The Grand Palace is something to behold, I was expected opulence but I didn’t think it would be so dramatic. Since it was June and stinking hot with frequent drizzle, the place wasn’t very busy. High recommended.
I frequently get asked questions about what I do to make my pictures look the way that they do. There are a few things I do:
- Use good quality camera and lenses. I used a Nikon D2X with a Nikon 12-24mm and a Nikon 18-200mm VR (image stabilized so that it doesn’t shake as much when trying to lift the 2kg camera/lens combo). The 18-200mm was a huge compromise because I couldn’t take a bag full of heavy lenses on the road for 5 months. Its not a very good lens and I don’t recommend it unless you are taking casual snaps or don’t care about overall image quality. We each travelled with 12kg backpack with all our clothes and a small day pack/camera bag.
- In sunny clients, I always used a circular polarizing filter. It dramatically cuts down on the glare, increases the contrast of the pictures and makes everything just a touch more vivid.
- Take lots of pictures and have something to store them in. On this trip I travelled with 250GB of portable storage to store pictures in. I even went as far to take apart my Epson P-2000 and replace the 20GB drive with a 100GB. I almost broke it twice doing that so I don’t recommend it but it beats paying what Epson wants for a large digital wallet.
- Backup all your pictures in the field so you don’t any nasty surprises. We all know about nasty things that can happen to any digital such as rain, theft, leaving them on planes, battery failure, hard disk corruption. I could go on for days.
- Use Adobe Lightroom for cataloguing and post-processing the images. I’ve used lots and lots and lots and lots of these tools and find that Lightroom saves me tons of time. Lightroom lets me do 90% of what I need to do with large collections of images quickly and with excellent quality.
- Make sure that the images you are doing to share with the world are the best that you can make them. For each image I published on the Grand Palace gallery, I adjusted the levels, contrast and vibrance. I frequently cropped and straightened the horizons or other vertical lines. For some of the wide angle shots, I also corrected some of the wide angle lens distortion. You’ll notice lots of images where all the verticals seem to point towards the top centre of the image. That’s because I was using a really wide angle lens.
- For the Grand Palace gallery I spent about 3 hours for the 20 odd images that were published.
- Hope people like the pictures!