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Weekend wanderings with some bits and bobs

Things have been crazy this last week, but more on that soon. Anyway, I just didn’t get around to doing my normal Bits and Bobs post, and then I thought, why don’t I combine them. So today I have photos for you from one of my wanderings and some updates on what I’ve been doing.

Dynamic Range Magazine

I think it is safe to say that we should make our deadline of February the 10th for the publishing date of Issue 3. I am so excited about the next issue. It has been a bit of an Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3449effort getting everything done for it, Christmas put us  behind a bit, but we are fine now.

There is a profile on Julia Anna Gospodarou, an article on Lightroom, one on competitions and entering them, how to make your own bird photography studio, processing a black and white image in Lightroom, an introduction to long exposure photography, how to choose a photography tour to go on, and another article on the history of women photographers. We also have a new writer who has written on women and marketing for us. I’ve been really enjoying the articles as they have been coming in. I hope you are excited to buy your issue.

If you just want the issue sent to you then buy a subscription for twelve months. You won’t have the worry of remembering to get it each time and will just get the link to Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3414download it in your inbox.

Go to the Products page and click Subscribe.

Of course the issue will also be for individual sale.

Don’t forget to spread the word and let everyone you know about it as well.

Photographers.com.au

I’ve just published another article on the blog for this site. I have written my first article on Social Media.

Social Media for Marketing the Photographer

I have been doing so much research on social media for my own work and marketing the magazine that it was good to finally get a chance to write somewhere about it. It is the start of a series of articles.

One on One Photography Lessons

I’ve been getting quite a number of inquiries for these. It is good. I love sharing my knowledge so good to see that people want to learn from me. Melbourne-skyline-summer-architecture-3341

I had a great experience with someone just recently who had done several classes with other people, but was still confused and I managed to explain it to her in a language she understood. Then after she said it was wonderful and didn’t know why other teachers hadn’t explained it that way before. I have been told from others that I am very good at explaining things in very simple terms that are easy to understand.

If you want to check out what I offer, click here.

Don’t forget that I also have amazing Photoshop skills and I do teach photo processing as well. We do them over Skype and I record the sessions for you as well.  You can find out more about those by clicking here.

Weekend Wandering photos

The photos were taken a few weeks ago on a hot summer day here in Melbourne. They are a good example of why you shouldn’t shoot in summer. I went wandering with a friend to try and capture the skyline of Melbourne. I am looking for places I can go back to.  I also saw some spots I haven’t been to before.

The photos in the gallery are all over the place, another WordPress change, doesn’t load the photos up in the order that you had them.  Thank you WordPress for stuffing up something else.  I have to say my interest in blogging is waning a little, and no doubt WordPress and all their changes really have a lot to do with it.  I love that the blog on my website never gets this many changes.  I really like blogging there so much more.

Bits and Bobs Again

city-melbourne-architecture-sights-508Time to round up my week and what I’ve been doing. It might be what you think. I did manage to get away for a couple of days, and the rest well, more of the usual.

Social Media

I seem to be spending a great deal of time learning more and more about how to use it and planning posts and what I can do. It is hard to weed through all the information, but I think I am getting better at all of it.

I’m starting to realize there is a lot more city-melbourne-architecture-sights-505involved than just posting photos. It seems to be all about planning and working out when you want to post things. It is a lot tougher than I hoped. It is teaching me to be organized, which has to be a good thing.

I do hope that with what I am learning I will be able to market Dynamic Range a lot more effectively and maybe myself.

One on One Photography Lessons

I was talking to someone recently and I realized that I might be too cheap city-melbourne-architecture-sights-509and that could be part of the reason why I’m not getting many people. It is picking up, but I have decided to make some changes.

From now on a One on One Photography session with me is going to be for 3 hours and cost $360. The photo editing sessions are now going to be $900 for 5 sessions with me. It isn’t going to hurt to try it. There seems to be a common thing that if you charge too little then people think you don’t know what you are doing. Time will tell.

If you are interested here are the links

Dynamic Range Magazine

Don’t forget both issues one and two are still available to purchase.

Trips Away

I was finally able to get away this last week up to my mum’s place in the Mallee. It was nice to be back there, though it was hot and I never like city-melbourne-architecture-sights-522that. We went to Swan Hill to take some photos, but you will have to wait until the weekend to find out more about that.

I am finding my focus is changing. I don’t think that is a bad thing, but my reasons for wanting to go to the Mallee and take photos has changed. I do want to keep going up there, but I think what I take photos of could change. I’m excited about it, I hope you are too.

Photos

The photos in the post today were taken 12 months ago and were in a Weekend Wandering post. The images were from a day around the city of Melbourne. I hope you enjoy the look back as much as I do.

As I’ve stated before I’m doing a lot more fine art images over on my other blog, so take a look there as well.

 

 

UfD: Five of My Favourite Things About Photoshop

Today I thought I might do something a little different, well I think it is something I haven’t done before. For those of you that have been following me for sometime know how much I love Adobe Photoshop CC.  It is one of my most important tools for working on photos and I think I would be lost without it.

I thought it might be fun today if I talked to you about my favourite things that are essential to me.

1/ Curves

Without a doubt one the most important adjustments for me.  As you work with it more and more you start to see all scmu-4hpm8905-7the possibilities of what you can do with them.  It is one of the most versatile adjustments I think.  You can lighten or darken the image, you can emphasize the highlights, you can change some of the tones of the image, too many things. Slowly I am learning how to use it, but I’m also using it so much.  Most of my images have many curves layers.

2/ Blur

I know this could be a strange one, but it is something that I enjoy using. I don’t always use it, and sometimes I only use it for part of the image, and others for the whole image.  There are so many ways of using it. Of course there is the LeanneCole-inverleighhotel-20130924-5936_4hpm-3obvious Gaussian blur that I think most of us know about, however there are lots of other blur effects and another one I love is the radial blur.  However, there are lots of other ones there too, and I’m always learning. The biggest learning curve about using it is restraint.

3/ Adobe Camera Raw

Seems a silly thing to say, or something to choose, but I really couldn’t live without it.  Of course I could use Lightroom instead, but I do like Adobe Camera Raw, or ACR.  There are adjustments you can use in it that aren’t available in Photoshop. If I only had Photoshop and not Lightroom then I couldn’t live without ACR, it is an essential part of my workflow.

4/ Gradient Tool

This is my finishing tool.  Nearly every image I work on I use the gradient tool.  It is how I add a subtle or not so subtle vignette to the images.  I have a thing about white or light edges in images, and if I can get rid of them, then I will.  A sccity-hpm6653-5dark gradient added to the edges is fantastic, well I think it is.

5/ Layers

I know when a lot of people first start using layers they can get confused and can’t get their heads around them. It’s not something I ever remember having problems with, it just always seemed logical to me. I really like how you can add things and later on decide you don’t like it, and instead of having to go back and start again, you can just delete that layer. I know some photographers won’t work in layers, but I think that is just silly.

There are many other things I like in Photoshop, but they would have to be my top five.  So what are yours? It isn’t as easy as you think to work out your top five.

The photos have been done using Photoshop and many of them were done using the above things, if not all at least some.

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs: The Planning Continues

It does seem like this year is all over the place, that I have my fingers in so many pies hoping that one of them will pay off and be fantastic for me, a great opportunity that leads to other things.  It is a bizarre world we live in.  I’m not complaining, okay maybe a little, but I guess the main thing is that I am still trying to get me and my photography out there.  I guess I hope that persistence will pay off eventually.

Behind the Scenes

scpi-h20120512-0765I was sent a request recently, and while I didn’t have time to do it, I thought I would mention it and Jasmine here.  This is what it is:

I’ve basically started a link up for photography bloggers to show their behind the scenes. The post does not have to be primarily behind the scenes, it can be your interpretation. All you have to do is add your link to your post by clicking the blue button at the bottom of this post: Behind the Scenes and comment on the post before yours with constructive feedback or a friendly compliment, and the next person will do the same to yours.

If you are interested in taking a look the link is there.

Individual Online Classes

I received another student to do some learning online the other day.  It is fun doing them as each student comes to me with different problems, or different things they want to learn so it is very varied, it is something I really enjoy doing.  I have my new computer all set up and got to use my new webcam today for a session with a student.  If you are interested in learning photography or photo editing from me check out my page on Online Classes.

My Book

I have had a meeting with Banyule Council about my book and the direction it should go in.  We are going to look at seasons and how the land looks through the seasons.  It is very exciting and I’m very keen to get down to Banyule Flats and start doing some photos again.

scpi-HDR20120512-1250Maxwell International Australia are lending me a Tamron 150-600mm lens to try out and review. It will be good to take it to the flats and photograph some birds.  Nice to see how it handles it.

Other Books

It has been suggested that I should consider doing an art book of my fine art images.  I wondered what you thought of that, if you would like to see me produce a book on my special images.

I was also toying with the idea of writing a book on taking photos, my way of course, but not sure about that yet.

I think I like the idea of writing as well.  Though with everything else who knows.

Social Snappers

I’ve been thinking about doing the Social Snappers for free and then adding some extra classes for people to do.  I am finding that I am having trouble getting people to do them, and I am sure that part of the reason is because I don’t have a network of people who know me here, so maybe if I scpi-20120512-1257do them for free, then people might do my other classes.  I thought I would try it for a term and see what happens.

Photos

Today the photos are from my old cycling days, well when I used to photograph cycling.  I was taking photos at an event down on Phillip Island, so some of the photos are of the grand prix track down there while others are from one of the points on the island.  Not sure about them now, but it is fun to go back and look at them.

 

Tuesday’s Bits and Bobs

This last week has been great, not a lot happening around here, but as we run up into Christmas I’m sure that could change.  December already, and I suppose I should start thinking about Christmas a lot more.

New Macro Lens

Well I was at the grant presentation last week for my grant and got my envelope, so the next day I ordered my new macro lens.  It arrived on Friday and the two of us have been out a couple of times now.  Part of the grant was for a Nikon micro 105mm lens, so that is what I had to get.

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Backyard

The lens arrived in  a lovely gold box, as all Nikon lenses do.  My first impression of it was that it was cold, the metal around the lens was cool to the touch and then it was heavy, it felt good, it was a good weight in my hand.  The next test was to take it out into the garden and see what I could get with it.  There isn’t much left in the garden to photograph now, as we are heading to summer the flowers are disappearing and the plants are conserving what they have for the summer ahead.  Still I found a few things, and was photo bombed by a bee when I was photographing one of the flowers on the raspberry plants I have.  I will include some of those photos in this post.

On Sunday morning my daughter and I went to Bulleen Art and Garden Centre to look at some plants, and of course I took the macro with me and took some photos of the flowers.  It was hard as the sun was out and it was hot.  We’ve had a few

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Bulleen Art and Garden

days of heat now and humidity, I don’t like humid days.  I will include some photos from there as well.

Social Snappers

The last two excursions for Social Snappers is on this week, one on Thursday and then another on Sunday.  It is unusual that both are doing the same thing, but we will be this week.  The excursion is into the city and we will be taking photos of the Christmas decorations before and after sunset, which should be great.  I love doing this, but marketing them is proving to be challenging.  I think I am going to have to start thinking of different ways of doing it.  This blog, facebook, and social media

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Backyard

really aren’t doing anything, unfortunately.  Hopefully they will pick up next year.

Teaching Photo Editing

After being asked about Photo Editing in all my classes I’ve decided to try teaching it.  I am going back up to the Mallee in March, on the long weekend, to do more workshops and a big component of those is going to be teaching people about putting their photos on the computer, organising them and then how to do some basic editing.

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Backyard

I love editing, and it is one area that I think I know quite well, so I feel it is something that should do a lot more of.  I would like to offer some classes down here, but I will need to find somewhere to teach them, so I will be looking into that soon.

Facebook and Privacy

It seems Facebook is doing the rounds again about what they can use of your information and such that you put on there.  Everyone is in an uproar, though I have to keep wondering why, as this has all happened before.  Basically if you put your personal information, photos, videos, etc up then you give them a royalty free license to use it as they wish too, however, you still own your images.  Those are the conditions you agree to when you sign up to it. People have been putting notices up, saying they don’t give FB permission to do that, but it is hoax, and there is nothing you can do about it.

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Bulleen Art and Garden

I have made the decision to put a massive watermark across any images I post on Facebook, that way if they use the images and try to remove it, then they are tampering with my copyright, which I am fairly certain is illegal.  I also read

Facebook adds, “[t]his IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.”

So I would think if you continued to delete your photos after they have been there for a while then Facebook can no longer use them, that is how I read that.  IP refers to Intellectual Property.  It is something I have been doing, going through and deleting all my old photos, not easy, there are a lot on there, but if it helps to protect my work then I will.

I think that is enough for today, I hope you have a good Tuesday and there is a lot going on in your world right now.

 

Taking Action

Recently I have been thinking about doing more portraits, though not so much the fine art ones, but more just normal portraits.  I still love the idea of doing portraits of teenagers as they are finishing school and moving onto the next part of their lives.  I have discussed this before, the idea of doing them here, and how the whole concept of Senior Portraits wouldn’t work in Australia.  I am still thinking of names, but I did get to take some lovely photos of a friends daughter last weekend.

LeanneCole-alannah-1883She is a gorgeous girl, but has issues about her body (what teenage girl doesn’t?), so we did more head shots, which I think she was more comfortable about.

I have been looking at lots of portraits lately, and looking at what the photographers do to them.  I have also been hearing a lot about actions. Actions are like recordings of processes in Photoshop that you can then play over and over again.  You just click a button and then things happen before your eyes.  They are quite amazing.

I seem to see actions everywhere at the moment.  You know how when you suddenly become aware of something, how it seems to be all around you, well, that’s what’s happening with actions.

You can find free ones on the internet, and you can also buy them.  I was given some actions by Lara Jade when I did an online course that she was teaching.

LeanneCole-alannah-1883-ljaAfter a couple of clicks, this is what I got.  You can change some things, but it can give you a great overall effect.

Then during the week I was sent a discount coupon for Greater than Gatsby.  They sell actions, and you can end up with some great ones, the following image was done with one of theirs.

LeanneCole-alannah-1883-ggaOf course you have to learn how to use them, and I am sure eventually I will get the hang of it, but it is interesting to see what results you can get with them.

I purchased The Radiance Collection from Greater than Gatsby and it came with 110 actions.  I have only played with a few of them so far, but I was really impressed with what you got.

LeanneCole-alannah-1815-2This image I did myself.  I tried some things I had learned from Lara’s workshop.  I don’t mind this at all.  My next step is recording my own actions.  I have tried it a couple of times, and some things have worked and some haven’t, but I think I just need to practice more.

I think I am going to like actions, though I think it could be something that I need to work out how to do myself.  I hope my friends daughter likes what I have done to her images.

Here is a gallery for you.  The first image of each pose is the original with hardly any editing, and then the actions applied to them.

Changing the Feeling

We are still experiencing our heatwave here.  Today it is predicted to be 44ºC, and we have already reached 40.  My poor cat Tiddles just doesn’t know what to do.  We keep trying to cool him down, and I think he appreciates what we are doing.

The heat itself is uncomfortable, and annoying, but the worse thing about it is how terrifying it also is.  When we have really hot days like this, it means thunder storms, which mean lightning, and then fires.  There have already been lots of fires in Victoria, and with the worse day for winds predicted to be tomorrow.  I have a massive park across the road from me that goes along the Yarra River, so we are also on high fire alert.  It has never been a problem before, but you just never know.

The hardest part, and perhaps the scariest is that they are saying these are the same conditions that lead to the worse fire storms in Australian history, the Black Saturday bushfires in 2009 where almost 180 people lost their lives, and thousands and thousands of acres were damaged, and whole communities destroyed.  No one wants to ever see that happen again.

I know people think we are being whinges, that the temperatures are not that high, but we are all living on the edge of our seats, it is a scary time to be in the state right now.

Now on another note, before the temperature gets too hot and I can’t work on my computer anymore, I thought I would work on another image and see what I could do with it.

I did an image a couple of years ago and I was curious about what I would do with a similar image.

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I have always liked this image, but over time my processing has changed and I know a lot more about Photoshop now.  I didn’t want to just repeat the image, but thought if I took another one it would be interesting to see what I would do.

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This image was taken on the weekend, I showed it to you on Sunday and I decided that I would use this image.

LeanneCole-city-20140111-6464-2The most obvious problem with the image was the sky, so I tried to find a sky that I could add to it that would help with the mood of the image.  I have added lots of textures to the image to help give it an aged feeling.  I think I was trying to go for the feeling of abandon.

There are problems with it, but I know the more I do these, the better I will get at doing them.  I need to start collecting some different sorts of photos now, I think. Things that I can add to images like this that will help with that feeling.

I am going to put the images into a gallery now so you can see them a bit better.  Take care everyone.