Post Processing and Scouting

It’s seems like it’s been quiet at Pixlexia.com since Melissa and Tom’s wedding shoot last week, but a lot is going on behind the scenes.

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I am deep in post-processing mode. Melissa and Tom’s pictures look fabulous, with so many great pictures I can’t decide which to include in the wedding collection and which to exclude.

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YIKES! I’ve decided to organize all the pictures categorically in sub-albums that can quickly be printed into photo books. This way eventually Melissa and Tom can collect them all. I should be finished with the books by next weekend, and then they’ll go to the printers. As soon as they are available I will give everyone the link to purchase. There will be plenty of price options to fit just about everyone’s budget. And the books are delivered within 10 days of purchasing. That’s a great turn around time!

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For those who want pictures printed on paper, or on canvas, I am working on setting that up and will have links up soon. Post processing is quite time-consuming so please bear with me.

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Tom and I spent the afternoon shooting rainbows . . .

This has been a-learn-as-you-go experience for me.  I haven’t gotten much help from any local experts on the best venue options to have my pictures printed locally. I tried a local business that insisted on re-post-processing my images because they felt my images were too vibrant. Well Hell No! That’s the point expert! Vibrant, strange perspectives and as far out of the ordinary as possible! That’s me. The other problem I encountered is that these local vendors want to charge so much for printing that it is cost prohibitive for most of my customers, and leaves me no room to make a profit. Photography takes a lot of work. It’s not just showing up and taking the pictures. It’s a lot of behind the scenes post-processing, just to sort through each shoot. There are many hours of work that go into producing your final images. Although I’ve enjoyed doing pro-bono work, and have learned a lot from doing it, I can’t continue to invest this much time into projects that don’t pay. Therefore, I will not be doing any more pro-bono shoots. I will be reasonable and consider each project on an individual basis and provide a great product to my customers for a reasonable price. In other words, yes I’m an artist, but no I don’t work for free:)

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I work hard to achieve certain effects and style in my photographs. I don’t want someone who doesn’t understand the art behind my work to undo hours of work. Therefore I have gone online. Sorry local folks, but you weren’t very helpful to a newbie photographer.

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I find many of you don’t want to think about where to get the images printed. You’d rather view, pick, and order online, and have them delivered to you in a display ready format. I really understand that — NOW! The naive old girl that I am insisted she didn’t want to get involved in printing . . . HA! LOL! Guess what I’ve been researching all week? Yep, printing companies. I really don’t want my images printed at CVS or Walgreen. These places are not equipped to render the kind of color quality I am shooting for. They are setup to automatically spit out pictures like your desktop printer. If you are willing to settle for these mediocre images, then you shouldn’t go to the trouble of hiring a photographer. Use your point and shoot and take those to Walgreen. The best images you get from these sources will never do for my work. So, I have been researching the best outlet for you and will have it all setup real soon.

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This weekend, my poor neglected Tom, wasn’t having another weekend of being ignored and insisted we take time out to do some shooting together. And so we did.

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As you can tell by the images I captured this weekend, that I am always fascinated by the place I find myself in, the people in it, and the colors that surround me. There was so much happening this afternoon and I enjoyed capturing little bits of it with my camera. Tom and I happened upon this major production setup for a charity event that was taking place that evening. I couldn’t resist walking into it and snapping away. The people were so gracious and let us have our way with their set. THANK YOU GUYS!  An artist’s eye can see possibility everywhere. I hope Hina’s event will be as colorful as this Middle Eastern Style Soiree! Can’t wait to shoot it.

These last pictures are of an art piece located near the parking garage next to Malio’s. I saw someone do this recently on a training video and wanted to try it. When you stand on the side of the art installation it appears like several panels lined up in a row with a narrow space separating each panel. From the front it looks like one rectangular structure, but if you move around the piece at different angles, the geometric designs in the piece begin to form different patterns. Here is what I got . . .

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This was a nice break away from meetings, emails, phones, training sessions, and post processing. Now time to chill in front of the T.V. with Tom. TTYL

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