I distinctly remember when I was introduced to digital photography, I was never really enamored with the whole concept. Being a staunch user of film with my Minolta X700, I believed that nothing could ever replace physical 4×6 prints and traditional photo album to show and store. I wondered what good would come of taking pictures and then leaving them on the computer with the only way of viewing them was to gather around the monitor. Printing would be expensive and of course the first digital cameras were not cheap. My how things have changed!
In my quest to create a new website, I decided I had to start from scratch which meant going through all of my images. I knew I could take some of the content from Pixelz.ca but I wanted Arniworks to be more than just a refresh. In the past 5 years I have accumulated over 75,000 images. In order to get the best images for Arniworks.com, I will have to review all of my images, keep some for posterity but the reality is that a large number of the images will be moved to the Trash bin.
To complicate matters further, for a variety of reasons, I have decided to switch to Adobe software products for my post-processing needs. This means I have to learn new software and determine a new workflow for reviewing and processing the images. However, Lightroom 4 is remarkably similar to Apple Aperture, seems faster, produces better results in RAW file conversion process and easily handled my 75,000 images. Importing was easy and quickly accomplished. I was able to review and rate my images over a couple of weeks which I am now able to use as my basis for the galleries in Arniworks.com.
Over the next month or 2 as Pixelz.ca winds down, Arniworks.com will grow. As before, I will blog about significant additions in the website and I am very interested in hearing your opinion on the new site, such as it’s content, ease of use and overall look and feel. I will also blog more often aiming for once a week. Thanks for dropping by!