Sometimes, I'm a Lazy, Shitty Photographer...

...but that doesn't mean the photos are shitty.

More often than not, Camera RAW photos that are processed in Adobe Lightroom can look great. This obviously isn't true for every photo, but for the most part, amazing results can be achieved with five minutes of work in Lightroom.

This photo is a before and after of a [delicious] beer from Bottle Logic Brewing. It was poorly lit and the white balance was manually configured for a higher temperature value from a previous photo shoot. Honestly, I didn’t put much thought into it. I grabbed my Canon 5D Mark III and snapped a few photos.

Before and after processing in Adobe Lightroom.

Before and after processing in Adobe Lightroom.

But, the bones of the photo are there—the photo is in focus and has decent composition.

My point is this: if you take a photo that on the surface looks like shit, but might be good enough to be a better photo after post-processing, go for it. Give it a shot! TRY. This photo might not win me an award, but it will most definitely get a few hearts on Instagram.

FirkFest - Festival of Cask Beer 2014

Greg Nagel, otherwise known as the talented Mr. Awesome who runs the OC Beer Blog, put on his very first craft beer festival this past Saturday. I must admit that I was a bit curious about the experience of only drinking cask beer at a fest, since the beer is usually not as cold and not as carbonated as kegged and bottled beer. Turns out, there were a LOT of really flavorful, adjunct variations of well known local brews, as well as many beers made specifically for the festival that were all just spectacular. I was really blown away.

All in all, the event was a great experience, and Greg, as well as his army of volunteers, did a superb job of making it happen. Big thanks also go out to the kick-ass mayor of Anaheim, California, Tom Tait, who's a big supporter of craft beer and the craft beer scene. The setting for the festival was spectacular.

I posted some photos on my Flickr page of the event. The link is below. Click on it--it works.

Cheers, Greg, and cheers to