As the new years is upon us, I reflect back to when I started out in this photographic journey. I laugh at some of my images that I took at parties and whatnot and the horrible, over saturation I had in some of them. But I can also see the basics of good photos. Good composition and framing as well as a general idea of the basics. So as a retrospect, I wanted to do a little comparison and use some examples.
So in this first example, I shot with my cousin Katy. She was an actress and I had just gotten my fancy new DSLR and I thought I knew what I was doing. Took her down to Civic Center Park in Denver and shot around.
Around this time too, I was such a "natural light" snob. Because I didn't know anything about flash work at all! But when I look at this picture, I see some over editing but I do see the basis for a decent portrait. This picture was taken in August of 2011. Fast forward to Thanksgiving 2014. Same girl. Took this that night after eating a gargantuan amount of turkey and green beans and right before pie.
I kept my editing to a minimum and let the flash do the work. Yes, I've come around on off camera flash! Even during the day! So, this post was not a dig an my work, but rather that we all need to Just Keep Swimming as Dora would say. Keep learning and keep improving.
Senior portrait work November 2012
Again, over edited but the basics are there. This is from this season:
Just a stronger image all around. And finally, from my first model shoot:
The lighting is decent, the posing direction is off and composition is tight. Recent model shoot:
So, with each example of before and after, I have grown with each shoot. And my ultimate goal is to improve on each and every shoot. I'm going to Just Keep Swimming in this photography adventure!