Then & Now
What can you learn in a year of taking pictures?? Let’s see….
It was right around a year ago that I did my first (and sadly only) Then & Now post. After looking through some photos I found an old not-so favorite anymore and wanted to see if I could improve it.
See the results of my Then & Now picture of Itty Bitty here.
I thought I’d try it again with a photo of Glamor Girl.
The first photo is at least a year old.
I tried to set up the second photo just like the original. Both pictures are taken around the same time of day (early afternoon) at the exact same window.
In the first one I had her facing *away* from the light worried about creating light and dark areas on her face. This actually caused more shadows (making the circles under her eyes stand out). Also she didn’t get any pretty catchlights in her eyes so they look dull and flat instead of sparkly. I also didn’t know how to change the metering mode in my camera to expose for her face and not the bright window causing the picture to be underexposed and dark.
To fix the problem I turned her around and let the diffused light from the window highlight her face and fill her eyes with gorgeous catchlights. It turned her skin from shadowy to creamy (which I capitol-L-Love!).
I also changed my camera settings…
Shutter speed stayed the same – 1/100. She wasn’t a moving subject so 1/100 was plenty fast for me to hand hold my camera and get tack sharp focus.
My aperture changed A LOT! From f/5.6 to f/2.5. The background in the first photo was distracting to my eye and the window trim seemed to be growing out of her head! By setting a wider aperture I got a creamy bokeh background putting all the focus on my sweet girl.
The wider aperture let more light into the camera so I could lower my ISO from 800 to 320. The difference isn’t huge until you zoom in (where you can see the noise in the shadows) but it also helped keep the details nice and clean.
Obviously I changed my white balance. My baby girl really isn’t a smurf 😉
As for posing, I just let her do what was comfortable for her in both photos. I’m not a posing snob or anything, I really just don’t know how. Maybe that will be something I work on this year.
One last thing… I cropped the new photo a bit. It’s still a head and shoulders shot, but I felt that having too much of the window in the picture was distracting. In the first pic I thought it was “neat” that I had captured her reflection, but now I like the focus on only Glamor Girl.
Is my second photo technically perfect? Absolutely not! However it is way WAY better than the first. I still have a long road ahead of me and oodles to learn!
What do you think?