Mart Trummal | Site history

Site history

June 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I started my photography site with Zenfolio in 2011. It was mostly about travel photos, and to a lesser extent, portraits. Images were small, and most galleries contained 24 images. For the next five years the site was left pretty much in the same state.

This spring, however, I felt it's time to upgrade my gallery. I guess part of the impulse arouse from my earlier decision to change my photo equipment: towards the end of 2014 I decided that I need to replace my full frame Canon equipment with something else – smaller, lighter, different. After a lot of search and study I chose Fujifilm. And I must say, I am very happy with my choice; the change somehow revitalized my hobby, and I like to think, also gave a boost to my images.

So I started to revise and upgrade my gallery. Alas, with that I also had to build up entirely new workflow. Until then I relied on iMatch as my database tool, and Photoshop as my editing tool. I had a long history with iMatch, but as meanwhile I had moved over to a Mac, it meant I had to drag along a Windows virtual machine with the sole purpose of running iMatch; finally I decided it was too much of a hassle. So I said goodbye to iMatch, and installed Lightroom 6. It was by no means an easy decision, but getting accustomed to Lightroom I soon felt that it simplified my life to an extent that compensated for the loss of more powerful database tools of iMatch, and looking back at it, I am almost as glad with my choice as with my change of camera.

With the upgrade in most cases I gave up all my precious Photoshop edits and instead published all the previous images, and much more new images, just in LR, in most cases without any local edits, and published them straight to the site. And in most cases I think the LR jpg's do not look worse than the results of long hours of Photoshop work. And there always remains the possibility to revise the images later on.

So that's the start of a revised photo site of an enthusiast photographer and an amateur photo editor, and the blog is started in hope that maybe another fellow hobbyist out there will find something useful in my experience.



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