Wednesday, November 25, 2015

New Photography Website Development

Eiffel Tower shot from Trocadero Square

My new Photography Art website is coming along but it is a very long and daunting process. Besides the physical design of the site which takes a lot of tweaking and the required content there are a whole lot of other things to consider. SEO Information is required and I have started this process. Google Analytics has been set up. I still need to add Bing and others search site information. I need to add social content sites like Facebook and Pinterest links but before doing that I need to create the Social Media Site accounts on the respective pages. Facebook done.

As a photographer/artist I want to separate my artists photography website from my work and my other sites. In essence I want to create a whole new identity for me and my art. Domain name, check. Domain Host 1&1, check. New E-mail address, check. Website platform, WordPress, check. New Google account, check. New Facebook account, check. On and on it goes, where it will stop, nobody knows.

A lot of this technical and social media information and set up can be done or added as I go along. Especially as it will require more research and leaning. I have mostly finished the design aspects and have figured out how I want pages and portfolios to appear. The next big push will be content. I need to create all the Project Information Pages and have the project data for each project reviewed by peers at tabulaRASA. I then need to gather, collect, organize images for Portfolio Pages. Each image will need to be key-worded and descriptions added along with tags, no simple task. OK, perhaps simple but a long task sorting out through 8 years of images and in the process deciding which images should be included on this site.

I'm not sure what part of the setting up a whole web site takes the longest but doing all of it, properly, sure does take time. Onward and Upward!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Introduction to Lightroom - New Class Added and Scheduled - Exporting & The Print Module

Exporting & The Print Module

Many Lightroom users want to learn to make fine art prints, but don’t want to learn Photoshop to do so. This class will teach you how to use Lightroom’s Print Module to create high quality art images that are suitable for the gallery wall. Topics covered will include: crafting fine art images, using plug-ins, image layout options, colour management, soft proofing, a discussion on printer and monitor profiling and calibration, working with special paper profiles and package printing. More info and class information below . . .

About the Introduction to Lightroom Series of Courses

Do you have a lot of images to manage? Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC is the perfect tool for any digital photographer who needs to edit and sort images quickly. Whether you're an amateur or a seasoned professional, Lightroom CC will help you get the results you need in a lot less time.

In these courses, you'll learn how Lightroom CC can help you prepare, edit, and organize your photos quickly and effectively. Using Lightroom CC's non-destructive editing, you'll be able to control how to edit your images and make additional enhancements later. You'll learn to apply changes to multiple images while developing an efficient image processing workflow. You'll also see how to organize, tag, and make collections with Lightroom's powerful organization tools; create customized slideshows and presentations; and fine-tune the overall color and lighting of your images. You can use Lightroom CC as a companion to Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or other digital photo editors, and you can export or print your work in exactly the size or format you need.

We will also cover some new features found in Lightroom CC and will discuss the benefits of moving over to Lightroom CC.

Intermediate and Advanced classes will delve further into the inner workings of Lightroom and its modules. They will introduce you to Templates and Plug-ins and will introduce you to advanced printing techniques including ICC profiles.

Lightroom CC Extras will show you step by step how to create books and get an on-line presence, easily, all from within Lightroom.

So put some polish on your photos, save time, impress clients, and stay organized as you unlock the mysteries of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Creative Cloud.

Part 1 - The Library Module
Part 2 - The Develop Module
Part 3 - Exporting & the Print Module
Part 4 - Face Recognition, Slideshow, Print & Web Modules (Intermediate)
Part 5 - Catalog Management, Archiving Images & Catalogs, Backups (Advanced)

Part 3 - Exporting & the Print Module (New Class!)

Tuesday December 8th, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm in Ladner BC - Limited to 10 people
Limited Time Pricing at 50% Off - $20.00 | DPC Members $15.00
Contact Francois Cleroux to book a class or for further information.

Part 3 of “Introduction to Lightroom CC” will continue where Part 2 Left off with an emphasis on Exporting Images for Archive, Print, Web or E-mail and a Look at Printing and the Print Module including how to use ICC Profiles.

Including a closer look at:
• Exporting

Print Module
• Paper Types
• Settings
• Plug-ins
• Layout Options
• B&W and Color
• Colour & ICC Profiles
• Pakages
• Saving Print Files

There will be time for Q&A throughout the class.

About The Instructor

Francois Cleroux (MCAPA) is an award-winning photographer and International photography instructor. He has been teaching photography for more than 7 years.

A professional film photographer in the 80’s and now a Technology Information Specialist he has easily adapted to digital photography and now teaches digital editing and photography skills to students from around the world including India, Europe and more recently in New York.

Francois continues his traditional B&W film based photography and is exploring alternative photographic processes and is currently a member of the tabulaRASA artists collective.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Todays Desk

In this ever changing world of ours with the Internet making working from anywhere a reality I find that what acts as my desk and my office changes often. I will work from home at one of my two desks but on occasion I find I will work from the boardroom (photo above) or from the Living Room. I have even worked outside a few mornings in the summer months to enjoy the sun and eagles that inhabit a tree nearby while enjoying that first cup of coffee.

As I travel my desk and office become my space, what little there is of it, on the plane, or in the hotel. More often however when at home or travelling I make a local Restaurant or Coffee shop my desk for a few hours. I did post on Facebook my desk one day when I was at Starbucks in Kerrisdale for a summer afternoon and I realised I loved my job partly because my desk IS ever changing.

My desk looks tidy today, but often it is a little more ruffled and sometimes just a disaster. Either way, its my desk, my office. My coffee. I have decided to document my workspace as I travel and move about the city and will document it here. I will see if anything come of the collection of images that will be created. What does your workspace look like? Does it move around or are you always at the same desk? How have you personalized your desk to make it your'space'? I'd love to hear from you!