My Personal Photo Books

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Over the last couple of years, I’ve gotten into the practice of making a photo book out of any major photography event in my life. Those events might include workshops I’ve taken, travels I’ve made – or, for each year, an annual portfolio book. These books are one of the rare times that my images get produced on paper. In fact, I don’t even own a printer at this point – and, for the rare occasion when I do want a print, I’ll most often do a print at my local Costco warehouse!

I’ve primarily used iPhoto and Apple’s book capabilities for these photo books. The quality has been excellent – and the tools in iPhoto make the creation of the book reasonably straightforward. I’ve done one book using Blurb and the book module in Lightroom – my “Faces of Cuba” book. I plan to explore more of Blurb’s capabilities in the future.

Last night I pulled together my most recent photo book – Paris 2014 – based on images from a wonderful week last fall in Paris as part of a street photography workshop led by Valérie Jardin. It was a wonderful experience – perfect weather, beautiful city, and a great group of workshop colleagues who enjoyed each others’ company. Most of my images from this book came from this album.

I used iPhoto again for this book – probably for the last time given how Photos is soon to replace iPhoto on my Mac. I’m looking forward to receiving the final printed copy of the book and adding it to my archive of my other personal photo books that document those special photography events in my life!

What I’ve Learned about Photography in 2011

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2011 turned out to be a big year for me in my pursuit of photography skills. As I reflect back on my learnings, I thought I’d try to write down the highlights of the year for me in this New Year’s Eve post.

Beginning with my purchase of my first digital SLR about five years ago (a Canon 30D which I purchased immediately after reading Doc Searls post about his evaluation of this camera!), I’ve been making steady progress learning more about both the most important shooting skills for capturing images as well as the post-processing techniques that can really help enhance an image.

For me, it’s all about trying to get it right at capture time in the camera – but then also maximizing the image’s beauty in post-processing. Among other things, I’ve learned that even if the capture isn’t perfect, the end result can still be stunning with the right post-processing. But, it all begins with trying to get the right image at capture.

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My Mid-2011 Photography Workflow

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My photography workflow has evolved significantly over the last couple of years – “evolved” being perhaps a euphemism for “gotten more complicated”! I’ve been influenced by paying attention to the workflow of others – picking up tips especially from watching Trey Ratcliff and others as they’ve shared their approaches. I’ve wanted to write this down for my own reference – and, now that I’ve written it up, thought it might be worth sharing as well. So, read on for my photography workflow – as it stands today. Continue reading “My Mid-2011 Photography Workflow”

Playing with iPhoto ’11

I recently attended a photography workshop with Derrick Story and seven other photographers that included a late afternoon visit to Safari West, an African wild animal preserve northeast of Santa Rosa. I just fired up the new version of iPhoto ’11 (part of the new Apple iLife ’11 suite) to see how it would work with the post-processed photos that I had already worked on in Lightroom 3.

I was really surprised by the results – especially using the Enhance Photo edit option – which really caused many of these photos to have some very nice additional “pop”. Another treat was quickly throwing them all into a slideshow – using Ken Burns effects and some music that iPhoto selected – and then quickly exporting it to a QuickTime movie – see below – click the play triangle to start:

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It is a bit convoluted getting the exported slideshow movie up to MobileMe – to do that you have to open the exported movie file in QuickTime Player and then use the Share menu to upload it to MobileMe. Heavens knows why iPhoto doesn’t have this capability built-in? And, also why can’t I easily embed the movie in my web page here?