Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 7, 2008
Generally I've had few problems shooting in public places. There's many horror stories out there about over-zealous rent-a-security enforcers giving photographers a really hard time, but so far I've been spared such an encounter.
Saturday, April 5, 2008
Friday, April 4, 2008
My wife and I are back in Toronto after a visit back home to Australia.
It's my first trip back since I moved to Toronto almost two years ago and it was good to see friends and family. Even though the trip was more people than photo-orientated, there was ample opportunity to get out and about and do some shooting.
I ended up coming back with about 1000 frames. After culling out duds there's still a good 700 or so images that I'll keep on my drive.
Exactly how many will get some post-processing treatment is another matter. I'm about a third the way through working on my shots and have output 90, so I'd expect 300 or so for the whole trip.
Maybe 30 will actually be worth showing to more than the family but I'm looking forward to collating a final gallery.
I shot some stock images that I'll be able to sell, but was mainly shooting for myself so there's some atypical bits of Australia captured.
It's a bit of a psychological barrier to have such a large number of images to work through. I've barely shot anything fresh since getting back, instead stuck in front of the computer making edits.
To make life as easy as possible I loaded the shots from the D300 and my Panasonic point-and-shoot in a new catalog in Lightroom. As I've been going through the shots I've been making some new Lightroom Presets which, for simple snap-shots, take a from-camera image and make it into a more acceptable shot with just a couple of mouse clicks.
A Photoshop resize droplet to create 1024 pixel-size small versions for these snap-shots has also been a big time saver.
I've kept advanced editing for the shots that need a bit of extra work, or with which I want to make more of a statement, fairly minimal. It generally comprises a very mild vignette effect and some curves applied in Photoshop. Maybe a bit of dodging and burning here and there.
Once the whole lot is done I may go back and take another pass at images I especially like to see what more I can unlock, but my shutting finger is getting twitchy to capture fresh frames...