We were out photographing the Twentieth Annual Kite Festival on the Treasure Island Beach this past weekend with a myriad of other photographers. Kite festivals make for great photo opportunities and attract us like flies. You also have multiple colors plus much activity taking place on a beach or some other photogenic location.
I’d been to the festival during previous years and been somewhat disappointed for various reasons…bad weather, rain, grey skies…etc. As I recall, I wasn’t yet equipped with a selection lenses and I hate looking at photos of places where people have clearly Photoshoped blue skies. This time around I switched between my various lenses…and early in the day we at least had some blue sky.
Each time I photograph an event I become a better photographer. Especially when I compare my photos to the 100s of other people posting on the internet. Be-that-as-it-may, I came away resolved to improve my video skills as kite festivals are perfect for that modality. As I am wont to do I looked at what I had on my computer in the way of editing software, as most of my past videos have simply been automated slide shows created in iPhoto or Photo.
I reloaded my old copy of Premier Elements 11 (three versions out of date) and tried to work with iMovie. I was trying to do something simple, flip my images and remove the guy in the corner of my video who was clearly picking his nose. I’m still working on it. But…I did discover a great Adobe resource. For those of us who don’t buy into the idea of paying for every update, this is the place for us. I’m still working on that guy but my daughter, Caity Mellicant, and I got some great photos.