The new year is here. And with it all the hopes and dreams that it brings. I look at the new year as an open book. One that we write the story line. One that we control the destiny of the characters. I’ve mentioned previously that I was really going to dig in and grow my business this year. Well it’s started. And I really haven’t’ done anything yet. While have been working on a marketing plan and moving forward with some promotions, the month has caught fire all of a sudden. I have done 4 real estate shoots in the past 5 days. I have 3 more scheduled for later in the month and I have a big event for the JDRF in a week and a half. To say I’m happy would be an understatement. This is the best January I’ve had!!! And it’s not over yet.
I have taken the turning of the new year to change things up a bit. I’m always on the look out to improve my skills. So I’ve adopted some new techniques for my real estate work. In the past I relied heavily on HDR for my images. While I satisfied for the most part using this technique, I thought that the HDR softened and added some unwanted color caste that required extra time to remove. But the biggest thing was the softness. I’ve tried a lot of different sharpening techniques and multiple sharpening passes but a lot of times all they did was bring up unwanted noise artifacts. So I took the plunge and ordered a couple Yongnuo 560-III flashes to compliment my 580EXIIs. These are really awesome flashes and I’ve been very impressed with them. For $75 they are truly incredible. While they lack any TTL it doesn’t bother me. I usually work in manual anyways. I highly recommend these flashes. The new technique I’m using involves multiple flashes and some compositing. I will say I’m much happier with the results. What do you think?