Chasing my dream! At a slow pace…….Images by Gecko

   So I have been taking photographs for a while now.  People I have done portraits for are very happy.  So why not join the masses of so called photographers out there?  The market is flooded since digital came along.  Now everyone with a camera and photoshop considers themselves  photographers.  A good majority are and some are just picture takers, just snap it take it home and see what they can do with it in photoshop.

   Personally I don’t want to depend on a software program to do the work I need to be doing in the first place.  Sure there is editing to be done but that should be more of a gentle tweaking of color and exposure than a dramatic make over.  Who wants to spend hours working with pictures quickly snapped needing extensive editing? 

   Okay, I am not the best photographer out there but I certainly am not the worst either.  So I have decided to do more portraits for more people.  I can accept credit cards now and I am using profession photo labs for prints.  I really don’t want to just give images on disc with copyright release like everyone around here is doing.  I mean what looks great on someone’s monitor may not print out looking real close to what you see on a computer screen.  Even though, up until now I haven’t been selling actual printed photographs,  I have provided for those who dared to get in front of my camera a 4X6 of each image so they can see how they looked printed.  Initially these prints were from and came pretty close to what I was seeing on my monitor.  Now I have begun trying out Professional labs both for value and quality of prints.  I can see a difference between the two.  With using the labs color correct option the colors are not as bright as from but the skin tones do look noticeably better.  I just had to compare, but in the end the ones are still nice looking prints but for the critical eye the professional lab is better.

  So, wish me luck as I venture further into the world of photography and portraits.  I was always interested in photography but was unable to pursue it because of the expense involved with film.  It could prove a little costly in the trial and error stage.  I am so glad I was able to afford a  DSLR camera a few years ago because finally I have something I enjoy doing that I can make some money at.  With each photo shoot I am improving!