Saturday, July 24, 2010

Busy Week

So I'm making some progress at this freelancing stuff.  Did a little consulting at the Poughkeepsie Journal and wrote a story on Electric Windows 2010, an artistic street festival that is happening next Saturday (7/31) in Beacon where 30 artists will be creating 8 x 12' paintings to be hung in an old blanket factory building for permanent display. (Below is a courtesy photo)

I'm also writing an article on Getting Freelance Work for a Photography Forum called Photoenthusiast but, every time I write a suggestion, I am following through and following my own suggestions, so it's taking me a bit of time to complete it. For example, I recommended making a list of e-mail contacts to send a notice to, letting them know you are currently for hire. Got my list together - now to send the e-mail.

I did get to shoot this week, too. My son-in-law wrote a play and the music for it based on the myth Persephone. He got an art grant and gathered some very talented folks together and presented a staged reading for one night only in Brooklyn and it was AWESOME.
Bravo, David!
I hope we all get to see it on Broadway one day soon! 

The week ended with a Photowalk, inspired by Scott Kelby, the Photoshop guru. Today was the third annual Photowalk and it was anticipated that 31,000 photographers would be shooting together in over 1,100 cities all over the world. Last year I participated in one in Coney Island.
This year I stayed a little closer to home and joined a lovely group of about 20 folks who were willing to walk over the Poughkeepsie Railroad bridge in the brutal heat. I didn't get any fabulous pictures, but I did enjoy spending the day with some new friends and fellow camera-nuts.
Getting out there, enjoying yourself and making new friends is what it's all about!
Happy shooting!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Making photographs

"You don't take a photograph.... You make it."
                                                           –Ansel Adams

This seems truer than ever after taking a full day seminar with Scott Kelby on Lightroom 3 in NYC yesterday.  It was inspiring watching him make blah images pop.  Naturally I downloaded the free trial version today and can't seem to do any of the great things he did yesterday. Perhaps the free trial is missing some of the bells and whistles.

The photo above needed only a little cropping as my post production work. I was blessed with a beautiful sunset and I like the silhouette effect I got as I approached the scene.
I really like this image, although I remember that sun to be a much more vivid orange. It was a hazy day and I captured that, but the sun seemed to pop right out of the haze and I haven't found a way to reproduce that.

Help me out here. Is this one worth saving? What can I do to it in post production that will help make it better?  Perhaps if I spend the next few days learning Lightroom, I'll find the answer.

Happy shooting!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Things are about to "click"

Today is my first day of retirement - er, that is the first day of my life as professional photographer. It's kind of a mixed bag - I have so many ideas I want to pursue, yet I kind of feel like I'm on vacation. It's a beautiful, warm, sunny day and I have an agenda - declutter my office, mat and frame beach pictures to sell this weekend at LBI, make a wedding album to show my work, update the website, figure out how to use some new software, practice lighting techniques with some new equipment I purchased recently..... Oh dear, I've got more on my list than I'm going to be able to handle.
I gave myself an assignment to start the new career off - photography my brother's family. Now THAT was a challenge! Even with a great deal of help, trying to get 5 people to smile at the same time was quite an effort. There are 3 I like:

Even so, the baby, Brynn just doesn't look happy. I may have to do some cloning of heads. I did do a bit better just trying to focus in on the children individually.
Oops -he's not one of the children! Well, he was as we were growing up - that's my baby brother, Paul. Rather, handsome, huh? And here's the child I'm trying to train to smile for my camera, Mr. Ryan.
OK, so even though I feel like I'm playing on my first official day as a pro, I really am working hard.  Thanks for stopping by and keep on shooting great photos!