Practicing Patience After a Shoot

When the time comes for post processing, I'm going to experiment with some tonal extremes, using vignetting to darken edges and allowing highlights to blow out where the effect adds drama.

Last night I fired off over 1300 frames at Nordhoff High School’s dance tribute to Michael Jackson: Keeping The Faith. Tonight I’ll be shooting the show again, so today I need great discipline. Why? Because I want to process last night’s photos, but there are two reasons I should not spend my day working in Apple Aperture. First of all, I’ve got a lot of other work to do, including 8,000-10,000 words for a book project (I’m a ghostwriter by trade). I’m also supposed to be designing a Travel and Vacation Photography workshop for this Tuesday’s Ojai Photo Club Meeting, so there’s a lot to do this weekend.

My keeper rate should improve tonight, because now I've seen the lighting and choreography for each dance.

But the main reason I should not spend the day cropping, correcting and enhancing images from last night is that I will probably get better images tonight, which would make today’s exercise a waste of time. Patience, Dean. Patience. Not my strong suit. Remember, this is a blog celebrating lazy, disorganized, impatient photographers.

By the way, tickets are still available for Sunday’s concert.

Maybe it's because I'm bald, but I always like these dancing hair shots.

Tech note: Lately I’ve been shooting in RAW most of the time, because regardless of the endless debate over RAW vs. JPEG (even in my own head), I know that RAW offers the best image quality my camera can produce. But last night I shot jpegs because I knew I would have to shoot a lot and shoot them fast. I was carrying 16 gigs of memory, and shot about 12 gigs worth of images. I may shoot in RAW tonight, because I won’t have to shoot as many frames since I already have basic coverage of the event. That will give me better noise control and potentially better color and tonal range.  I’ll have to cogitate on the matter…

3 Comments

Filed under Camera Settings, Dance and Theater, Post Processing

3 responses to “Practicing Patience After a Shoot

  1. Tina Horton

    From my amateur point of view, it seems that you are making better images all the time. These are pictures that these dancers will cherish someday. 🙂

    • Thanks. I’m trying to get better with each outing. I say that I’ve been a photographer for forty years, but only in the last two have I really tried to get better. The funny thing is, it seems to be working. Who would have thought that a little bit of effort and study could actually produce results? I’ll still try to speak for the lazy, disorganized and impatient by seeking the EASIEST way to improve. “…And a slouch shall lead them…”

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