Photo Breakdown

end of month photo breakdown

*Sigh* I’ve really gotta get it together with this whole consistent blogging thing. I mean, REALLY?! A month?! I’m so ashamed!

On my first ever tutorial, Rachel mentioned (and I quote), “I like to photograph things to enhance my posts, but my apartment has AWFUL light. Well, I have some nice big picture windows, but they don’t necessarily provide enough good light where I need it.” This is a great lead in to this months breakdown about adding additional light to your images when you feel like there just isn’t enough.

The bottom line is, if you want more light, you have to create it. I often travel to my clients homes to take their family portraits – this can sometimes result in lighting that is not ideal. At no fault of the client, sometimes the light just doesn’t come through the windows the way I need it to because of the time of day, the weather outside, the literal location of the windows…you get my drift. But…I have to make it work. I have to create magnificent images with the situation I have before me – so what do I do?

I open a door.

I wanted to show, in home, the difference opening one door can make to the kind of light you get in an image. These images are SOOC (straight out of camera) so you can see what I was – literally – working with.

First, the door closed:

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Not very appealing in terms of light, right? And yeah – I know you’re diggin’ on the whole crooked blinds – it’s the latest trend – get on that train. I used Fritz’ bone as my example. I am so grossed out by the HAIR by the bone – I mean…REALLY JENI!! I couldn’t come up with a hairless image?! Eww. Anyways…

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Because Annie asked for it, the specs on this image is 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 160. So, the amount of light is decent for this example but, again, the kind of light is far different in the next image.

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You see that?! Do you see how warm that light is?! Same specs, 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 160, totally different light. So you can imagine the difference when you transpose a bone for a person…or in my case…

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He was NOT happy that I was playing with his bone. Immediately following this tutorial shoot, he spent 30 minutes deciding where to hide the rawhide, only to place it directly underneath my pillow. He’s such a treasure. 🙂

Happy end of the month all! Welcome June!

love (writing…really…I know it doesn’t seem that way),


end of month photo breakdown

I can’t believe people think I’m an okay Photographer. I mean…I guess I can admit (though humbly so) that I take relatively good pictures…but to have others ask me how to take pictures…that’s pretty cool. Like…really cool.

I don’t really know how to do this whole tutorial thing. I just tried my hands at guest blog posting last week and received some positive feedback on it, but I’m no pro when it comes to breaking down how I do something. Today I’ll share with you how I achieved my desired shot in camera. Perhaps in the future I’ll break down how I edit, but for today…just the basics.

I’m a fan of good lighting. There are really easy ways to find good lighting opportunities, and they all reside with…frankly…getting off your bum. Sure, I understand that not all photographic opportunities allow you to move the subject. If the moment is there…capture it and deal with the editing later if you must. If you have the time, though, to utilize your surroundings in the best possible way to maximize your photography results in camera, I encourage you to take advantage.

For this image I used our bedroom…

Yeah…unmade bed…dog kennel…just like the sweet room of loooove you envisioned, right?

My subject is a perfume bottle I own…

The light coming from the window was really stark, so I knew I wanted to use it to light up the backside of the bottle. From the shots above it doesn’t appear to be much light, but when you get up close on the perfume bottle…

Loads of light! Yummo! Now obviously…this image is boring. It needed some dimension and I already envisioned it in black and white so I wanted to ensure the light hit in ways that allowed for a good amount of contrast in my final image. So I tilted the camera, zoomed in and focused on the wording “Orange” on the bottle and voila!

How’d I do? It’s my first tutorial…and maybe this isn’t even a tutorial…maybe it’s just me talking out loud acting like I know a thing or two…take it easy on me but let me know if this helps. If I confused you more or generated questions please comment here – your questions just may fuel next months tutorial!

Happy Monday!

love (that it’s almost March),