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the beginnings of some new art prints

Last weekend I took a bunch of photos that I am in love with.  They’ve inspired some new ideas for art prints.  Here’s the beginning of one using one of my favorite photos.
I’m definitely not done.  I’m not completely satisfied with the text.  I’m thinking something a little less polished looking.

Also, check out this weeks Focus52 shot here.

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etsy gotta have it: LuciusArt

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photo organization (and problems)

I recently decided that I wanted to do a better job of keeping my digital photos organized.  I did some research into how other people named their files and kept their photos from becoming impossible to find.  My biggest problem is that I am not a professional photographer so the photos I take in day might not all be one subject (so having a date and event title for each day I shoot is not necessarily practical).  I am also just learning how to use my camera so I often just take photos of nothing in particular in order to play with the settings. I also shoot in RAW so the files that I upload off my camera are not the ones that are useful to me, so it is possible to end up with double the files.
The naming system I decided on is fairly simple. First, I determined that it was necessary to have unique file names for each file.  A royal pain in the rear to rename all those files, you say?  Not true.  I use Adobe Lightroom which will rename your files at upload or you can go back and do it later.  My files are renamed to shooting date-orignal file name (ex: 20110205-IMG_0789.CR2).  It will never be Feb 5, 2011 again, but it is possible to have another IMG_0789 (after 10,000 pictures, you camera will automatically restart at 0001).
Next I made a folder on my external hard drive for “Photo Originals.”  It is then broken down by year and then by month.  When I upload my photos off of my camera they are automatically split into folder by shooting date.  So, I copy all of these “originals” into their proper file within “Photo Originals.”  So photos from Feb 5, 2011 are under Photo Originals > 2011> 2011-02> 20110205.
My “working” files are organized in a slightly different manner.  This is what works for me, but it may not work for you.  Since I don’t always shoot an individual subject or event on a single day I have two possible ways to store my files.  I have year folders broken down into months (much like my “Photo Originals” are organized), but then I have other subject folders such as “Travel” or “Hiking.”  Within each subject folder are year folders.  All of my “working” files (i.e. not the copied originals) are put into year/month/day folders.  Then, when I edit them, I put the edits in the subject folders.
For example, I went to Arctic Valley on Feb 5, 2011 and took lots of photos.  After I renamed them and made copies for my originals folder, I put them in 2011 > 2011-02 > 20110205.  Then as I edited and exported them out of Lightroom, I put them in Skiing > 2011 > Arctic Valley 20110205.
Now onto problems…I edited some photos and posted them online (I use Phanfare) and they look nothing like they should!  I’m so upset.  Phanfare has been great until now.  As a service that I pay and that promises to upload full quality photos, I feel like my photos should look right, right?  I’ve contacted customer service and they are (slowly) helping me with this problem.  I don’t really want to use a different service because I like they way Phanfare is organized.  Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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sunsets and such (focus52 week 5)

Here’s one of my favorite shots from this week:
As always the rest can be viewed here.
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etsy gotta have it: uzura

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creative crisis

So I’m having a creative identity crisis.  There are so many things I want to create and I have so many ideas, but they all go in a little bit of a different direction.  I got a new camera and now I’m obsessed with taking photos.  I want to sell my photos.  I also love messing around with photos and making artsy prints.  I want to sell those too.  In my daily trips around the internet I see things that other people create that inspire me to create other things.
Are you beginning to see the problem?  I feel like if I go in too many directions it will do more harm than good.
I’ve put a few of these “other” things in my etsy shop as an experiment over the last few weeks.  They’ve generated quite a few views, but I’m wondering if they are doing more harm than good by cluttering up my shop with things that aren’t cards.


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