Posts Tagged ‘eyes’

Day 57 – Eyes everywhere.

November 16, 2009 3 comments


I must have been paranoid today as all I could see in everything I say was eyes watching me. It’s not like I was up to any mischief or anything. So I just had to get an image for today that was representative of my paranoia.

Manual Reading

White balance correction, page 68.

Photographers Images Studied

Right now I’m looking at the work of landscape photographer Mike McFarlane.

Work toward self employment.

So I have finally noted down a basic structured plan of action for the next few weeks and months ahead. I have some of the work done on part of this list from before now as I’ve been contemplating the move for some time so hopefully some of the points will get completed quickly.

So here are the rough notes on some of the items  I need to focus and hopefully report back on.

  1. Analyze skills and traits. Do I need to get training to  improve these. Business first then photographic.
  2. Determine market areas of work – niche, saturated, emerging.
  3. Collect information on sole trader requirements.
  4. Research, name, business and IT, register as self employed, home v’s premises.
  5. Contact business advisers, locate resources for start ups.
  6. Write business plan based on above.
  7. Marketing, advertising, bidding, promotion, target customers, e-comm. Training needed on some of these.
  8. Budget and cashflow, tax info, vat info. Contact accountant.
  9. ACTION.

Day 47 – The minder

November 6, 2009 1 comment


Todays images are from my babysitting evening. If my niece heard me calling her a baby I’d be in big trouble. She is also the lucky one to own Millie, a 3 month old chocolate lab puppy. As you can see the puppy is treated like a baby for now.

I had to process these images on my uncalibrated laptop screen so will probably take another go at them when I’m hooked back up to my monitor shortly.

Manual Reading

Page 51, Creative Auto Shooting

Professional Photographer Images Studied

Today I looked a few youtube video by David DuChemin where he critiques images. It was interesting to hear another persons interpretations of an image and how they perceive it. 20 video here, definitely worth watching.

Other images from today

Day 9 – Puppy power

September 29, 2009 Leave a comment


So this is Millie, my sisters new chocolate lab puppy. She’s 13 weeks old and like all puppies is impossible to get to stay still for a moment. She was dropped up to me this evening for a bit of puppy sitting so I tried my had at pet photography. Hats off to those of you who do this professionally.

I never realized how had it is to photography puppies. I’d just get focused and she would move, very frustrating. It something I’m going to need to practice a bit more I think. I had the camera on manual, off camera flash (for this image) and in AI Servo mode. I just wasn’t quick enough or experienced enough to get the image I wanted.

Manual Reading

Today I read about “Using the eye piece cover” on  p100. I must admit I used to use the cover when I started out but now I just block any stray light from entering the eye piece bu shielding it with my hand, a hat, or a cloth. It just seems like too much hassle to do it the correct way. Maybe manufacturers could implement a system that when mirror lockup is used another shutter would close behind the eyepiece. Maybe I’ll try out a few comparisons with it on and off the next time I’m out to see the effect.

Professional Photographers Images Studied

For a change I looked at the wedding gallery of Bjorn Thomassen. This is the type of photography that I am really lacking in. I’ve shot as a guest at a few weddings but they were just candids. I’m not sure if it is a type of photography I would pursue as a career but it is  certainly something I want to try at least once. Anyone looking for a gopher an assistant in Cork give me a call. All I ask for in exchange is for you to teach me something about wedding photography.