. . . So much has happened since the last blog post, that I am a bit excited to tell you all that is happening and going on.
OK, Lets see, back then in September I think I just passed 64,000 points and the beginning level of Master on Gurushots.
Well since that time, I’ve managed to lay on another close to 30,000 points and I really need to say this . . . if you want to improve your photography then join GuruShots. There is nothing like the challenge and stimulation of a new photography competition every 3rd Day to keep you excited and challenged about your work.
So what else has been happening?
Well, there has been a lot of uploading of past work to my shop on RedBubble. I had kind of set a goal of uploading 500 photos there by early November, but I guess it will now not be possible to meet that.
Still, there have been quite a few competitions to experiment with Photoshop Actions and Plugins to create some very unique photos and I have enjoyed this tremendously. Most satisfyingly, it was possible achieve 4th place overall in the GuruShots competition called “Effective Effects” which has been my best achievement there to date. Quite happy about that, but its only served as a stimulation to try to do better in the future.
So recently I’ve managed to shoot a wedding, which was always a goal of mine. It was a lot of fun and I do have to say it was the most amazing wedding I’ve seen having attended quite a few over time just as a guest. Everything was so organised and so well rehearsed in advance that absolutely no one was stressed out on the day, which made for perfect photography subjects. It was pretty incredible in that regard. So in preparation I moved up to a second camera, the Sony A6000, and wow what an amazing camera this is.
The Sony A6000 is designed as a replacement for the Sony NEX 6 (released in circa 2011 or so), and it contains features which puts my NEX 7 to shame. Still, I am happy now to have two quality 24 MegaPixel sensors to shoot events such as weddings.
I think I commented on RedBubble shortly after, that it would be really neat to have three A6000’s for weddings with different lenses (the 18-200 mm zoom, an F1.8 50 mm lens and either a Wide Angle or a Zeiss Prime Lens), so that there would be no need to swap out lenses on the fly – just take heaps and heaps of shots. With large memory cards, and a good supply of batteries, I could see how a photographer could really capture some amazing shots and be prepared for any eventuality as the Wedding Ceremony progressed. So I suppose this is my new goal.
For my landscape work, I would dearly love to be shooting with a 42 MegaPixel Sony Alpha 7R Mark II, but in reality for the total workflow involved in a wedding, this camera (in my opinion), would be overkill for the job. Way too may pixels and too large file sizes to need to deal with for the downstream workflow in Lightroom and Photoshop.
So what else has been happening of late? Well, I am presently working on three new websites. You see, I feel that photographers these days need to be very Web Centric and Web Efficient, so building websites helps in many ways (both with photography and social media). These websites are allowing me to practice some Real Estate photography and some Product Photography (at the moment flowers and bouquets), as well as building an online solution for clients, which will hopefully enhance their business presence on the web. Time will tell, but I think that this work should give both of them a leg up locally with their businesses in this regard.
Lastly, the only other thing I have been working on of late is an “Engagement Walk” around Rosalind Park. The idea here is to offer something special to future Brides and Grooms in advance of their Weddings. This way they will be able to become acquainted with me as their future Wedding Photographer, and also they will get some great Engagement shots to share with family and friends on Social Media in the lead up to their special day.
I have devised a nice walk around Rosalind Park and the Bendigo CBD for 90 minutes where I feel it would be possible to capture the new couple in perfect light in their city with very familiar backdrops. If you are a newly engaged couple, perhaps send me an email or give me a call (0409 855 025) to discuss this. I think you will be very happy with the resulting photos because the light is working out perfectly.
Anyway, in typical fashion its time for a song and what better one but Billy Idol and “White Wedding”? I’ve been on a bit of a wedding kick of late, consuming everything I can on YouTube about weddings, particularly from B&H in New York to posing models and Brides. Been learning a lot!
P.S. Lastly a big thanks to Jason Lanier and his YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/jasonlanier). Mate, been learning so much from your teachings, thanks for sharing!