Last updated on July 7th, 2015

On September 1, 2013, the day after my brother’s wedding, I flew to Cuba with my Canon Rebel T5i and Manfrotto tripod. It was my first time I worked on my travel photography. Now one year later, while I miss my brother and sister-in-law’s first wedding anniversary here in Panama, I’ve improved my photography skills. I’ve learned how to play with ISO, aperture, shutter speed and get a better perspective. I’m still continuing to improve my photography and post-processing techniques with Lightroom, Photoshop, Photomatix and Topaz Labs.

I’ve spent a lot of money on my photography and I’m going to spend more on upgrading my equipment. I have my eyes set on the Canon 6D. I need to start making an income from my photography instead of just having it as a hobby. I need to offset my costs of travelling and photographing.

A few weeks later into October, I bought the Canon 6D, flash and Tamron lens. I photographed my first event. It was a low-key Chinese wedding. I captured photos at the bride’s house with the groom and then later at the reception dinner.

Canon 6D, Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC, Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

Canon 6D, Tamron SP 24-70mm Di VC, Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite Flash

I felt taking the pictures were the easy part. Not to say I am an expert wedding photographer but I find post-processing hundreds of photos harder. Sometimes I spend one or two hours just processing one of my travel images and learning new techniques. This approach is impractical with processing a batch of wedding photos. I have to be selective with which images I spend a lot of time processing and which ones I only spend five minutes. Making things difficult is that version 5.6 of Lightroom on Windows 7 is performing slowly. I looked at the Adobe forum and seems like a lot of users are having this problem. I can only hypothesize that the issue is with Lightroom itself and not my hardware. Lightroom never performed slowly on my computer before. I complete most of my post-processing on my Alienware laptop which is a performance gaming laptop and it flies with other programs.

For the next year I’m going to be more focused on event photography. Let’s see how much I can accomplish.