Timing In Photography+ A White Dress

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In my mind…timing is everything. It pertains to the lighting, the expression of the models face, and the mood. If you time something incorrectly, you might miss a special moment.

 

What Time is Nicest?

This is honestly a matter of personal preference. I would say golden hour (there are two!), and for me the last one. I have been awake (for the first golden hour) approximately one first golden hour and it was before I got my camera ๐Ÿ˜ฅ . But find what works best for you. I know of people who’s favorite time based on lighting to photograph is twilight.

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But now some photos I recently took during golden hour…including the white dress ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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Check Before You Snap!

I am awful, terrible, dreadful- when it comes to following this. I am always forgetting to check and see if something distracting is in my frame. I forget to take another look at the expressions on my models’ faces. And I also forget to check my settings. One shift can change your exposure. And especially during the golden hour! For instance…I think that where I live I have less time in the golden hour. This is not because my golden hour isn’t an hour. It’s because our property only gets the lovely light as long as I can follow it.

This means I’m constantly getting my subjects to move for me.

“Oh, the light’s moved again! Can we move this way a little? Maybe stand right there…uh…not there. There! Much better!”

So if you’re in a rush…the goal is to make sure your pictures don’t look rushed. Stay calm and check the settings before you press the shutter.

  1. check to make sure the model’s hands aren’t placed stiffly.
  2. check your exposure on the meter.
  3. check to make sure the model is standing straight, but not stiffly (if they’re standing).
  4. check the background.
  5. access the negative space in your image.
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Negative space is how much space is after your image. Or around. From Pixabay.com
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Here’s an example of negative space on both sides of a picture. This is a photo I took recently. ย โค

Once again, the timing is everything!

Here’re a few more pictures before I close out this post.

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Yes there were other people nearby. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Vacation Photography, Part 4. {Finale!}

Here we are!

For the final post in this short series. This might end up being the longest…but I don’t know for sure. We were visiting some friends…this post has water, miniature ponies,ย azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.

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At this moment I am digging texture photos…remember the brick? ๐Ÿ˜€

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My bother got all wet in the creek and then wanted a photo with this miniature horse. My brother isn’t very tall, btw. ๐Ÿ˜€
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Aren’t they cute?
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I love this vertical shot!
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This cracks me up! A nice size comparison. ๐Ÿ˜‰
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Oh, and I forgot to mention the ducks!
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And they were all happy…until my brother chased them. ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€
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Bro and sis on the swing. BTW, they aren’t concerned. They were laughing right after this shot was taken.ย 

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I got mom to pose for a picture. Happy Mother’s Day, btw. My only regret is the cup she’s holding. I was so eager, I overlooked it ๐Ÿ˜‰ . I do like the diverse background though.ย 

Going home I shot pictures from the windows.

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That’s a wrap, folks.

I hope you enjoyed this little four-part series. I could have added tons more than I did…but my memory is really getting small now.

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Vacation Photography, Part 2.

Here’s part two!

We got to visit our dear childhood friends again on this day. I didn’t take many pictures that I liked here (because talking sometimes is more important than taking pictures ๐Ÿ˜€ ).

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They had a hanging planter with these pretty pink flowers.ย 

And they had just gotten some chicks and baby ducklings. They were so cute! I photographed the ducklings.

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In this one it looks like the left one is laughing! I desaturated this one for a more subdued look. The green was more overwhelming in the original.

And then I took a nice rule-of-thirds photo of their fence.

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I love the f/1.8 selective focus of this one.

Then we went to my Aunt and Uncle’s house and I went for a moody photography feel. Pretty much all black and white. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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And I know this is nothing like my normal shallow depth photos. I guess I’m trying to expand my horizons.ย 
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I love brick walls! #colornexttime

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My sweet little sis and our cousin, Emmett.ย 

And then some pine cones for a rustic look.

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And closer up.

And then I almost missed this special cousin-bonding moment. My brother and cousin Steven were playing by the playground. So I snuck up and framed them with a bush ๐Ÿ˜€ .

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And this is my Aunt and Uncle’s chihuahua–Chica. I like her a lot. She’s actually a nice dog.

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I used a filter that’s in the manual mode #manualisthebest .ย 

And that’s it for part two!

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p.s–Don’t forget to join me next time for part three! ๐Ÿ˜€

New Editor= Image Changes

Guys…photo director 3 is #nice !

I love it.

There are more practical uses…like this photo:

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And more fun editing to do like in this photo:

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I mean, look at those eyes!

Then there are just nice settings to improve white balance and softening. Like in this image:IMG_7171.jpg

 

All in all…it’s been a ride.

I do acknowledge that this sort of editor COULD make one lazy. But I refuse to be that type of person when it comes to editing. I still prefer quality from my camera…I only like basic editing for my actual photography stuff.

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Moody Feel+ An Explanation

Hello!

I have been gone from this blog for a week. This needs an explanation, right? Well maybe it doesn’tย need one. But I’ll give you one anyway. The update comes in the form of three key things.

  1. I am now using a really nice computer with a high resolution monitor. It’s so nice, and photos look amazing on it. ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. The old photo editor was deleted off the old computer. So I am learning to use Photo Director 3 (which comes free on windows). Photo Director 3 reminds me a lot of Lightroom. It’s WAY nicer than Picasa 3, and any of the other free things I’ve used. But because it’s more complicated, it’s taking longer to get the hang of.
  3. I am getting more and more restrictions. I now have way less time to post.

Due to these things…expect less posting. It might only end up being once a week or less.

That stuff said…I have been experimenting with Black and White photography. None of the following images received much (or for most of them, none) editing. I was going for a moody feeling in these images. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did creating them.

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This is really my crown jewel selfie. I took this way late at night, with a bright lamp and no other lights. I underexposed to get the image dark. I also used high contrast in my manual picture style setting. The monochrome setting was used direct (I didn’t add it later). I had taken about three pictures when I realized that 1) My eyelashes looked WAY too light with the light directly on them. 2) I would have to remove a little of some poison ivy I had on the light side of my face.

So I put on some mascara and lipstick, then afterward used the retouch tool to remove an ittsy bit of poison ivy. I have had poison ivy for a little over a week now. But it’s mostly gone.

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This is unedited.
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This one is too. ๐Ÿ˜€
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My camera’s kit lens.
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Then my sis Ellie jumped in for one. But she’s smiling. Happy’s a mood too, guys!
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And in this one, I let some of the poison ivy stay because it looks even more like the style This was this morning as well as the one of my sis. The hat ๐Ÿ˜€ .ย 
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Serious is a thing, people!

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Eva Marie// Newborn Session

It finally happened. Yay!

Eva Marie is about two weeks old now, and I finally got to take some pictures of her today. This really had me nervous, and I really started to feel my inexperience. This is such a new thing for me. I feel like I need to learn how to compose better. I really wish I wasn’t just self-taught. Sometimes I feel like a class would be a lovely thing. But some of these came out good, despite the troubles.

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And true to my new resolution…only five pictures! But I hope you like them anyways.

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30DPC| Day 17| Movement

Day 17- movement

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The reason I like this photo is mostly just that the movement wasn’t frozen completely. I actually sort of like the motion blur in this photo. I think it conveys the sense of motion. Besides, most everyone knows that boys play. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like that my main subject is in focus (maybe not in complete focus though ๐Ÿ˜ฆ ).

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Recent Faves + HDR

Recently…

…I have been busy.

I am here today to just give y’all a littleย Favorite Photo Lineupย plus also some HDR photos!

#1. This is a fun backlit project I did indoors. I have been borrowing books from our local library, and this was one of the photo projects I tried from it.

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#2. First daffodils of the Spring + a black piece of paper and a dark room. Also included was a desk lamp and a my normal camera body flash. It works OKAY for some things, you see. ๐Ÿ˜‰IMG_4715.JPG

 

#3. Don’t focus on the person. So the focus is on the weed thingys. ๐Ÿ™‚ Got to mess around with the contrast setting on manual mode for the first time (the reason my sis’s hair is so dark!).

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#4. Freelensing with my 50mm prime lens, using the Bible.

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#5. Most amazing color in this birdhouse photo! And then the golden sunset got bokehed in the background. โค

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#6. The night lantern in daylight…I love glass (just not stepping on it ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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#7. Two HDR’s of the birdhouse. The HDR effect was applied in Picasa 3, btw.

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So y’all…I am trying to shorten my posts. I stuck to it today…mostly. After all the limit is up to 10 so…I made it. On normal photo shoots I’ll just post my five best.

Which did you like best?

Have you ever converted any of your photos to HDR?

When is your favorite time of day (or night) to shoot people? (yes, that was an intentional play on words ๐Ÿ™‚ )ย 

When is your favorite time of day (or night) to shoot pictures? ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 

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Gallery Blog

Hey guys!

So, you know how I mentioned that this blog is running out of space? Well, my decision was made to only post my top 5-7 photos from ANY photo shoot. So what if I want to post more? Well, I just made a portfolio blog. ANOTHER blog? Yep. I already posted some new things on there so if you want to check it out you can do that here.

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This is a photo I took a few weeks ago that I was going to post on a different post. But…I’m not doing that post anymore. And so I just decided to share this one, as it’s my favorite.

Happy Valentine’s Day, btw. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Lydia’s Portrait Session

I actually have a new model to show some of my work on!

It worked out perfectly. I had gotten Lydia (a teenage friend) to promise to take photos with me. She wasn’t overly thrilled, but then the day she came over she was all excited. I let her borrow one of my dresses and we went for a semi-modern semi-medieval look. I love how the photos turned out (BTW, I just got a 50mm portrait lens!).

 

And then Ellie jumped in for a portrait plus a few photos with Lydia…

Then we went into a barn and I took a photo…then put a filter on it later ๐Ÿ™‚ …

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This is the filtered photo. I mainly like what it does to the colors. It is actually just this clear in real life. The colors are the big difference.

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