i cannot speak for other photographers. i can only speak for myself. but i absolutely love snapshots.
my personal facebook is full of them. recently mostly ducks- not my kids. probably to the annoyance of all my friends.
but as a photographer that really loves capturing the real stuffs of life…it’s what is happening in my life and i want to document that.
i see myself as more of a documenting kind of photographer than a fancy fashion kind. so 98374392 duck pictures are what is going on in my life right now.
i also edit my snaps. it’s my time to play. try new things. get out of the box a little. i might not change anything permanently in my style…but i love to play and try new things.
so here is a personal fav snap of mine.
i used my multi-purpose non-fancy 70-300 vr lens. i shot in aperture mode and set the iso to 2200 because these are just for me and i am letting my camera set the exposure.
i hate shooting manually on a lens whose aperture changes if I am at 100 or 300mm. it’s too much to keep up with when i want to shoot on the fly with moving targets.
so first up…
how i would normally edit this image. i adore bw. this is my hazy daisy bw preset with exposure cranked down. i like it dark.
i wanted to play. i thought…you know what.?
i want COLOR. velvia is a type of color film. it’s really rich and often not so hot on people photos as it can make skin really orange or weird.
i made a color preset that was inspired by that very look. it also looks weird on people usually and can make the eye whites look really scary. so use on people with caution.
this image with the red mower and the blue skies screamed- try velvia! to me. so into squeaky clean i went and i played warm water and then velvia (which only changes saturation/vibrance and hue panel).
i really love what it did to the sky. brought out the vivid blues and it made the red snap.
now that may not be everyone’s flavor. it’s not my usual flavor either. but i had fun and i think it really works here!
and then something that is very popular right now. the matte/hazy look.
i went into my wildflowers essentials for lr4 set and played chocolate lily lite. i tweaked it a LOT. lifted shadows, pushed contrast…a few other little things.
same snap. 3 different plays. my preference for this image even though it’s not my usual?
the velvia version. i’d love to print it and hang it in my kitchen of all places.
i challenge you to take a recent fav snap and play. i’d love for you to post your favorite play on my FB wall.
get those creative juices flowing!