As part of my ‘let’s focus on what matters’, I finally decided to calibrate my monitor, and my goodness, was I impressed as per the ugly blueish hue my non calibrated monitor had.
I chose a simple Spyder 4 Express, to which the working instructions are clear:
be sure there is no direct light shining on your display;
wait for at least 30 minutes after turning on your monitor before you start the calibration;
install the software (Spyder4Express 4.5.6 Macintosh) which is included in the package you buy;
plug the Spyder4 into a USB port and hang it over your display, assuring it sits flat on your screen;
and let the gadget do it’s work.
A few minutes later you’ll be watching your calibrated monitor, it doesn’t get much easier than this.
I remember reading once that getting into post processing doesn’t make much sense if you’re doing all your work on a non-calibrated monitor and I can assure you that I’m no longer going to doubt that statement. So, to cut my sermon short, instead of investing in that next camera or that other lens, do yourself a favor and get your monitor calibrated.
In my last post, I talked about slowing down, and those of you reading between the lines might have captured that my muse decided to take a nap. To me, these are the perfect moments to reflect and to separate the important from the not so important, the perfect moments to eliminate some noise. Noise, as in non muse feeding, time-consuming distractions.
And boy, does it feel good:
I took a critical look at the twitter acounts I have been following for the last months and stopped following the ones which create noise without feeding my muse, … at one point I was close to following a 100 people, that is now down to 55, no pun intended for the ones I no longer follow. Needs for information and inspiration change, …;
I closed down my shutterstock account, mainly because I want to shoot for myself instead off adjusting to what the market wants. And let’s be honnest, with 25 cents per shot, there’s little reason to do it for the money;
I stopped pondering about a 5D Mark III, even better, I decided to stick to my 7D and to sell off my 5D Mark I, allowing me to focus on my photography instead of my gear, wasting time as per which camera/lens combination to carry around, to then come home to waste some more time in regretting not having carried another combination. All excuses for having failed to be creative with the tools at hand. On top of that, I got convinced that without switching between a full-frame and crop sensored camera, my photographic eye will further develop itself, by improving my ability to see what my camera will see without actually having to put it to my face, on its turn increasing my ability to recognize the photographic opportunities out there;
facebook is next, I still havn’t gathered the muscle to actually close down my page and post from my personal account only, … it’s a process, who knows what will happen during my muse’s next nap?;
As a result, my muse is singing again: dug into Piet van den Eynde’s Lightroom tutorial e-book and have been working om some long overdue shots; updated this site (the devil is in the detail) and have done some thinking about what kind of photographer I am. Earlier on I’d call myself a nature and wildlife photographer and that still is what my muse likes most. In addition, I figured World Photography to best describe and capture my non nature related work.
Finally, and most importantly, I started shooting again and I am working on some projects, one of them being a book of our daughter’s first year (no worries, I’ll spare you) and as I write this, I am uploading some postcards to Moo, to be followed …!
Eliminate the noise and your muse’s voice will be heard again, her voice is actually always there, make sure you give her room to sing.
For those of you who are still with me at this point, do you recognize this? And how do you deal with a sleeping muse?