Entries in photography (12)


Project Humane Society

I recently created a piece of artwork for Bonnie Crabtree.  This piece was auctioned off to benefit the Bedford Co. and Shelbyville Humane Societies.  It features scenes from around Bedford County.  Our intention was to capture historical places of interest.  It was a great success and I really enjoyed taking the images and having Bonnie help me decide which places to use!



If you are a photographer and have not discovered "Creativelive", check this out to see what you're missing. Free classes when they're live, small cost to own.  Here is their story...  This company is having a huge impact on the photography industry.  If you want to learn how to operate your camera, setup lighting, or just watch good content, this is the site to be on!


Adobe Software

Adobe has come out with the new Creative Cloud.  What does that mean?  If you use Adobe products such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Adobe Acrobat, etc...you can now have access to all of their programs, kind of like renting them instead of buying the software.  If you have a need for all that they offer, I think it is great! Instead of paying thousands of dollars for stand alone programs, for a monthly fee, you have access to all of them.  Now if you only need one program, this is not for you.  But if you use several of their products, it's a great deal.

Yesterday, I downloaded the trial version of Adobe Creative Cloud.  I use a lot of Actions and Plugins that are used along with Photoshop.  I had not updated to the latest version of PHotoshop, which is CS6.  I have CS5.  I had to install these actions and plugins into the new Photoshop software.  Well, of course, I couldn't get Noiseware to work.  After 3 hrs of trying to get it to install, I submitted a support ticket to Imagenomics, developers of the plugin.  They contacted me and set up a session by phone to trouble shoot the problem.

George was the nicest, most helpful support person I have ever encountered!  He has been a Master Photographer for 40 yrs, is a software developer and works with and knows all the programs and developers of the software that photographers use.  He straightened out my plugin, gave me lots of valuable, insider tips, (I actually understood what he was talking about and how to go about incorporating the tips into my workflow) settings, and explanations...it would have taken me years to figure out some of the things he told me on my own and the tips will save me hours of work... 

Best thing about it - it was all free!  Now that's a company that stands behind it's products and gives great customer support, Imagenomic, can't beat'em! 

As an update to this post, a friend of mine told me of a special offer that was posted on Adobe.com...9.99 a month for Photoshop and Lightroom if you are an existing Photoshop user, check it out, this is the offer that I bought.


That Time of Year

I love soup, in fact you can catch me eating it for breakfast.  So this morning Dwane told me that he was in the mood for potato soup.  But, we were watching a cooking show where the host was making corn chowder.  So I decided to make my own version and share it with you.  When I cook, I use what I have on hand.  I keep a well stocked pantry because I hate going to the store. I have plenty of staples on hand.


So my recipe for Corn Chowder begins with:

1/2 medium sized sweet onion

1/2 large bell pepper

Saute in a large pat of butter.  Add 1 can of drained Niblet Corn.

For thickness, add 1/4 cup of flour and continue to cook, stirring frequently for about 5 minutes.

Add 1/2 cup of Rotel Tomatoes

2 cups of Chicken Broth

Simmer for fifteen minutes.  If too thick for your taste, add more broth.  

Add Velveeta Cheese, salt and pepper  to taste.  Remove from heat and add about 1/2 cup of half-n-half.

I also made from scratch Cornbread.  I've probably been making cornbread since I was 7 or 8 years old.  My Dad always wanted cornbread at supper time and my mother would tell me to go put on a pan of cornbread. She can correct me if I'm wrong, but I know I was very young when I started making it and we never used a recipe.


Dwane loved this and said to remember how I made it!


Why Hiring a Pro is the Way for You to Go!

Cameras have come a long way in the last years.  SLRs are more affordable than ever and point and shoots can take very good photos.

So why would you need to hire a professional photographer?

Because it just doesn't come down to equipment.  Anyone can buy lumber, nails and a hammer but that doesn't make them a house builder.   It takes an artistic eye, experience, good basic photography skills, (and with digital photography) good photo editing skills.


Here are four reasons why you should hire  a pro:

1.  "but my firend has a camera..." maybe they offered to do it for free.  But are they really going to be able to get the key shots, all the key shots?  Will they be able to process (color correct, exposure adjust, crop, save correctly, make enlargements) all of the photos and present them to you for use?

2.  You just don't have the right equipemnt...your friend probably has not spent thousands of dollars on equipment and put the time and money into learning how to use all that equipment.  Do they have high quality "fast" lenses with wide apertures to blur the background or with high end coatings for sharpness? Do they have Studio lighting for when there's not enough natural light or do they know what to do to get more light?  Do they know how to "drag the shutter' and be artistic with crops and different angles?

3.  It's not about taking the shot it's about being able to select the best shots, crop, color correct and organize. There's a big time investment involved and a pro can take that time and use it in a timely and efficient manner.

4.  In the digital world, how many photos end up on the hard drive and never get printed or viewed?

How many photos are actually enlarged and properly processed into a wall portrait, to be viewed by generations of family members?  Do you want to be remembered as blurry, shadowed, green or magenta (which is inherent in digital photography), hard wrinkles, or with dark holes where your eyes are supposed to be?

No, you want all your beauty to shine, your eyes to be bright, your skin to glow and everyone to recognize that you cared enough to use a professional photographer to capture an heirloom image of you and your family!

Take the time to call a professional and talk about what you want in your portraits.  


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