Day Two

Goals:
January 6:
– Create a timeline of daily tasks
– Continue Photoshop work
– Finalize photos for Etsy store
– Post first item on Etsy

This morning I began to learn a difficult, yet essential skill that photographers need to know: photoshop. I began this journey by having Photoshop open on the computer, all the while having a Photoshop book open as well. Upon opening the book, I became a bit overwhelmed by the wide range of topics this book covered, realizing that I will learn how to do these things was exciting, but a bit worrying too, to be honest. So, I found a channel on Youtube, called Phlearn. They make Youtube videos about photography and different Photoshop tutorials. This really helped me and I feel like I learned much more than when I was reading the book.

After that, Kathy began showing me the ropes of Photoshop. If you look at the post where I have the before and after photos of the scarf, you can see what I learned. I know it only looks like a circle and some text, but it was challenging! After we finalized those photos, I then uploaded them to Etsy, and voila! My Etsy store is now up and running. Click here to see it!

Then, Kathy and I sat down together and figured out what my daily goals will be and essentially planned the rest of my Winterim. The list is on the sidebar. I feel like this really helped me be able to visualize what the rest of my Winterim will look like. This planning will help us stay on track, so I don’t fall behind.

At this point, we decided to head out and shoot a house in Maumee. It was a two bedroom, two bathroom condo. Once we got there, Kathy showed me all the different settings on the camera. She explained to me all the different things that has to happen before taking the photo. You can’t just “aim and shoot”. For example, all the photos we took were taken on a tripod. The tripod helps steady the camera, so we don’t take a photo where everything is crooked. While that wouldn’t be the end of the world, it would take a lot more work in Photoshop to fix.

Anyway, prior to taking a photo, you have to level the camera on the tripod. I thought that you would only have to level it once, but that is false. Every time you want to take a photo, you must re-level the tripod. Kathy told me this is because houses aren’t completely level, so the the settings on the tripod change a tiny bit each photo. Then, you check to see how much light will be in the photo. There is a tiny bar at the bottom of the screen inside the camera that tells you this. You want the bar to be at zero. Whenever you adjust this setting, you are actually adjusting the shutter speed. See, I thought the shutter speed only changes when you are taking action shots, like in sports, for example. They also change in stationary photography (like real estate shooting) to adjust the amount of light you let into the photograph. So, in a bright room, you want a very short shutter speed because there is so much light in the room that a longer shutter speed would make the photo look bright and washed out. On the other hand, if you are photographing a very dark room, you can have the shutter speed very long, like thirty seconds, while allows the camera to take in as much light as possible so that it can get a good picture that doesn’t look like a black room.

Today, was a very fun day! I learned a lot, and had fun doing it. I will be able to use the information I learned today in the photographs in my Etsy store, and in the future at different events.Bonus! Here are some of the photos from the house yesterday!

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Day Two Plan

Goals for Today:
– Create a timeline of daily tasks
– Continue Photoshop work
– Finalize photos for Etsy store
– Post first item on Etsy

Today’s goals are pretty straightforward. I want to create somewhat of a timeline of daily tasks to keep myself on track. I want to begin learning how to photoshop, even if it’s horribly done. I want to do this so I can finalize some photos for my Etsy shop, and post those photos online.

Kathy and I plan on sitting down together and editing photos. She will show me how to do essential tasks first but then later branch out. We also are shooting a house in Maumee today, which I’m pretty excited about. I think Kathy will show me what shots she has in mind for each house, how she adjusts the lighting, and then tomorrow we will photoshop these images. Here we go!

Daily Dailey Design

Today’s Tasks:
– Establish goals
– Take before photos of a man and woman, and of a scarf to show for my Winterim presentation
– Create and name Etsy site
– Organize informational pieces (books, websites, videos)
– Create a timeline of daily tasks

After sitting down with Kathy to discuss goals, spending hours on an Etsy shop, and gathering informational pieces on varying topics such as photoshop, small business ownership, and project management, I’ve done a lot today.

Either tonight or tomorrow, I will take a photo of two friends, one man, one woman, to show what I have learned for my Winterim presentation. I used Kathy’s camera to take photos of the scarf to list on Etsy. Here are a few of the edited photos along with their originals so you can see what I changed

 

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Final Photos:

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Establishing S.M.A.R.T Goals

Today, Kathy and I discussed what my goals will be for Winterim and how I will accomplish them. We followed the SMART goals format, you can find a link to the document in the sidebar.

Kathy and I established a variety of goals, some focusing on photography, and some focusing on learning the ins-and-outs of small businesses. We have two overall goals: to learn photography and to learn how to run a small business as a sole proprietor. These big goals have many smaller, more specific goals I must accomplish in order to achieve my main goals. So, each day, I will give myself a smaller goal to work steadily toward having my own business and learning how to be a photographer using a Canon 7d. Each day I will update what my goal of the day is in the sidebar, and we will go from there.

Today’s small goals:
– Establish goals
– Take before photos of a man and woman, and of a scarf to show for my Winterim presentation
– Create and name Etsy site
– Organize informational pieces (books, websites, videos)
– Create a timeline of daily tasks

Gearing Up For Winterim

Well before Winterim, Kathy and I have been busy at work getting things ready. Slouching over the computer, finding the perfect theme for my blog, looking over paperwork, and practicing photoshop have all been common tasks around here. My entire Thursday night, after my final exam, was spent here, excitedly preparing for an event that’s beginning is still nearly two and a half weeks away! Can you tell I’m excited for Winterim to start?

Not only have I been in the office preparing for Winterim, but at home as well. I have been reading a book Kathy gave me, called Worth Every Penny, by Sarah Petty and Erin Verbeck. Kathy calls it her bible of her business. It is about small businesses, how to start them, and what value they hold in our society. So far, I like it. It is making me realize how unique each small business is, and how they run.

Not only has there been preparation for Winterim, but also Christmas! We have put up the studio’s very own Christmas tree! After decorating and putting the tree skirt around it (which left an absurd amount of glitter), we still felt it was bare. So I put some of the older cameras in it, as you can see, and Kathy added little ornaments that have different letters on them. The K is for Kathy, G is for Gabi, and the J is for Jason, her husband. I officially feel like part of the Photography By K family! Merry Christmas!!

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