Hailing from Seattle, portrait photographer Ben Lucas put together this amusing video pitting his talents as a photographer against those of an actor pretending to be a professional photographer. The lights are set up and the camera is the same, the only thing that changes is the person taking the pictures. How big of a difference can it make?
Lucas had a variety of people drop by the studio to take part in a small challenge. He would take their picture, as would an actor, and he wanted to see if people could identify the image taken by the pro. None of the lighting was changed nor the equipment that they used. The only difference was who took the pictures.
Though not the most scientific video, ultimately it does go to show just how important it is for a photographer to manage a variety of personalities and know how to put people at ease. The actor pretending to be a photographer had trouble getting people comfortable and directing them in a confident manner. The full-time photographer however could chat up a storm and had people relaxed within minutes in front of his lens. In the end it really pays off knowing how to properly manage people, since every subject chose the image shot by the professional.