Well, my mate’s had his brand new Pentax for all of a week plus now. And the very first day it arrived he was out there taking loadsa shots with it. I know… cos I was with him. Part of the time at least.
And being the good little mate that I am, I’ve been religiously checking his Flickr photostream every day for new uploads.
So what have I found? Nada! Nothing! Nowt! Zero! Zilch! Apart from a handful from that first session we had.
“What’s up?” thinks I. “Has he broken his camera already? Lost it? Or killed his computer again?”
Or, least worrying, maybe he’s just dropped down dead with excitement.
The answer was nothing quite as dramatic, as I discovered when we got together again yesterday.
Apparently he’s taken loads of shots… fast approaching 1k in fact. So where are they all? Still on his memory card!
Seems he’s become so obsessed (understandably perhaps) with pressing the clicky button thing that he’s not left himself any time to actually do anything with the resulting pics.
And of course the more that continues the larger the backlog becomes, with the very distinct possibility that the more the backlog builds up the less will be the inclination to tackle it.
I know that situation. Been there. Done it. Got the tee-shirt.
“Aha” sez I. “Workflow! What you need is self-discipline, method, and workflow!”
There are a couple of very good reasons for this. Well, more than a couple actually, but let’s not get too carried away.
Firstly, a well-structured (and implemented!) workflow goes a helluva long way to avoiding the sorts of backlogs that can seem so intimidating when one finally gets away from the camera and sat in front of the keyboard.
And secondly, and more importantly perhaps, the “feedback” that comes from reviewing one’s sessions in a timely manner can help one to refine one’s photographic skills. In theory, anyway. Or so I’ve found. Sometimes!
I’ll have (for example) a really great (for which read productive) session in which I’ve captured loads of wonderful images. Or so I think. Based upon the scenes I’ve… um… seen, and reviewing the resulting pics on the camera’s LCD.
But its only when I get those pics off-camera, importing them into Lightroom (or some other photo-editing/processing app) that I realise just how crap most of them actually are.
So, from the metadata, I check the camera settings I’d selected, analyse the scene and the problems, and hopefully come away from the exercise having learned a bit more and with a better idea of what to avoid or do in similar situations in the future.
Case in point was yesterday’s session.
Went out with mate and his camera and collected a load of shots which I genuinely believed were nearly all truly wonderful images. According to the LCD, anyway.
But having processed and uploaded a selection to Flickr I’m… how shall I put it… deeply unimpressed by most of them.
But as a result of the exercise I’ve learned a bit more, and thought of a somewhat different technique to try.
So, the mantra of the day is “Workflow, workflow, workflow”.
And a P.S.: Just noticed that mate has finally got some more shots taken with the Pentax up on his Flickr photostream. Yippee!