Well, Kerbi had her first day of preschool today. Easier than sending our first kiddo off, that’s for sure. But of course, still can’t believe it. That, and she was a rockstar. Marched in, game face all the way, sat down, started painting, and pretty much told us to leave.
Anyway, we had about 3 minutes to take a quick pic of her. That became 90 seconds when Payson spilled water all over Kerbi’s preferred (first) outfit. Slapped a new dress on, and got the following images (plus another 30 or so) in under a minute.
Now, there’s nothing special about these pics (other than Kerbi of course). Still, I have loads of parents ask me how to get simple, clean, “better than my fancy camera” results such as these. That said, there’s just a few basic things that contribute to these images. I’ll list those below.
But first, a quick 1 minute video just to prove how good results don’t require anything more than an application of a few basic (but overlooked in so many books, tutorials, etc) concepts.
Okay, now for those few basic concepts. I’ll mention 5 points. Each point links to further explanation…make sure and check them out!
- Open Shade. This is the building block of the image. Open shade = big light source = soft wrap around light.
- Reflected Light. All with no equipment!
- Wide Open Aperture. This give a shallow depth of field. It allows Kerbi to “pop off the page” and look much more “professional” than point n shoot cameras in the same light. FYI, I’m at f2.8. Even if you don’t have a big white fancy lens, my #1 lens recommendation will give you and aperture as wide as f1.4…HUGE for exceptional background blur!!
- I ran my Curves Preset on these images.
- Last but not least, I chose an eye level perspective and filled my frame. Don’t worry moms, I got the entire outfit in first. But then I went for the eyes!!
That’s it! I’ll be continuing to do similar behind the scenes shoots as much as possible (I don’t want to make promises that I can’t keep, so I’ll leave it at that). I think it’ll really help continue to drive these concepts home, spark questions, and keep the conversations going. Thanks to each of you for being here!