do just to be out there shooting and we covered a lot of stuff in three days I felt like it was kind of a whirlwind and they try to remember all the things that we did it was like, wow, we do a lot of stuff during that that three day ah whirlwind and it was a lot of fun and I just that's what I really love to do I love to teach and I love to kind of move in a quick pace so that was a perfect kind of ah venue for me and of course you guys are always fun to work with and so that made it a great program yeah actually I love the location that we were at where it had so much variety in just such a small space I mean, there was this fifties housewife in the kitchen that was kind of like a little creepy there was just like the nice standard kind of chair and then we had the trailer out outside I mean it was this it was an amazing amazing workshop I really enjoyed it and it was really inspirational to me as well to to be able to take your pictures anywhere you know if you see an interesting location you can shoot there with lightweight location equipment and so it was very freeing yeah and I think that's something that is awesome when you have those tools available to you then you have more options. I think that's that's the goal we also had you on for photo shop week which is really cool and we did a couple of couple courses with you there but you actually have one upcoming that is related that I would love to talk to you a little bit about because that's coming up in what, two weeks is that twice since twenty less than two weeks on that is the lightspeed workflow system. So tell me a little about that class. Oh, well, that one's sort of like the full version of the one we doing there in the photo shop week, which were all nice short programs again, kind of liken ignite of photo shop instruction in a way, but, um, I think that was enough to give people good sense of what you can do and some good tricks. Where is this one's going to be really in depth hands on step by step point a to point b to point c in your workflow and that's something that I also love to teach, because I think that sometimes we go in to teach photography or workshop, and you only give a little bit and students get excited about that, but it's not enough for them to put the whole picture together and that's frustrating for them and it's frustrating for me as an instructor because I don't feel that sense of accomplishment, like I really gave them something complete. So this kind of work shop full two days of work flow, it's going to give me a chance to go through everything that I do and everything that I teach in my work flow system start to finish. So that when people go home and start practicing this work flow they really are going to have a lot of answers to questions that have been in their heads and I get that a lot of my workshops where people will come saying we'll have experience with light room I know how to use photo shop and I've been using it for years you know what are you going to do for me and well, I just say I'm going to show you how to pull it all together and make it flo wth smoothly from start to finish and that's when they get excited like I didn't know I could do this and I don't know this worked with this like that and oh, I see if you do this upfront than at the end this all works out better you know? So it's I think about that full start to finish process is really important and so I'm glad I'm gonna get a chance to come back and explain everything step by step this time yeah, we are really excited about it as well. So who who do you see as the people who are most in need of this of this? Of course I think obviously you know, starting out if you're serious amateur photographer and you just shooting a lot and you're feeling overwhelmed if you feel like I spend too much time editing and not enough time shooting basically, this is for you, and I've actually taught these workshops to you experience professionals have been doing it for years and still find they learn things that put the pieces together for them to make maybe a twenty, thirty percent and in their performance or their bottom line as far as their work flow, so it really can be from to be beginning advanced busy photographer, professional two medium advanced professional I think if you're already at a very high level, you should have a pretty tight workflow together. Um, but I still find that there's a lot of people who always find something to learn, just like myself. I'm always learning something, and I I'm happily here attending workshops when I can to learn little things because there's always something I didn't I didn't think about before myself well, and I think it it goes toe what you said, where there are a lot of people who know a lot of individual chunks, you know, this tip in light room, this little connection between these two programs, this plug in or whatever that could help them out, but it's the question of creating an entire system that works nicely together. Which is why I'm really glad that we do have you for the full two days is to be able to give a full system as opposed to just some individual tips and tricks which could help his party help this part but to create a smooth workflow I think it's essential so that's awesome so you do teach a lot you have and it's something you love what are some of the more common questions that you personally get? I think probably most common questions that I get is people want to know how I do all that I do from you know, from photographing and traveling and teaching berhad and teaching locally and um software and still finding time for family which is really big for me to have free time and family time and personal time and how do you manage all of that? But oddly that's the question I get most of time because I think people I'll have that same goal in mind is how do I do all the things I love to do and not feel overwhelmed and they see I guess me doing a lot of things and hopefully being in a good spirit most of the time which is not always a key kate of course, but before but my answer to that really is you know is a couple of things one is of course having a good work flow that's a no brainer having good systems in place so that I can do things quickly and efficiently and that's sort of one thing I've been freaky about most my life is systems for things, and of course, then I have my lovely wife, claire, but he needs a claire tio if you bring in the other part of the business that you don't find yourself being so good at, so have a good team of people helping me. Even when I was just me and my wife, claire, and when I brought my first assistant it's surrounding yourself with a good team of people, which you guys, obviously, I know that inside it out you couldn't do what you do with your amazing team, and you try to think about, you know, why am I doing some of the things I do all by myself when there is ways you can but I even hiring people you can outsource or you can ask or use other people for resource is so I think that's really important important is to use your resource is whether it be two trim your workflow or just surrounding yourself with smart people that can help you get through the media through at this fantastic I love it way do sometimes get so focused on like doing the thing that we need to do and doing our own thing that we don't kind of pull back and look it well is there a way that I can do this more efficiently? Is there a way that I can you know, share this load with somebody else and maybe help them out in return and by doing so lighten everybody's load and I think that those relationships or something that we do figure forget about as a way to help us make our lives better like that so thank you really that's a great great point so let's we're running out of time here so let's go ahead and just hear like what are you up to these days and especially where can people find you online? Well, you know it's fine me it kevin botha dot com which is my photography web site and co botha image tool calm, which is our software in training and I'll be on creative live on monday after next monday tuesday and I'm I've just been busy traveling and teaching and finding projects to shoot a lot of personal projects and cool things like that which hopefully will we'll talk about that when I get to see you guys on monday tuesday fantastic well again, thank you so much for taking the time out of your day today to chat with us and cannot wait to see you in less than two weeks yeah, thanks, russ. Absolutely have a great day and everybody out there. Go ahead and enjoy our presentation here of the photo photoshopped photo who we're going to talk one more time. The photo week two thousand thirteen edition of photographers ignite, enjoy.