Another Bits and Pieces Post
Today I thought I might just talk to you about things that have happened or will be happening. The post isn’t about anything special, but there are little things I’ve been meaning to tell you about, but haven’t had a chance so I thought I
would do this today, I hope you don’t mind.
I thought I would start with my website. I decided to give it an overhaul and thought perhaps I would buy a theme for it, so I did lots of searching and kept coming back to one, Photographer Theme by Organic Themes. Since purchasing it and downloading the theme, then installing it, I have to say it has been very disappointing. It is nothing like what was advertised and the instructions are not correct. It tells me to do things and they don’t seem to be options that are available. I hope there is an out clause, though knowing my luck there won’t be. They do have a support system and they will be hearing from me a lot. So keep an eye on it.
Part of the reason for wanting to update my website is because I really want to get into teaching. Since teaching at Living & Learning Nillumbik I really have discovered how much I love it and how I really want to do more. I also think if I teach, then I can just take photos of what I want. I always find it unnerving doing photography for a client. I don’t mind doing it, but if I could make a career from teaching, then I wouldn’t have to worry about doing that so much.
I will continue doing my short courses at Living & Learning Nillumbik, along with some one off photo walk style ones, but I also want to start doing some of my own. Planning excursions for people to come out with me to take photos, not so much to teach, but more a social thing. Of course, if someone has problems I will be there to help them make sure they get images, but if people have no idea what they are doing, then they would need to do my short course first or do a one on one with me. I know that for many people, they don’t know other people to go out with to take photos, or they can’t think of anywhere to go, so this could be great for people. I do think many women would like this a lot more, safety in numbers so to speak. I can always make the city, or somewhere like that my central base where we meet.
The One on One Photography Lessons are slowly happening, and I am getting more inquiries all the time. I do enjoy doing them and love meeting new people. It is interesting seeing what they know and then working out the best way to help them get wonderful images. I have even had an inquiry from someone on the internet if we could do an online one, and so I am now working out the best way of doing that, and think it could be an interesting approach. Thanks to Skype I can teach people online. So online photography courses could be available soon, I hope people will be interested in those.
More recently I have started offering One on One Photo Editing classes as well. Fantastic way to start to learn, or for people who have some skills but don’t know where to go from there. I had my first one this last Monday and it was a great success, I think. The client brought photos that needed to be worked on and we worked out different things in Photoshop that they could use to edit the images. It was very specific to what her needs were. She said it was great, and that she is already applying many of those things to the images now.
The next question is can I do it online? I think the answer has to be yes, there is no reason why I couldn’t do One on One Photo Editing using Skype. Laura Macky and I skyped each other last week and did a lot of stuff sharing our screens, so I think it is very possible. So if people are interested they should contact me.
Up for Discussion Posts
I really enjoyed the discussion the other day on colour monitors and there was so much information there for anyone who needs to know about this. When I started the Up for Discussion Posts I realised that there was the potential there for what happened on Tuesday. My blog is perfect for that sort of thing and with most of you either experts or beginners, there is no reason why this blog can’t be used to help everyone. It is definitely something I encourage. I would love to hear from people who have a problem with something, photography related, that they would like help with. I have seen it time and time again how generous people can be with their knowledge and how much help they have given me and others.
So if you have something you would like to put up for discussion send me an email and we can talk about it.
I have included images that I have done a lot of processing on. Though all done in 2012, I don’t think I would change much in them if I did them again. I will include a gallery of them so you can look at them individually. I hope you don’t mind the way I put images into the post and then include a gallery. I put them in the post to break it up a bit. I know I find lots and lots of writing quite hard to read, but with images in it, well always seems to make it easy. Weekend coming up, lots of plans, hopefully taking some photos.