A lot has been happening in my photography world as of late. Our friends Shannon and Allen asked if I would be interested in being the photographer at their wedding in early July! I was honored and excited about the proposal, but have been nervous as heck preparing to make sure I shoot and preserve their memories in the best way possible. My friend Jenny and my cousin Amy, both talented and experienced photographers, have been great resources.
Having an occasion as important as someone's wedding helped me "justify" a couple of new purchases that I've been wanting to make. (I do love a good reason to internet shop!) A new lens and external flash will help me better capture the moment "in camera". A new memory card will give me plenty of room to shoot lots and lots of photos in the larger RAW format. And a new external hard drive insures I have plenty of memory with which to work! (A purchase we've been looking to make for several months being as ALL of our photos are digital and our 4 year old computer is starting to show it's age! I feel much more at ease knowing if my trusty old Dell decides to say goodnight, all our photos are safe!)
Thanks to a good friend and fellow amature photographer, I have an old version of Photoshop with which to process my RAW files. After a bit of reading and watching over Jenny's shoulder today while she was processing wedding photos from a shoot she did a couple weeks ago, I've got the basics down of what to DO with my files once I get them out of the camera. Up till this point I've simply downloaded and used as is. The good part of that is it has made me work really hard to get good, sometimes even great photos "in camera". The more exciting side of working in RAW and learning to use the many tools in Photoshop means I'll have more options when it comes to artistic alterations to those photos.
So here's today's play time lesson: using fill flash with outdoor photos to soften harsh shadows sometimes created by bright daylight. The girls were more than happy to help me out. Imagine my surprise, and pride, when I opened up this file to find a perfectly bell shaped histogram...no adjustments needed. I think I might be getting the hang of this!
Two weeks and counting till the big day! I'll be happily shooting between now and then in preparation.