Hi, my name is Joao Bettencourt and I am a semi tech geek who does Quality Assurance for CorelDRAW Graphics Suite.
I got involved with photography many, many moons ago as a way to meet girls (yep, that worked very well…). My first camera was a beaming AGFA 720c, less than one megapixel, which I recently found in the hands of my 2 year old nephew. I then went from that, through another AGFA, 2 Sonys, both digital, one Canon, and finally my second Canon, a 5D Mk II, aka “my other wife”. We’ve been inseparable ever since. I take her with me everywhere I go.
Soon enough it became a matter of “Hey, you have a camera, can you take a picture of…?” And all of a sudden I was being invited to all kinds of events; me, myself and the other wife. There was this one time that I was invited to a baptism that didn’t start until I got there 30 minutes late. And there I was thinking I was a guest. That’s when the light bulb turned on and my pupils went $$.
A couple of weddings later, I gained experience and the confidence to say that I can do this. Photography is now my passion, hobby, cardio workout, excuse not to do my workout, and I am proud to say that it is becoming a second career, which I enjoy like there’s no tomorrow. Not to mention the fact that it’s paying for my new lens and if everything goes well, a cruise with my family next year.
If you have a second career, you probably understand the challenges one faces with time management. Juggling a full time job, a wife, a son and house chores, is no joke, so for me, I will use every tool and trick to take full advantage of the little time I have.
Meet AfterShot Pro, a tool to fix most common imperfections in my photos.
Let me start by explaining my approach to a shot:
“Do as much as possible when taking the picture”:
- Composition – check
- White balance – check
- ISO, aperture, shutter – check, check, check
Basically, set it up as best as possible from the beginning, taking a handful of shots to ensure the best results. Always try to do as much then, in order to do less later.
When you can’t do everything up front, AfterShot Pro comes in very handy post processing. From crop, exposure and saturation, to white balance, layers and noise reduction, the quicker I am done the sooner I can get back and shoot a bit more.
My latest gigs included a spring wedding, a bachelorette party (yes, I had to deal with a group of some 10 gracious and well behaved ladies for the whole night), a new born photo shoot, and a family portrait.
Speaking of the spring wedding, the bride and groom were travelling to Argentina the following Wednesday, 4 days after the wedding. Thanks to AfterShot Pro, I was able to retouch and process a good 600 photos in time for them to bring a DVD full of pictures on the trip.
Like most photographers, I try to use the best hardware and software whenever possible. I was a LightRoom user for 3 years, and one day I was asked to spend 2 or 3 hours evaluating and comparing a RAW workflow application that I was not familiar with. That was the last time I opened Light Room.
Are you spending too much of your precious time in post processing with Light Room or Aperture? Take the AfterShot Pro Challenge, and tell me about your experience.