It is spring and I envisioned a little girl’s portrait session amid the leafy trees and new budding flowers. When her mother showed me the dress she could wear I was completely inspired. How perfect! A fairy tale in Central Park. “J” you were an amazingly patient girl and so in the joyous spirit of the day. I think we caught the warmest day this month. And that is a very lucky thing.
Clients often ask if I will give them their portrait session digital files “without doing anything” to them. They just want the digital files. I’d like to show and tell you why I don’t like to do this.
You see, as with film, (remember that?) raw digital files need processing. Digital cameras have the ability to capture images in RAW as well as JPG. “RAW” means that all the digital information exists, but the camera isn’t making decisions on finishing color. You have to do that in post processing. ( The digital files you take to your local camera store are JPGs which get processed in camera.) My RAW files must be reviewed and adjusted for light temperature, contrast, color and sharpness before any personal creative touches are made. This is the process which makes the difference between a snapshot and a professional portrait.
So … take a look at the example below. The image was taken at night in a room with no natural light, and a table lamp. On the LEFT is the original image. Exposure and focus are fine, but the light temperature is very warm (yellow) and the red floor covering is too vibrant for the mood of the image. On the RIGHT is the corrected image. Which do you like better: the Straight Out Of Camera (SOOC) print, or the post processed image?
It’s wonderful to have a client who trusts me enough to give me creative freedom. Ania is a talented photographer and determined woman who is coming out of her cocoon. Like a butterfly, she is discovering her beauty and her strength. I had the opportunity to participate in this part of her life through my portrait lens. It was a wonderful glamour portrait session. This grouping is a small collection from our day.
A Little bit of GLAMOUR.
My mother has always dressed very elegantly. It is perhaps a sign of her time, but it is also in her DNA. Well, “shopping” in her extra closet I found a long, white brocade dress as tiny around the waist and hips as it could be. I really wanted to find someone to wear it for a glamour session. Luckily Tamira could. Even luckier for me that I got to photographer her.
Another note for the image of the model sitting on that classic Louis VI chair: we experimented with one of my nature photos of water as a background. It is difficult to see here, but I still love the light.