I actually wrote this post a week ago or so...so it wasn't yesterday we hung out, I just don't feel like reversing it all. ;)
I have to confess.
In a million years I never thought I'd use photoshop. I actually rather poo-poo'ed it.
I wouldn't read the threads
I'd ignore the hype
I'm not sure at what point the wall I had built started to come down, but it did. I was paying a bit of attention to what the Pioneer Woman was saying about it, I was listening and looking more at what running an action can do.
It was starting to occur to me that as a photographer, it can be a mighty handy thing to have in the ol' back pocket, whether one uses it regularly or not...just the fact that it's there is a safety net.
At least that's how I now see it.
Posed photography is not my favorite. Never has been. The actual setting up of people, I don't mind that so much...but senior head shots, that type of thing. Not my favorite. Probably because I have lights that I don't have room to set up so my photos are weak from the get go.
Probably because I just prefer natural and candid.
Even when I get calls to do senior photos I always say that I prefer the outdoor candid shots. Most of my clients end up picking a headshot from those.
This is Stephanie
When Stephanie was about two or three, she used to often sit by me in Bible Class and giggle and wiggle and hop on my lap and down again, on my lap and down again and then she'd giggle some more. In fact, she reminds me very much of my niece Rebecca. Same gene. Stephanie is my cousins second oldest. I did this headshot as a favor because the ones that she had done didn't have a good headshot for the wall in the bunch.
So I said send her over. Even with headshots, I like to take them outside. I'm all about natural light whenever I can get it. It was a beautiful day and I set up a backdrop against the abandoned house next door and took test shots on my kids. All was well.
And then the wind picked up.
We ended up moving the whole kit and kaboodle into our garage - a place I had forgotten about as we normally had a boat in there but had just gotten rid of that the week prior.
And we tried it in there. And it's okay - but not exactly what my cousin or I wanted and she also has a lot of stray fine hair floating around. I kept trying to pank it (total yooper word) down but it just wasn't happening.
So we spent three hours together yesterday. Only she doesn't know it.
I learned a lot. I still have tons to learn. Speaking of which...I've had Scott Kelby's CS3 book in my cart over there at Amazon for a few days now...has anyone used/looked at that one? Tell me to just buy it.
I also learned that I should step back one step when taking a headshot - the problem came when trying to print and 8 x 10. Pictures are pretty much set up for a 2:3 ratio as in a 4 x 6. So when you go to print an 8 x 10, that ratio is off so it cuts of either the top or bottom or both ends of the photo. In this case, it was really tight. The 8 x 10 hits just below the button on her sweater and just a little bit above her head. So so close.
So I'm learning a lot
And I no longer poo-poo photoshop.