I have to blog more–most everyday. That is my challenge. I get bogged down with the affairs of life and don’t really do what I love. I have to set priorities if I am ever to be successful.
I photographed some fall leaves just this week. Our autumn season has been weird to say the least. Some trees changed and dropped their leaves quickly while too many trees retain their leaves and we all wondered if they would keep them all year. Alas, along came a wind and rain storm and some chilly temperature and the leaves turned quickly. Shoot fast or forever hold your peace. I took a few images all in the same spot–why should I move the leaves there were so gorgeous that there was no need to hunt further.
I have a goal of shooting cropped perfectly exposed(well—as close to perfect as I can get at this point) images right out of the camera. I want to minimize post processing. I am taking more and more portrait sessions and need to keep the processing time limited to make the session profitable. I decided I would provide mostly traditional style images for my clients with a collection of my favorites which are artistically shot and processed images which may be more of the style for this season of photography. I think the traditional images are timeless while the artistic style images are very beautiful and worth having for the moment but may become outdated as the styles of images change over the years–just like fashion styles change. I think there is room for both the traditional style and the artistic textured, overlayed, special color effects style images. The traditional will last for ever as a classic image while the artistic style will be a reminder of the times when the image was taken.
All of my leaf photos are cropped very little if at all–most not at all. I pumped up the illumination of red, orange and yellow to make the leaves glow. They have all been sharpened for the web.
I want to be more involved in the industry–network with other photographer, learn from them, teach them and work with them. I think that if you are to be successful–networking and sharing and helping one another is key. I want to second shoot weddings to learn how to best handle the day–the time crunch, the complementing the main shooter, the necessary images, the handling of the bridal party, complementing and teaming with the other vendors all the facets of wedding photography. I am learning how to process in batches and keeping it to a minimum except for my favorites and artistic endeavors. Pricing is always an issue–to charge the right amount for my skill level and expertise.
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