Amy Koughan – Instant Gratification

Amy Koughan says that she was born to be a photographer, and that she spent most of her teenage years carrying around an expensive camera. She was constantly asking her friends to pose for photographs, and was a staff photographer on the school newspaper. She took the several photo classes that her school offered, but says that most of what she has learned about photography has come from getting out there on her own and taking pictures. Lots of pictures.

Amy Koughan (5)

“When I first got serious about photography,” she says, “we were in a transition period. Digital photography was just coming into its own, but you could still find a lot of people still shooting film.” That has mostly changed now, and photographers who work with film are rare.

They are still out there, though, and Amy Koughan, though she shoots primarily digital, says she counts herself among them. “There are those who will tell you that film is dead,” she says. “And sometimes, I have to admit that it’s almost true. It’s certainly on life support.” Part of the problem, she argues, is that digital photography appeals to those with a high need for instant gratification. And she admits that many of her clients expect a fast turnaround with the images they are paying for, because they know that high quality digital cameras exist, and so it is realistic to expect a fast turnaround.

“So if I don’t shoot digital,” says Amy Koughan, “I’ll get killed; I’ll start losing jobs.” So she shoots both. And at the end of the day, she says she must be a traditionalist, because she still loves film and it’s always her first choice.

Sources:

https://fstoppers.com/film/why-i-still-shoot-film-5509

http://improvephotography.com/1521/20-tips-for-starting-a-portrait-photography-business/

 

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Amy Koughan – Distance Running

Amy Koughan is a professional photographer who lives and works in Los Angeles, California. She devotes a lot of time to her work, and says that as a freelancer she doesn’t always know when her next job is going to come along. Because of that, she says that she is always ready to drop everything for work, if something comes along unexpectedly.

Amy Koughan

She is also a wife and the mother of a young boy, and says that her family takes up a lot of her time. But by budgeting her time carefully she is able to devote a lot of time to keeping in shape. Her favorite forms of exercising are riding a bike and running, both of them for long distances. She also enjoys swimming.

For many distance runners there comes a time where they cross an invisible line and transition from grudgingly taking those long runs, to loving them and even looking forward to them. “There was this point where my runs became enjoyable,” she recalls. “It wasn’t a matter of looking forward to the ‘alone time.’ It was a matter of actually looking forward to the run itself, as agonizing as they can be sometimes.”

A typical run for her is between ten and twelve miles. Some of her friends are mystified that she could enjoy those long runs as much as she does, but Amy Koughan says there is nothing mysterious about it. Running makes her feel healthy, and after she completes a long run she says that she feels exhilarated, in large part because she just did something that is improving her health.

Sources: http://www.running4thereason.com/2012/03/12/13-reasons-why-i-love-running/

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/26/love-of-running-long-distance-_n_2190419.html