“Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
In the creative world, we tend to be so secretive with the process of our work. Is it because we fear others will take something from us? Is it because we’re afraid of what others will think of our particular process? Whatever it is, we need to get over it and start sharing. We all have something to contribute. We don’t all have to be geniuses in order to share what we know. As stated in the quote above, “to someone, it may be better than you dare to think”.
Each week I will share a photo + the details of what I used to get the shot.
Canon 5D Mark III | 50mm 1.4 | f/2.2 | ss 1/1600 | ISO 640
I thought this photo would be a good choice for this weeks share because of the somewhat unique lighting. My little one is sitting just outside of the brightly lit area on the floor, on a typical sunny morning in our living room. Yet he is quite bright considering how dark it suddenly gets in the shadows. My living room is actually pretty dark but in the mornings we have this beautiful light coming through the window and it’s pretty magical for photos. Usually in order to get the subject so bright, you sacrifice the bright areas of the picture and those areas are blown. In this case, the light was reflecting back up on him, making him almost as bright as the light hitting the floor. A natural reflector.
I did do a teeny little bit of work in ACR (adobe camera raw) to even out the light a bit. I used the adjustment brush (if you haven’t discovered this handy dandy little tool, look it up, it’s amazing!) on the top part of his face because it was just a little darker than I wanted. I was careful not to brighten it too much though because there was a natural shadow there that I wanted to keep and it would have looked very unnatural had I brought it to the same brightness as the rest of his face and body. I then used it on the brightest spots on the floor to bring the brightness down just a touch. I continued on with my normal ACR adjustments and finished it off with “Homemade“, my go-to action for black + white photos.
I love this photo because it sort of symbolizes the new stage he is entering. He’s getting faster and faster with his crawling. Always leaving the rug that I set him down on to play and explore the living room on the cold hard tile. Leaving one area, or stage, and looking back at me from the next. From light to shadows, from sitting to crawling. It’s so exciting watching them learn new things!