INTRODUCING: Jennifer LaGrange Photography
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN IN THE BUSINESS?
about 3 years.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS FIRST PICTURE?
When I took this picture, I really thought I had a decent grasp on Photography. This little girl was absolutely adorable. Her grandmother was a friend of the family, and we were visiting for the day. She had the prettiest blue eyes, and I really wanted to capture those. We were inside with all the overhead lights on, back lit by a window. She was sitting as still as a 3 year old could, and being silly while eating her snack.
NOW THAT YOU ARE MORE EXPERIENCED, WHEN YOU LOOK AT THIS FIRST PICTURE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY IS WRONG WITH IT?
There are so many things wrong with this image. I always shot on aperture priority (which I thought meant I knew what I was doing), and in this case, it caused my shutter speed to be way too low, causing terrible camera shake. Also, the overhead lights are giving off that nasty red/orange color which takes away from what I was going for – which was to capture her beautiful blue eyes. I should have turned off those overhead lights, and had I known how to shoot in manual, I could have exposed her skin and made sure my shutter speed was high enough. I could have also had her sit on the other side of the table, opened the blinds, and had the pretty window light come right in on her face.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS SECOND PICTURE?
Here is an image of another little girl with GORGEOUS eyes! This was shot outside during the golden hour in the comfort of Momma’s arms. I love the connection having her in Mom’s arms provides! Also, that gorgeous glow given by the sun behind her, and how nice and crisp the image is due to shooting in manual, with a nice high shutter speed this time. The depth of this image was created shooting wide open at 2.8 with the Canon 24-70. Much better glass than before.
WHAT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST THINGS THAT CONTRIBUTED TO YOUR GROWTH AS A PHOTOGRAPHER?
Other than learning how to truly use my camera and shooting in manual, the BIGGEST thing that contributed to my growth is to learn how to use the light. Light will make or break your images, and though I still have A LOT to learn, and I really wish to grow much more, the past few courses I have taken on using natural light have definitely been game changers. My favorite thing I have recently learned is how amazing diffused backlight is. Next time you are out shooting, try to find trees or something that is diffusing the backlight on your subjects. It will create a gorgeous glow!
Thank you for sharing, Jennifer! Beautiful improvement.
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