2012 Project 365 Day 216

Day 216  I picked up my camera in the afternoon instead of waiting until the evening today!  I'm not sure I like how I cut off his chin but so pleased he stood still long enough for me to get sharp eyes, this after several blurry shots and me saying, exasperatedly, "Can't you stand still for a moment?"  :)  Fortunately, he had actually asked me to photograph him when he saw me photographing a toy.  50mm  Av  ISO3200  f/2  1/1600sec   I decided to try aperture priority for the first time in about 7 months because I've been watching Trey Ratcliffe's Art of Photography classes and he says he shoots in that!  I've been believing other photographers I've encountered for the last two years who ask why would we want to let our camera make decisions; we should shoot in manual.  But Trey Ratcliffe says why not let these smart computers we hold in our hands make some of the calculations.  More importantly, he says we have to decide for ourselves, in general.  There is no one right way.  I also have been having my eyes opened by his focus on post processing in this Art of Photography class.  I've been so focused on trying to get the picture to look good straight out of camera that I haven't delved into Lightroom or Photoshop much. I have learned the basics, but I don't edit a lot of my images, even when I shoot in RAW.  Watching Trey Ratcliffe process his photos in Lightroom, making it seem so easy, has inspired me.  I only raised the exposure on this photo, but I'm hurrying to process tonight because I'm trying to watch the last episode of Art of Photography right now.

I picked up my camera in the afternoon instead of waiting until the evening today! I’m not sure I like how I cut off his chin but so pleased he stood still long enough for me to get sharp eyes, this after several blurry shots and me saying, exasperatedly, “Can’t you stand still for a moment?” 🙂 Fortunately, he had actually asked me to photograph him when he saw me photographing a toy. 50mm Av ISO3200 f/2 1/1600sec

I decided to try aperture priority for the first time in about 7 months because I’ve been watching Trey Ratcliff’s Art of Photography classes and he says he shoots in that! I’ve been believing other photographers I’ve encountered for the last two years who ask why would we want to let our camera make decisions; we should shoot in manual. But Trey Ratcliff says why not let these smart computers we hold in our hands make some of the calculations. More importantly, he says we have to decide for ourselves, in general. There is no one right way.

I also have been having my eyes opened by his focus on post processing in this Art of Photography class. I’ve been so focused on trying to get the picture to look good straight out of camera that I haven’t delved into Lightroom or Photoshop much. I have learned the basics, but I don’t edit a lot of my images, even when I shoot in RAW. Watching Trey Ratcliff process his photos in Lightroom, making it seem so easy, has inspired me. I only raised the exposure on this photo, but I’m hurrying to process tonight because I’m trying to watch the last episode of Art of Photography right now.

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