I think it’s time for another experiment post. Today I will be photographing a few subjects switching between two canon lenses: f/1.8 50mm, and the f/3.5 75-300mm.
This will be fun 😉 . Firstly, I am going to show the big lens at it’s most common focal lengths at the aperture f/4.5. Then I will use the 50mm at the same aperture. After that I will show a photo of the 50mm using f/1.8.
The second part of the post will be some photos I took recently on both lenses. 🙂
50mm & 75-300mm~ mason jar
Click on any of the images in the thumbnail grid to view my basic camera settings.
This grids images are the 75-300mm lens’s photos at it’s different major focal lengths. 😀
The first image is my 50mm lens’s photo of the mason jar at f/4.5. The second is the 50mm at f/1.8.
50mm & 75-300mm~ zinnia
This is the shots from the 75-300mm (I was wrong about staying at an aperture of 4.0. I actually changed it a little more to maintain proper exposure while zooming in . 😉
Once again the 50mm was set at 4.5 and 1.8. If you click on them you’ll be able to tell which is which.
50mm & 75-300mm~car
Catch Up Photos
important announcement! As of today I am almost out of storage space! I will probably not be posting here for a little while after today. I will explain in another post what this means more fully.
For some people the idea of shooting in broad daylight is daunting. Portraits especially can be scary. I was one of those people until around…yesterday. 😀
Angles are Everything
When the sun is hot and the light is harsh, a good angle could save the day. I was outside the other day and looking for inspiration. I haven’t done much shooting in broad daylight for the simple reason that it was hot and not overly ideal for portraits. But nature shots actually work fabulously outside even in the heat of the day. It turns out an angle can save a sunlight portrait too.
But to continue my tale of revelation I kept walking around and looked for an ideal spot. In our yard we have a side yard which is overgrown. Looks like a veritable jungle. But…I notice something I hadn’t noticed before. In the jungle there are TONS of queen anne’s lace. It is really the best field thingy ever for photography (expect some portraits there sometime).
Well…on angles. After messing around extensively and trying to position myself in a way favorable to sun- I had an idea. Why not try to catch the clear blue sky with the queen anne’s lace?
One thing I love about these images is that they fit my tagline to a T (‘Neutrals with a Pop of Color’). Oh, random question? Have you seen my website look for here yet?
Underexposure and Your Light Meter
Another thing that I think is actually neat–is how your light meter is tempted to underexpose your images. This light is so bright, that the meter thinks it needs to help out and compensate for the brightness. So it underexposes. This can be anything from underexposing your subject to underexposing the background. But you can actually twist this annoyance in your favor.
This picture is interesting because I have the sun at the top left of the frame and a tree which was lit the same at the lower. The meter underexposed by the subject and overexposed at the top. But I like this photo. Once again, I think it created a neat effect and I’m glad as usual that I used my manual mode (that’s what I use 90% of the time unless I use AV or TV).
Random Pictures from the Shoot
Extension Tube Review
An extension tube pretty much just extends your lens so that you can take closer up pictures. A friend is letting me borrow one and I LOVE IT. I was looking them up and they’re not bad on the price side. Much better than getting an $1000 macro lens (yes, I know the macro lens is better–but my pocket book won’t budge.). So much easier on the wallet.
I think it’s a good idea to purchase one, especially if you can’t get very close up to things. They’re a little bit trickier to navigate than an actual lens but I think it’s worth it on the whole.
Here’s what they look like…
Bonus picture: screenshot of chromatic aberrations fix…
This post has been long in the coming. It’s a topic of some dispute in the photography community. There are people who hold to absolutely NO editing, people who hold to a crazy Photoshop approach (making the image look almost nothing like the original), and people who hold to editing to enhance the already-there quality of the image. These people tend to stick healthily in the middle–and have their own unique style of editing (but not crazy or they end up in the huge Photoshop category).
I fall into the last category…and in this post I will do my best to explain why.
Editing to Enhance
In my own mind…I dislike editing that completely changes an image. For instance I don’t like removing moles or freckles. Those are character adding. But blemishes–I think removing them is a good idea.
I edit to enhance what’s already in the image. Take this image here…(yes I realize I use this one all the time).
So when I edit I try my best to enhance what’s already there. If it’s just a bad picture then that’s my fault. I’m not going to beautify a picture that isn’t beautiful. That in my mind, is just laziness. If there’s no quality–it goes in the trash bin; not my editing platform. But if the image has great potential (focus is on point, lighting and composition are good.) then I will edit to enhance.
Jpeg User of Necessity
I shoot in jpeg for those of you wondering. My simple reason for that is my editing platform doesn’t do a good job editing RAW…and I have had a hard time actually converting them BACK to jpeg for internet sharing.
RAW is another way of shooting on camera. It saves information that jpeg loses. The drawback is that the information makes the image coming out somewhat bland. So you have to edit it back into the image. That’s actually not a bad thing…because RAW images have so much information when they’re fixed–they can be stunning! Jpeg chooses what information is saved in your image. But if you’re using something like light room shooting and converting in RAW is a good idea.
The big difference?
Jpeg processes the picture on your camera for you RAW allows you to process the pictures.
I think in one of my earliest posts I said something about how I want to edit as little as possible to preserve what’s already there. I still agree with that statement. But at some point I realized that not everything can be done right on your camera and still look like a photographer. While I believe that a photographer should actually prove they know how to be one by strong composition, lighting, and focus– I think that a little less than half of photography is editing. Here’s an image I found before and after.
In some ways…I think it boils down to this. Are you planning on becoming a payed photographer? Or are you just everyone’s go to person to snap a photo and preserve a memory? If you’re planning on becoming a photographer…you should consider editing seriously. It’s fine if you want to be a natural light photographer (they still edit!) and if you want the quality of your image to shine through. You can still do that! Just don’t get into presets and filters and do stick to basic edits for lighting and blemish removal.
What’s YOUR Style?
I am going to do something new! I am gonna’ take you through my editing process on an image I took today. I promise the before photo will be the straight-off-the-camera photo. I am going to use screenshots so…yeah. Sorry. That’s the only way I can show you at the moment. I am literally editing this RIGHT NOW as I’m typing this post. So here’s my image:
Here’s what you need to know. This image was shot in overcast weather (today) and I used a picture style setting which increased saturation by 1 and increased sharpening by 3. This is on manual mode…so it’s not cheating 😉 . It’s just part of my style for nature shots. Keep in mind that my style for portraits is different. Also bear in mind that different lighting conditions will influence the choices I make for editing.
Fix the white balance!
2. Fix chromatic aberrations around the flower by removing magenta and purple from the photos on the color slider.
3. Exposure Fix.
Black level- +23
And that’s it! Here is the before after for you…
You can see my style is a slightly warmer edit overall. This is a pretty recent development which I described in my post I Was Doing It Wrong!
For portraits I like warmer too…but my editing process is different. The reason I chose to edit this image vs. trash it…is because I saw potential in it. I like overcast lighting, and was pleased with the focus. Even the exposure wasn’t bad. I also like the other Queen Anne’s Lace in the background+ I love the blur. So that was a keeper in my mind.
For new people this may still seem like a lot of editing. I understand. I went through the no-edit phase. I was shocked when I saw stuff on pinterest which showed me the unedited work of photographers I looked up to and realized…half of the image was editing!
That’s not to say that the on camera quality isn’t as important. I think it’s the #1 priority. I don’t wanna take awful pictures and then make them look good on an editor! Yuck. But I have noticed that as I learn photography my style and composition and all-around skills–just get better! So don’t get discouraged if your photos don’t look like the pros right off. You will become a better photographer as you practice…and will learn so much more. Oh, and just so you know–the pros’ photos don’t look like the pros’ photos right away either! They edit them too. But the pros are also a lot better photographers as well. A whole lot better than I am.
Do you edit your photos?
How much do you as a photographer (or how little) do you edit your photos?
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, azaleas, and swinging. Plus some more randomness.
Going home I shot pictures from the windows.
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.
On this day…we celebrated my birthday (way) early.
Guess what? I am doing my first actual senior shoot sometime soon. I will be attempting to do a dear friend’s photos for her (she follows this blog). I don’t know if I’ll be posting any of them or not. I hope so…but if nothing else—good practice 😀 .
We will gallivant all over creation. And have a lot of fun. 😉
Tune in to Part Four soon! It’s the ‘finale’ (but don’t expect TOO much, people!) so that will be it.
First off, I have not permanently vanished. I am still alive and kicking/breathing. But I have a mountain of vacation photos to share. Today is part one of the vacation pictures. All of this is photography stuff…lifestyle is always on the Misty Mountain (except for right now as I’m on break there due to time 🙂 ).
First off this photo that I took of a sweet young lady holding a rose. I used the gold side of my new reflector (I got it!!!!)…and after fixing the white balance in Photo Director…it made it look rose gold. I love the lighting look honestly. 🙂
The first thing I photographed on vacation was this soft orangish blue sunset. I have been waiting to photograph a sunset like this.
Oh, and here is the ‘after sunset’ photo for comparison. So much grain…but that’s okay. 😀
And then I went to the peony flowers (one of my favorite flowers.)…and took photos of them. I had to up the light just a pinch because it was somewhat dark. 😀
Sometimes the ‘adventure’ is right on your property.
Sometimes you’ll have to walk a ways.
Sometimes you won’t have to.
Today was one of those ‘won’t have to’ days. There was a lovely puddle, and the green grass was wet and crisp- instead of soggy. 😀 And I was barefoot. Now, I wasn’t born a country-girl. But maybe we can say I’m adopted? The city isn’t for me.
p.s. I try not to use my big zoom lens (300mm) too often because the pictures seem to be less high quality than when I use my 50mm. But all of these were 300mm except the water drops. Wouldn’t want to disturb God’s creation! 😛
I have been gone from this blog for a week. This needs an explanation, right? Well maybe it doesn’t need one. But I’ll give you one anyway. The update comes in the form of three key things.
I am now using a really nice computer with a high resolution monitor. It’s so nice, and photos look amazing on it. 😀
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.
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.
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.