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My photography has evolved so much in the last five years; that has been the direct result of two things, learning to manually control my camera and learning to use Lightroom and Photoshop CC. I had always enjoyed photography, but I also learned out of necessity; I wanted to capture lots of images of Gabe growing up and I didn’t have lots of money to spend on a professional photographer. Someone of my first images weren’t properly exposed or overly edited, but with time and practice my photographing and editing skills have drastically improved. Today I’m sharing a few of my best tips for going from momtographer (hey, there’s nothing wrong with just being a momtographer, you’ll save yourself some money) to photographer.
The photo above had pretty good composition and lighting straight out of the camera, but I touched it up with Adobe Lightroom. Do you want to see the original?
I manipulated the image by straightening the horizon, cropped it, increased contrast, and warmed the image up. I wanted a silhouette effect using the setting sun of Turks and Caicos. The final result was the image at the top of the post, and I plan to have it put on to a canvas.
Success begins with getting the image as close to perfect in the camera as possible. You can use auto mode to capture an image, but that will often leave you with a photo that’s less than ideal. It’s important to research the photography triangle and understand how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO relate to each other.
You’ll also want a good lens to use with your DSLR. Your lens is as important as your camera. I have several put I almost always shoot with a prime lens which is a fixed focal lens (you have to zoom in and out with your feet). The image above was shot with a Canon 50mm f1.4, but I can also recommend a lesser expensive option such as the Canon 50mm f1.8. My favorite prime lens is the Canon 85mm f1.8, but you need a significant distance between you and your subject to frame them up properly and it’s hard to get multiple people in the frame.
Here is another photo I have taken of Gabe and edited with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom.
I shot the photos a little too close to dusk, so most were slightly underexposed. This image had the best exposure. I increased the blues in Lightroom, lightly used a sharpening brush on his eyes, whitened his teeth, and used a brush to bring out the fall colors in the landscape.
Here is the original:
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