Why CEG?

We will advise you on what to do, and strategies to run your business in ways you never even considered. That's the beauty of bringing in external help! Having a fresh perspective from an outside source is one of the most valuable things you can introduce into your business. It is so valuable that this single act can radically transform your company. This is why consultant's are generally so prized and can command such hefty fees - it's this! The unique, external perspective that the wise business stewards can turn into a pure goldmine that will yield for decades to come! Give us a call, we'd love to show you what we've done and let the results speak for themselves!

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What is Timelessness?

When speaking about the design of the bags which Louis Vuitton produces, the representative said this: "Most of the fundamental designs you see here in the store, with very few exceptions, were designed nearly a hundred years ago"!

I gasped, and not merely at the astonishing statement itself, but at the implications of what this meant for great design. 

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Is art subjective?

I've spoken with several people which made ridiculous statements about the subjectivity of photography and art, arguing that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder" and all that crap - at which point I bust out laughing at the ignorance! It is post-modern lunacy which strives to make all things relative that I am laughing at, not the individual - after all, ignorance is bliss! 

Relativism is a self defeating argument and no serious thinker can possibly claim that all things are relative - why? Because you would have to make an absolute statement that "relativism is absolutely true" at which point, you've just violated your very own principle of no absolutes in move #1 - check mate! See what I mean? Relativism is stupidity, people! There ARE absolutes! There ARE rules! No you CAN'T do what ever you please!

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CEG Photographer Daniel Curtean - What's in my bag!

Although I have a great bond and a sincere connection to the tools which I have picked over the course of my career, the fact of the matter is that none of these matter in themselves. When combined together, these tools create a hand selected kit of paint brushes which I know intimately, know how it responds, and know what I will get before I put them to use. I could not fully do what I do without my equipment, because it was hand selected for a purpose, and to help me capture what my minds eye sees. And so here is what is in my bag!

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Hand-Picking Lenses

These qualities come from a vision first a foremost, and a way of seeing the world through pre-visualization before even considering any equipment. It is important to know that no equipment in the world will do what you cannot, and regardless of how expensive it is, it doesn't make art for youOnly an artist makes art, only a professional can do it repeatedly and only a real photographer can combine the two. 

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Why Photographs Cost Money

You know whats crazy? Paying 1.5 million dollars for a painting. Or going to Vegas and foolishly splurging 10 grand on absolutely nothing! That's crazy! You know what else is crazy?

  • Not realizing that a day of shooting means a month of work total - that's crazy!
  • Not paying an individual for their time - even crazier!
  • Not realizing that even breathing costs money, eventually! There is no free lunch - it costs somebody something at some point
  • Not thinking about the investment in equipment required to make a photograph 
  • Not realizing that we were not born professionals - time, energy and money went into learning the craft
  • Not realizing that most people, although try they may, can never be great because they were not born with that talent. (Theory vs. Instinct)
  • Not realizing that we all have bills which must be paid, which requires an income
  • Not realizing that we create things which never existed before
  • Not realizing that without photographs, you don't have memories! 
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DSLR vs. Rangefinder

Do you see the problem there? He’s not sure he got “it”, but he got enough random shots that he’s “bound” to get one right….hopefully. And this is the condition which the very large majority of photographers you know, heard of, or seen suffer from. Even many of the higher end photographers that you expect to have mastered their craft still do this silly exercise, except they’ve just gotten better at the “DSLR Method” then the rest. So if this is not the correct approach, what else is there?

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What is a photographer? - Does gear matter...

Too often these amateur photographers get into enormous debt to buy expensive cameras that they can’t possibly benefit from, on projects which they couldn't care less for, to make money they don’t deserve! And all of this is because they feel self-entitlement to charge for their blurry-backgrounds, and expensive cameras.

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