Here’s an image I shot earlier in December 2010. This couple had their wedding on the beach of Carmel. You can view the images on my blog last month. This image goes beyond a photographer’s time for required editing of wedding images. Typically, I edit the images with color toning and lighting, remove major distractions, sharpen, etc., and make them print ready. If a couple wants full treatment of a photograph, designed with special effects, like the one below, I charge by the hour. And usually I can get a few images per hour done. This one below was done exploring and playing around with Photoshop.
I often read books on photography, lighting, bios on artists, and other valuable artistic inspirations to keep myself learning. I even try to listen to bands whose true intention is to create art, even if I don’t like the music. Pushing myself beyond my own knowledge is the key! If you want to grow in your knowledge, you need to be reading and learning! I think that’s why I like the North Face’s motto: Never stop exploring! I’m a mountain climber, so I apply this to my whole life!