Impulseable

Soooo, has anyone else noticed that a blog post I write discussing an interest in possibly, someday, at-some-point-in-the-future purchasing a new piece of camera equipment is almost immediately followed by a blog post stating that I bought it? Because I have.

That’s right, a few hours after writing the last post, which made a passing reference or two to my interest in the Canon SL1, I convinced my husband to make it an early birthday purchase and bought one off Amazon. My birthday is July 29th, but I generally consider my birthday “in the summer” so I can get my presents whenever I like during this time. It really didn’t take much convincing, since it’s reasonably priced and he’s used to me making my birthday requests early. Plus it saves him having to figure out what to get me – not that I’ve ever waited for him to figure such a thing out anyway. I know what I want, and I tell him. Works for both of us.

Before buying the camera, I’d already decided to try out two of the lenses that work well on this body because of their light weight and low price; at the time I figured I’d play around with them on the 7D in preparation for getting the camera later, but now I should get them all around the middle of this week. Doug looked the camera up and read about it a bit, and he admitted it does sound like a cool little piece of technology, so I’m wickedly excited to check the thing out. Moving on.

I thought I’d share two other collages I made of graduation photos for the school’s Facebook page. The collage I shared in yesterday’s post consisted of photos I uploaded to the page as full-size photos, because I felt they were the best ones. I only took about 65 photos at graduation, because I was also working and talking to students and dealing with co-workers and things, and it was terribly hot outside – not to mention I’d just finished sitting in a warm gym listening to speeches for two hours in full regalia. So I had about 14 I considered good enough to upload to the site as full-size photos. However, I had a lot of other shots that were rather throwaway and not that great, but still share-able due to the subject matter (I know most people don’t give two flips about whether or not a photo has good lighting or has nice bokeh; they just want to see themselves and/or their friends/relatives in a picture). However, I can’t bring myself to upload full shots to the site that I consider crappy for one reason or another (poor focus, terrible lighting/color, bad framing, kinda boring, etc.) so I compromised with myself by making little collages out of them instead. That way, the kids and parents can still see their pictures, but the school’s page isn’t cluttered up with loads of low-quality images. I hope that’s a decent compromise; we’ll see what people think. I’m sure if the school’s followers don’t like it we’ll hear about it soon enough.

gradcollage1

This first collage consists of shots I converted to black and white for various reasons – mostly poor color quality in the original shot, but in some cases the monochrome simply made a boring photo more interesting. In the next one, the color was usually OK, but the shots weren’t all that interesting, so I lumped them all together for more visual interest. I also didn’t bother running any of these through Snapseed or any other editing program once I was done with PhotoNinja, because I knew they’d be small pictures in a collage and I wanted to save time (and my arm).

gradcollage2

This combined with yesterday’s post is pretty much everything I took except for some really failed shots; I did take photos at the Mass the evening before, but I uploaded those shots to the computer at school and will have to edit them later. I know these last two posts have featured photography quite different from what I usually do, so I appreciate you all playing along. Now just wait until that little SL1 comes in! I’m sure there will be more photos to follow.

Oh, and speaking of Snapseed – which is photo editing software I talk about here a lot and really wouldn’t want to live without – I know I have mentioned in the past that I downloaded a desktop version of their program a few years ago, right before the company was bought by Google and they quit providing it. Snapseed was purely a phone app for awhile after that,  but I discovered last week that there is an online version you can use if you have a Google + account. It’s not nearly as awesome as the desktop version, but the plus side is that it exists, and it has most of the same editing tools as the copy I have on my hard drive. I was happy to discover this, as I’ve always feared losing my desktop version and consequently one of the biggest tools in my editing arsenal – not to mention it means I can use it to edit photos at work. Unfortunately the internet version cannot edit TIF files like my desktop version can, which stinks a little, but at least gives me access to an editing program I love and cam use quickly. Just a tip!

9 thoughts on “Impulseable

  1. Love the pictures. Those robes are bright!

    OK, I am the same way and yesterday, G. almost got me the next camera and lens. I say almost because I got talking with a professional photographer in NY who told me to go a different way. I am going to e-mail you about this. I always get my birthday presents early because I too always know what I want in advance. Mine is in early August but who cares? Geoffrey knows better than to surprise me with something I don’t care about, LOL. And, let’s face it, I get myself gifts all year long anyway.

    So I am poised to get the next camera and lens any minute. As for Snapseed, I have Google +, so I will look into that. Now I am using PN + PS (the full, original version I got 10 years ago) and only those. I don’t need to process the architectural shots for special effects, just to enhance light, color, white balance, sharpness — between PN and PS I think I have what I need. Except when I post myself, in which case I will have to do something to thwart face recognition so my in-laws don’t find my candid comments about them, lol.

    Your research shared here has been so helpful!

    • Yes, please email me because I’d love to see what a professional recommends. One thing I’ve always slightly regretted is not going with a full-frame sensor when I splurged for the 7D (which is cropped) because for me to go another step up I’ll have to move into full-frame which will be a huge adjustment for me, not to mention that a lot of my current lenses might not work on it. This might keep me in the 7D or something similar for a long time to come.

      If you want to check out Snapseed on Google + what you do is click “photos” then choose the “upload photo” option. Once the photo is uploaded, click the “edit” button, and the controls you see off to the right are actually Google +’s version of Snapseed. Take a photo you’ve already run through PN and hit the “details” button, then click the last button on the bottom row (labeled “detailed”) and watch the magic happen. I am addicted to that one little command and use it on every single photo! I wish they’d come out with the desktop version again because as I mentioned above, you can’t upload TIF files to Google +, but it is what it is. At least at home I can still use my desktop version!

  2. Even under adverse conditions, you took some pretty wonderful shots of these kids.
    Glad to see that you are into impulse buying, even though you got your husband to cooperate in the impulse.
    Since I’m the president of Impulse Anonymous (IA) I can get you a seat on the board of directors, or maybe even sway the vote to get you a VP position.
    Anyway, great pictures.

  3. I’m surprised you would consider an indispensable tool to your work to be a gift (just saying ya know). Anything even remotely associated with my work, I just buy. And I do stretch the association. Whether I can actually write it off is sometimes nebulous.
    It’s funny that you get your birthday gift anytime. I have a bad memory about dates and could never remember my ex-wife’s birthday. So to compensate I would buy her gifts at random times of the year and tell her it was for her birthday. So instead of one gift, she would get 4-5 a year and she didn’t seem to mind.

    • Well, it isn’t really indispensable, and the part about making it a birthday gift wasn’t all that necessary. I could have just as easily gone and bought it without a mention. It was mostly a way to include him in the whole thing, because he does think it’s a cool camera and he’s as excited to get it as I am. We don’t really “do” celebratory gifts and just get what we want when we want it, but if it’s over a certain amount we at least like to mention it to the other as a courtesy – oh by the way, I’m spending this amount of money on something. If it’s near my birthday or Christmas, I just use that as an excuse! 🙂

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