I Oughta Be In Pictures

They Call Me The Early Bird Special
My early work schedule and 6:15pm Photography class caused me to eat an early dinner. I guess I’m practicing for when I am 80, like the majority of the people around me at Lettuce Souprise You last night. Yeah, I ate vegetarian again last night. So far I am sticking to the plan pretty well. There have been minor slipups such as when I opened the can of Bush’s Baked Beans yesterday without remembering that hunk of pork which swims in most cans of beans (I am proud to admit that I did my best to fish it out and toss it, however).

Tonight will be a different story. Tonight I am skipping the George’s run (it’s going to be nasty weather anyway) and going to get a large plate of chicken wings placed in front of me when I meet up with my friend Darren. I’ve been Jonesin’ for Rocky Mountain Pizza Co‘s wings since I had them there a few months ago. And there will be beer. Much beer.

Tag I’m It
I spent a good bit of time last night adding more tags to my Flickr photographs. I realized that I was a little too stingy with my tags. My new philosophy, at least for shots that are identifiable for an area is

Country (if none US assumed) : State : City : Neighborhood : Main Subjects : Minor Identifiers

For instance, if I were to format the tags for this shot it would look something like

(none) : Georgia : Chamblee : (none) : signage, advertising : paint, blogged

Cover The Earth

Um This Is Digital 102, Right?
Week two of my Digital 102 class was last night. Unlike 101, 102’s makeup is mostly younger people (around my age and younger). Almost all of the class participated in 101 together, so a couple of us have a familiarity learning curve to overcome.

Last night I noticed that many of the shots submitted for critique had been altered in Photoshop, or some equivalent, and the suggestion made for one of my shots was to take it into Photoshop and alter the colors. I thought that the purpose of these classes was to learn how to capture what we see (as well as some things overlooked by the human eyes) onto digital film. If I’m going to alter my shots significantly what was the point of buying an SLR and trying to learn how to use it?

Meh, perhaps I’m too much of a stickler for details.

Cancel That, I’m Shopping Elsewhere
Since joining the Amazon Prime world I have been looking to them first for all of my purchases. Six weeks or so ago I placed an order for this zoom lens for my camera. The price was right and lack of sales tax with the free two day shipping was going to make it a super purchase. The problem was that it was on backorder, to be filled by the end of April. When the schedule time for order fulfillment passed Amazon let me know that the new time frame for my purchase was going to be the beginning of June. Fuck! That!

Last night I found out that Newegg had the same lens for the same price, in stock, and they were going to charge only $5 for three-day UPS delivery!

Amazon order canceled. Newegg order placed. I can’t wait.

And now for some ideas stolen from LiveJournal…
Current Mood – sneezing, hopefully from alergies not a Spring cold
Current Music – Sirius Satellite Radio Channel 26, playing Camera Obscura — “Lloyd, I’m Ready To Be Heartbroken”
Website Of The Day – Maybe I should give up photography and join the Stencil Revolution.

If you ever want a quick glance of the sites I’ve picked for my Websites Of The Day, you can check them out on del.icio.us, my user name is InsideThePerimeter (go figure), and they are all tagged as “blogged.”

Exercise (b)Log – nothing, this week is not shaping up to be one that gets me in shape

Paulie [eatl/ga]

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5 Responses to I Oughta Be In Pictures

  1. Anonymous says:

    digital film… like millitary intelligence or postal service?


  2. Paulie says:

    I would have said photosensors but was afraid that people might think I was a nerd. 🙂

  3. Cory says:

    I think everyone has a line for what they are willing to do with Photoshop and what they won’t. For a class setting, I’m surprised that using PS to majorly alter a photo wasn’t shot down. When I shoot, I try to capture it the way I see it for the most part. However, since I shoot in RAW, PS becomes a photolab of sorts that allows me to change the exposure, shadows, etc should I have screwed up in the field (e.g. on a RAW image, you can manipulate a full f/stop in either direction). To me that’s the “major” beauty of shooting digitally (otherwise just use film). Plus, PS becomes a great tool for doing black and white (which is a whole other art-form).

    I guess it depends on what you’re trying to communicate. For me, if I’m trying to say “Hey, I shot this. What do you think?”, then I’m using PS merely to correct any mistakes made in the field (which for me tend to be plenty ;)). However if the goal is to communicate something else, whether it be art, advertising, humour, commentary, etc. I think it’s all fair game.

    I think it just depends on the photographer…but I wouldn’t hestitate to use PS to save a photo.

  4. Paulie says:

    We start shooting RAW in a few weeks. I guess I still think of this class for beginners who are learning the ins-and-outs of digital photography.

    I think that I’ll probably take the PS class next so I can learn cool tricks and how to save a photo that needs a little bit of help.

  5. Cory says:

    Yeah I totally agree with you. If I didn’t have to use PS at all, I’d be happy.

    I shot for almost a year before I switched to RAW. It’ll rock your world. It’s essentially a digital negative.

    Yeah I highly recommend a PS class. Also/or in addition to, I’d check out the book “The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers” by Scott Kelby. It’s a great aid (I think it works for beginners too). It sits next to my monitor at home. Great intro to RAW as well as how to use PS for enhancing/fixing digital photos. Great stuff. Amazon has it for ~25 smokes.

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