Monday, February 6, 2012

Next topic?

A day in my life.

Window light results

This project is already proving to be a great learning project.
First I want to say two things.
One: This project isn't really about posting amazing pictures. It's more about learning how to take a great picture in different situations.
Second: I have decided to be honest and admit that I don't love editing.
In fact.
I hate it.
I don't mind a few tweaks here and there but I hate spending hours on a picture just to make it look good.
I think that there are two types of photogs.
Photoshop-photogs and in-camera-photogs.
Photoshop-photogs take pictures with ideas in their mind of how they are going to make the picture look in Photoshop.
Basically their art piece is created in Photoshop.
In-camera-photogs take pictures with the idea that they want the picture to be great with or without any photoshopping.
Basically... Their art piece is created in their camera.
I suppose there are also some photogs that are a little of both.
I'm not saying that one is right and one is wrong but for ME... In-camera is how I want to start making pictures.
I don't want to use Photoshop at all. Just a few adjustments in LR to call it macaroni.
Very little editing going on which is great for last weeks topic because you can really see how the light was naturally without any 'help'.
Blah, blah.
On to what I learned.
First: Backlighting.
Well. That wasn't what I was going for.
2nd attempt.
Much better. I used a reflector to reflect a bit of light back to J's
face making it so that I didn't have to over-expose the window
so far that it would become distracting.
I tried a back-light one where I WANTED my subject a little underexposed.
But for this particular window...
I found that I like side light the best.
Here is Lexie. She must have saw my topic and decided to do a few window light experiments of her own.
I'm thinking that she is dreaming of warm sunny summer days. :)
In my house I discovered that my favorite window light is in my dining room. It has windows on three sides.
Which gives bright, yet diffused light that makes taking cute pictures of my kids, easy-peasy!