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[Photography] First Real Shoot

Forest of Glass
Originally uploaded by RainPacket.
After shooting a few pictures at the Sunday Market in the lovely sunlight yesterday morning (see glass photo in post), Shay and I went to do our first photoshoot for a DJ needing press photos.

Our shooting location in this case was the unfinished top floor of an old building in Pioneer Square, with exposed aged brick and big windows, as well as several balconies. Lots of

Unfortunately, we only had about 90 minutes to shoot in, so we had to set up and sort out the lighting REALLY fast... we both would've liked more time to really get to know the space and the lighting, but we managed. The DJ was happy with the preliminary results, though we still have the edit the 'keeper' shots we picked out.

Overall, even though we're still in a learning phase, we seem to work well as a photography team so far, and have set up our own photostream on Flickr for our joint work. We're also still looking into longer-term space options. Having to collect the two sets of equipment and stuff it all into the back of the Beetle is not ideal, especially since we have no real regular space to shoot in. But as a start, this has been going well.

But I need to get Photoshop CS3, and ugh, that's one expensive bit of software. I can use the Elements -> CS3 upgrade option, but it's still pricy. I figure maybe I'll wait until after my birthday and use birthday money for that. In the meantime, the 30-day trial version is sufficient; I'm finding the Wacom tablet I had for doing handwriting support work with Trillian actually works well for doing quick photography editing in CS3, as I get used to using it.


Is that a picture of a bunch of glass bongs? It looks like the back room of a few heads shops I've been in...
Yep. Welcome to Fremont...
Well, nice to know that my eyesight's not going on me, at least.
If you could use the student discount to purchase Photoshop, remember I am currently a student at the UW.
I have discovered that users are prohibited from using academic versions of Adobe software for any commercial use; it's for learning only. So while it's tempting (because it's WAY cheaper at $295), it would be a violation of the license; if you want to so much as consider selling a print of a photo you've retouched in CS3, it's a license violation unless you have the full retail non-academic version.
Nuts! I thought I'd come up with a cunning plan.

And there are some shots of you up on my Flicker page:


vixyish loves her Wacom tablet... I'm not surprised you're learning to like yours. Yay for learning, and yay for teamwork!

I liked the Sparks can, too. :)
I think my actual version of photoshop is so old they might not let me do a direct upgrade to CS3, but if I bought it at a store it probably wouldn't be a problem (it is legit, back from my Adobe days). I've played with cs2 and it was interesting. For the most part, the best photoshops were 5.5 then 7.0, then the cs series. I'd go all out and plunk down a chunk of change for the design suite. Perhaps in the future...

Wacom wise, the Intuos is nice and definitely something to pick up if you're going full on professional while the Bamboo/old Graphire tablets are stepping stones.
Yeah, I have a Bamboo. I needed it for work when we were doing the handwriting/drawing support in Trillian Astra, and then I never used it after that.

Just sat on my desk until now, when I realized, hey, I have this, I might as well try using it. I may eventually get too frustrated with the small size and either pilfer Brent's Intuos from downstairs to try, or I may just buy one myself.
Tablets are amazing for photoshop.

From my personal experian.. if you can set the biggest button on the pen to the space bar (aka- grabby hand), and the on the actual tablet itself.. set the left button to the [ (smaller brush) key and the right one to the ] (bigger brush) key, you will be a happy camper. :) At least, that's how I set it up and I <3 it.

As for the cost thing... yea. CS3 stuff is friggen expensive. Worth it though, for the most part. If you can somehow manage to find a legal copy of CS2 though? I like CS2 a LOT better than CS3.
I'm a Mac user; CS2 for Mac is PowerPC only, and unusably slow on an Intel Mac. CS3 introduced Universal Binary support.

I could get CS2 for Windows, I suppose; my Windows box has 4 gigs of RAM and an Nvidia 8000-series card, so it's actually a decent media workhorse. I just feel more at home doing all of that over on Mac OS X rather than flipping between the two.

Alas, my tablet is the teensy one with only two buttons on the pen, so I'm still trying to find the best setup. I may eventually cave and buy an Intuos. :)

Aah... no, get the CS3 for the Mac then. If you ever want to do printing of things from the files you make, there will be fewer problems going from Mac to Mac than there will be PC to Mac.