For the past year, I have managed my photos in a large, poorly organized (by date) Adobe Lightroom library of now 71,343 images. With few exceptions, that is nearly every digital image I have captured since I had a digital camera which dates all the way back to 2004. Most of those images were captured after I got serious about photography, so most are within the past 5 years. I mentioned that they are currently organized by date, and that is a major problem. So this past week, I have been going through all my images, and selecting which ones are useful for anything. I have saved images that are not useful in of themselves, but can be used as brushes for Photoshop, image overlays, tutorial examples, and textures. I have even rediscovered images that with a little work can become very interesting art. It is very exciting rediscovering images I took early in my photography career.
The stories behind the images are something that I really enjoy remembering. That is why we take photographs, to capture a moment to remember, to reflect on it, to revisit that moment, especially when life is beating you down. The camera rarely records the scene the way we remember it, that is why the capture is transformed, and from that art is formed. If you are a photographer, it is good from time to time to go through images you captured years ago. Reflect on why you took that image and what you learned, both technique and vision wise. This has been very helpful to me.
Between being able to create new exciting, interesting work, as well as recalling the process and work done in the past, I am really revitalized in my vision, imagination, and drive as an artist. I am about halfway through my 71,343 images, and then after that comes sorting them. From those images will come:
Brushes For Photoshop
Tutorial Practice Files
A few of the resources (brushes, image overlays, textures) will free to download, others will have a very reasonable cost. Keep coming back to this site and subscribe to my monthly newsletter to receive free resources when they are available.
I can’t believe how fast January has passed by. It seems just yesterday that I started Project365 or taking a photo every day on my mobile phone. Unfortunately, much like like posting updates here, life and work has interfered and I already failed in taking a photo every day. I have, however, refined my focus for this website, as well as what I want to do with my work. First of all, I have to delay my book release to later this year. I plan on doing this in order to create something truly beneficial to the reader. To do this, it will take much more time. I am not satisfied with using cheap materials in my products, so why would I rush to complete a project that could be so much better if I put more time and thought into it. I refuse to take the cheap way in my work, and print on paper that will quickly fade or matting that will eat away my work over time. That is one difference between fine art and prints, but I will cover that in a later post.
I am very excited for the plans I have for this year. I will be traveling some, so expect to see work created in areas other than those captured around Grove, Oklahoma. Very soon, I will launch an online store on this site thus being able to sell my work directly. If you’ve been to this page before, you know it looks very different. Well, I decided to choose a different web hosting provider since hosting was due up for renewal soon, and while I was at it, I also decided to change the look of this website. The appearance isn’t the only thing that has changed, but the infrastructure is also superior to what existed before. Right now, no images of my work are on this website, with the exception of those in featured posts. This is intentional. I am working on something very different instead of posting images of my work, I will display my work. That sounds like the same thing doesn’t it? I assure you, the meaning will be clear very soon.
I still have many basic things to add to this site, such as a more personable introduction, and that is coming very soon. Tax Season is here, so I am quite busy at M&T Tax and Business Services LLC. That being said, I have created new work the past few weeks that I am happy to share soon! Also, while the book release is delayed (thinking around October of this year) content originally planed for it while be released very soon, with the series “Story of The Image”.
“Story of The Image” will chronicle the creation of a work of art, from what motivated the initial capture, how the initial capture(s) were transformed, and what went into the creation of the final work of art. I had plans of doing something of the sort for quite a long time, but it was when someone described how the story behind the image made the piece have much greater impact to her, that I determined that it would be a feature on this blog. I enjoy writing as well, so sharing why and how I created a work of art will be very enjoyable.
This post likely seems very self-serving, and if it does, I apologize for that. I am just excited for what is in store. I am currently working on refining my skills in various areas, such as lighting, posing, and even in the digital darkroom. In the meantime, I will be sharing resources (texture files, tutorials, Lightroom Presets) to help others in their own work. I hope to help others become better photographers, even if they just want to take better photos of their family, and besides the book I have planned, I have another project in it’s very early planning stages.
I hope you come to this website again, very soon it will have much more content to help you. I hope to keep from becoming just another photography blog, but something that truly is different. I don’t consider myself just a photographer for that reason, which is why this website is called D Dysart Fine Art Imagery and Photography. It will focus on chronicling my growth as an artist, helping readers improve their photography, and if they wish to create a business out of it, help them avoid mistakes I have made (or yet to make), and help them make decisions that will help them succeed. I am still figuring out what content I want to include in it, but currently I plan on releasing a monthly e-newsletter. If you would like to receive the newsletter, please subscribe below.
P.S. The featured Image is a my first attempt at star trail photography. It was captured in town, so that is why the trees are the dominate subject in the image. Star Trail Photography, or astrophotography in general, is one of several types of work I plan on creating in 2015. I captured around 55 captures over an hour period and stacked the captures together. Some color adjustments were made, and then Nik Color Efex filter was applied to the capture. It is not a complete work, just an experiment. What do you think of it? Let me know in your comments!
Just a weekly update for now, I have completed rearranging, cleaning, and organizing my work area. I still have some things I need to sell on eBay in storage containers, which will be removed ASAP. When that I happens, I will do a proper shoot of my studio. For now, a photo taken on my iPhone will be a slight preview. Tax season is approaching fast, and most of my time is dedicated to general preparation for M&T Tax and Business Services‘ tax season. Occasionally I set aside time to make a few changes to this website, as well adding to content to various social media channels. Still haven’t had much time to create new work, although I did upgrade my camera. By upgrade, I mean I updated the Fujifilm XT-1‘s firmware to the newest version, which adds many features. I plan on giving the new features a full testing very soon.
Speaking of, I must say how important it is to read your camera manual, or at least fully understand your camera. I recently felt very inept, when I finally discovered how to change to manual focus on my Fujifilm XT-1. It ended up being a little switch on the bottom of the camera. What’s particularly embarrassing, is that I believe that was a feature that was a major factor in me selling all my main Canon gear, and switching to Fujifilm. There were many more important features, but easily switching from auto to manual focus (as well as having focus peaking) was a deciding factor. I will write an article explaining different factors in selecting a camera system for you, as everyone has different needs and priorities when it comes to photography. There are advantages and disadvantages to nearly every brand, and it depends on an individuals circumstances, what they want to do, how far do they want to take their photography, and if they want to get into video that factors in what camera system is best for them. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to write it, as for now I really need to work on M&T Tax and Business Services‘ website, as it is rather empty right now. Once that project is completed, I will get to writing a post called, “Selecting a Camera For YOU” or something like that.
In the meantime, expect the following pages to be added as time allows: