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Finish the job!


Time for an update: I still use film, though. Not vast quantities, but I have a darkroom, and I'm not afraid to use it.

I enjoy every image I take: I hope you'll enjoy looking at them.
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Finish the job!

29 Jul 2020 9:32AM   Views : 181 Unique : 106


Quick blog today: shooting later.

Those who worked in offices may remember the much-photocopied cartoon of someone sitting on the loo with the caption ĎThe jobís not finished until the paperworkís doneí Ėtasteless, true, and witty.
The same thingís true in every area of life: my wife tells me that itís no good leaving a few unwashed plates: she doesnít accept that the water is now so dirty that Iíd need a fresh sinkfull for them. ButÖ Iím better at this when Iím working in my darkroom. I know how much trouble oxidised developer causes, so I am careful to rinse everything out after use, three times (just as I was taught in the chemistry lab at school).

Iím less good when I get home from time out and about taking pictures. If Iíve repacked equipment because I need THIS and THAT, but not the rest of an outfit, Iím prone to leaving stuff as it was when I get home. I often spend time searching, repeatedly, because I havenít left something in the usual place, but in the bag I took with me.

Similarly, downloading digital files isnít complete until Iíve done the backup! [Slight pause while I set a backup goingÖ] Thereís a lesson here. Always plan. Always make sure that you finish the job before leaving it, or leave it with a marker to tell you where youíve got to. And never, under any circumstances


bluesandtwos 10 428 1 England
29 Jul 2020 9:43AM

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chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
29 Jul 2020 10:34AM
Who knows when a job is finished ? Many different opinions there methinks.
Robert51 11 7 104 United Kingdom
29 Jul 2020 3:35PM
I always like to keep a grab bag, so if I go out there are a few lenses and a camera body that I enjoy shooting with. That way I alway have a camera for the unexpected. Other days when you know what you want to do get ready the night before. Always ensure you have enough SD cards and the batteries are fully charged.

When it comes to washing up I am the dish waher. The wife cooks it and I clean it, and before you ask I can cook.
philtaylorphoto 18 332 2
29 Jul 2020 3:42PM
I would add to that properly file named, and a meaningful caption added. It doesn't have to be a full blown Associated Press standard type caption.i store each completed job in a folder named according to the job filed month and year. The ones I have worked on go in a separate folder on a different hard drive stored by month.

Then, all the output files get backed up. Storing them by month makes that easier.

I use a couple of versions of Fotostation for captioning. Meaningful descriptions are helpful. Model's name, date, location, something descriptive. Once you have that, your images are easily found.

Oxidised Dev. O was so relieved when I no longer had stains on my jeans after going digital.
dudler Plus
16 1.2k 1679 England
29 Jul 2020 7:16PM
And nobody picked me up on the deliberate....
chase Plus
14 1.7k 411 England
29 Jul 2020 9:05PM
Lol...and the circumstances are.............Wink.........unfinished........
philtaylorphoto 18 332 2
29 Jul 2020 9:16PM
The grab bag? Primes or zooms,it boils down to wide, standard, tele. For me, ultra wides, exceptionally a fisheye and longer go in according to what I'm doing

Usually just one flash, for more exotics, light stands, brolly/soft box, wireless and IR triggers.

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