SPRING SPECIALS! Because the spring has started, I feel exuberant and generous, so I added spring discounts – only valid for one week, until May 4!
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Have you always wanted to be able to shoot pro images? Well… a short course can get you to an amazingly professional level.
And for just one week, all personalized individual or group training, at your location or at mine, or via the Internet using Google Hangouts, is $60 per hour instead of $100 per hour – that’s 40% off!
This offer is valid only until 4 May, but you can prepay now for later training. Take advantage if this opportunity and kick start your craft: Contact me today to book.
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And whether you want to book a shoot or buy my books, do it this week for a 25% discount. Use discount code SPRINGSALE at checkout or follow this link: https://learning.photography/discount/SPRINGSALE
As above, this offer is valid only until 4 May, but you can prepay now for later fulfilment. Take advantage if this opportunity now: Contact me today to book.
Gratifying: this blog has been selected as one of Canada’s Top Photography Blogs. Have a look at the second blog on this list:
Enjoy. And I commit to once again frequent posts.
“Corporations are evil”, is what we hear around us often enough. I have often thought that this was at best an exaggeration, but now I am not so sure: Adobe is doing a good job of appearing to be as evil as possible.
I am talking about Adobe Lightroom, the application that I, my students, and most professional photographers use to run their business. Lightroom rocks. Or rather, it used to rock.
There are now three versions:
- The almost-impossible-to-find standalone version. This version is now at 6.13 and, even though it is already missing features, will not be updated anymore. So if you run this, do upgrade, but expect nothing new, now or ever.
- Lightroom CC. This is a dumbed-down version for web- and portable-based use. It is missing many essential features: it is basically a toy for people who are unable to learn file management and similar sophisticated features. CC means Creative Cloud: meaning you get to pay Adobe US$10 (which will go up, no doubt) each and every month for the rest of your life (yeah, do the math). Worse, it will need regular permission from Adobe to run. Who on earth would allow their business to be held hostage by some US mega-corporation in this way? Your payment does not reach them, or the login server malfunctions, or Adobe goes broke (you can always hope), or your Internet connection is down when it is most needed – and wham, you are not given permission by Adobe to see your own work.
- Lightroom Classic CC. This is basically the existing Lightroom, but with upgrades, and alas, also with the same huge “CC” drawbacks.
Both versions 2 and 3 do everything they can to drive you to the web and to mobile devices. From my perspective, this is dumb, dumb, dumb. Mobile devices are limited, and the last thing a pro needs is “limited”. Why would I handcuff myself? I’ll edit on my Mac, thanks.
And web-based: right. I have 8 TB of photos. which would take about 8 months to upload, with my Internet connection pinned at full capacity for all of those eight months. Not gonna happen. Also, with the top version of the app you get 1 TB of capacity, not 8.
My strategy is simple.
- Continue to use 6.13 for as long as I can.
- Wait desperately for a competitor (and many companies are working on it)
- Change from a Pro-Lightroom evangelist into an Anti-Adobe evangelist.
The Adobe support person who just confirmed all this to me said “if I were you I would feel the same way”. Who knows, if enough of us refuse to move to CC, Adobe may yet reverse their decision. But I am not holding my breath.
I spent Sunday night shooting pictures at a wedding—photo booth pictures, to be precise. And while some photographers think of this as a low-end endeavour, I love it, and I recommend it to all.
“Photo booth” means photos of people using props and funny poser, and printing images on site.
This needs a computer and special software:
And a tethered camera with a studio-type lighting setup:
And, ofcorse, props…:
And finally, technical knowledge as well as people skills.
The printouts people are handed look like this:
Look, by the way, at that last picture. How do you fit around 15 people in front of a backdrop meant for two? Here’s how!
And that’s why I love booths: all my varied photography knowledge comes together for this single purpose.
The result: as the bride told me: “They will remember this wedding because of the booth photos”. If that isn’t the best compliment ever, I don’t know what is.
Apologies to all my faithful readers for the slow posts these months. But they will return to the usual frequency soon.
Meanwhile: my second ZL1 (“Zee El One”) on top of my first ZL1…:
That is a cropped and rotated and adjusted version of this:
A little attention to detail goes a long way, no?