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Last week I did a before and after of the following image, and Stacy from VISUAL VENTURING wanted to know how I replaced the sky in the image. old-buildings-skyscrapers-closingin-melbourne I thought if she wanted to know then perhaps others did too, so using my new Camstasia Studio software I did a video of it for her and others.  So Stacy, I hope this helps you to work out what I did.  Of course if anyone has any questions, please ask, and if I can answer them I will.

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On Sunday I had a Social Snappers Excursion to the Museum and the Royal Exhibition Building.  While we were waiting for the tour to start we had a walk around the building.

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The museum, next to the old Exhibition, has so much glass on it and it is so great for getting some distorted images.  I like the abstract way the image has come out.  I tried to highlight the building a lot more.

I took lots of photos of the inside during the tour and will be showing more photos later in the week.

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Over on Visual Venturing Stacy has started a new series of posts where you show the original image and then the after, so people can see what you have done.  Someone asked me to do this for this image I think it was.  So here is the before image. before-building-skyscrapers-melbourne I saw this in the city a couple of weeks ago when I was doing a One on One with a client.  We went exploring old parts of the city.  I liked the juxtaposition of the old building in front of the newer skyscrapers. I found I couldn’t take my eyes off it, then I started playing with it. old-buildings-skyscrapers-closingin-melbourne This is what I ended up with.  I put in a new sky, so it wouldn’t be white and yuck.  I also played with the colours quite a bit.  You can see that I got rid of the horrible  power line cutting across the image.  I also played with the light.  I am trying to do some things that resemble some movies, I like the colours that they use in them, so I have been trying to work out how to replicate that effect  So blues and yellows.  I did desaturate it a little, but not a lot.  I also tried blurring some aspects of it.

I think that is what I was meant to do, I should have recorded what I did with a video, but didn’t quite make it.  I didn’t think I would do so much on this image.  Just goes to show, you never know.  I put this image up on Google+ and it received one of the best receptions, actually the best, I’ve ever got with an image from there.  If you haven’t checked out Google+ you should, there is some amazing work going on over there, I get so much inspiration from the images there.

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For those that follow my blog, Leanne Cole Photography, you will know all about Monochrome Madness, or the Monochrome Madness Challenge that happens every Wednesday on that blog. It was a challenge that came about because I didn’t think I was doing enough monochrome or black and white images, and then Laura Macky said she felt the same.  So we started the challenge.

The first week there was just the two of us, just two images, but it was the start of something.  We invited people to join us by sending in images to us for the challenge, well more me.  So over the last twenty weeks I’ve been getting a steady stream of black and white images sent to me each week for the challenge.

It has grown steadily and eventually it will overflow onto this blog.  It has been great seeing regulars contributing most weeks, and new people sending images for the first time. It has become like a community thing, and people have conversations about some images, or just leave comments.  It is great hearing people saying that it is the highlight of their week.

I thought today I might look back on all the images I have done for the challenge over the last 20 weeks, though it is actually 21 for me.  So I am going to put all the images I’ve done into a gallery for you.  They aren’t in order, sorry, but you will get the idea.

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I am enjoying playing with software for making videos, Camstasia Studio.  The software can do some many things, and I know I going to buy it, eventually.  I just need to save up the money.  Shame the electricity bill is due.  So today I thought I would take another look at making a video of my processing when doing an image.  I love seeing it all fly past my eyes when it is done.

I don’t know if this worked, I did do some things that I quite liked.  I think sometimes it’s good to just play and not have any expectations when you are doing an image.  Just go with things and just see what happens.  I have watched some of Dave Cross’s instructional videos and he said, you learn how to do things and then you try to work out what else you can apply it too.

I think all of you should play around and see what else you can use the tools for.  It is so easy to just use them as they are meant to be used, but it could be good to try something completely different.  You never know it might make you start working in a completely different way.  Mix things up, experiment a lot more.

I also tried recording the screen while I processed the image.  I have sped it up a lot, maybe too much, but it only goes for just over 30 seconds, so I think that will be okay.

So remember, experiment and see where it gets you when you are trying to process your images.  If you figure anything out that is really cool, then, hey, let me know.  I am always on the look out for new tricks.

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Today was the big day, the first excursion.  I have to admit I wasn’t bowled over by people wanting to join the Social Snappers, but I decided I would go ahead anyway.  It was a cold windy day, thankfully not a wet day as well.  The Docklands put on a great show of cold weather, but on the plus side, it was quiet and we just got on with exploring and taking photos, that is what we were there for.  We did explore some areas that I have never been to before, and we picked out some locations for future trips to photograph the sunset there.

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This is perhaps one of my favourites from today.  There are these stump things sticking out of the water all over the place.  We couldn’t work out what the significance of them was, and in the end, decided we didn’t care.  I loved them, and would like to go back and photograph them again.  Look how still the water was, the wind picked up not long after this and it was not still again.

The Social Snappers is about organised outings for people to take photos.  It is an opportunity to go out with other people who have similar interests and take photos.  I do the organising and you come and take photos.

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I have some more photos that I took today as well.

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This morning I put the following image onto my main blog and I did a video to go with it.  Though the video didn’t work out, and I had to redo it, so the image I want to show you here is different.  It is so hard to get it to work exactly the same.

window-girl-old-building-cityI did the image so people could respond to it with words, poems, stories.  I haven’t seen any yet, however some words have been written on the image in Facebook.  It seems to have got more attention by everyone there.

I am going to put the video here for you guys to look at, hopefully I can actually put the video on here.

If you want to respond to the image, leave your links at Inspiring Quiet Thursdays.

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For this weeks Monochrome Madness on my main blog I thought I might try doing an image of a 100 year old shearing shed that I was allowed to take some photos of recently.  It was a great place to take some photos, and of course it is still being used, so it had all the gear still there.

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It was great to get this opportunity and a shed like this is perfect for doing monochrome images with.  Though I thought I would do something a little different as well.  I am trialing some software so I can do some video presentations.  I am working my way through this, so the first video I have done is a little rough.  Still not sure what I am doing.

I have done a small video of how I processed this image.  I have sped it up so it goes really fast, but gives you an idea. I have also put some music to it, so if you are somewhere public, you might want to turn the sound down or off.

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Hopefully it works and you can see it.  I would really like to be able to do more of these.  I think it is a fun way to show how I work.  The software is quite expensive, so I have to get the money together to get it, so if you enjoy what I do and would like help out, there will be a donate button at the bottom of this post.  It would be lovely if you could help me get the money together to buy this software.

If you haven’t seen Monochrome Madness Week 19 and all the entries, then you will have to wait until tomorrow, but they will all be posted over there.

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sea farers bridge, over the Yarra River, MelbourneIn my classes one of the things I always point out to people is being very careful about taking photos, and something that comes out quite a bit is how people are not aware or don’t even think about insurance and whether or not they are protected.

Once upon a time in Melbourne you weren’t allowed to use tripods unless you had insurance, or were on a trip with a camera club so you could be covered by their insurance.  I don’t think the rule applies anymore, but it is a good point.

I have heard stories of photographers causing accidents and then getting sued.  I’ve also heard of people making sure they trip over photographers gear so they can sue.  It is such a scary world out there and people are after you everywhere, alright, so that is a bit over the top, but it is something you need to think about.

So many of us have insurance to cover our gear being nicked or damaged, but we don’t insure ourselves for the damage that we might do to others.

For teaching I have to have public liability insurance, and for many places where I take photos, it is a must. It also means that when students are out with me they are also covered under my insurance.

With the Social Snappers, these are classes, so my students are covered, and I also do my best to make sure people are careful.  It is good because in group situations people are less likely to try things.  When you travel in a group people tend to stay away and not bother you.

There are still places available for people who are interested in joining me for the Social Snappers Photography Excursions.

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Milky Way Over the Old Shearing Shed in Woomelang

Milky Way Over the Old Shearing Shed in WoomelangWhen I teach I hear this so much.  This idea that to be a real photographer you need to use Manual Mode all the time.  Well, I think I am a real photographer and I hardly ever use it.  Mind you, I don’t use auto, or program, but I do use Aperture Priority.

Most of the time when I am taking photos the most important aspect, well as far as the camera is concerned, is what the aperture is.  It doesn’t matter what the shutter speed is, as long as I can get the depth of field I want, and if I am hand holding, then the shutter speed needs to be fast enough to cope with that. The ISO is always as low as it can go so I don’t need to worry about too much noise in my image.

Having to work out what the shutter speed needs to be means that I have to waste more time before getting my image.  I love the freedom of just setting my aperture and then concentrating more on my composition and what I am photographing.

I have so many people who come to me who have done courses elsewhere and they learned manual.  Then they get home from the class and try to use their cameras.  They tell me how they get so confused, and it takes them too long to take photos.  They end up with their camera straight back onto auto.

When I teach, I teach people how to use their camera on Aperture Priority or Shutter Priority. My goal is that when people leave my lessons or classes, they feel confident enough to continue using their camera off auto.

Now this doesn’t mean that I never use the camera on Manual, and sometimes there is no choice. I will put my camera mode onto manual when I want to override all the things the camera wants to do.  For example, the image in this post of the Milky Way, can really only be done with the camera on Manual.

I would say that for 95 percent or more of the images I do I use Aperture Priority.  I think it is fantastic, and I like the ease of it, and only having to worry about my depth of field.  Really my composition is always the most important thing. I hope that doesn’t mean I’m not a real photographer.

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