I’ve become complacent. Yup. I finally figured it out. I like to think I’m such a great photographer and then I go and do something that a beginner would do. I took a photo of my kids in a more or less back lit scene and screwed it up. I know better but I was in a hurry and just rushed through it.
Here’s what I did.
I posed them on a rock that I use every year out at the lake for their portraits. It was late in the summer and early in the morning. That rock is to my south so the sun was coming in from behind them camera left when I took the shot. I used spot metering (no idea what got me on that kick) and just took the shot.
Well to say the least, it looked like crap. I’m not happy with the photo at all and when I tried to fix it up a bit, I just made it worse. Here are the results.
So called edited image.
To say the least I’m going to have to redo these shots. The problem is it’s a 2 hour drive out to the lake one way just to take them. Fortunately, I have to go out in a couple weeks anyway so I will take the kids and reshoot the photos.
What will I do differently this time? Well first off I’m going to pay more attention to the direction of the light. I’m going to take my flash, my light stand and my umbrella this time to get a nicely exposed image that I will be happy to print and give out to family and friends. Not this crap I produced this time.
It just goes to show that once you start thinking you are a good photographer, you start to make mistakes that can just be avoided. All I needed to do was slow down and analyze the scene.
Here is a shot I took using my flash in a very similar situation. Much better exposure.
The sun is coming from behind her camera left just like the rock portraits but by this time I had figured out my error and popped the flash on my camera with the diffuser as well. I’m happy with this photo. I didn’t do any editing other than a crop and a very slight exposure bump. Very slight just to bring the whites up a bit.
Now if you are a potential client of mine, please only look at the last image. 🙂 Talk about not showing your mistakes! I believe in helping people to learn and showing how human I am no matter what I tell myself.