Thursday, November 10, 2011

A Little Bit of Everything

I finally started shooting in RAW.  Before I only used it when I was going to be in a low light or bad shooting conditions and needed all the data I could get.  But I've finally gotten fairly aggressive in my deleting (so I won't run out of space so quickly) and I want to please my photography teacher.  It puzzles me what SOOC means with a RAW file and Lightroom's import settings, but I set all the sliders (except white balance) to 0 for my "macro" for shoot and edit.

Crop, Blacks +7, Brightness +10, Clarity +25, Vibrance +10 and sharpening

As far as I can tell the biggest down side to shooting in RAW is all those presets designed for RAW now work on my images and every picture has 10 ways it can go that I like.  Fun...but time consuming!
Even when hiding the beautiful fall colors in black and white 
giving Sunflower some "fashion" colors.
Jelly on her face and all.  

Of course I can still do clean and simple edits.
Still Life

In order to please my photography teacher I also bought a speedlight for my camera...okay, mostly to please myself, but I really do like getting A's even in ungraded continuing education classes.   But today we have our first lab and he is bringing in all of his Canon gear to show us lighting set-ups etc.  I figured I have the money set aside I might as well buy it now and benefit more from his knowledge (his Canon speedlight wasn't going to work on my Nikon).  So of course, I did play with it a little.  I think I might get to really like it.  (I also bought a diffuser and a cord to take it off camera.)  Besides learning how to use it, the biggest downside is that it is heavier than my camera.

Now I know I have a lot to learn, but I am really excited about the idea of being able to take pictures in lower light settings without losing details.  While shooting pictures of Oak in the kitchen, Sunflower fell out of her bed.  I went up to check on her and she was instantly happy...sitting on the floor.  Since I'd carried my camera with me, I was able to take a picture even though the only light on was the hall light behind me.  The hard part was focusing.
No editing...but I did leave the LR import preset.  What do you think?

Of course, there are some little quirks I need to understand a little better.  One is that my camera does not support high speed sync...but if the flash isn't mounted all the way in it can stop talking to the flash just enough that it doesn't force my shutter speed to 1/200 but still flashes...makes for a funky photo.
It has something to do with having two shutters to get higher shutter speeds, overlapping, and some such stuff...but I did think I'd gotten a very broken flash for a bit.  It might be fun to play with someday, but in the meantime I experimented with basic ttl and some pears...after all everyone takes pictures of pears and we happened to have some.  Oak said this was a good example of pictures I can take 500 of for experimentation and then delete them all.
(I added the grain in lightroom because I like to play, but the colors and details were just right with the flash)
I told him that if I ever made money selling pictures of some people do...I would not share the profits with him...anything else, yes, but not pears.  So I am now planning to go into the pear portrait business.  I think I need some French text.

I am linking up with This or That as that is exactly what this post is.


No Greater Love said...

Wow, Cedar, you are learning a lot... Pretty much it all goes right over my head...but I do love the pictures. Especially Sunflower with the jelly on her face. :)

homeschoolceo said...

Beautiful edit up top. But I think your Sooc is gorgeous too. How wonderful that you are taking photography classes (jealous) ;) Your pictures are just lovely.
I have a speed lite too and am still learning how to use it. I have a way to go!

koreen said...

I just love the SOOC! And your still life photo is remarkable. :)

Susan said...

Love your still life shot! The last shot looks almost like artwork.

Chic Homeschool Mama said...

Beautiful- love that extra pop you gave it.

Riet said...

I like your this and that!

Meagan said...

Fun post! It looks like you're taking a good class! I think the picture of your daughter with jelly on her face is my favorite. Her eyes are wonderful!
I like my SL a lot. It takes some getting used to though. I read once to start with it on 1/8 power and see what your exposure looks like from there. Also, you can try upping your ISO quite a bit and dropping your shutter speed to let in what ambient light you do have.
I think maybe the best way to learn your SL is through trial and error.
Have fun!

Tamar SB said...

These are great!! Love her jelly face and those fuzzy pyjamas!

deb duty said...

Those vivid red leaves are gorgeous! Love the one with jelly too. The light in her eyes is so pretty. Really beautiful photos!

Liz said...

these are great. I too am learning about flash do not have a speedlight yet just a portable flash other then the camer flash which I like. I can face it towards the ceiling and get some nice natural looking light even when it is a dark situation.

Selena @ Stoneyville said...

I absolutely the love shot with the jelly, I think the processing is so great with that one! Great shots all around!

Ashley Sisk said...

I love how you're really applying what you're learning - and your photos are a reflection of that. Now the pear portrait business - that makes me laugh.

Faith said...

Congratulations I picked your photo for my Top 5 LOVE the photo w/ the jam face too!!