A Charrmer

I’ve said that it’s the photographer that takes the picture, not the camera. Sacramento-based photographer Charr Crail, one my oldest and dearest friends, is a perfect example of this.


(Camera: Nikon D2X. Lens: Nikkor 17-35mm @ 30mm. Exposure: f/8.0 @ 1/15, ISO 200)

Charr is one of the most creative people I have ever met. I could be working hard, sweating, gnashing my teeth and wracking my brains in an attempt to kick-start my imagination, while ideas and inspiration just flow from Charr like water down a mountain stream. Her photographs are truly works of art. I am constantly in awe of her talent and her creativity and I’m not the only one.  On several occasions even my own mother has said to me “Why can’t you take pictures like Charr?” Gee, thanks Mom. She’s also been profiled in Rangefinder Magazine and on Capitol Public Radio.

To make a living, Charr freelances, photographing concerts, corporate jobs, portraits and more (her work for the Music Circus is simply fantastic.)


Photograph by Charr Crail

What do you think she used to to take this fashion shot? A new $5,000 Nikon D3 at 12 megapixels? Perhaps an $8,000, 21-MP, Canon 1D-S. No, she shot it with her new iPhone.

Charr recently attended a Def Leppard concert without her camera. Instead, she photographed it using the iPhone! Not only did she get a great picture, she got a lot of them. So many so that she was able to put together a slide show which she posted on her blog, Eye Street Chronicles. On Halloween night, she used a disposable film camera to shoot a trio of drag queens. She posted the picture on her blog which was then picked up by the Sacramento Bee in it’s “Blogs to Watch” column.

As I’ve said before, the camera is just a tool. It’s up to the photographer to use it creatively. Charr’s living proof of that.

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