New free Journey e-Book

Over the last few months I’ve been gathering my thoughts on where I’ve been and where I am going to in relation to my photography. 

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Creating this e-Book has allowed me to take a snapshot of my work to date from which I can reflect on for the future. It has also allowed me to share some of my work in high quality and give others some insight in to how I work and think.  

The making of this e-book has been a hugely enjoyable experience albeit with a steep learning curve that required a lot more time and effort than I'd first thought. It has been no different to creating a landscape photograph as planning, execution and output required the same high level of craftsmanship. As photographers and outdoor enthusiasts we don’t like to spend extended periods indoors in front of computer screens but this is where real graft pays off, staying positive and always picturing the end goal. 

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This e-book is fully interactive and easily navigated using Adobe Acrobat Reader.

I hope you enjoy this e-book and all feedback is welcome.

Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom's Develop module - the silent killers. 

Imagine you shoot film and develop your own negatives.  Some of you probably do. 

Then one day you buy your usual chemicals in the same looking bottle except for a 2012 written on the bottom of the bottle. You accept it and assume it's just an improved product. You then go through your normal processing routine but your film negatives now seem off with unusual looking highlights, colour and contrast. Not good!

In the digital world of raw file processing this is Adobe's process version 2012 at work. It assumes we know nothing about digital processing and in the background secretly adds recovery, contrast and brightness along with other tweaks that we have not chosen.

This and other automatic adjustments and manufacture presets are not true photographic or creative processes. There are a few exceptions to this but handing control over to software without the knowledge of what effect this is having on your image file is not a good thing.

The raw converter is just that, a raw converter. It is a place where only certain pre-editing adjustments should be made such as cropping, exposure and some other minor adjustments in order to retain the purest digital file ready for export to image editing software. A perfect example of less is more.

I will discuss my own recommendations regarding process versions, raw adjustments etc in a future post or an upcoming e-book. 

Until next post. :-)

N.B.This blog post references Light Room Develop module and Adobe Camera Raw. I have not studied any other raw converters but will be researching these soon. 

 

Practice, Practice, Practice……

I'm a strong believer that photography is both an art and a craft and that one cannot survive without the other.

If we are to truly to master this art-form then the craft or technique side of photography needs to be automatic to us so our artistic side can flourish. 

Technique can be learnt to a limit, only growing or changing in small increments as technology advances but art can be endless and boundless. 

It is this artistic side that we need to focus most of our attention on in order to grow as photographic artists. This is where our uniqueness lives. 

Just like rudiments in music must be constantly practiced in order to become proficient on a musical instrument we too must constantly practice at the very least our basic camera skills and become one with our camera equipment. 

 

"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail."  Charlie Parker

The Craft of Landscape Photography©

          Copper Coast, December 2016

          Copper Coast, December 2016

Welcome to my blog where I hope to regularly air my thoughts and feelings on all things related to photography. 

There are currently too many sites aimed at gear only with very poor skills or advice regarding the true art and craft of this wonderful medium. 

Photography and your subject matter must truly mean something to you and not be ruled by the equipment you own or desire. I will though be giving my honest opinion on the gear I use and recommend, along with advice on everything from capture to print.

Photography is an emotional experience that requires you to truly focus on your surroundings. I’ll discuss this side of the art too as their can be many highs and lows when striving to create work that conveys your vision.

Ollie