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Title: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Steve12 on December 31, 2009, 11:52:01 AM
Hi all

I have finally finished a gruelling 12 months of working in London, and will now have some time to spend on my photography.

I am thinking about submitting a portfolio to the Royal Photographic Society with the intention of gaining a LRSP in 2010 something I have been contemplating for the past two years, I was wondering if any forum members have gone through this process and could give some advice / pointers.

I know that the distinctions are not qualification and the real reason for going through the process is really to prove to myself that I have a little bit of ability.

I also intend to start a project using only my 50mm lens - 52 week project one image per week that I am proud of, did not fancy the 365 a photo a day for a year the pressure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :legit: and I want to enjoy my photography in 2010.
 
What if anything are other forum members planning for 2010?

Happy New Year to everyone and as we say up North…….. have a good un.

Steve
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: picsfor on December 31, 2009, 12:29:27 PM
I've signed up for a 365 project on Flickr.
Not the self portrait job, and apparently not a picture taken every day job - just one uploaded everyday.
In fairness though i will try to take a different picture every day.

I'm also hoping to complete my OCA course on Digital Photographic Processing - which is tailored mainly towards work flow and understanding how to see post processing opportunities. It does not go into detail about post processing - just how to check image quality, exposure and make the minor tweaks.

My kit changed drastically this last year and i need to get it all down pat before i invest in any more. My 5D MkII is a powerful tool that i have still only exploited less than half of its capability - but then as some one who uses T,A & M modes most of the time, other features may not offer anything that i want. I just know that the accompanying 21mp FF sensor produces a wonderful picture...

As for the RPS, i've looked at it and have given it a box to tick - but that box doesn't have 2010 beside it. Don't think i'm ready for it yet. Maybe 2011 or 2012!

Beyond that - i will just see where the year takes me.
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: ABERS on December 31, 2009, 02:07:18 PM


I know that the distinctions are not qualification and the real reason for going through the process is really to prove to myself that I have a little bit of ability.



Steve, you're quite right in what you say as far as the RPS distinctions are concerned, both from the point of view of qualifications and engendering some self belief and confidence.

If you haven't already go to http://www.rps.org/licentiateship where all is explained.

It can become an obsession and once you are awarded your LRPS it makes you determined to go on further to the next two levels. It's nothing to do with being able to put the letters after your name, but more the satisfaction of an achievment of a goal.

Dave (Skellum) I'm sure will echo what I say.

Don't delay, start today. (and you Andrew!)
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: skellum on December 31, 2009, 02:52:13 PM
Steve, I do agree with Abers about the satisfaction of the achievement. I attained my LRPS in April 2008 ( not first time ) but don't let that put you off as you will learn a lot during the process.
At the end of the day you will have gained the technical knowledge and ability to produce photographic prints to a very high standard and become your own worst critic. I regard the Licentiateship as a "Practical Qualification" as the panel of judges have seen a selection of your work and approved it on its merits.
I found the Royal Photographic Society to be very helpfull, ask them as many questions as you want, they are there to help.  I live in Leyland near Preston so if you feel I could help you with your submission please get in touch....If you look on my website in the second gallery under Royal Photographic you will see the panel I submitted.....Regards...Dave...... :legit:
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: daisiemaetulip on December 31, 2009, 06:58:05 PM
i too intend to gain some letters.. hopefully not c.r.a.p lol..
a visit to turkey is alo in the offing thanks to my eldest daughter having a little house there.. a return visit is loooonnng overdue..
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: picsfor on December 31, 2009, 07:24:12 PM
a visit to Chicken
Would that be with or without stuffing?  ;D
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Hybridphotog on December 31, 2009, 09:27:34 PM
Would that be with or without stuffing?  ;D
Hmm... methinks there's some wordplay going on behind the scenes somewhere. So I'll echo DMTs comment about visiting the land of the Turks. DMT and myself are long overdue a holiday. :)
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Mick on December 31, 2009, 09:33:04 PM

Hmm... methinks there's some wordplay going on behind the scenes somewhere.


You're right Dave,, someone's been at the censored word filter again, and changed Turkey for chicken.    :doh: :-[  I've sorted it now.  Sorry.  :legit:
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: oRGie on December 31, 2009, 09:59:50 PM
Time for me to come home  :D   Its going to be a shock to the system, things are so laid back here...  House is on the market, but the market is so slow here it may take a while...  Looking forward to a nice pint though  :beer:

edit, just realised this is in the general photography section lol, well I plan on taking pics when I get back, hope that counts :)
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on December 31, 2009, 10:02:34 PM
You coming back to this shoite hole of a country ?
You had enough sun and fresh air ?
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: oRGie on December 31, 2009, 10:59:57 PM
Its home, what can I say :)
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: wendoureecat on January 01, 2010, 10:05:28 AM
Apart from to take more photos this year (working two jobs in '09 hasnt given me much free time) and not to put off till tomorrow what I can do today..........am really looking forward to a trip back to the UK for Christmas.
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 01, 2010, 10:36:34 AM
Well thanks to Gordy and his gang I will be one of 5000+ who will be out of work within the next few months here in Teesside.
Prospects aint good for re-employment as I approach 50 so I guess in 2010 its belt tightening time and use my extra free hours taking photographs and also some workflow and post editting discipline
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: picsfor on January 01, 2010, 11:03:27 AM
Well thanks to Gordy and his gang I will be one of 5000+ who will be out of work within the next few months here in Teesside.
Prospects aint good for re-employment as I approach 50 so I guess in 2010 its belt tightening time and use my extra free hours taking photographs and also some work flow and post editing discipline

Doesn't Tim Wallace eminate from that geographical area?
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Jan Hagen on January 01, 2010, 11:20:36 AM
 :fworks2:
Hopefully a happy new year indeed!
A new job would be nice, as this 24h hotel/ tourism job is slowly killing me and leaves with hardly any spare time for photography. Not as much as I would love to. I would love to do at least a one week photo vacation, all on my own. Get out more, on longer photographic day trips in the area and shoot/record the vast beauty of the west coast area.
I've invested and upgraded my photo equipment, both camera and computer (when it arrives) and I'm eagerly looking forward to testing and playing. New equipment, doesn't automatically make me a better photographer, so it's still going to be a steep learning course in the time ahead. I would like to learn more photographic-/ post edit skills, so I might move up a level and feel more confident in what I'm doing. Attending a post edit course, in Oslo/ Bergen or on line. Any suggestions for on line courses, except for all web video tutorials?

Cheers and all the best - Jan :fworks3:
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: picsfor on January 01, 2010, 11:28:59 AM
It depends on what you mean by post edit?

Do you mean "work flow" which for me is about importing images and quickly key wording them, making odd changes such as crop, exposure adjustment, quick levels tweak and saving them in some catalogue whilst deleting what is clearly the dross or do you mean full "photo shopping" in the manner of Wayne D where a picture is heavily processed to great effect to turn an average picture into a stunning picture?

All of my work is now done in Adobe Light Room and would probably come under "work flow" - and that huge iMac screen doesn't half make it easy and a pleasure to do.
Actually that screen will help your photography by highlighting in detail 'flaws' in your pictures. That said - it will also show some 'duffers' to be little gems.

So , over to you for further info...
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Alfonso_Frisk on January 01, 2010, 11:48:00 AM
My current flow can be-
off the card as RAW onto pc
view all in irfanview and delete obvious duffers.
leave for at least 24hrs
review, delete a few more or even save 1 or 2 as goers
import all into lightroom
play with some presets and try and apply "auto" settings to some
if I like the result save in same folder as either jpeg or tiff
or I may have a play in elements or CS2 doing a bit of cloning and cropping
or I import to flikr and put borders/text onto them
or I do nothing.

I dont want to spend hours and hours at the pc. I have a few books for CS2 and lightroom and tried sitting with them and the pc but got bored shitless within 10 mins
RR
Alf
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Steve12 on January 01, 2010, 01:00:50 PM
Abers & Dave thanks for your encouragement, Andrew go for it there's no time like the present.

Dave I will take you up on your offer if it not too much trouble I will PM you.

DMT & Dave enjoy your holiday when you go; it's OK for some just having to paying for flights!!!!! I have only been to Turkey once way back in the early eighties a beautiful country and very green to say how hot it is.

Orgie …. Hope the move back to the UK goes OK.

Alfonso hope you find some work, I know the feeling one of the reason I have been down in London over the past twelve months no work here in the Northwest, luckily I have secured a six possibly eight months contract back in the Northwest.

Jan I have also just upgraded from my trusted D200 to the D700 still playing, I have no ideas regarding online courses but good luck with it.

Happy New Year

Steve…
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Hybridphotog on January 01, 2010, 02:11:32 PM
You're right Dave,, someone's been at the censored word filter again, and changed Turkey for chicken.    :doh: :-[  I've sorted it now.  Sorry.  :legit:
No problem, really. DMTs comment made me wonder a bit, but upon second reading, I figured what she was saying... and that something had been changed behind the scenes... no harm done. :)

Happy New Year all, btw. :)
Title: Re: What have you got Planned for 2010
Post by: Jan Hagen on January 01, 2010, 03:43:23 PM
So , over to you for further info...
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My girls are occupying the only family computer, with their teen software, therefore a late reply.
I'm really looking forward to that iMac!
My precious..! :)

I'm thinking of photoshop adjustments like Wayne and others, but also need to improve on my "work flow", backup procedures and organizing.
I'll have to re evaluate the whole process, when obtaining the iMac, Elements 8.0 (Mac) and the backup unit.
Start fresh - so to speak.

Thanks Steve - keep playing!