Public Relations

The Least Bad Choice

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I’ve been photographing for a lot of years, a lot of different subjects, in a lot of different environments. I’ve walked away at least two solid philosophies for facing many problems, and professional photography is all about facing problems.

1. “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

I showed up to photograph Chicago Tap Theatre’s story show, as I have so many times for a decade, to photograph their performances. (All these images are from when they’re running the show. They’re not posed, they’re not stopped so I can get the shot.) I have a plan of which lenses to use from which locations. Routines for dealing with this and that lighting challenge. An idea of shots I’m looking for, or at least elements I’d like in the shot, depending on what the story is.

The lighting designer had thrown in all the usual challenges, all going on at the same time, plus he added lasers and fog. It looked fabulous. Right up till the shutter speed got above a 40th of a second, because after that I started only getting part of the laser’s pattern. The LED lights, the main lights at numerous points, I was losing parts of at anything faster than a 100th of second. And I’m shooting tap dancers, with fast moving feet, that need to be at about a 500th of second to stop the feet most of the time, or at least 250th of a second to get them kinda sharp a fair amount of the time.

Which brings me to another prominent working philosophy…

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2. Photography isn’t about making the right choice, it’s about making the least bad choice.

Photographers aiming to find the right decision are never going to find it. At least when you photograph what I photograph. Photography is all about trade-offs. Higher shutter speeds, which forces higher ISO which gives you more noise. Lower ISOs leading to lower shutter speeds and motion blur. Open the aperture and get a shallower depth of field but also more out of focus images. No matter you’re choice, you lose, in someway, every time.

That’s fine.

It’s triage. Which problem leads to the death of an image, and which just hurts it, or adds more work on the editing end (I’m a believer in “Get it right in the camera,” as much as possible.) It’s a balancing act, a little bad here, a little bad there, but no so much bad anywhere that you lose the image.

All of this leads to a third, pleasant, point. Sometimes the harder you have to work for something, the better the final product is.

Shows this weekend and next, Friday & Saturday 7:30pm and Sunday at 3pm at Stage 773 in Chicago. Tickets here.

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Ron Kline – Las Vegas Fire & Rescue – Everyday Heroes 2015

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Ron Kline of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is one of our Red Cross Everyday Heroes Award Winners for the work he does for kids that suffer from muscle diseases. (Josh Hawkins)

Ron Kline of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue is one of our Red Cross Everyday Heroes Award Winners for the work he does for kids that suffer from muscle diseases. (Josh Hawkins)


Capt. Lauren Johnson, Everyday Heroes 2015

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Capt. Lauren Johnson, Everyday Heroes 2015


SXSW V2V 2015 Conference/Convention

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 (Josh Hawkins)


SXSW V2V 2015 Conference/Convention – Hyde Social

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 (Josh Hawkins)


UST Global Conference – Sajan Pillai

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UST Global Conference (Josh Hawkins)

CEO Sajan Pillai, UST Global Conference (Josh Hawkins)


UST Global Conference

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UST Global Conference (Josh Hawkins)

UST Global Conference (Josh Hawkins)


Vicente Fox Former President of Mexico

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UST Global Conference, speaking Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico (Josh Hawkins)

UST Global Conference, speaking Vicente Fox, former President of Mexico (Josh Hawkins)


CES 2015 – Toshiba Robot

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 (Josh Hawkins)


CES Conference – HP/Intel

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CES Conference – HP/Intel Fray Concert

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American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast

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IMG_7259.CR2 10/23/2014  --  8:04:38 (Josh Hawkins)


American Red Cross Servpro Golf Fundraiser

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IMG_6409.CR2 11/6/2014  --  9:34:55 (Josh Hawkins)

Servpro Golf Fundraiser


Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Lease Signing

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Congrats to the Chamber of Commerce for moving into their new space.

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce lease signing at the Smith Center. IMG_8251.CR2 5/22/2014  --  10:12:01 (Josh Hawkins)

Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce lease signing at the Smith Center. (Josh Hawkins)


Red Cross Heroes Awards – Jordan Coppert, Youth Good Samaritan

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Jordan Coppert, a senior and star athlete at Faith Lutheran High School, doesn’t take for granted the positive role sports have played in his life. After realizing many of his peers were missing out because of the high cost of sports equipment, Jordan was determined to make a difference. He started out by collecting gently used equipment from his church and school. His efforts grew into a community-wide program called Faith-Fuls, which provides low-cost gear to underprivileged youth in Southern Nevada. This year, Jordan partnered up with Under-Armor to distribute $12,000 worth of new sports gear through Faith Community Day. Jordan is passionate about what he is doing and is committed to continuing this program even after he graduates.

Jordan Coppert, Youth Good Samaritan Jordan Coppert, a senior and star athlete at Faith Lutheran High School, doesn’t take for granted the positive role sports have played in his life. After realizing many of his peers were missing out because of the high cost of sports equipment, Jordan was determined to make a difference. He started out by collecting gently used equipment from his church and school. His efforts grew into a community-wide program called Faith-Fuls, which provides low-cost gear to underprivileged youth in Southern Nevada. This year, Jordan partnered up with Under-Armor to distribute $12,000 worth of new sports gear through Faith Community Day. Jordan is passionate about what he is doing and is committed to continuing this program even after he graduates. (Josh Hawkins)


Harbour City! VIVA “Best-of-the-Best”

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Congrats to Harbour City! VIVA “Best-of-the-Best” – Evolving Marketing Winner Harbour City’s creativity helped spread joy around the city by inviting the gigantic inflatable Rubber Duck exhibition to Hong Kong. To raise the online presence of Harbour City locally and internationally, the center invited internationally acclaimed artist Florentin Hofman to exhibit his masterpiece, a 16.5-meter large Rubber Duck at Victoria Harbour. With Victoria Harbour as its giant bathtub, the Rubber Duck was literally a maritime art exhibition, attracting global media coverage, drawing unprecedented levels of mall traffic and sales, and further establishing Harbour City as the destination in Hong Kong. The integrated online campaign increased mall traffic and sales, and achieved the goal of bringing joy and happiness to the city. IMG_9806.CR2 5/18/2014  --  4:32:07 (Josh Hawkins)

Congrats to Harbour City! VIVA “Best-of-the-Best” – Evolving Marketing Winner Harbour City’s creativity helped spread joy around the city by inviting the gigantic inflatable Rubber Duck exhibition to Hong Kong. To raise the online presence of Harbour City locally and internationally, the center invited internationally acclaimed artist Florentin Hofman to exhibit his masterpiece, a 16.5-meter large Rubber Duck at Victoria Harbour. With Victoria Harbour as its giant bathtub, the Rubber Duck was literally a maritime art exhibition, attracting global media coverage, drawing unprecedented levels of mall traffic and sales, and further establishing Harbour City as the destination in Hong Kong. The integrated online campaign increased mall traffic and sales, and achieved the goal of bringing joy and happiness to the city. (Josh Hawkins)

 


Hair Studio 46

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 (Josh Hawkins)


Tidings of Tap 2013 – Chicago Tap Theatre

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Tidings of Tap 2013 – Chicago Tap Theatre

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(Josh Hawkins)


Event, Conference and Convention Portfolio

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This is a link to my event, conference and convention photography.

CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter speaks at the Everyday Heroes Breakfast.( (Josh Hawkins)

CEO of the American Red Cross Southern Nevada Chapter speaks at the Everyday Heroes Breakfast.(Josh Hawkins)