On that infamous drive to Rising Sun I always take a photo of the exact same thing. You’ll recognize this as Madison, Indiana. If I were going to relocate IN INDIANA, this is one place I would consider. I love the unique shops and downtown offerings. And it’s home to Hinkle’s — that alone should clinch it.
I’ve found the perfect photography spot with natural lighting in the ‘escape the 80’s house.’ Now all I have to do is convince everyone I want to photograph to get in the tub in the master bath. The skylight provided soft light even on an especially sunny day…
And here’s a “DID YOU KNOW” fact — the word “photography” is derived from the Greek for ‘painting with light.’ So finally, here’s the best Dad on the planet and his happy, little girl painted with light on Father’s Day:
Wearing a cute outfit ready for a date with her favorite aunt, I asked Coco to smile for a photo. Like most 3 year-olds, she flashed a smile on command. Oh, she gave me what I asked for… but it was fake. Thrilled just thinking about the day ahead, she was smiling all over herself. That is, until the very second I said, “Colette, look at Nana and smile.” (Everyone knows that’s a no-no, but I got in a hurry and fell right into the trap.)
Still, I swear I didn’t tell her to “say cheese” — even though that’s exactly what it looks like.
Real photographers spend a ton of time post-processing photos before showing them to clients while others outsource the chore. Obviously, most everyone who takes pictures — either by phone or with a camera — want to do some post-processing too. I know this because of the vast number of phone apps created specifically for that purpose and because bajillions of people buy them. Why?
We want the memories we’ve captured to make others feel the way we did that very moment the shutter closed.
Following are 2 photos taken seconds apart:
- In the first photo I used the natural light coming from a window and set the camera’s aperture wide open for the lens I was using (1.8 — to effect the blur and depth of field). I wanted to accentuate Libby the Diva’s softer, feminine (heh) side. Post-processing, I simply muted the color just a touch and added a slight vignette.
- To create the second photo I pushed the aperture up allowing everything to be in focus and used almost direct flash. For post-processing, I ripped out all the color, bumped the contrast, and added a stark vignette. It’s definitely a more “artsy” look and the one I personally would choose to frame.
The end result is two dog portraits that look totally different even though both were shot at the same place and the same time — nothing more than my favorite hound dog resting on the kitchen floor. Anytime you’re capturing memories — just take two (like cookies… always take at least two).
Have you ever heard of the Sunny 16 Rule in photography? It’s a quick and easy rule to help you achieve proper exposure when shooting outdoors.. when it’s sunny, obviously. The problem is, you lose control of your aperture — you no longer can decide how much of your image is in focus. And, although your digital camera most likely has a built in light meter it can be fooled on a bright day when your scene contains large contrasts or if it contains shiny objects. When using the Sunny 16 rule, you assess the lighting and adjust accordingly, rather than allowing the camera to pick settings for you. Here’s how you do it:
(1) Set your camera’s aperture to f/16. (2) Next, set your ISO depending on how sunny it is — for this example, set your ISO at 400 (because it’s not overcast but not blindingly sunny either) (3) Set your shutter speed at 1/ISO setting — or 1/400 in this case. (So if you set your ISO to 100 — bright, sunny day and you don’t need to capture movement from wind or your subject’s fidgeting — your shutter speed would be 1/100.)
In the above photos taken out my front door (the good doctor probably thinks I’m a stalker), the one on the left was shot using the Sunny 16 rule (f/16, ISO 400, 1/400). The one on the right was shot in automatic mode — the camera chose ISO 400, f/11, 1/250… clearly the sunny 16 rule prevailed in this instance.
And there are other f rules too — sunset, f/4; snowy/sandy, f/22, slightly overcast, f/11; and heavy overcast, f/5.6 — all that apply the same ISO and shutter speed formula as in the Sunny 16 rule. Try them all!
You’ve seen photos that remind you of cotton candy — a picture that looks like it’s 70’s inspired and a bit washed-out? You know what I’m talking about…
Here’s how you do it:
- Open your photo in Photoshop or your favorite photo editing software that allows for layer creation.
- Create a new layer, fill the layer with RGB color #fce063 and set the opacity at around 30%.
- Create a new layer, fill the layer with RGB color #b252al and set the opacity to around 25%.
- And finally, create a new CURVES adjustment layer and pull the bar to somewhere around what you see to the right — or to points that make your unique photo most appealing to you.
- That’s it — flatten your image and you’ve just created a very cool effect that will change the mood on any photo (and it’s very forgiving if you have an image that you’re not crazy about the tone no matter what you do).