I had a surprisingly decent self-portrait session after yesterday’s client meeting. I don’t know if it was Chris Rice playing behind me, or how good I felt about the meeting, or just being alone in the house with nobody interrupting and adjusting my mood, but it came out FUN. I even got a bonus shot of Pete and me when he came back.
I’ve been experimenting with my new MacBook Pro, because I want my office to be more mobile, so yesterday I took my “day off” to buy some software (I got Adobe Elements 4.0 for $30 yesterday – sometimes I love that I work on old software :-P), work some more on personalizing this machine, learn my new shortcuts. (Why does Mac even HAVE a control key if they do all the “control” stuff with “command”????) I also used my self-portrait session through Lightroom on here to see if processing on a different screen is going to change the look and consistency of my work.
I’ve discovered that I can export my images from Lightroom in any size by dropping the quality in the export window – I am loving that. if I can locate some code to combine my images in a WordPress post, I could feasibly get away with using only Lightroom, which would cut my processing/post time by a lot!
I’m messing with my workflow again because I want to be able to process my shoots either here or on my desktop computer (which is making noises like it wants to die.) This will let me lie down and still work if I can’t sit up, something I’ve never been able to do before.
With as stressed as my body has been lately and as awful as the summer heat makes me feel, I want to cry over how GOOD this is.
This one’s for Britt Croft, who let me see me through her camera, making me prefer having someone else photograph me to doing self-portraits. Just look at how I treat me! I wouldn’t want me photographing me either! (Oh boy, I just tied my brain in knots on that one…)
My experience with Britt really helped me not be so scared of what I look like when I’m not controlling things in the mirror, though, so I was actually SHOOTING instead of nitpicking my facial expressions yesterday.
I’ve been having a dilemma – dilemmatizing? – about whether I want to stop doing photos of myself on my avatars, because I really love my work so much more than I love my face. I’m already doing that on The Girl in the White Dress, though, so I keep deciding to stick with my face on the Kelly Sauer stuff. Anybody have an opinion for me? The jury’s still out on this one…