I have had a great weekend being immersed in Photography.
On Friday I attended a "Lightroom" photo processing workshop. It was part of a 3 day weekend of events organised by the Photography Group of Bunbury and the WA Photographic Federation at Evedon Park Bush Resort in the beautiful Ferguson Valley only about 30 minutes from Bunbury in the south west corner of Western Australia. Evedon Park has cottages which would be lovely for a weekend getaway.You can see some pis from around Evedon here -
We have had quite a bit of rain the last few weeks so the rolling hills of the Ferguson Valley have put on their best green dresses. It's beautiful driving up around here this time of year. There are wineries and galleries and walks. In the bottom pic you can see some cows and calves being moved along the road from one paddock to another on my way home this afternoon.
Brent Acie from Team Digital in Perth was a great presentor for the Lightroom workshop. I learnt a lot. Now to practise!
Honestly I do not do a lot of post processing, but at times it really does help recover a not so perfect photo or make already beautiful photos better. Once you get used to "Lightroom" and what you can do, it really is quite easy to use.
Do you take pics in RAW? I didn't until last year - but I do now - you can do so much more with RAW than a JPEG. It was once described to me as - Jpegs are like a box of 12 colour pencils, whilst Raw is like a 36 box of coloured pencils. It was a great description that made RAW a tangible thing to me as I imagined a huge box of coloured pencils and all the possibilities of colouring in with this treasure trove.
Brent said: "Don't get bogged down by the rules. Think about what you were feeling when you took the photo and how you can convey that feeling to the viewer" Photography is communicating and influencing a response.
Here is a photo I took last year at the beach, and below it is the post-processed version. I wonder which you prefer? The orginal is softer and cooler and more restful, but the processed one more vibrant with the glow of the setting sun. What you like of course is your personal preference. I don't go for over-processed images that don't look real or are "over-cooked" - I hope I haven't done that with this shot. I would be interested to know what you think.
For those who have been following me on my blog, you will know I have had a "thing" about food photography the last couple of years.
On Sunday morning I went back out to Evedon Park to assist Bunbury photographer, Paul Webster, run a food photography workshop as part of the weekend of events. I was thrilled to be invited by the Photography Group of Bunbury to assist with the workshop. I really enjoyed the morning helping the participants learn about food photography. And from the responses we received everyone enjoyed the morning which was very "hands on".
Paul said, "as a working photographer you need to be able to bring something different to your photography".
There is a thought process - what are you trying to say? The photo starts with an idea in your head, what is attractive about the food, what is the visual appeal (colours, textures, smell). What are you trying to say to the viewer? What senses do you want to stir up? How do we go about getting the best result?
Food photography is all about wanting people to eat - to buy the food or the cookbook.
For me it was great to be able to take photos of restaurant quality dishes in the lighting and set up that was there. We had beautiful soft cloud diffused lighting on the verandah, and inside lighting, including over the bar and in the pizza oven! Some people added flash into the mix.
Part of the deal with Evedon Park is that they will be able to use some of the images for their website. It look forward to seeing if any of mine are selected. Here are some of the shots I took - they cropped themselves a bit when I put them in the collages.
and my personal favourites - dessert of course! - Don't they look delicious? For something a bit different I have backlit from behind with the light from the refrigerators, with some light from the overhead spotlights over the bar.
And two beautiful trees on the road to Evedon - yes processed in Lightroom. It was a cloudy overcast day, but I managed to pull a bit of blue into the sky.
Thanks for stopping by. I value your comments and look forward to hearing from you. Have a wonderful week.
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Photography Group of Bunbury
Western Australian Photographic Federation
Evedon Park Bush Resort
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