Two New Promo Photos

Today before church I stopped in at an abandoned parking bay behind a gas station near my house to take some photos. I took about 50 shots within a 30 minute period. Out of all of them I was happy with 2.
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As per usual, I updated the website layout after having taken these. That seems to be a thing that I do often. I plan on updating the home page soon to make it a little bit more visually appealing.

Promo Poster Tour is a real thing, I guess

Well, I spent about two hours today driving around town hitting up some of the local Starbucks locations with the intent of slapping a flyer up on their community boards. I posted up about 10 or 15 around town. The carzy thing is… I didn’t even begin to scratch the surface when you actually take the time to count up how many Starbucks locations there are in this town. I’ll work on hitting the other locations on another day.

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I’ve got to admit, it’s pretty cheesy to call it a “tour”… but, that’s the dad side of me missing the tour life. So,oh well… it is what it is.

Between now and when we move this summer I plan to do some more flyer spreading here and there. Beyond this I hope to begin writing some new material and eventually updating my “band” photos to something a little less “back porch“. Because, let’s face it. That’s exactly what i did. I stepped out on the back porch and took a quick shot. I need a little something more fancy.

Photoshop it up just for the relaxation

Just for fun while relaxing this afternoon I thought I would mess around a bit with Photoshop. I snatched a few of the band promos from the new label that I am with, Raven Faith Records, and put together a before and after. I’m no expert, but I think the after images have a cleaner, smoother look. The first one is from a band called Rival Empire. The second is from Outside the Shadows. The second one was a little hard to clean up because it had a gradient type of affect already on the photo. Regardless, you should check OTS out. They have a new release coming up in a few weeks or so.

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No more dreads for me. I cut them off

Well, the dreads didn’t last very long. After spending all that time, effort, and money into getting my dreads looking tight and clean, I decided to cut them off. To be honest, I was happy with them. I liked them a lot and felt like they were the right size and length. But, at the end of the day I think it is important to keep in mind what your spouse thinks. The lady friend, although supportive, didn’t really care for them that much.

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So, with that… they are gone. I miss having them, because like I said, I liked how they turned out. But, at the same time I like that my head isn’t weighed down anymore. And besides, it feels good to be able to rub my scalp. My dreadlock parlor will be disappointed to find that I cut them off after all that work, but oh well. No turning back now. The fact that I cut my hair is the main reason why you will find that I totally redesigned my website. Since I don’t have that haircut anymore, I felt like I should take those photos down.

So, I did.

I think the new site design turned out to look almost as smooth is my scalp.

Admitting that good photography is more about Editing

Let’s face it… we’ve all seen those super epic photos portraits done by “professional” photographers, and thought to ourselves “how are they so good at taking photos?”.

The truth is, it’s less about the photo and more about the editing. The better you are at an editing software like photoshop, the better of a “photographer” you will be. Personally, that makes no sense to me at all. But in any case, here is an example of what I mean. On the right are the raw photos that I took with an older logo. And on the right are some edits I made in photoshop along with the newer logo.

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They’re not slam-bam-thank-you-mam, by any means. But I think you get the point. I am a lot happier with how they look after having tweaked them a little in photoshop.

Photo shoot on the run… to the grocery.

I recently posted about the silly photoshoot of hardcore bands. And, how almost all of them tend to do the same old cliché things, like… the alley, the tall grass, or the rooftop. With that, I did a quick little dumbed down photoshoot on my way to the grocery store today and managed to knock out two of the overdone shots. One of them was the tall grass. And the other, the rooftop. The only other one that I have left to do would be the alley. If and when I find the time I will probably make that happen as well, just for giggles.

So, here are the photos.

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This slap stick photo shoot was off the cuff. Like, literally. I was on my way to HEB to get some stuff for the following work week and decided to get me some deathcore band pics done on the fly. I knew just the place to stop on the way to the store. So, I did just that. It wasn’t easy either. Since no one was with me I had to set up the camera just right… set the timer and run out with enough time to make sure I was in frame and pose. You know the pose. The one that says, “I’m ready for a fight. But, not really because I just want to play music”. That pose.

So yeah, it was fun slapping these together.

If I come across a decent alley in the area I’ll likely do that shot as well.

Oh, and if you didn’t notice, visit the site on a computer. I revamped the layout to fit one of the photos.