I think it is time. Time for me to consider embracing video. On a wedding we did a couple of years ago we did some video with my little LX3 that I had at the time, kind of just as a second thought. I ended up inserting video clips into the slideshow we gave the bride and groom and it was a big hit. Everyone loved it and people commented on it. I know that slideshow earned us other jobs. Thing is, I really didn't enjoy editing that video down into manageable bits. It was tedious and painful. Certainly not as enjoyable as editing photos, at least not for me. But I see that video and photography are really undergoing the fusion that has been predicted for a couple of years and I very much want to stay current in my craft.
So, I've decided that I'm going to learn video. At the very least I'm going to learn how to film some video properly that I can use later for the client. I think I'd like to farm out the work for editing that video as learning a new editing skill like Final Cut Pro seems kind of daunting, and also painfully boring. I'd rather hire someone. I know too that I'm going to need to learn about sound capture. Don't get me wrong, I love well done, well edited video to watch, but I just don't enjoy editing it myself and as much as this might sound like grumpiness, I still think the precise moment captured in still photography has so very much more impact. I can look at people's photos forever, but stick me in front of their home movies and I'm probably going to go crazy with boredom. Well done video though, well that is a different story, and I don't like doing anything half-way.
Thought I'd include a little tip I learned from someone a while back about how to store cameras and lenses. I can't remember who told me this so I can't give the credit, but it isn't a well kept secret. Every time I buy something that comes with these little Silica Gel packets I keep them and throw them in the drawers where I store my camera equipment. They absorb moisture and help keep your lenses etc. from becoming victims of mould, fungus and water damage.
I put our little watermark on the photo to remind myself to talk about one of my favourite new features of Lightroom 3. The watermarking feature. I used to watermark every image in Photoshop and it would take me a long time with the hundreds of wedding photos I produce. Now, after I've finished editing and exporting all my full sized edited wedding images, I just select them again and export them to a separate folder on my hard drive as one batch export, all watermarked, all downsized to 600 pixels on the long side. This has been a huge time saver for me and one of my favourite new tools in Lightroom 3.
I went downtown today to watch my daughter dance at a street fair with her ballet and jazz classes. She loves dance and is often sporting a full smile when taking part. I love it, love that she has found a passion and enjoys it. I truly believe we all need it, something we love, whether it be photography, dancing, swimming, football, chess, whatever. It just makes life so much richer. All these things are hard work if we really want to fully enjoy them, but the work only makes it sweeter. So if photography is your passion, then practice it, take your camera with you everywhere, nurture your interest and it will give back to you in life great satisfaction. I took my camera today, not as some big time photographer, but as just one more dad taking snapshots of his kid. But I used my camera today and followed my passion while enjoying observing the one my daughter embraces. Is what I produced fantastic? Is it going to earn me photographer of the year? Nope, but still it all just keeps building. Remember, it should take you about 10,000 photos you make before you really begin to master this craft. Might as well chip away at it every day.
Hope you all had a great long weekend!