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14 April 2010

Photography Studio Open House

A photographer takes pictures. Well, that is no news flash. What may surprise you is that the time spent shooting photography is very small to the amount of time that is spent in the studio. After a typical day shooting maybe two hundred photos or more, I download the digital files to my computer. Then I catalog, keyword, delete, sort, and sort more until I have a small file of workable photos. This can all take the good part of a day.

But then comes the fun part. I get to "play" with the new photos and make them into something beautiful. It may be a minor edit or it might be something purely from my imagination that takes days of work to get just right. It depends on the photograph and what I am trying to communicate to my viewer. I am not a photo journalist so I feel no necessity to sticking to reality. What I remain true to is the emotion of the moment or what the scene was evoking. Sometimes I print numerous drafts before printing an actual archival photograph. Sometimes it's a print! Sometimes it is back to the drawing board. This is the space where you will find me most of the time. I am the one sitting at the computer playing with photography and smiling.

Photography studio work table.
This is my work table which always seems to be over flowing with photo drafts, projects, photography books and files.

My photography studio work station.
Here is the opposite corner of my studio. There is a fireplace, more book shelves, and another table with my "darkroom," the computer.

Southern view out my photography studio window.
Sometimes I just stop and take a look at the view from my work table.

Feel free to ask questions and thanks for visiting!

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  1. We have known each other for awhile and I appreciate you sharing your "workspace" Whenever I see one of your "posts" I will now have a visual of you working in that beautiful room with a view..

  2. Fun to see "behind the scenes", Julie!Thanks for sharing!

  3. that frame around your window definitely frames your desk and hanging plant!... u are one organized lady!.

  4. What a wonderful work space and beautiful view! Thanks for allowing us to visit :-)

  5. Beautiful room and beautiful view! I think being surrounded by beauty feeds both the soul and creativity. My work areas are usually a bit messy, and they are not quite as lovely as yours, but I like them. Couldn't work if I didn't.

  6. Thanks for visiting. I'd love to offer wine and cheese, but couldn't figure out how to do that virtually!

  7. Oh Julie ~ what a fantastic studio you have! Such a beautiful view and warm cozy fireplace ~ a truly inspirational room for all your creativeness! Lovely!

    xo Catherine

  8. I am jealous of your beautiful studio and awesome view out your window!

  9. Your space is so lovely. You're hard work shows in your photographs!

  10. The one thing I haven't done yet is send any photos to be printed professionally. Sometimes the language the labs say is confusing to a beginner like me.

    I too, love to play with the photos after they are shot. Because I am a beginner, I play WHEN I take the shot too!


Contemporary photography of the cities, landscapes, flora and fauna of the American West.
Julie Magers Soulen Photography