Weekend road trip to see Paul Gero Sony Artisan

November 21, 2015


This weekend my friend Ryan and I went on a road trip to Chicago to see Paul Gero, Sony Artisan, speak at the Garfield Park Conservatory. The class was great the venue was perfect and the friendly employees from Dodd Camera did an awesome job helping photographers both novice and pro learn new techniques and improve their photography skills!


Overall this was a very rewarding trip for me. Paul inspired me to look at other photographers work and draw inspiration from the great photographers of the past. His stories of his time at the Tribune and his past travels were truly an inspiration to me. You can see in my notes below some of the giants of photography that I am ashamed that I have never heard of.

I went to this training to learn about lighting and Sony and I walked away learning more about myself and what I need to do as an artist.


Notes from the session:

Sony is a system that allows for complete story telling.


It’s about making great photo’s and then marketing great photos.

Document your life. Take photos of everyone that is important in your life. Create photos of memories that you can cherish for the rest of your life.

Failing Fast makes you learn Faster.

Be like a moth, be attracted to light.

Pauls Lighting Gear

Nissin ETTL Sony Flash and Trigger

Dynalite Baja 4

Parking Lot / To Do Later

Lookup the GPP Shootout

50 portraits– Greg Heisler

Need to study more painting, other artistic areas to inspire my photography.

Artists work to Study:

  • Ande Kertesz
  • Henri Cartier Bresson
  • Eugene Smith
  • William Albert Allard
  • James Nachtwey
  • David Burnett
  • Trent Parke

This weekend as I leave Chicago I am thankful for the memories that were made and the wisdom that was shared.

Thank you Paul, Thank you Sony, Thank you Dodd Camera.