OK, so this isn’t a very sexy topic but having a strategy for naming your image files can save you a lot of grief down the road. Let me run through what I’ve worked out over the years (and believe me, it’s taken several years to perfect this).
So it starts in Lightroom which gives you the option of renaming your files when you import them. I’m following Scott Kelby’s recommendation here. Let’s start with a file name as it is created in the camera. It’s going to look something like this – _SM35116.CR2. By the way, here’s the photograph that that goes with.
Hidden Valley (2013)
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Not long ago I was photographing dawn in Joshua Tree National Park. I must confess, dawn is my favorite time of day. And I have thrilled to more spectacular dawns in Joshua Tree than anywhere else. There are ;often clouds that ignite as the sun approaches. And the other morning was no exception.
I’d like to share with you three photographs taken that morning. The alarm went off at 4:30 and we left the motel in Twentynine Palms a 5:30, an hour and a half before sunrise. There were clouds in the morning sky, the first ingredient for a spectacular sunrise but by no means a guarantee. I selected Sheep Pass at the west end of Queen Valley because it offered both Joshua Trees and some impressive granite outcrops for an interesting foreground. We arrived about 45 minutes before sunrise. It was still dark with the barest glimmer of light in the east.
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I’m busy putting together the 2013 Photography Workshop schedule. We’ll be going back to some of the great places I love taking people to. But I’m also adding a new location that I think you will find very exciting. Here’s a preview of what I’m considering.
February we’re going back to one of my all time favorites – Death Valley. This is one of our largest National Parks and is filled with wonders at every turn. It’s always exciting to be there.
In March we’ll be back in Joshua Tree National Park for the annual Joshua Tree Gathering. This is a weekend of camping, fun, food and photography. This has become quite an affair and it’s something I do to give back to the photography community.
Here’s a hint as to what I have in mind for late May or early June. Bet this hint isn’t difficult to figure out. And this will be the perfect time to be there. I’m still working out the details but will announce it as soon as they are finalized.
Big Sur is such a stunning place, it would be a shame not to hold a workshop there. And we’re going back in 2013. I haven’t finalized the date yet but we’ll be there. You can count on it.
A year of photography would not be complete without returning to Zion National Park in Utah. We’ll be back in mid to late August. Zion is such a peaceful place, I always look forward to it. It’s a place where many people recharge their batteries.
I’ve always felt that if you’ve gone to the trouble of traveling to Zion you owe it to yourself to finish the week in Bryce Canyon National Park. So that’s what we do – two photography workshops back to back. Most students do as I do, take them both. And we have special pricing for those that do.
So 2013 will be another great year of photography, returning to the places I love and adding a new one.
To me, a photography workshop is about more than shooting great locations; it’s also about growing as a photographer and artist. I like to work with each student individually to develop their technical skills. But equally important is developing their expressive skills. Photography is art and through art we as artists share our vision of the world. Becoming an artist is the process of opening yourself up to the world around you and experiencing it more deeply. Then capturing that experience in your photographs. This is our focus in our workshops.
If you know of someone who might be interested in a photography workshop in 2013 please feel free to share this blog post with them or post it on your Facebook page. There are links at the top of the post for this purpose. By the way, I offer a very attractive discount for anyone who brings another student along with them.
So come on out and join us and bring a friend. Click here to check us out.
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The 2012 Joshua Tree Fine Art Festival is coming up next weekend. The dates are Friday, April 6 to Sunday, April 8. I’m excited to be returning and catching up with old friends. This is the first art festival I ever did and so returning is like a homecoming. The festival is at the Oasis Visitor Center in Twentynine Palms, CA. The hours are 9:00 to 5:00. Come on out and see some great art.
I’ll be showing some old favorites along with some new photographs I’m very excited about. As far as the old favorites go I’m planning on showing Virgin River and the Watchman from Zion National Park.
This has proved to be my most popular photograph and has won awards. It was captured on Thanksgiving day back in 2008. I was in Zion with my wife and daughter for the Thanksgiving weekend. I slipped out for this sunset and caught a beauty. Beginners luck! I’ve returned many times but never with light this good. (By the way, to get a better view of the photographs you can enlarge them by clicking on them.)
To go along with the Watchman is another photograph taken that same weekend along the Riverside Walk to the Gateway to the Narrows. When my family is with me we always do this walk. It’s our favorite – for obvious reasons.
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