Photographing Your Work

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Mark Baker

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The week is already well underway and I am only just getting over my mammoth journey to Red Rose Woodturners. As mentioned, it is a lovely club and I had a blast there on Saturday – but, and I did mention this – the journey there took around 8 hours. Tedium personified. And the prices charged at service stations for a drink now – you need a second mortgage for a coffee and a sandwich! I think I am becoming a grumpy old man. So my comment about travelling and so on is true; it is a necessary evil.

I have been receiving a lot of calls about photography recently. It seems that the digital age has made it easier and cheaper for people to take pictures, but not necessarily better ones. The choices of cameras are myriad – point and click, SLR, high-resolution movie cameras, and so on. Baffling options that sure do confuse. Couple that with having to set the resolution, lighting and then using a computer to check resolution, then altering and storing the images. You also have to consider whether the files should be saved as JPGs, Tiffs or RAW files and then be able to email them. Well. I can understand the confusion and frustration. Imagine the problems we have as we process items here to create the articles.

I enjoy talking to people about their latest work and submissions. The items have been created with lots of care and people are rightly proud of what they have done, and it is heartbreaking when someone has created a wonderful piece and taken pictures that are not of sufficient quality for us to use. It is often impossible to backtrack on the making process, and it is a real scramble to see if something can be salvaged from it all. We will be publishing a rough guide to taking photographs soon, but please, if you want to write or submit something for inclusion in the magazine, contact us first and we can guide you through the process.

Mark

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