Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fixed Aperture, how I long for thee...

I learned that I desperately want a zoom lens with a fixed aperture.  I was photographing a friend's baby last week and WOW was I ever frustrated.  It is very difficult to photograph a 6 month old in manual when every time you zoom in or out your aperture changes affecting the other settings.  I did it, but it wasn't easy.  At least, he was on a plain background, so the DOF (depth of field) or lack thereof, didn't play as big of a role.  
Click it up a notch

After
Shot with Nikon D90
Edited in ACR/PSE 8
Before
  • In Adobe Camera Raw I added fill light (9), increased the blacks (3), increased brightness (14), increased contrast (2), increased clarity (3), and vibrancy (2)
  • Opened in PSE 8
  • Duplicated background layer, applied high pass filter with a soft light blending mode (80% opacity)
  • Hue/Saturation adjustment layer--increased yellow sat. (4) and red sat. (2).  From Ashley, I have learned that a photo typically needs the yellows decreased, but while playing around I realized the fruit and crackers popped more if I increased the yellows.  
  • Levels adjustment layer--increased midtones (1.26) and blacks (23)
  • applied white layer mask to levels adjustment layer and removed the effect from the food (brush at 80% opacity).  

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24 comments:

Mommy2Four said...

Such a cute shot of the little guy, and I really love your edit.....nice subtle clean edit!

Ashley Sisk said...

I really like your subtle edit - it didn't need much but you made it pop. Also....I highly recommend the Tamron 28-75mm lens - constant f/2.8 aperture!

Mom of M&Ms said...

6 month old are difficult to shoot.. so are newborns, even when they are sleeping.. both of these ages have constant muscle movement..

Great job! and love your before and after..I agree with Ashley on the tamron lens!

Jill - FNA Photography said...

Beautiful job on the edits! great shots :-)

Kristy said...

Great Tutorial, Ashley right about the yellow.

elizabeth said...

love the shot of the cutie in the basket - great job!

Mrs Missy said...

Great job! The baby is so cute!

Trish ~ ♥ ~ said...

so many lens, so little money :( great job with the edit it looks wonderful

Winn (aka Koreen) said...

Love these!

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one struggling with the aperture thing. Little ones are so hard to shoot, because they move and you have to keep adjusting, and this little guy's dark vest really must have changed things up when you moved closer. You did great, though!

Tara said...

Great job with the edit, very simple but made it pop.

Adeena said...

Nice, simple edit. :)

And that is one cute little guy in a basket! :D

Sarah Halstead said...

That is so adorable! Great photo. Have you thought of getting a 50mm or 35mm? I use my 35mm for all portraits and not a zoom lens.

Sarah Halstead said...

Oh and great job on the edit.

Craig said...

I’ve been at blissdom and now have blissdom plague – blech. I missed your words and pictures.

And look at this shiny new site – and fun font. Wow.

I didn’t understand a bit of it. But I’m glad I was here. And the pictures are always terrific.


God Bless and Keep

Kindra said...

Love the shot of the cutie, although I'm a bit partial :) And that's so neat how the subtle changes in the food photo really made the colors pop - great job!

Rosie@leavesnbloom said...

Your edit was just perfect - not too much at all was needed as it was such a good sooc to begin with.

Stephanie Thigpen said...

I COMPLETELY know how you feel... I am longing for the exact same thing.

Janell said...

awesome edits! The baby is precious and perfect. You should get a prime lens! I have a 50mm and it's awesome.

Lynda said...

Very nice edit. Great photographs!

Courtney said...

Oh man! I can't believe you just have the kit lens! That is such a challenge. You should be proud of yourself for the photos you have captured with that sucker :O) Hope you can get your hands on a zoom with a fixed aperture. If not, I recommend the 50mm 1.8! I love that bad boy!

julie said...

Your SOOC looked awesome! Great edits :)

Carolina said...

He is such a handsome boy! Love the picture!

Pixel Perfect said...

I love that pop of color!

jillconyers said...

Great edit and l love the composition of your shot.