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.
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.
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…