Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Working on the Workflow

I have been reading through Peter Krogh's book "The DAM Book Digital Asset Management for Photographers" to get my workflow setup. Peter's book is well worth the $35 us dollars. He goes over all aspects of Digital Asset Management, from taking photos to downloading/renaming, rating, converting to dng, archiving, keywording, etc etc. Lots to read through but again well worth it.

The problems I am running into are, wife is in Grad school, which leads to dust bunnies in the wallet, which leads to me not being able to afford more hard drive space. And boy do I need more hard drive space. I would love to be able to purchase some internal harddrives and set them up in a hot swappable external case for my computer (read the Dam book and you will understand). I seem to be stuck on this. I don't want to create more images because I really don't have the hard drive space to store them and/or work on them.

I need to work past this somehow.

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

My art in an Ad shoot

While hanging up my show at the Grit, I found out that there was going to be a photo shoot, ad campaign for American Eagle clothing. The art director wanted to keep my photos in the shoot. Since I have no beef with American Eagle, I signed a release form.

What is even more exciting, at least for me, was that I got to go to the shoot. Wow, this is one big production. Assistants all over the place, with their own assistants. People from all over the world coming together for one day. The American Eagle photo and video shoot had taken over most of the area around The Grit and The Go Bar.

What I found most interesting was that the photographer was still using medium format film. She was shooting polaroid like nothing else. Then she would go back inside the Grit (at this time they were shooting just outside in the crosswalk) and wate for the polaroids to finish developing. Where upon she and the art director with an assistant would look the polaroids over and decide if that's what they wanted. I would think that medium format digital would of worked better for her in this situation. Shoot the photo right to the laptop, instantly, look over with the art director and then move on. But, maybe she has not made the switch to digital yet. Or, maybe she has used film for years, and that is what she comfortable with. hhhmmmm, something to think about. Me, I would be using digital.

While watching this all go on by standing in the background, I finally came to the thought, look at all of this, and just to capture the new theme in the fashion/photo industry, Southern Chic. Huh.

A year in Athens . . . details of seasons

Well, I finally got to hang my first show. The show is called: A Year in Athens . . . details of seasons. The photographs will be hanging up at the restaurant The Grit located in Athens, GA from April 9th to April 30th.

The hard work of putting together a theme of work, narrowing down the Photographs to 20, printing them all out and then framing the prints, is all worth it. I was so excited, relieved, and content with how it looks, especially with people eating in the restaurant.

Maybe later on I will get some thumbnails of the photos up here on the blog, once I figure it out

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Spring has Sprung

Wow, spring has sprung big time here in Athens, GA. The dogwoods are blooming in all their glory and the water oaks are shedding pollen by the bucket full. As long as I am in and then quickly out of the pollenated outside (there is no safe haven from the pollen in the outside world now) I can get some decent photos of spring. But, it comes at a cost, and I pay with bucketfuls of snot.

Spring and I have a love hate relationship. Love the scenery, hate the allergies. Which remindes me, where is my clariton.