Black & White Photog Tips!
By AshleyLadwig-Mc... on October 30, 2012
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This might appeal to like 10 of you... but I thought I'd post a bit about my photography background (or lack of ;) and give a tip or two.A friend (Manda) texted me this photo of one of my pictures that had been chosen in a contest a year or so ago; with moving to Florida, I was unable to make the grand opening of the center, thus losing my chance on viewing what the judges had picked. Here's the picture: (the models are my crazy beautiful cousins, maddie & keegs)
Where am I going with all this? Finding this photo, took me on a bit of a hunt. Clicking through old facebook albums, browsing through photos, etc. The album I found this pic in was called "photography stuff." I have to say, when I clicked the album open, I cringed. The pictures in there, aside from a few, are...umm... not the greatest. I was learning. (HECK I am still very much learning) but it was eye opening to say the least. I thought I was rockin' that camera! I have a good photog friend, Suzie , who generously came over one morning shortly after I had purchased my first camera (beloved little rebel... check amazon side widget to see my all time fave. go-to/starter/no-fail camera:). She clicked around on the thing, twisting knobs, turning dials, and I remember thinking "Holy cow. All I want to do is take pictures of my kids!" I was overwhelmed and was tempted to return the whole contraption and switch back to a point and shoot. I literally sat with a notebook and pen, taking notes (I'm an obsessive note taker):
- Av mode???
- white balance
Before leaving, she said "Ash, you'll get it. Not today, or any time soon but you'll get it. Don't cheat and put it on automatic." (that's suzie- very blunt... love ya girl ;) And that was that. She had set the mode to manual and I think more out of fear I'd mess something up, than anything I kept it exactly as Suzie had left it. I fiddled with the shutter speeds and aperture, trying to remember what she said about lighting and the bazillion other factors that go into taking a decent picture in manual mode. Here are the pictures that came out, directly after Suzie left my house:
So they're not God awful and excuse the crappy brushed arrows.... But I thought these photos seriously kicked some butt. But to compare, here's a black and white I took a few days ago:
- the contrast, that really makes or breaks a good black and white picture is not there. Like, at all.
- I had my flash on. #1 no, no. Unless you're into studio photography and you're using lights, diffusers and an external flash, keep that sucker DOWN.
- I color popped my sons eyes. Just don't. Don't do that.
- I have no idea what my settings were, but it's obvious my settings, along with the flash (eek) caused some major over-exposure. And I like over exposed pictures... (not crazy over over exposed, but I normally lean towards over exposing verses under)
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