Soap Lake, WA based wedding photographer, Gavin Seim, is VERY active in the photographic world. Among other things, he shoots weddings, writes and sells Lightroom presets, and hosts the Pro Photo Show podcast.
I have mentioned Gaven Seim before in one of my 5/5 posts and I listen to his podcast regularly. It is sometimes long and rambling, but it is full of good information. He has two formats; a round table, where he has guests and they have a discussion on the topic of the day and a solo format, where it is just Gavin talking.
Pro Photo Show #74 is a solo format podcast. Normally, these are not as valuable as the round table formats, but this one was profoundly inspirational. He talked about making your images “Crazy Awesome” in terms of image quality and he distilled the process down to six basic key points.
Five of the six points deal with getting it right in the camera. It is important that you do your best to get the shot right i the camera and not rely on post processing to solve your problems with inadequate technique. Seim’s first five points that are easy to understand, but often difficult to execute and if you don’t get them right, number six doesn’t make a difference.
The six key points are:
Optics – Without good glass, your images will never be tack sharp.
The Sensor – You have to know and work within the limits of your camera’s sensor.
Light – You have to learn how to capture the full dynamic range of the scene.
Focus – Your images will only be as sharp as your ability to focus on the subject.
Stability – The more the camera moves, the lower quality your image
Processing – What you do after the picture was taken affects the final result.
Gavin’s six key points aren’t new or revolutionary, but in his podcast he goes into the details and thoughts behind each. He explains both why it is important to correct each point and how to correct each key issue. He gives examples and is passionate about the process. Gavin writes about the Six Keys to Getting Great Image Quality in your Photos in his a post on f164.
Seim makes a great case for photographers to be the best that they can in their craft. If you are serious about your photography, you need to listen to this podcast.
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