Category Archives: Photography

I take a lot of photos, this is called photography.

matpacker

January 18, 2018

Aircon is busted in the hotel, at least the sunset didn’t disappoint.

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December 20, 2017

Working on a new editing workflow that works well on Android / Windows, but less well on iOS, need to find a way around the file restrictions on iOS. I’d hoped that iCloud Photos app on Windows 10 might make it easier, but it doesn’t seem to actually upload new photos I export from Lightroom to it.

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December 11, 2017

Since injuring my back earlier this year I’ve found it a pain in the ass to drive for more than a couple of hours at a time…which sucks, because I used to be able to drive for 10 hours without a hassle. Anyway, on the way back from seeing clients in Sydney I decided to stop at the rest area near Mooney Mooney Bridge so I could stretch my legs for a few minutes, and then I remembered I had my drone in the car with me!

Lightroom CC

I thought I had my photo workflow sorted, then Adobe goes and releases Lightroom CC.

From my cursory look at it, seems Lightroom CC is pretty much the workflow I wanted, the power of editing in Lightroom, with the full cloud sync capabilities of say Google Photos. Throw in VSCO X to give the image a final look, and happy days!

I’ll post some more thoughts about Lightroom CC once I’ve had a week or two to play with it.

I think I’ve finally worked out a nice workflow to manage my photos properly from shoot, to edit, to upload. . .

This is a very “no frills” description of what I think will work well for me going forward.

I have all my photos loaded into Apple’s Photos app, this is usually done on my iPad Pro, they’re also synced to Google Photos as a secondary backup, and yes I have paid for storage on both services so that I can upload and keep the original size the photo was taken in.

Once I have all the photos in Photos, I then delete the shit ones and favourite the ones I definitely want to edit. I do some basic edits in Photos, i.e. exposure, white balance, highlights, shadows, black point, etc.

After the basic edits, I’ll often import the photo into VSCO for the final treatment.

Last but not least, the photo gets posted on Instagram, my blog, and wherever else I want to post it.

So far it seems to work well enough.

Photo Editing Woes

I used to enjoy photo editing a lot. I loved working in Aperture, it made sense to me in a way that Lightroom doesn’t, to make my photos look the way I wanted them to look.

Nowadays, I really don’t like editing my photos. I understand how to use Lightroom, but it just doesn’t “feel” right to me, and I guess that’s what slows me down.

How to setup a Lightbox Gallery on WordPress.com

I was Googling for an answer on how to use a Lightbox overlay for my photo galleries here on my blog. I nearly upgraded my WordPress.com plan to a business one so that I could install a plugin for a JS / Lightbox type thing…

Turns out, all you need to do is enable the carousel, and the background colour, in Settings / Media, simple as that.

Publishing my old photos

In a past life, I used to shoot a lot of live music. I’ve shot local acts from Newcastle, through to massive international acts. Some were fun to photograph, some less so, some were of bands I love, some less so.

With the deletion of my flickr account the other day, and that was where a lot of my photos lived, I decided that I should probably publish them somewhere else, and what better place than my own website.

Over the next few weeks / months, I’m planning on publishing as much of my old photos here as I possibly can, starting today, with The Veronicas. 

2016 photo workflow

Given where we are now, technology wise, compared to where we were 10-15 years ago, it’s taken me a surprisingly long amount of time to actually come up with a decent, repeatable, workflow for shooting, editing, uploading, and sharing. 

Here’s my current workflow, in brief;

  • shoot photos on iPhone 7 Plus, Panasonic GX7, GoPro Session, or Theta S
  • import photos not shot on iPhone into Photos.app, either on my MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, or iPhone 7 Plus
  • sort the keepers from the crap, all the while Photos.app is uploading and syncing to iCloud
  • do basic adjustments in Photos.app, i.e. rotate, crop, exposure
  • using Photos.app extension, open image in Priime for final style edits, save over the original image
  • export / share from Photos.app to Instagram and Flickr

Priime has been the app that has really brought it together for me as I was missing a decent editor that I could use on all my devices. Yeh I can achieve all of this using Lightroom on all devices, however that problem with a Lightroom-based workflow is that I end up with a lot of data duplication, i.e. Photos.app has a copy, and Lightroom has a copy. 

So far, this workflow has been really easy to adopt as my images are accessible and editable no matter what I’m working on. The only problem I’ve run into with it is that I have a Photos library in excess of 80,000 images and my upload connection is woefully slow, so it’s taking a long time to get everything up on iCloud. Fortunately, I’m going to Switzerland at the end of November and staying with a friend who has 400/200 fibre in his apartment.

 

The struggle is real

On my iPhone, it’s so easy to take a photo, edit it quickly in Snapseed, then upload to Instagram, and share it out. It takes but a moment. Doing the same, or similar, to any of the photos shot on my other cameras is such a chore in comparison.

I captured around 2,000 photos and at least 10Gb of video while I was over in Europe recently, add to that a further 3,000 photos and more than 100Gb of video I shot when we holidayed in Fiji in July, and that gives you an idea of the mess that’s sitting in front of me.

Ugh.

At least it’s all backed up.