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Last spring break, my 10 year old son decided that he wanted a change of scenery and wanted to change the look of his room.  He didn’t like the color of the room so we decided to paint.  One might think, what is there to say about painting a boys room?  There is more than one might think.

When I worked in New York City, typically the 1st job give to any incoming assistant was to paint a wall.  You ask, “Why?  Are there a great deal of walls in New York in need of painting?” and the answer is, no.  If you are working with a fashion photographer there is typically a cyc that requires painting occasionally but why your first job is to paint a wall is because painting a wall tells a great deal about how you may do the rest of your job.  Painting a wall is not difficult but it takes time, attention to detail, patience and diligence.  If you are going to do it right, everything needs to be taped off thoroughly, you need to put on several coats of paint, the coats of paint need to be applied evenly, the job is slow, tedious and can’t be rushed.  If you neglect any of the methodical steps, you will ultimately end up with a sloppy job, poor edging, uneven coats, spots and drips.  If you do these things well, you probably will approach the other jobs in a photo studio with the same diligence, which is critical.  If you don’t, you might need to move along as you may not be cut out for the rigor and attention to detail that photography requires.

Do I like painting? NO! I hate it but, I know what is required and can do it well when asked.

Well, my 10 year old asked and now has a beautifully painted sea blue room.

So, go “Paint-A-Wall”.  It may tell you more about you ability to be a photographer than you realize.

All the Best,

Brad Feinknopf