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POTD | Light and Dark

Well Hello, Wednesday!  It’s been awhile since I posted a POTD.  I thought that maybe in addition to just posting a photo, I could also include either photography tips or editing tips (or both!)  I know there are TONS of tutorials for everything photography these days, but I’m feeling like occasionally trying my hand at passing along bits of knowledge I’ve gleaned in my studies in the hopes that I can help someone who hasn’t learned everything yet!

Photo of the day:  one biggish boy and  one smallish light

(camera settings:  ISO 800, 50mm, f/2.2,  1/13 sec, handheld)

….and just for kicks, here is the same photo edited in Lightroom.

I simply moved the Fill Light slider completely over to the right.   Amazing what you can recover in Lightroom 3, especially if you shoot in RAW.  Now I wouldn’t recommend relying on this for everyday, nor was I counting on doing this when I made the exposure for the first photo.  In the first photo I metered on his face specifically so that his face would be illuminated and the rest would be in shadow.  If I had wanted for more of the scene to be illuminated,  I would have either had to increase the time of the exposure, or upped my ISO, or opened my aperture more.  You can see that by recovering the shadows on such poorly exposed areas of the image, you get a lot of graininess and poor color — and this is an extreme example just for purposes of “illuminating” the subject (pun intended).  Have a good Wednesday!

(and as you can tell, I’ve done NOTHING with changing up my blog yet … that’s put on hold temporarily while I work a few things out)

  • Southern Gal - What I’ve been waiting for!! You know how much I appreciate any little tip I can get, don’t you? Yes, you do.ReplyCancel

  • JillsyGirl Studio - Thank you, thank you for offering photography tips! Unfortunately, I do not have a 50mm lens. It’s a lens I have on my wish list!ReplyCancel

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