Phew … you have no idea how great it feels to be taking and editing photographs of people again! Don’t get me wrong, I have throughly enjoyed trying different things, finding new settings on my camera I never knew existed, and generally having fun creating images I have never done before!
But it’s also nice to be back on known ground! Doing what I enjoy, and what I know I am good at!
This week’s challenge was Straight Out Of Camera – or for us geeky photographers out there – SOOC.
There was a time, not that long ago, where all photographs were straight out of camera! You would take your film camera with you, shoot some photos, take the film to Boots, and then collect your Straight Out Of Camera photographs a few days later. You just had to hope you had used the right settings, and the right film …
There were no Instagram filters, no quick post processing in Photoshop or Lightroom, and certainly none of these cute dog nose, bunny ears kind of Snapchat filters to have fun with! More on this, in Tuesday’s blog!
Ok, with some high end photo labs, or if you had your own dark room and were a master at developing photos, there was some processing you could do … but it doesn’t even begin to compare with the amount of digital manipulation we have available at our fingertips nowadays!
Do I edit my photographs? Of course, I do! I’m not a huge photo editor … but I will regularly adjust levels, exposure, sometimes white balance. I will fix small defects and might run a gentle soft filter over some of my images, especially for ladies. Men with perfect skin just look weird! Sorry, guys!
Here’s an example of how my edited photograph would look, compared to the Straight Out Of the Camera one just above.
Is it hugely different? I don’t think so, but I definitely prefer the edited version!
Knowing that I would have to publish photographs that were completely unedited, did get me thinking a lot more about my photo composition, about the light available, and about the background!
I was very lucky to work with Pavlina, who is such a fabulous model! We took lots of different photos for a few of my forthcoming photo challenge themes, so you’ll get to see a bit more of her in the next couple of weeks!
After our photo session, Pavlina and I went out get a coffee at a nearby independent coffee shop – Common Grounds. If you haven’t been before, I highly recommend it! It’s in Little London, just by the entrance to the carpark behind M&S. They make some of the best coffee in town … and cake! Try it out!
So we took a few more photos over coffee.
I love these photos … but I have had to resist the urge to re-touch them. And that’s not because I don’t like them, but because, I don’t feel like they are my work! What I have come to realise is that post-processing my photographs in a particular way has become my signature … in the same way perhaps as a clothes designer would sew their label at the back of a dress.
What do you think? Do these photographs look the same as all my others? Or can you tell there’s something quite different about them?
Let me know by commenting below, or on whichever social media platform you happen to have seen this on.