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It's Just Me

March 28, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
This week’s post is going to be a little less exciting. I’m going to give a little insight on my recent self portrait I posted in the Snapshots gallery under Current Work and on my personal Facebook page.

What prompted me to take this photo in the first place was my beard. The day I took this image, I was going to shave off my beard and thought I should do a before/after picture. As I was setting up my camera, I couldn’t help and notice the late afternoon light coming through my apartment window. Without getting too philosophical about what I think photography is (maybe I will talk more about it in later posts), I just knew I couldn’t pass up on this moment. The light was too perfect. So rather than use a flash or the house lamps like I was originally going to do, I decided at the last minute to just use the natural window light. Again, without getting into long discussions on my thought process on why I did what I did, I only took 3 exposures and nothing more.

Here’s a top view graphic of the set up. If you want to create your own graphic, I found this neat website where you can do so. www.lightingdiagrams.com/Creator I believe it’s still in the beta phase, but it still works well.

As you can see, it’s pretty simple enough other than the actual gear being used. I used light coming through the window, Canon 6D, Canon EF 50mm F1.2 L lens, tripod, and iPhone with the EOS Remote App.

One of the new and cool features I like on the Canon 6D is the built in WiFi. I am able to wirelessly control the camera and the settings by using my iPhone. This lets me be further away from the camera (instead of at arms length or setting the self timer) and have better control on what I get.

Here is what the image looked like before I went through the editing process.

After a few adjustments in Adobe LIghtroom 4, this is the final look.

When it comes to editing an image, there are no right or wrong ways to go about it. I could tell you what I did, but in the end it wouldn't matter much. All I will say is that less is more and if I can make the image look better with minimal adjustments the easier my job becomes.

And in case you're wondering, I still have my beard. I think I'm going to keep it for a little while longer.

 


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