Thursday, January 30, 2014

Miss B in the Pink Hat

I will admit it. For the last 3.5 years I have shot only in auto mode. I know I know, terrible, bad, slap me on the wrist. To be honest, manual mode scared the pants off of me. I just figured it would be so much easier to just let the camera pick the right settings. After all, that is what its for right? Wrong. This year, my goal for 2014 is revamping my business. I began doing business research, better photo research, and so on. I soon realized all these amazing photographers I admired had such wonderful images that I envyed. Perfect exposure, clarity, everything. Dont get me wrong, I love my work. I love the images I am able to capture for people. The emotion in a lifestyle or engagement shoot. The joy of a 1 year old smashing their first birthday cake. I love every image I take. But there was just something about these other photographers images that looked better. I know photoshop does play a part, that is why we use this awesome tool that I couldn't live without. So what were they doing different? Shooting in manual. Yes. Like it or not, if I wanted better images, I had to do it. So- first goal for 2014: LEARN MANUAL MODE! I've spend every waking moment the past few weeks researching the dreading "M" word. Of course practice is key and I have lots to learn yet, but this first session I did of my sweet B modeling a hat for Racheal's Baby Boutique (Check her shop out on Etsy, Adorable knitted products not only for baby, but for teens & adults as well) totally changed my perspective on how I have been shooting & how I will shoot from now on. The dreaded manual no more! I want to go back and re-shoot every session I have ever done. I am in love.

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