Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Impressions from my first shoot

I am currently editing photos from my first (very informal) photo shoot at a coffee shop. My friend Ben and his daughter were great. Unfortunately, the light on Ben's side was god awful and the shadows are too harsh to touch up, so I've told him we could do another session. His daughter was PERFECT and incredibly sweet. She's an adorable blond, and she's super photogenic. She's only 2 1/2, but man, she can roll her eyes like nobody's business. I can't wait to share a few photos from the session here. In the meantime, let me share with you this hot cocoa mug from the coffee shop.


Next time, I need to remember to have something to set my custom white balance with because the setting I used, yeah, didn't work so well, but it was the lesser of 6 or so evils. Also, buying a tripod would help. I don't want to spend more than $80 on it, and a lot less would be even better, and it needs to be able to stand the weight of a 2 lbs lens. Any thoughts? I also need to do some location scouting next time and check the light situation. I'm going to buy that new lens I've been thinking of lately because my 50mm isn't always the best option in tight quarters where I can't zoom out with my feet. 

I have to admit that when I first looked through my photos when I got back, I was very disappointed. Manually setting the white balance would have made a huge difference. However, it's nothing that can't be improved in Lightroom. 


Rhiannon said...

you're such a tease-- show us moooooore

Anne said...

Once I get the dad's authorization, I definitely will. I emailed him. I can't wait to post them. She was the cutest kid I've ever seen.

Anonymous said...

I hear ya on needing a wider angle than the 50mm. Which one are you looking at? I'm wanting a 24mm I believe. White balance can be a nuisance. Can't wait to see more - so glad I found your blog :)

Anne said...

Jen, I'm still looking at the 24-70mm. It won't be ultra wide angle, but it'll still be a nice change from my 50mm. Yesterday, the 50mm really frustrated me.

Anne said...

Okay, I've changed my answer to your question, Jen, since this morning: I'm probably going to get the 35mm f1.4 instead of the 24-70. I've decided to make aperture and portability my priority, so it's going to be 1.4 instead of 2.8, and screw the convenience of having a a zoom.