Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Few Photographs of a Friend's Family

I have been working on getting my portfolio a little more vast. I had lots of support and volunteers to get their pictures taken. I recently had the privilege to do a shoot with a friend. She gave me suggestions about poses and helped me with camera settings when the lighting wasn't what we hoped we would have had. Unfortunately it ended up raining and her son wasn't feeling well to begin with, but we did get some good photographs.

Everyone started out with pouty faces to try and get little man to get a smile on his face. It's hard when you don't feel good.

After a little rain and some playing with a little running around, we got a beautiful smile. Of course some of the best pictures are those with crying faces. The benefits of taking candid shots and just enjoying taking photographs of the moment...happy or sad.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Going to the Basics

I have seen some beautiful black and white photographs, so I have decided to on my monochrome techniques. After reading about the techniques on how to make a good black and white photograph I learned to consider the basics of photography; contrast, lighting, etc.. The article detailed many fundamental steps to improve my ability to both take and manipulate monochrome photographs.

In the process of working with one of my photographs I discovered how to do "antiqueing" the color of my pictures. I loved the results. The only way to get better at after processing work is to explore all the options. It can be tedious, but it is truly the best way.