After watching a few training DVD’s I decided that it’s time that my studio get a face lift. The only problem was I could not afford a contractor so I did most of the work myself. I made a checklist that what I wanted done in the studio and then I had to decide what is priority right now.
- Paint studio Brilliant White
- Windows on opposite sides of studio need to be closed up/ covered
- Put in shelving for props
- Showcase more of my own work
- Flooring for the shooting area
It was a hard decision but Rome was not build in one day so the rest I’ll get done as soon as I have funds for it. I looked for alternative solutions to solve my problems for now.
Here are what the studio looked like during it’s face lift…. I took these photo’s with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet so please excuse the quality of the photo’s.
The photo above is the area were I keep all my props. I want to put in some shelving so that I can see all my props. I also want to put some hanging space for my fabrics so that it’s in sight. When it is in a cupboard you tend to forget about it. Out of sight out of mind….
Above is one of the windows I wanted to close up. I bought some hardboard and asked hubby if he would please help me to close up the window. I wanted to take out the window and close it up with bricks but that was a messy option and if we want to extend the room to the one next door I would have to brake down the wall. So I went for the next best option. Just close it up with hardboard.
Above Hubby is busy with the window covering…. This is how things should be done…. Very casual…..
Thank goodness for friends. Japie and Tanya came to visit and Japie helped hubby with the wall.
I was very happy when the wall was in place. Now for the final touches….
While painting I had an idea. If I cleared out the TV Cabinet I can use it to display my props that’s hidden away. So I cleared out the cabinet and filled it with my props. Now I can see most of my props and can’t forget about it. I moved my camera equipment out of my office and into the cabinet. Now all my photography equipment is in one place. I am still going to put some shelving up in the corner where the rest of my props are. One can never have too much shelving.
I also replaced my puzzles with my work. As time goes by these photo’s will be update with more of my recent work.
Well I am very happy with my new wall. I had some extra flooring so I made an second floor that I can move around the studio as needed. When I have the funds I will replace this flooring but for now it must do.
I am very happy with the outcome of the studio. Although I could not do everything I wanted in one go I am happy with what I accomplished. I did most of the work myself and my love and passion went into every drop of paint.
I would like to thank Ronald, Armand, Lian, Louhn , Renate, Japie and Tanya for helping me. Armand and Lian made sure mom has enough to drink when dad was not around to make the tea. Ronald for building the wall and always supporting me 200% in my photography business. Louhn and Renate always encouraging me. Japie and Tanya for your help with the final touches in the studio.
Last Friday I took Tekkies to the doggy parlor for a haircut. When we got home Ruby was very upset with this “new” dog. She stood a few passes back and started barking at this “new” dog. It went on for nearly a hour. I laughed so hard it was so funny. As soon as I entered the room Ruby would come and stand behind me and then she really started barking. When I took them all outside Ruby realized that it was Tekkies and only then did they started playing again.
I took Ruby outside this morning to go play with her ball. Everything were just dandy till Ruby spotted the man sitting on the pavement with his trolley. Now let me explain these people with there trolleys are up to no good and they throw out our garbage bins and just leave the garbage on the ground then move on to the next one. Some of them are also spotters for the criminal elements. So I am glad that Ruby charged him. I was not afraid that Ruby will bite the man I was afraid that Ruby run after him and a car hit her. I called her back while running after her with my camera still around my neck….
Ruby is really very intelligent and she is learning very fast. She is going to be a very good guard dog and we will train her to attack on command. This of course only for our own safety and hers.
“Forget mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.”
Choose not to settle. Pursue your God-given goals, knowing it’s never too late to accomplish everything God has placed in your heart.
Today I did not really have time to take allot of photo’s of Ruby. I am very busy with my studio and still have allot to do before it is finished. When I started on Sunday she was very restless and yesterday was worst. In the beginning she sit and moaned at the studio door and today I decided to put a piece of hardboard in front of the door to keep her out but she can still see me. It went better. Tonight I remembered it’s Tuesday so I grabbed my camera and took two photo’s of Ruby waiting for me in the passage. I think she will be very happy when my studio is finished.
Louhn’s bump really grew the past month. She looks absolutely radiant. At the end of Louhn’s Baby Bump shoot I asked the children to come and pose with mom.
I’ve been following a online Workshop that Sue Bryce (Glamour Photographer) and Kelly Brown (Newborn to 12 month Photographer) did a while back. With every video I watch I learn so much more. I am very happy to try the techniques I’ve learned from watching Sue Bryce.
Ruby is really growing up very fast. She is also much more protective over us. When a stranger comes closer her neck hair stands up and the her tail curls upwards. She also barks at everyone and at other dogs. I know this is also just a phase she is going through. She ‘s very alert and if she hears strange noises she goes and investigate.
She is still in love with her ball. When she gets outside she goes and sit in front of the wooden box where we keep her balls and her comb. She is not yet very keen on the brushing side of things but she will play ball all day I think. What we do now is while playing ball we brush her. She is loosing allot of fur now and this means more cleaning work for me, but I don’t mind I love her to bits.
In this lesson I started introducing Low Light and Manual Photography to Lizette. I want to prepare her for every situation that she will have to face some time in her photography career. Manual Mode is very useful when you need to take photo’s in very low light and are not allowed to use a flash.
I did not have someone to help me so I had to learn the hard way and by practicing and still practicing to perfect my own photography. Once you get the hang of Manual mode you will see a big difference in your photography. I used to shoot in AV but now a days I only shoot in Manual mode.
Here are some practice shots of my trusted studio “models”.
Lizette did a photo shoot for her niece and some of the photo’s were very over exposed and others under exposed. I know from experience that in Jpg you can only correct the exposure a little bit that was when I decided that I needed to teach Lizette about RAW. Some people don’t like using RAW because you have a few extra steps of editing to do, but I love RAW and the quality of your work really takes a step up.
I took Lizette outside and Ruby and Tekkies played our models. Then I showed her the difference in quality of the photo and how to work with your RAW file.
Here are some of the photo’s I took during our lesson.
Our 7th lesson was on 31 July 2013. Lizette bought herself a new camera and lens so I decided we could do some birding and get her practicing on her new camera. When one upgrade your camera it’s like starting your whole learning process from the beginning. The up side is that at least now you have a basis to work on and it makes the getting your new gear easier.
I also put my Sigma 70-300mm lens on my Canon EOS 7D. We went to the field around the corner to see if we could spot any birds but that was a lost case. so I took photo’s of some things that caught my eye and of Lizette….
After waiting for more than 45 minutes we went back to my house and took some photo’s of the pigeons in the trees. I did not use my tripod and my close ups did not come out as it suppose to. Somehow I changed the settings on my camera and my photo’s came out under exposed, normal and then over exposed. It ‘s mind boggling because I have no idea how on earth it happened. I lost allot of great photo’s due to this. I also had a record load of blurry photo’s out of the 78 photo’s I took I could only use 21…. This is new to me…. I need to master my Sigma 70-300mm lens before I go on holiday on 9 September.
Yesterday while playing ball and taking my photo’s of Ruby for this blog post something very weird and very funny happened. Normally Ruby brings her ball straight to me so that I can throw it again. Yesterday morning she ran past me and when I looked back I just had to take photo nr 2. Sorry Ruby for intruding on your privacy….
We had lovely weather on Monday and yesterday so everybody enjoyed the spring sun and got our dose of Vitamin D for the day. My mom also came out and I went and fetch her a chair so that she can sit down when she wants to. My mom have not even touched the seat and Tekkies jumps up to sit on her lap….
Three weeks back this tree in our neighbors garden had no leaves only branches just look at it now….
Even Tammy decided that it’s better outside than indoors under her blanket….
Okay mom I can we play ball again. Stop talking to Granny and play with me please….. Even when her tongue is dragging on the floor of exhaustion she still wants to play. At this point I put away her ball so that she can play with her four legged sisters…