The weather was pretty much a nightmare, very changeable and unpredictable – an architectural photographers’ nightmare, literally. I had to reschedule quite a few of the shoots more than three times, but got there in the end.
The problem is in the UK that the weather really is unpredictable, and at the time of year when it is normally settled it was worse that normal.
I missed out on a great shot as the swimming pool cover had been put on the week before due to a turn for the worse with the weather, which was a great shame. I photographed the rear elevation from lower down, hiding the swimming pool cover with some of the lovely planting in the garden.
A problem with working in the winter months is the low sun and raking shadows. I had to make the best of a combination of this and directly overhead midday sunshine, meaning I had to carefully sequence how each building was photographed to get the best light.
I need to clean my gear more often. I had lots of sensor dust spots. Apart from that all was good.
A couple of things.
I did not nail my exposure on every shot. Thankfully the way I work I always have backup images, out of the bracketed set. In the case of these shots they were not the chosen ones anyway, so this was not a problem, but I would rather nail 100% of the exposures.
I lost a couple of night shots due to excessive noise – this is something I need to look into – not sure how/ why this happened. It might be a problem with the HDR Merge that I need to sort.
Leaning on my tripod
Very frustrating. I lean on my camera when I am aligning it. Ridiculous basic schoolboy error that I keep on making which annoys me greatly.
Lightroom Classic and Photoshop 2018. Where do I start? Absolutely horrendous.
Both were ridiculously unpredictable, forcing me to take every update whenever they were offered in the hope that one of them would fix all the failings with the current version of both.
Which did not happen.
I dread to think how much time I lost due to Lightroom and Photoshop just not working.
And one last thing;
There is no other viable alternative to Lightroom and Photoshop that I am aware of – we are all basically stuck as we are at the moment.
Last thing for this post – 2018 is the year I am going to take stock photography seriously. I want, by the end of 2018, for my stock photography to provide a regular and tangible income.
I have a figure in mind, which I will keep to myself if its all the same to you! But I have a target, and am going to get stuck into this, starting with a bit of research.
I am going to be looking to sell both still images and videos, and these are the two separate markets that I will be exploring.
Once I have done this I will upload all the work I have which I believe has a commercial value, and then start incorporating the production of new stock material into my daily photography life.
This is another of those things that I am going to spend some time looking at before I do any work on it, rather than dabbling a bit here and there and getting nowhere.
Look out for lots of info on stock photography and stock videography right here on my photography blog in 2018.
Right after this little lot I am rather tired (it took me two years to write this ha ha) so I am off to go and look at my Santorini photos.
One final point
I don’t normally do New Years resolutions but his year I am going to make one, and it is this – I promise to try to stop myself beginning sentences with the word “So” – I never used to do this and do not know why I do this now. So, until tomorrow…..
Rick McEvoy Photography – Photography Blogger