Marlene & Riaan

So I am finished with all of my editing, and it really didn’t take me as long as I had expected. I really am quite happy with the results.

I used Photoshop CS4 and Bridge for the bulk of my editing but I have discovered a new program called PhotoScape. This program is quite cool in the sense that it has many effect that you can do on Photoshop with just one click. On this program I can do some very cool vintage-look effects, with just one button. On Photoshop, I’d probably have to use a bunch of layers and all of that. So I found it quite useful. I’ve also noticed the trend in wedding photography where photos are edited to look vintage. As if I had used a film camera with a distinct colour-toned film like Agfa.

I wouldn’t use PhotoScape for the bulk processing, but for a couple of WOW shots, it’s really quite amazing. The cool thing about PhotoScape is that you can just download it from the internet. Easy-peasy Japanesy.

So here are a couple of shots from the wedding, but the rest can be seen at www.facebook.com/urbananarchy

As always, please remember that these images are under copyright. Enjoy!

Much Love

 

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I hear the bells a’ringing

I worked a wedding again this weekend. And it was beautiful. But oi vey I have to start the mountain of editing that lies in front of me.

Sometimes I wonder if all this technological advances are really a good thing. Yes, DSLR‘s has made the work of a photographer much easier and more convenient. But when I started out, I had two SD cards. One 2 gig, and one meagre 256 mb card. And that’s all I had for shooting a wedding. Which meant that I shot much more carefully. I thought about shots before I even got there and I limited myself very much.

Now though, I have a variety of memory cards, none smaller than 2 gig. Now this is very convenient, true. But, like I said, is it really a good thing? The wedding that I just did was so much fun, and I got a lot of great shots. But that’s kinda the point I’m trying to make. It’s just that fact, that makes the post-operation part of my job much harder, more time consuming and very monotonous. Editing. The problem with limitless space is just that. It’s limitless. Therefore you just shoot left and right, doing way too many doubles of one shot (just for in case someone’s eyes are closed) and at the end of the night, you’re stuck with thousands upon thousands (I kid you not) of raw material that needs to be sifted through, and then edited. And believe me, of those thousands of photos, I never give more than 500 photographs. It’s just not plausible to give a bride 1000 photos to go through. It’s just too much. And if you let that many slip through, there’s bound to be a couple of so-so shots. So-so shots have no place in a portfolio. And the work you do as a photographer at a wedding, is all for your portfolio. The bride is going to show your work to all of her friends and family, and if she’s happy, she’ll hopefully recommend you. But with so-so shots in between, you’re compromising the integrity of your work. I’d rather have a bride be disappointed about having not that many photos, but them being great, that have a bride be disappointed with having to go through hundreds of photos and find only a handful of gems.

But enough yapping from me, I need to get to work. I’ll post some when I’m done.

Side note: I long for a kitchen with an oven. I miss making proper food.

The Wedding Crashers!

Oh my greatness, I haven’t blogged in forever. I’m so sorry. I was just busy, but bored, and insane, but without inspirations. But here I am, wanting to tell you about my weekend.

So Friday was the little sis’ Matric Farewell, which would be Prom for US readers… Oh, she looked so cute! But boy was she a princess the entire day! “I want this” “I want that” ‘Do this” “Buy that”…that sort of thing. But it turned out great, and we knew it was a big day for her, so we sucked it up. Here is a tiny preview…I am only allowed to post everything once everybody in the family has seen… She’s the little lady in Blue!

 But Saturday I went to a wedding with my fabulous friend Ernie. It was so much fun, even though I barely knew anybody there. It was held at Bon Cap, which is about 20km outside Robertson, and it’s really pretty there. And the food…oh, the food. We had beef fillet for mains, on a basil pesto infused mash, with grilled veggies on top. The fillet was absolutely amazing. It just melted in your mouth. Yum.. And dessert was the most creamy and smooth traditional cheesecakes, served with fresh strawberries. I couldn’t resist.

And on Sunday morning, the man and I went for a very romantic breakfast at the Lady Grey Restaurant at Trossachs just outside McGregor. We had a full farmhouse breakfast, which is close to an English breakfast, and it was so delightful. The view was amazing, and it was so quiet there, between the mountains, as we sat on the terrace and fell in love again (it’s nice to fall back in love every weekend!)

On the job front, I got my revamped CV, and I’m now looking for work like a demon. My dream job is out there! I will find it!

Much Love