Parents, if you want wonderful pictures of your children, never teach them to say "cheese"! Please learn from my mistake or you will have thousands of photos just like mine - squinted eyes, scrunched up noses, clenched teeth, and an image that just screams "say cheez!!!". Join me while I search for that one perfect shot that doesn't conjure up images of dairy products. Oh, and unless you like that *messy* look, you'll probably want to clean their faces before you snap away. I never seem to remember myself.

An imporant sidenote is to make sure you document your life! Recording the little details of the who, what, where, when, & why makes for wonderful stories and captures your life for years to come. Because if you are like me, you'll forget it all 5 minutes later!

Thursday, June 5, 2008

I love my Lightsphere!

It makes taking pictures indoors so much nicer! We have a lot of trees and woods around our house and it faces north, so there isn't a great deal of wonderful natural light to work with. Even in the middle of the day, in late spring, I still need to use a flash to get a decent exposure. Thankfully my cloudy Lightspere does a great job of helping me out!

Oh, and I can't believe this is my little 6 year old boy. He is just looking so much older these days...another reminder that time goes by in a flash!

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Original image, applied Lightroom's basic color "punch" preset and then ran a USM and sharpened for the web

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Image cropped in, did a gradient map layer, and played with the brightness and contrast till I liked what I saw. I am planning on re-doing one of my photo walls with a bunch of 12x12 photographs, so I am starting to play around with my images to see what works!

13 comments:

Chell said...

Great use of the flash. I love my light sphere also..

Jason said...

Great light, I need to look into one of those!

Margaret said...

Love that color shot! He looks so mature for 6! Wow! I love my Lightsphere, too, although everyone else looks at me kind of weird when it's attached to my camera!

Becky said...

Nice job with flash! You're a good sport about the theme; I've been a big baby about it. :-) He is so handsome!

Amy said...

Awesome use of the flash! I like your processing as well!

selena said...

What a great shot...and he definitely looks older then 6!!

Debbi said...

Beautiful - the eyes are just terrific!

Mom2Drew said...

Whoa...that BnW is freakin' awesome! Your contrast is so great, love-love-love!!!!

Amy said...

Great shot of your little man, he's so handsome! My favorite is the color version. I'm going to B&H next week, so I'm going to check out the Lightsphere. :)

Mandy said...

Wow...really amazing. I just think he is MADE for the camera, you know? Great job with your flash.

Shanna Jones said...

Great shot! I might have to get me one of those!

Amy said...

Love that sweet little boy face with the big boy expression!

Sharon said...

Looks great!