Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Pho.to A Great Free Online Photo Editor

I recently had a 13th beach birthday party photography job and after the event I had to  edit some of the photos because some of the photos had a sort of a white wash even though it was a beautiful, bright sunny day.  Also some of the people wore white clothing and I noticed that in some of the photos, the background was a bit white so it clashed with the white clothing.

I thought about doing some colour enhancement and did a search on the internet, Google of course!  I found this online photo editor - Pho.to.

Pho.to is just awesome.  In this post I want to show you an example of how I used this application. 

I did not have to register to use the application and it is free.  My email address was not required either.

This first photo is quite pale (a kind of white wash) so I uploaded it to Pho.to and simply clicked the Quick Enhancement button.


I waited a few seconds and this is the result!  I can now see the beauty in the photo.  The rocks have come alive - such great colour.  I am very pleased with the results.


As a matter of fact, at my meeting with my client who hired me to do the photography at her daughter's 13th birthday party, she indicated which one of the photos that she really liked and it was one of the photos that I enhanced using this Pho.to!!!

Report On Photography Job

My photography (beach birthday party for a 13 year old) job went great!  To be honest I enjoyed taking candid shots the most.  Having my to instruct the kids to pose was quite boring - to me that is.  I took about 1000 pictures! 

Initially the day started with a bit of rain but eventually the weather was great, the kids had a blast of a time!

The next step was to edit the photos, that took me quite a while.  Quite a few people wore white clothing and there are some occasions, the white clothing conflicted with the background.  I did not observe this until I downloaded the pictures. 

I found a new online application and allows me to easily intensify my subjects in the photos.  There were quite a few that was a bit dull and I used this application to enhance the colors.  I am so happy that I found this application.  If I had not done, I would have discarded these photos.



I also got a few great shots for my portfolio.

Last night I used my Hotmail account to create an album to send the photos to my client.  I sent two emails.  It took quite some time to upload these photos.  My initial intention was to give my client a CD with the photos on it.  This is much easier and less time consuming.  I will do that tonight.

To be professional, I will also do a contact sheet, invoice (attach a business card onto the invoice).  I also have to remember to get permission to use the photos on my website.



Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Photography Job For Friends Daughter Birthday

A friend of mine called me a few minutes ago and informed me that she is having a birthday party for her daughter on Saturday January 21, 2012 and she would like me to be the photographer for the event.  I have a Facebook page for my photography and I am always uploading my photos to the Facebook page.  My friend has commented a few times that she really likes my work.  She highlighted this fact again today.

So I decided that now is the time for me to do this project the correct way.   I am going to create an electronic file (maybe keep a ‘hard copy’ as well) with my client’s basic information such as:  name, address, email address, phone number etc.  My friend asked me how much I would charge her and I told her that I would have to think about it and get back to her.  Of course I Googled the topic and wrote this article about it.
The next formal thing is to set up a meeting so the event can be discussed thoroughly with the client.  Information needed is location and time of the event and most importantly, fee.  As the information is being acquired, it should be noted.  It is also a good idea to discuss with the client exactly what is required.  This is an important note especially if the event is a wedding.  Remember that these events cannot be recaptured so it is so important to prepare yourself for any unforeseen circumstances.
The opportunity should be taken to request for permission to use some of the photos for your portfolio.  In my case, my website.
Prior to the event, make a trip to the location and see where everything is located and mentally identify spots where great pictures can be taken. 
The day before the event, check your equipment.  Ensure that the battery for your camera is fully charged.  If you have an extra battery, pack it in your camera bag.  It is always good to have a back-up plan.  My memory card can hold quite a lot of pictures but it also advisable to have a spare one in your camera bag.  Clean your camera lens.  I have a 55-200mm lens, so I will be taking this with me as well.  Presently I am experiencing problems with my night photos so I will also be taking my Pentax point and shoot camera.  It has a feature for night photos, so I plant to take it with me to test how good it is. 
As a matter of fact I will do a test prior to the effect so I know the type of results I am going to get.  At the event is not the time to be doing any testing.
Now your camera bag is all packed and ready so on the day of the event, all you have to do is to grab your bag and go.
After the event the photos will have to be downloaded onto your computer and review and edited.  The ones that are not satisfactory should be deleted or just not given to the client.  Printing the photos are quite expensive so the best solution for both parties involved is to copy the photos on a CD for the client, that they can print the photos of their choice.  In addition to the CD, a contact sheet can be printed and given to the client.  This information has to be relayed to the client.

Friday, January 13, 2012

My New Photography Website

I have created a new photography website with lots and lots of content.  This website is created with Site Build It (SBI).  I have already created two websites with the company so I know that I will get traffic to my website.  I am not satisfied with the amount of traffic my photo gallery is getting - not much.  So what I did is , create links to my photo gallery from this new photography website.

I cannot upload very large images to SBI server and it is proven that content brings traffic to any website.
This is my new photography website. Dis Photographer Sees Art

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Power Boat Ride On Ispeed

My son invited me to brunch at Frenchman's Villas, Frenchman Cay, Tortola BVI.  It was a beautiful Sunday morning.  I was so happy I was not working that day.  Our group consisted of my son's girlfriend, her mother, her nephew, my son and I.  After we had our meal, he took us for a short ride on a power boat named ISpeed, owned by Voyage Charters - the company that he works for.  He wanted to test the boat as they were having some mechanical problems with it.  These are some pictures that I took as we went on our short ride.


This is my son at the controls giving instructions to one of the workers.  I call him Captain Krys.


This is the Ispeed power boat.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Photo Walk Day

This is my first post for the year 2012. Happy New Year to all my visitors!

I have found a great place to do my regular walks at a spot on Trellis Beef Island BVI.  Today I took my Pentax point and shoot camera with me so my walk today was a Photo Walk.  I did not take my Nikon D60 was I did not want anything too bulky in my  back pack.  It is my intention to take my camera with me at all times bud the last time I was about to pack my camera in my back pack, I realized that my camera battery needed charging.

As I started my walk today, my thoughts were mostly about my job and ideas for my websites.  I realized that I was not really enjoying my walk.  I really enjoy walking in this area because it is a nice simple walk, and the trail is close to the beach.  I hardly see any one else walking while I am there.  I like it this way and it is safe.

As I reached the end of my trail, I took some pictures of this unique looking grass.  I used a landscaping photography tip (Golden Rules) of getting down in the grass and taking the photo from a different angle.  I did not lay down on the ground as I did not want my cloths to get dirty so I squat as low as I could and this is result.


I realized that taking these pictures totally changed my trend of thought from my job to my photography which was so refreshing.  You know sometimes one needs a break from particular task in order to maybe solve a nagging problem or see things from a different angle.