Submitting work in exhibitions is a great way to complete a portfolio, to edit, matte, and frame a few images. I begin my process by planning each trip, pouring over topos, mapping out routes, and then finally, feet to the ground, camera backpack and tripod at the ready.
These images are part of a Weminuche Wilderness portfolio, photographed last summer while hiking and backpacking. For years I planned to be standing right on the edge of these summits, and I was blessed with clouds on both occasions. I am often heard saying “no sky, no sky” because I really love summer cumulus clouds in the top of my photographs and if there are no clouds then I eliminate the sky as much as possible. Summer monsoon season in the mountains of Colorado usually means big, puffy, interesting cloud shapes across a big blue sky.
In both cases, shortly after making a handful of photographs the clouds blocked the light falling on the land, making further imagery too flat and dark.
I do my post-production using Adobe Lightroom, uploading each “shoot”. After upload, the next step is to rate and reject any strong images (or weak ones). I then have Lightroom refine the image collection to just show me the 5 star images and pick the best of those for final editing in Develop Panel. The “best of” are put into a collection, where I also upload them to directly to my facebook page. Comments and favorites are chosen with the help of my followers on facebook. I like the help I get to choose the best for display, exhibition, and contests. Thanks Friends.
- Free Adobe Lightroom 4 Beginner Tutorial: The Top 10 Techniques (ProDesignTools.com)
- Web Plugins added to Photographers Toolbox (pixiq.com)