Monday, July 23, 2012

Confessions Monday And The Ziser Wedding Series: Experiencing The Complete Wedding Weekend – Part 4

Good Morning Everybody,

I have to tell you gang, I've really been struggling lately trying to keep the blog up to date and get my book finished. It seems like the last couple months have been just a whirlwind around here with events and projects constantly on my plate. LaDawn and I are trying to downsize around here which means freeing up some of our time so that we can be involved another projects but, I have to say, that it only seems to have gotten even more busy these last couple months.  I hope someday soon I see the light at the end of the tunnel and just hope it's not the freight train coming right at me;~)

OverwhelmedAnyway, that said, I want do my best to try to keep the blog up and running over the next couple of very busy couple of months.  But keep in mind, I'm also trying to finish this book which I feel is like a giant weight on my chest and I won't be able to rest until I have a completed. Just like any large project, there are good days and not so good days.  It just seems that there are so many other things going on in my life these days that the book has gotten back burner for about the last two weeks so.   That only makes me feel even more underwater on trying to get it completed on time.  I mentioned months ago, the goal is to finish the book by the end of August and have it completely off my plate. That, of course,  will not not be the case. There's always the loose ends that need to be wrapped up with any book project and that usually takes several more weeks.

Add that to the fact that were going to Europe for two months in the fall.  That means that the book really does have to be completed by my August 31 deadline.  Whew!  Still lots to do!

When I look at my schedule and see that there are only a finite number of hours in the day it makes we wonder what I can set aside to get the book completed. That explains why the blog has only been hitting about three times a week. That's because I've been using the other two days focusing my attentions on other projects that need to be finished up around here and then I try to throw little the time at the book.

I'll continue to do my best to keep the blog moving along and make it interesting read for you. On the same note the priority the book continues to rise as the calendar days tick off and I get closer to that August 31 deadline.  Anyway, hang in there - I'll keep the content coming as best I can.  And don't worry, it will all be good in the end.

The Ziser Wedding Series: Experiencing The Complete Wedding Weekend – Part 4

In this segment I’ll walk you through several of my images images and share my thoughts with you about what was going through my mind as I was covering the rehearsal event.  The lighting was quite challenging and I’ll even discuss some of my solutions to some of those issues too.

These images have already been tweaked for the client’s presentation but in reviewing the images with you, I will point out a few BEFORES and AFTERS just to give you an idea of how I want my images to look for the client’s presentation.  Anyway, join me on my wedding travels as I share with you, “Experiencing The Complete Wedding Weekend – Part 4”.  I hope you enjoy the video.  -David

DAZNOTES: In spite of our crazy schedule around here, I've promised to put together this new wedding series for all of our DigitalProTalk readers and even that is become quite the project. The more I want to expand on it the longer each post becomes.  I also know that is difficult for all of our readers to take the time to follow along as my posts get more involved. My new strategy is to break the posts into much shorter segments and continue it over much longer time.  That  strategy still lets me complete the project - which, BTW, I think can be one of the most valuable projects that I've undertaken here DigitalProTalk and, still give you the opportunity to follow along without having to put in a great investment of time with each of the posts.

The other thing that I've changing to, just to make life a little less complicated around here, is to do more video blogs on my wedding series.  In fact, that's my plan for these next couple of days.  In taking this approach I feel I can really thoroughly cover ALL the information that I want to cover in the wedding series.  It will also make getting the blog post up quite a bit less time-consuming for me as well.

For those of you that don't know, I am a two or three fingered typist so 1500 words a day is demanding and time-consuming project for me. Again, that's why completing the book, blogging, and finishing current projects has me feeling a little underwater these days. Anyway, having said that, look for the wedding series to switch formats and go to a video blog series till this book is finally completed.


So, that's it from me on today's Confessions Monday. Time for me to get back to a the other projects around here and then back to the book. Everybody have a great rest of the day and I'll see you soon - maybe even tomorrow ;~)

Adios, David


  1. David,

    I hope you found the video blog so much easier and time effective than your traditional blog posts, that you’ll continue doing it whenever it is practical. From this end it was LIGHT YEARS beyond a typical blog post in terms of volume, scope and depth of learning. Seeing more images in more situations with more explanation was amazing.

    Thank you for being willing to share a complete wedding assignment and not just your award winning images. Out here in the hinterland, we somehow “intellectually know” that world-class photographers have to create images of the same things that the rest of us do (and not just the blue ribbon images) but actually seeing those images – and especially seeing the (backslash) original images as well as the developed/enhanced ones is not only instructive, it is….. (the words come with difficulty) freeing – exhilarating – affirming – awakening – enabling: “I have done that … oh I could do that!”

    Without taking too many words to answer you … Yes this is a great way to “read” your blog. And this is by far one of your most helpful entries to date.

    Thank you,
    Mark Bohland

    Having your EXIF data visible helpful, but it also created a question I don’t think you answered. At about the 15 – 17 minute mark, during the series of the bride and her father walking in, both your shutter speed and f/stop changed from image to image without any obvious pattern, so I couldn’t tell if your were using aperture priority, shutter priority, or some other metering mode. Can you share what you were doing, and maybe why? Thanks