Photography and not being Technically Perfect.

Video: Blog Header Photo Shoot.


I wouldn't say I'm the greatest photographer in the world. I have some training and my photography teacher in college always thought I had a great eye for composition but I've never really taken the whole thing that seriously. I don't have a passion for taking great photos.

I use what I know as tool for a means to an end. Taking photos to illustrate an article I may have written and occasionally to express an idea. However I don't go to great lengths to ensure I have perfect focus, ideal lighting or just the right camera for the job.

The final image that I used for my blog header.
In my photo shoot to create an image for my blog header you can see the final image I went with (pictured right) is slightly out of focus and the lighter areas are over exposed so that certain details are washed out or lost altogether. I'm sure there are real photographers cringing... that's the photo you chose to use?

For this photo shoot the final image didn't need to be perfect. I knew the completed image would end up being so small that being slightly out of focus wouldn't matter. I also knew I'd be doing a lot of processing and manipulation which would give me plenty of opportunity to correct some of the over exposed areas (or in the case of the canvas just cut them away entirely).

When the situation requires it I can take a great photo and pay attention to all those details. However if you know an image is destined to be severely reduced and reproduced only on a monitor then there's no sense in getting too caught up in trying to get the perfect photo. It's just overkill.

Video: Processing the final image using Corel Paint.



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Changes to this Blog...

You may have noticed that my posts to this blog have slowed to bare minimum. I've never been that consistent with frequent posting but never the less I'm going to persevere. There's a lot of great writing in this blog (well at least some of my best writing) so there is no way I want to abandon it and especially not delete it.

2010 pretty much spiraled into a complete stand still on just about everything I've been doing other than making GoAnimations (see my animation and video blog). However this can't continue and I have been thinking a lot about how to reignite my interest in other areas of my creativity. Particularly painting and making videos about my work.

My actual web site has also become a bit of a problem and isn't promoting my work as well as it could. I've tried to make my artwork feature more on my homepage in the hope it would encourage a few print sales but I don't think it's encouraged anything other than some great feedback on how people like my art.

I've been looking at the Blogger platform (i.e. blogger.com) and discovered some recent changes that would mean I could literally scrap my web site and point my domain directly to my blog. This would achieve two things. First, it's one less site to maintain. Second I could easily have my latest blog posts appear on my web site without any coding or awkward plug ins to embed.

I also want to create a different format for my blog to incorporate video and images better into my posts. To do that I need to completely rethink it's template. Upgrade to bloggers new templates interface then customise things to suit my needs.

To that end expect this blog to start undergoing many changes, a complete new look and layout as it not only becomes my blog but also my web site as well. If things look a little odd for a while it's just me in the process of implementing change.

I'm hoping that when it's all done I'll be geared up to write a new post at a minimum of at least once a week that'll include images and video. They'll be more bloggy and vloggy - that is, diary orientated - rather than topic based but that's really what you'd expect from an artist web site... things that help you learn more about how I create my work.

Hopefully it'll all work better for me and will create a better experience for those of you that are interested in my creativity and art.
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