Monday, March 7, 2011


I recently came across a photography blog that I am enthralled with.  Mostly because my goal as an aspiring photographer is to take great photos of my own family...especially my children.  This woman matches my style completely (as of now).
I just don't know how to get from where I am now (feeling stuck) to there.  My main problem:  metering.  I can't seem to get my subjects exposed perfectly without over-exposing the background.  Is there some sort of trick I am missing?  Is it just a matter of trial and error?
My other problem:  I don't use Photoshop.  Just Lightroom.  Is this holding me back as well?
Help!  I need a swift kick in the pants with photography.  How do I get from here to there?
 (And, just because posts are much more interesting with is one of my oldest...nearly one year ago....she is growing up way too fast!)


EngineeringNerd said...

Well, light is the name of the game. Going the natural route, choosing the right place/direction to place your subject can make or break the photo. Are you talking about just a little over-exposure of the background or way blown out?

Usually, I can get the skin tones I want with just a little bit of overexposure of the background that can easily be brought back down with a subtle vignette. This is usually on necessary for faster-paced pictures of the kids.

For formal portraits it is worth the time to find the right light or use off-camera flash.

And not using photoshop is not holding you down. I would never consider using it for the issue you are discussing. You have LR3 right? I only go to photoshop for heavy pixel punishing. Good to have for removing a distracting element or for very heavy retouching. Otherwise Lightroom is way better and faster.

Good luck and keep trying to get it right in the camera rather than in post.

EngineeringNerd said...

Also, your daughter is a cutie. :)