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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.


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.