June 20th, 2009

photography

Blue Bear showcase photo shoot

This week I shot all of the bands in the quarterly showcase for the Blue Bear School of Music at Café du Nord. I'd done this once before, last March while I was working full-time (though I took a couple of days off that week) and also performing in one of the bands. At the time I said "Never again", but now that I'm doing freelance photography full-time I figured I could handle it, and with the school's blessing try to sell photos to the performers after the fact.

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I did most of the editing on the Thursday and Friday the week of the shoot, as I was conserving energy during the day earlier in the week. I worked from about 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening till 5 a.m., listening to the latest This Week in Tech followed by about 20 Daily Giz Wiz podcasts during that time. Caught a few hours sleep, then worked from about 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., to a soundtrack of The Cars ("Just What I Needed" is probably my favorite "wake-up" song), Nellie McKay, and Nick Drake. Over 600 photos posted in total, out of nearly 2000 shots taken. All of the editing - mostly cropping and color correction - was done in Lightroom. Jeffrey Friedl's SmugMug export plug-in was enormously helpful as always. (Edit: OMG, just noticed that Friedl wrote Mastering Regular Expressions as well. That book was a huge help to me during my programming years. What is it about computer geeks and photography? Philip Greenspun has also inspired me in both the computing and photographic realms...)

I'm hoping enough students order photos to make me feel like this was worth the effort, though even if I make the $300 I initial hoped for that will be slave wages compared to the amount of time I put into this shoot. At least it's for a good cause, as my music school is a non-profit and I want to support them (I'm giving them all of the pix in exchange for promoting me, as they couldn't afford to pay me otherwise). But the real money will come from weddings and corporate events, methinks.