I took the opportunity to go and see my sister at university in Falmouth last week. I couldn’t travel all that way and not snap any pictures. Nothing daring or exciting, just some memories I’d like to keep pictures of.
I’ve focused the last few weeks on editing my shots. Taking the photos I didn’t like in the past and putting new life into them. I seem to favour popular vintage looks as opposed to sharp modern images. My end results seem to mimic analogue film in tonality and presence. I’m also learning how there are different ways to edit the same image. Once you discard the notion that there is a right and wrong way to edit the whole process becomes more enjoyable.
I hope over the next few weeks to squeeze in a couple of photoshoots to really explore this analogue vibe that I’m feeling. Perhaps do a shoot in both Digital and Film to see how the same shots look from different mediums.
The majority of my edits recently have been black and white. This is new territory for me as I’ve only shot in colour until recently. I’m ashamed to say I used to find Black and White understimulating to look at but I’m valuing it more and more as I progress.
I finally decided to get my act together and start taking my photography to the next level. Since I fell in love with Portrait Photography I organized a photo shoot with a friend and aspiring model Katie. She did a wonderful job and made the whole experience smooth and great fun. Kudos to her for being patient with me while I fiddled with the lighting set up multiple times. All in all I’m super happy with the results and can’t wait to set up another shoot.
My set up consisted of two remote flashes which I used in a magnitude of different set ups (trial and error mostly). I found one flash lighting the background and one directly on Katie seemed to work best for that environment. The vast majority of the shoot was done with my 50mm prime lens as I feel most comfortable using this lens and it gives a crisp image.
Working on multiple shots of the same subject in the same environment really helped me find my style of post production. I found myself returning to similar settings completely coincidently. 100% of editing happened in Lightroom.
As I said I’m excited to partake in another shoot asap. I feel my second shoot will be even smoother than the first. With the knowledge of how my gear handles and a basic understanding of different lighting set ups, I can see it happening much quicker.
I’ve been making the most of the good weather and local festivities this summer. These are some snaps from my travels over the last few weeks. Doing event photography is great fun and I will definitely try to do more. I felt as though I was pushing my camera to its limits. Shooting RAW seems to clog up its processing power. I could take a burst of 4-5 shots then the camera would grind to a halt while it processed the images. This means I missed some great opportunities while the camera ‘loads’ its current images. I’m absolutely looking to upgrade as soon as possible when my finances allow.
Another thing highlighted while out shooting was the flaws of my cheap 70-300mm zoom lens. Having thought I had taken some great images of performers I loaded them up on my PC to find they were grainy and not sharp. This could be down to the ISO capabilities of my current camera and the maximum aperture of the lens itself. Either way, it made for a bad combination.