Tuesday, December 31, 2013

photo outtakes

Happy New Year's Eve!

I'm ending the month (and the year!) with a final round of 2013 photo outtakes. This will continue to be a regular feature in 2014. I think that it's really important to discuss the fact that I take a ton of photos to get a few gems. Also, while I keep improving my skills, I still make a lot of mistakes.

Auto focus fail. Inevitably I get at least a couple of these shots during any shoot.

The bokeh effect is way too busy.

I thought it would be neat to focus on the wood detail, but it didn't work very well.

I have a lot of Christmas tree shots from this month that look like this one.

Shooting in low light is still not one of my better skills, even with the 50mm.

I set up my 50mm in manual focus at the right spot so Jen could take a picture of me and Jake without any stress. The picture of us turned out great. My photos of her and her husband are a big blurry mess. Ridiculous.

I was actually able to do a lot with this shot post-process to pull the chandelier out of the shadows, which illustrates the power of RAW and Lightroom, but the original shot is rough.

Sideways hearts.

Bethany's brother and his fiance left in the dark.

The light level for the majority of my brother's wedding photos is pretty decent, but every once in a while I got one that looks like this one. It's so weird how that happens.

Don't be afraid to share your outtakes every once in a while! It makes everyone feel better.

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  1. I am miserable at low light situations! And it is super weird how there will be good photo, good photo, shockingly weird photo. I hope you have a great New Year's Eve!

  2. Your bokeh looks like neon jelly beans! I haven't attempted manual stuff yet since even on automatic I mess up a lot. It's all a learning process though!

  3. I frequently have trouble with the auto focus. It just doesn't behave like I think it should. anyway, thanks for sharing your tips with these outtakes!

  4. This certainly makes me feel better!!! I am always in awe of your "keepers." I have resolved to take a photography class at the local community college after tax season in hopes of improving my photography skills in 2014.

  5. Bad lighting gets me every time! If I don't take the time to get my camera ready in advance, I get a lot of not so great shots!
    Love the lights though...looks like a disco :)


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