Have you ever thought that being a photographer is easy? I’m going to be straight up honest and say, yeah, I have!
Taking a picture? Piece of cake! Lots of people can take a picture.
Having it look good? Now that’s an entirely different story.
Shutter speed? ISO? Aperture? What are those?? Yeah, I used to not know, too.
The settings can be so tricky with the lighting. Sometimes I think an image looks good, but when I upload it to my computer, it’s dark or too light! Thank goodness for editing programs that help when that happens.
That has been a huge learning curve. You might have a perfect image SOOC (straight out of camera) but there are still tweaks to be made to make it yours. This has been one of the hardest parts for me as a photographer: learning what my style is. I always thought I would edit my pictures with a light and airy feel. I love bright images and I feel like it reflects my personality.
But I wasn’t happy with the airy feel. I loved contrast and making sure things were seen and not just too over exposed. I stewed and re-edited over and over again.
It wasn’t until earlier this summer that I think I had my breakthrough. I had just had a maternity session of a mom and her son and husband. It had rained a little bit as we were driving there but it thankfully let up as we climbed out of the car. The sky was still overcast and dark but there was enough light as I snapped pictures of this cute family.
When I went home to edit the pictures, I noticed the bold colors and the contrast of fair skin and dark purple. The gray-black clouds contrasted with the green field. I didn’t want to make that light and airy.
I feel comfortable and confident now as I know how I like my images to be. And I love that my clients can trust me in delivering a quality product that will stand the test of time.
I’ve learned so much on my journey as a photographer, and it’s been fun! I can’t wait to see how I will have grown at the end of each year.