Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The past, I think has helped me appreciate the present; and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
~ Audrey Hepburn
Many people think photography is such a great job. I get paid to take photos? Taking photos isn't even a 10th of my job as a photographer. Most of my time is sitting in front of a computer editing. I know several photographers that shoot and print but I'm not one of those. I think the editing process is as important as taking pictures.
After shooting an event I go home download and backup all my files. Then I load all those photos into a laptop so I can go through and check focus. Which means I blow up and check thousands of images, to make sure the focus is exactly on the focal point. (When I was on school one of my instructors was nicknamed the focus Nazi. He scared me for life.)
After the focus check I do a quick run through looking for images that aren't up to my standards, batch process for the initial color saturation, rename the files, back up and re upload.
At this point I've put a couple days of work into the event. Once the files are all re uploaded color and I go through correct each file. Then I organize the files and upload them on to the gallery. At this point I will email my clients and let them know that the gallery is up and they can start picking out their final images and share the gallery with family and friends.
Once they have made their final selections I will double check their final images, confirm their address and mail them out a disc.
While my process is very long I really think it's the best way to insure that my clients receive quality images. I know most photographers limit their editing and some only spend 4hrs max. Can't imagine their clients being happy with the final result but....
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Life for photographers used to be so easy we would simple shoot film, drop it off at a lab, pick up prints and deliver them to you the client.
Now days the editing process is very long and tedious but has been done correctly to give you the client quality prints.
After I get done shooting a wedding I immediately download and back up
All my files. Then I load everything on to both my desktop computer and laptop. Typically I spend a day editing down photos looking for closed eyes, checking focus getting rid of doubles. (I over shoot all my weddings). After this is done I organize the shots in to categories bride getting ready, groom getting ready, first look, formals, ceremony, and reception. Then I color calibrate my professional NEC monitors so I can see all the colors correctly, when I color correct. The reason I color calibrate is because I shoot my entire wedding in a raw format. Raw format is a larger file format that captures a lot more information then the standard JPEG format. Color correcting is a long process it typically takes days. The reason is when I color calibrate I have to adjust the contrast, colorcasts, shadows, highlights and the mid tones all independently to insure great prints.
After I color correct the files I back up and load them all on to an online gallery where you the client can pick out your final selections and share the photos with family and friends.
Tips: Look for consistency in a photographers work. Have you ever seen a photographers work that seemed washed out or too dark? The reason being is usually because they’re not calibrating their equipment correctly. Believe it or not this one thing that I've never had a bride ask me but it's one if the most important steps to loving your wedding photos.
In addition to calibrating your monitor you also need the lighting controlled in your workspace. If the lighting is constantly changing in the room you’re working in your going to get inconsistent results.
Friday, February 14, 2014
Location:LOS ANGELES South Coast Botanic Garden, Crenshaw Boulevard, PALOS VERDES PENINSULA, CA 90274, USA
Weeks before their wedding I had talked to Breann a she was upset because she really wanted an outdoor ceremony, but since their wedding was in San Francisco in January more then likely she'd have to have it in door due to weather. As luck would have it the skies were clear and the temperature was 70 degrees. Which meant it was the perfect weather to have an outdoor ceremony.
Paul Hodges III is the executive producer for the San Francisco Giants, because of his connections he was able to call in some spectacular favors for his wedding. His wedding videographer Jen is the same person the does the video for the jumbotron during the games. His wedding dj is the curator for Pandora. Renel Brooks the announcer for the Giants did the announcing for their grand entrance. Breann's bridesmaids were the most amazing decor team I've ever seen. These lovely ladies did all the flower arrangements and decor. A dear friend of the couple preformed the ceremony and was the MC for the entire reception.
Paul and Breann created their own twitter handle where guest could go post selfies, questions and photos. Some of the questions were read during the reception (ie When are the babies coming?). This wedding was a communal affair with so much love!!!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.
~ Sofia Lauren
Sara Jordan Photography
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