My dad left us a fabulous camera (Fuji FinePix S5 Pro) with a nice lens ( Nikon 18-200mm) and flash (Nikon Speedlight SB-800).
Mackenzie is 7 months and at a great stage for photographing. She’s all smiles and sits up on her own, but can’t reliably crawl so she’s content to just sit and giggle at the camera. We have a nice grassy lawn in the front of our apartment, and I have my pick of daylight hours in which to photograph her.
You’d think capturing her cuteness would be a cinch, right?
Wrong. Despite having been around photography my whole life, having several photographers in the family, and working with photographers like this every day at SmugMug, I’ve managed to pick up very little applicable knowledge. 😦
So this week, after a rather blue photoshoot, I decided to go back to basics: finding good light for the photograph and getting my camera set right so that the exposure and white balance are at least *close* to being correct. (White balance being off is why you see blue photos taken in the shade, and yellow photos taken indoors. Exposure being off is why lots of photos appear dark and grainy, or “blown out” and ghost-like.)
I’ve also tried my hand at some color correction to try to rescue those blue photos. Here are some of my favorites from two shoots this week:
This one was originally way too blue, but was snatched from the recycling bin and made darling by my Sister-in-Law. (Having photographers in the family doesn’t hurt, don’t get me wrong. 😉 )
From the second shoot, unedited:
Scott is a sucker for smiling photos, but I love the look on her face as she ponders the world.
Showing off her perfect posture.
Her “too many photos, Mama!” face. She has a point. How about some good old Q & A?
Q: So um, is that red hair?
A: Yes, indeed. The blue eyes she gets from her mama. Some people say her mama has red hair but those people are wrong, so we don’t know where the red hair comes from.
Q: How big is she these days?
A: She’s still pretty wee. She’s definitely on the long and skinny side (80th and 30th percentiles, respectively.)
Q: What is one stinkin’ cute thing about her you’re dying to share?
A: Glad you asked. She hisses like a cat when she’s excited.