Teaching Tip – bring on the bad!

Getting to the issue when teaching

Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images.  If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images.  WHY?  Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image.  But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time.  This is true in other areas as well.  I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad?  You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?

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Owning a business can be ……. Work, Work, Work

If you thought owning a business was a lot of work you should try having to maintain your own web site and blog.  You leave it for a week or two and when you come back there us so much work to do to keep it up.

A windy day is perfect for doing the behind the scenes things like this!

SOMEDAY I will get into a system to keeping my blog up-to-date!

Is it worth restoring???

I hear this so many times in a week, people come in with pictures and the first thing they say is “You probably cannot do anything with this picture” or “I don’t think it is worth restoring”.

The truth is that almost all pictures can be improved – from adjusting the contrast, adjusting color or repairing scratches the image will look better.

But is it worth doing anything? From a history point a view MOST DEFINITELY!!! Once an image is gone or destroyed so bad that you cannot tell who or what was there it is to late. So get the image repaired ASAP! Get the image copied or put on a digital back-up that way if the original does get destroyed or lost you have copies.

If you have an image you are not sure about bring it in, I charge nothing to look at the image and let you know what can be done and what it will cost. Plus all the work is done in Lethbridge with the image being digitized while you are waiting so no shipping the image away to get lost.

Photo Restorations
Photo Restorations

Time for a change…….

Change

Is it time for a change in your life and business or are you on track? Once again I wake up and check out the sites that I usually frequent and read about everything in life that I am doing wrong; from what I eat, to what I say and do, to what my desires are to how I operate my business. BUT the strange thing is that those that are writing the posts to put me and others down are usually the ones that have the issues that they are slamming in others.

One person was saying that to operate a successful business that we need to give 200% of ourselves to make that business a success BUT they have had several bankruptcies. Another person says that to be a great photographer we need to push our limits but they admit that they have seen zero growth in their business as they are still trying to do the same thing today as 10 years ago.

Something I try to do daily, weekly, monthly and yearly is to look at what is working in my personal life and business and keep going with it and to see what is not working and to change it.  It is not easy but I believe it must be done if we are to keep moving ahead. I keep in the back of my mind the saying “Insanity Is Doing the Same Thing Over and Over Again and Expecting Different Results”. With the end of 2017 we need to take this to heart and look at what needs to be changed and then do it!!!

As I was typing the name for this post this song came to mind https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bKwRW0l-Qk

Color Balance – Printing

Getting that amazing shot
Secrets to getting that amazing shot

Today I want to address a little about color balance. I’m not talking about corrections that we make to our photos to make them look more natural, or that we do to enhance the colors to make them look more pleasing to the eye such as warming an image up but I am talking about color balance as it effects the print that we hang on the wall.

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I just cannot get caught up……. HELP!!!

This is something I hear from many photographers and it is usually related to dealing with all the digital files that are on a camera card.  It seems like these things multiply like rabbits, you go out to shoot a few pictures today a few tomorrow and a few the next day then when you have a minute you sit down at the computer and WOW are there a lot of files.

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Web Sites

As many of you know I design web sites mainly for myself and a few clients that have become friends, but doing this has given me the chance to see the bad side of web design and hosting!  Just in the past couple of weeks I have been contacted by people that have had huge issues with their web sites so I thought that I would do a post about what to watch out for so you do not get stuck or worse….. (PS – no I will not design your site for you either as a friend or a client, I have enough on my plate)

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