It may appear that I've had 2 weeks off...I didn't realise how much post operative care the fragrant Mrs Max would be needing after her recent hip replacement, anyway my bedside manner is up there with the best now so I need to get back into the photographic groove...
Keen eyed one(s) amongst you will have noted that the learning zone is a bit delayed...(see above)..but will get stuck in this weekend. I'm also on my own learning curve as I grapple with time lapse photography and a recalcitrant video card..juddery dingbat that it is...I think it's bite the bullet time and get a desktop replacement laptop with a more up to date spec than my old 'noughties' desktop.
With the time lapse I hope to make it a bit more of a creative outing rather than the usual 'lots of traffic, buildings lighting up , sunrise sunset thing and star trail stuff that seems to hog the genre....hmmmm extra long exposures put together.....and the like, I first need to get something with a pumped up video card and uber amounts of ram to make things work. Good thing is it's all possible in CS6 and although I've done a lot of work learning how to put things together, in practice it's a bit more head scratchy..meh you can do them as a lightroom slideshow if you want something basic. So I reckon that once I get into the groove of these I'll be needing a collapsible chair and something to read....so 30 sec exposure 10 secs between exposures...means 1 second of video = 15 minutes shooting .....sheesh.... make that a big book...
Working through all my Welsh Coastal stuff as well and getting (most) of it in one place.
and here's a link.. it's about me passing on some skills, I know i ive too much away but I hope that you use some of the things I'll tell you about to see things your way...link images back if you use some of the techniques I go through anyhow just a heads up as the first thing I'll be going through is the Histogram and how a crappy file with a good histogram can be polished up into a ....silk purse...
..aye caramba...in the shade all day, freezing cold and with a wind whistling under the arches, not a lot of people but hey...after 28 years of not doing them I was outside with a market stall. Now I was doing more checking of the punters than most were doing of my stall, learning excercise although I've got to admit that the thought of flogging squllions of quids worth of images was also at the forefront of my mind....anyhow always good to check the demographics of possible customers. So I didn't lose money and made a teeny tiny bit, if i wanted to make money then I would be selling Pies, crap imported jewellery and over priced blankets from China...I'm not trying to sound bitter and twisted but that's what folk seemed to want, which is quite odd as most of that is available on most high streets??!!!! So now it comes to the analysis of how i would change things for next time...
So folk were after more 'scenes of manchester' the stuff that muggles* can understand. Mounts and picture mounts not a dribble of interest...mounted prints smaller and more accessible for a rummage, some of my stuff was too' far out 'for them to understand. So I've already changed the display, will alter the stock balance and have more definable images of manchester...so onto the first Sunday in May...maybe see you there.
..tomorrow. It's going to be on the lines of 'Don't just sit there....' So I'll be talking about showing and processing wide angle panoramas from Blackpool promenade...how to shoot and produce Mash ups with a Blackpool twist...going through shooting shadows and looking at things in a different way...same subject matter different style... so if you are about get along to Poulton Photographic society tomorrow and see if there are some techniques you might add to your quiver....
So last talk for a while and I won't be doing any more group tutorials (well until July) for a while as I chuck my efforts behind my new retail adventure..if this Manchester one works then I have a blueprint to apply to all the other Cities where I have shot far too many images in.... fact of the day...I've never been to London on a photoshoot.... will rectify this soon.....anyway
So if you are in the Castlefield region of Manchester on Sunday bob along and see some new images and my take on presentation..I think it's different and feedback has been good...ah but those twin imposters....It'll be a double trouser glove and hat day but I'll be under the arches..come and say Hi..... there may be a give away.......!
now there's me giving up on selling stuff through other websites and this week it all goes a little potty over on Redbubble where all manner of stuff has gone topped off this morning by a monster sized framed print of this http://www.redbubble.com/people/maxblack/works/7301710-water-lily?utm_campaign=artist-notification&utm_medium=email&utm_source=RB
Maybe I was too hasty in my assesment of the online market...
resumes during this week, well my kind of normality, shooting with a DSLR and getting stuck into all the projects I've had brewing over the last few months.. But first, catalogue and handouts to get together for my return to the outdoor market flogging pictures thing that I last did 28 years ago.... my regular reader will already know that I used to zip all over the country selling mounts, pictures and frames I used to make and kept doing until I opened my first shop.. but back on the streets and although I have a lot of stock and a part finished display stand, I've nothing that folk can take away ponder and maybe order from...hmmmm the website will probably have to change again , I havn't got any of the big images of Manchester that I'll have on sale
So , after I've gone and picked up Di from the hospital with her shiny new porcelain hip I'll be getting stuck into handout creation...oh and the final talk of this seasons camera club chats...this one is along the lines of 'Don't just sit there....' but with a view to alternative shooting in Blackpool as ever I'm looking forward to it
What's all this then????
An unyeilding torrent of Photo babbel full of unconfirmed facts and manufactured photo drivel.. take from it what you like, it won't change the world but may leave you feeling nauseous...