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Looking Back

As 2013 draws to a close, I can’t help but look back on what I’ve done  with regards to my photography.

For those  of us that take photography seriously, I think we are always trying to learn, and grow.  I’m no different than anyone else and take my share of crap images.  Sometimes it’s because I’m lazy, other times I didn’t match my gear to what I was trying to photograph.  And if you’re like me, you try to learn something from these teaching moments.

I’d like to think that my photography has evolved, at least a little.  There’s one  thing I know I’m doing differently, and that is, I’ve backed way off on the HDR post processing.  Not that HDR is a bad thing, I just think that I’ve overdone it a bit.

One of the other things that I think has changed with my photography is the emotional reaction people have when I share one of my photos.  Since I share photos across several different websites, I get a pretty good sampling of people from across the world.  The only I time get any real negative comments is when I overcook an HDR image.  So, I must be doing something right!

Another thing that I’ve done this year is get serious about shrinking my photography gear.  With my latest camera acquisition, I should be able to leave the DSLR at home for almost anything I do.  I say almost because I’m still not sure about airshows.  More time with my Olympus OM-D will tell, but until I’m sure, I’ll hang on to the Canon 60D.

I put together a short slideshow of some of my favorite images of 2013.  There’s no special order to them, and I used several different cameras to create them.

If I had to pick my top 5 for the year, it would be these:

Silver Lake Pond

The Cabin

Mono Lake, South Tufa Sunset

Hopefully you’ve been able to grow and evolve with your photography as well. Whether it is in learning the fundamentals or a new post processing technique, my advice is to keep at it, don’t get discouraged if you don’t get it right away. There are a lot of good resources available online, and many of them are free, you just need to do the research. And, you can always post your questions here or on my Facebook page!

That’s it, until next time, Happy Shooting!

Slideshows

I’m going to start this post with a question, what do you do with all of your digital pictures?

Good question, right?  Some of you may post them on Facebook, others might print some of the using a service from Walmart or Costco.  And then there are probably many that look at them once on their iPhone and just let them pile up, or if they do download them to a computer, let them collect and end up forgotten.

What do I do with all of my photos?  A little bit of everything. Yes, I do share some on Facebook, and I also enter some in contests, and I do print some of them.  I don’t want to get into printers in this post, I prefer to use a printing service (it’s cheaper and the results have been great).

There is one more thing that I like to do with my photos, make slideshows!  I used to do this quite a bit, putting a slideshow on a DVD to share with family and friends, but for some reason I backed off and haven’t been doing it as much.

Recently I decided to get back into slideshows.  Instead of putting them on a DVD, I upload them for family and friends to see online.  There are several slideshow apps (programs) that make the process fairly easy.  Here are some of them:

  • Fotomagico – The app to use if you have a Mac!
  • ProShow – One of the best for PC’s (and there’s an online version).
  • Animoto – An online slideshow creator.

These are just a few of the slideshow creating programs that are available.  I have personally used both Fotomagico and ProShow and can tell you that they are very good at what they do.  While I haven’t used Animoto I have seen the work of others and am very impressed.

Here’s a short slideshow I created using Fotomagico:

Creating and share a slideshow can be fun, but there are a couple of suggestions I have that might keep your friends and family from cringing when you break out that slideshow DVD.

  • Try to have an idea of what you want to share, think of a story to tell or a theme.
  • Be brutal when you pick photos for the slideshow.  Just because you took 2000 shots at the airshow doesn’t mean that you should include all of them!  Show your best work!
  • Choose your music carefully, make sure that it doesn’t distract from the images (gangster rap or heavy metal may not work for your child’s 1st birthday party).
  • Learn how to time your soundtrack.  If one songs is too short, learn how to blend in a second track, but be careful on how long your slideshow runs.  Once you get past 4 to 5 minutes your going to start to lose your audience!

Before I close this post, I’d like to share a few of my favorite images from the slideshow:Sky On Fire, Mono Lake

The Little Buck

Fallen

That’s it for now.  Think about what you’re going to do with all of your photos!  Don’t let them go to waste, print them, share them online, and maybe make a slideshow you can be proud of!

Happy Shooting!