Wednesday, June 17, 2009

June 17, 2009 Photography Update

Hi, again...

Sorry I was away for so long. Lots have happened and are upcoming.

Photowalk 2009

First off, I am a leader of one of the PhotoWalks that are going on all over the world on July 18th. My Photowalk site for North Phoenix - Paradise Valley Community College is here. If you are in the Phoenix area that day, please join us. It starts at 9am and ends at 11am. Details are on that page.

My New Photography Site
I have a new photography page that you might enjoy. I had been working in Dreamweaver but even for me, a technonut, Dreamweaver is so difficult to build even the simplest of websites. You might laugh when I tell you this, but I build that first "cover" page with iWeb that runs on Macs, a part of the iLife suite. It was easy and let me get back to doing what I love and that is photography.

Photography Software

Speaking of software, I'm often asked about the software I recommend for photographers. I used Adobe Photoshop Elements for a long time and that is a good one. Plus it is cheap and runs on both PC's and Macs. I personally have Photoshop on my 24" iMac and it works great, but it is expensive and can be over the top for most users. Of course, if you take even one college course, for instance, you qualify for the hefty education discount. I use Academic Superstore for my software purchases and save a bundle. But several months ago I downloaded a trial copy of Photoshop Lightroom and within a few days bought the full version. I absolutely love it! So I think you can have a pretty powerful computerized photo lab with just Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. Heck, I do about 90% of my editing on Lightroom and only use Photoshop for the real problem photographs.

My Upcoming Adventure

June 21 I will be heading to the Rocky Mountain National Park for the 2009 Outdoor Writers and Photographers workshop. I am looking forward to almost a week's worth of outdoors photography. I will post photos and plan to do a movie and post that too on my photography website.

The last part of July and August will see me travel to Ireland and Northern Ireland.

My Past Work and Travels

If you go to my photography website, you can see what I've been up to in the last few months. In March, I was honored to be the photographer for Katrina and Greg in Scottsdale. During the first weekend in May, I went to the Friends of Arizona Highways "Rails and Trails of the Verde Valley." And, the latter part of May, I went back to Korea.