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Wow. I’m really behind.

I’m two photowalks behind – I have one of them shot and unedited, and one is not even shot yet.

I did a photoshoot for a client last weekend that I still have to edit. I also did a marathon shoot with Tineke from Northern Persona Photography last Sunday. We did 14 photoshoots in one day. 12 of them were 1/2 hour shoots and 2 were hour long ones. Lots of great people, lots of great kids!

I had a great time, and got a bit of a sunburn. It was kind of nice for me that the light wasn’t perfect – it was super sunny and nice! Not only did I get to hang out on a gorgeous day pursuing my passion, I got paid for it! Yep – I’m subcontracting my services as a photographers assistant to Tineke this year. I’m gaining some valuable insight on shooting people, and lots of other great little tips and tricks to pick up.

As for the light being not perfect – because it wasn’t I had to work a lot harder than I might have otherwise have had to – but the bonus is that we got to do some cool stuff. I’ll be investing in some different shaped and sized reflectors after that marathon shoot – the one I packed around for Tineke was awesome. I used it to shade her when she was shooting into the sun – acting as a gigantic mobile smart lens hood. (well, sort of smart).

I used it to reflect cool coloured light onto our subjects – usually lighting up a face to remove contrasting shadows. This is done with the silver side of the reflector.

I used it to bounce cool coloured light up onto people’s hair from behind when shooting into a building, creating a rimlight or hairlight and creating separation and definition of the subject from the dark shadowy background.

I used it to climb up high, balance on a fence or to contort myself into other interesting positions to put the reflector between the sun and the subject, creating shade.

It was a good time. However, it made me late for my 52 week project. Ah well, some things can’t be helped.

I’ve also been putting a fair amount of time into my new website for my business – you can find it at jclossphoto.com – it also has a blog and it WordPress powered, Photocrati themed, hosted by Defiance Art & Designs.

Oh yeah – to top it all off I contracted a sinus infection midweek last. So I’ve been battling that as well – it’s not been an easy bit of time lately, but it has been rewarding.

I’ll get my next photoshoot done asap, and get my previous one edited. I’ll also share a couple of the images from the real-estate shoot when I’m done editing them – possibly showing what makes them different from quick point & shoot pictures taken by an average real estate agent.

Until then….

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Some quick updates to post here regarding my status on my 52 weeks project, my course and upcoming posts.

1) 52 weeks. I have week 7 shot from last weekend. We went out to Heritage Acres for a photoshoot location after my last Image Expressions course. I got some shots worth sharing here as my photowalk for week 7. I hope to have a couple edited and uploaded tonight while we watch TV. Next photowalk will be this Sunday, also during our Image Expressions class.

As an addendum, I really like having these free weeks of forced photowalks – they make the project easier to get rolling by building a schedule – I go out and shoot from 2-4/5ish on Sundays. Perhaps keeping that schedule afterwords will be awesome. We shall see.

2) Image Expressions.
This is a 6 week class plus 4 workshops course that I am taking from one of the local photographers I really admire. Tineke of Northern Persona Photography has become a sort of mentor to me in my photography. She seems to think more of my work and technical ability than I do – but it’s nice to have someone I admire also like what I’m doing – it’s a validation of sorts. My family has to like what I do. (Or at least say they do…. *grin*) Having an independent source also like my work is a nice uplifting experience.

3) Upcoming posts.
Photowalk 7 of 52 upcoming, as well as 8 of 52 being shot this weekend. I also have a post I’m working on regarding calibration and colour and my computer. I’m having an issue with photoshop/lightroom that when I export photos they look great to me, and viewing them in firefox after being uploaded they look awesome. However, if you look at them in Internet Explorer they look, frankly, like ass. I think it has something to do with ICC Profiles and the fact that I export everything, I think, in AdobeRGB2. That might be my issues. Also, different printers will print my photos differently depending on who I send them to. I need to send them to a calibrated lab and see what results – then I can more closely calibrate my monitor etc. So – post to come with screenshots etc as to the difference. If you have any updates please feel free to comment or email me. For a quick preview open up the two browsers I mentioned and look at my flickr stream (linked on the right). The different versions of the “knife” photo and “Sam with red apple” should be pretty apparent.

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