I was down with the flu last week - so I needed something other than sleep to pass the time. I decided to sign up for a one month online membership at Kelby Training. If you haven't been there in a while - they have a large offering of different photo-related and program-specific classes. And they have plans to continue adding many new courses.
Anyway, while watching Dan Margulis' seminar on LAB Color Frontier - my head started spinning. It was a double whammy of flu + color theory combined. Dan knows his stuff - but it's a lot to digest. It reminded me of when I got back into photography in 2005. I could compose a nice photo with my Nikon D70 - but I remember being clueless about the post-processing world. I didn't know anything about adjustment layers, color profiles, actions, presets, sharpening- and absolutely nothing about LAB color. But I muddled my way through trying to improve the not-so-terrific-looking images coming out of the D70. Jump forward three years. Now I not only know about all the aforementioned processing mysteries - I actually use all of them. But I still continue to be confused and feel like a post-processing dummy almost daily. Maybe that's the nature of everything, I don't know.
The real question is have my images improved over the last three years? I would say definitively - yes and no. Before I supposedly "knew what I was doing," I shot more images, muddled more, and failed much, much more. But I still made some exceptional photos. Now I have a better idea of what will work, what won't require hours of PS to "fix," and what truly makes a good photograph. Still it's always a challenge (and joy) every time I pick up my camera. And, I will always believe that sometimes it's just dumb luck that makes great photographs.
Here are several photos from my "what the hell am I doing?" era. Not very much Photoshop magic in any of them, but they still have a certain amount of charm for me. The "icy window" at the top of this post is my fave. An ice storm had blanketed my Jeep one afternoon. After starting the Jeep, I realized I didn't have a scraper. So, I had to wait patiently while the defroster melted away the ice. And, of course, shoot some icy photos.
Feb 8, 2008
posted by Doug at 11:11 AM