Friday’s Bits and Bobs
It has been an amazing ten days, and I have to say I am writing this with my eyes hanging out of my head. I am so tired, and really looking forward to just hanging around the house today. Of course, there are things that have to be done, and I am looking forward to some time alone with my photos. I haven’t really had a chance to play with any and see their potential, but hopefully things will settle down now.
Tripping to New York
I have been meaning to tell you for awhile, but haven’t had a chance, but it looks like I could be going to New York next year. I have a sponsor who loves my work and often gives me very generous donations, and they have decided that I photograph Melbourne so well, then they want me to leave my comfort zone and see how I would photograph New York.
I am so excited. It won’t be until around May next year, but that is good. They are paying for my airfare and my accommodation, and in return they want me to help them with their photography and give them some of my images. I think it is a great deal. I have started planning where I am going to go and what I will see, what I will take. Such an amazing offer, like a dream come true.
Books of Poetry
This isn’t really about photography, but since there are many writers that follow my blog, well I had to add this. My daughter, Klara, has written a book, it is a book of poetry, and she has self published it. She is so excited about it, and she wanted me to tell you about it. The book is called Thorns and if you want to support a young writer, then please go and take a look, maybe even purchase a copy.
Videos and Such
I’ve been doing a Online Photography Course with a woman and she recently sent me a video of her photos that she had taken while on holidays. I was so impressed with it and now I want to try doing some myself. I did try one, the link and name of it are here, Six Months after the Fires. I did it with Lightroom and the quality of the images isn’t too good, but it was fun to try and most definitely something I want to do again. I love the idea of making video/slideshows with my images. So I am doing lots of research to see what is the best way of doing them. Any hints and tips would be very much appreciated.Software for video is not something I have, but I am thinking of purchasing Camtasia Studio 8. I tried it once before for doing video tutorials and really liked it, but the price was a bit much at the time. However, now that I am doing the Online Photography Courses I think it could be good. The course I’ve been doing with this woman has been mainly directed by her and what she needs. I started off by helping her get more familiar with her new camera and to take better photos. Now with one session left, she wants to do more editing, so I am hoping I can use the Camtasia software to record our session so she will have a copy of it. It has been great doing the Online course, I love it, and so interesting to meet people from the other side of the world.
This has been going well, and I had my second person this last week that was from out of town and wanted to do a One on One with me while in Melbourne. It was a very early morning, we met in the city at 6am. She wanted to do markets and produce, so we headed to the Queen Victoria Market. It was fascinating to see it so early in the morning as they were setting it up. I really enjoyed it and I hope she did too. I think one of the things I love about these is that each person wants something different, so I am always doing different or new things. I have another session booked for this Sunday morning, a new person, and we will be doing completely different things again.
Outings and Insurance
I am still pushing the Social Snappers, not getting many people signing up, which has surprised me. I thought so many women would love the opportunity to have outings organised for them. I have been trying to work out if I should advertise the idea of the insurance aspect. I think insurance is something that many of us don’t think about. I don’t know how many times I have seen photographers going out to take photos and they chuck their bag down on the ground and don’t worry if someone trips over it. Do they have the insurance to cover them if someone hurts themselves? I do, and because people are out with me as my students, then they are automatically covered by my insurance. I don’t know if it is worth pushing that concept. Apparently Australia is one of the most litigious countries in the world and I am so glad I am covered.
The play, Little Murders, that I have been photographing at Heidelberg Theatre Company, started last night. It has been a surprising play for me, and one that I have enjoyed watching. It is funny, but also very sad. I have photographed it a few times along the way, but last Tuesday night I did it for the last time, and it was one of the final dress rehearsals, so the photos in this post are from that.
I hope you enjoy the small snippets of the play, I will be putting more photos on my Facebook page if you want to see more. I’m off now to relax, hope you get to do the same.