Could not resist submitting this photo of Sean to the I Heart Faces’ photo challenge this week. This was back when he was 10 weeks old. He was such a happy little baby, and still is. And he STILL just loves that rock and play, even at 8 months. Love this guy!
My very first featured post! This past week I had photos featured on two different websites – I Heart Faces and The Learned Bride.
I Heart Faces shared one of my favorite mother-son shots of all time. I was happy to be a part of this post and I bookmarked it myself for inspiration for my first mother’s day next weekend!
And today, The Learned Bride featured the engagement session I did with my sister Casey and (now) brother-in-law Nick at Columbia University where they met in law school. They were so patient with me as I dragged them around for 4 hours in the cold taking all kinds of pictures. And if you have not checked out The Learned Bride yet, I encourage you to do so! It has quickly become one of my favorite wedding inspiration websites!
Before becoming a photographer, I did not realize that editing was a huge component of photography. Back when I was using a point-and-shoot camera, I would do some really basic B&W conversions in Corel Paint Shop. But it was not until I upgraded to a DSLR and starting shooting in RAW that I realized that editing not only takes more time than the actual shooting, but it also requires learning editing methods and software which only comes with practice practice practice.
For those of you not familiar with what I mean by RAW, DSLRs have two options – creating JPG images or creating RAW images. Jpegs are the same types of photos that come out of point and shoot cameras and cell phones. The camera and the cell phone apply processing right within it so the photo comes out with a set white balance, with color, and with contrast.
However, when shooting in RAW, the camera does not apply any settings and the photo comes out looking bland, dull, no contrast, and not as sharp. RAW images must be edited and converted to JPG. Shooting in RAW gives you much more control over how you want your final image to look because there is more data stored in the file to work with.
Don’t get me wrong – it is still SO important to get your image right in camera by setting your ISO, aperture and shutter speed to get a good exposure. And I am especially realizing this more and more every day as my style is definitely developing into a very clean edited look – photos where I got it right in camera and only had to do minor adjustments during post-processing. I love this look and have tried to stick with this style since the beginning. Plus it saves time, so who doesn’t love that?
Here’s an example I thought I would share of one of my favorite photography models.
This image is what came out of my camera. Kind of dull, no contrast, colors look blah with no vibrancy.
However, 5 minutes spend in Lightroom (probably even less on this photo) resulted in this image.
All this photo needed in Lightroom was to add some contract and clarity, warm up the white balance, darken the blacks and a little sharpen. 5 simple steps!
A quick before and after again:
So if you’re a photographer and have not played around with editing yet, I suggest trying it out! I use Adobe Lightroom to edit, but there are few options (including PicMonkey) that are free that can help you get started.
And if anyone is interested in reading more about the difference between JPG and RAW, here is a great tutorial.