Dance Week with Vancil Performing Arts, Showcase of Excellence at Quincy High School, band pictures with the Parochial Music Organization, a wedding (congratulations Joel and Adina!), and pictures of Quincy Community Theatre’s production of Spamalot (can’t wait to see it!), are just a few of the little projects going on this month here at Coonrod Photography.
A couple of weeks ago, Jill was heard to say, “I’ll be glad when February is over and we have more to do… I like to keep busy.”
Last night, (Thursday, March 12) as we finished the last of the dance pictures, she said, “Wow, I can’t believe how much work I’m going to have next week!”
In four days, we took 2532 exposures. Now to be fair, we won’t be delivering over 2500 pictures… normally, we take more than one exposure of each girl "just in case" — but it’s still a LOT of pictures.
Digital photography does not mean that we simply “print off” the camera’s memory card — all the images are downloaded to our server, archived against loss to DVDs, and then corrected for perfect color and exposure. Jill looks at every single image and picks the best one of each individual, then does any “touch-ups” that need to be made. As I am writing this, she is at her Photoshop workstation working on a young dancer who seems to have been involved in a Sharpie incident on her arms… (A lot of people assume that re-touching only involves fixing acne on teenagers and wrinkles on people my age… not so!) We also do a fair amount of digitally removing stray sequins and feathers that end up littering the floor by the end of the night. Sometimes, we even create the "perfect group photo" by combining two or three images into one, so that each and every individual is smiling at the camera, all at the same time.