For the last week I’ve been meaning to work on editing photos that have been taken over the course of the last two months or so. Things have come up and for one reason or another I didn’t get a chance to actually do that until very late this evening, which means that my Photo Friday post is actually a Photo Saturday post. I suppose it’s better late than never.
I’ve been paying for Photoshop and Lightroom since December, when Adobe last ran their $10/month special. I hadn’t even downloaded anything to play around with before now because I didn’t really have the time to get lost in watching tutorials and manipulating photos. Now that I’ve taken a little bit of time to play, what I really want to do is take a class. I want someone to walk me through the settings and editing a few of my own photos from start to finish. I’m sure that there are some friends out there who are willing to do that for me, but with school fast approaching, I don’t even know that I really have time for all that.
What I do know is that I have a powerful tool at my disposal now. In just the few hours that I’ve spent working in Lightroom, I can see the potential. It’s going to be a slow, steep learning curve for me if I’m just squeezing it in where and when I can.
Which brings me to the other thing that I know: I need to spend more time getting it right in camera. I’m still having some issues with focus, although I could have sworn I was getting better at all that. There are also a ton of things that I need to pay attention to while I’m shooting that I didn’t. I’m generally good at getting my exposure within a stop or two of being spot on. However. I’ve got to do a much better job of metering. I didn’t even think about metering when I was taking all of my Fourth of July photos, and consequently, almost all of the beautiful sky is blown out in my photos. I’m not smart enough (yet) to figure out how to fix that in post-processing. When I was stretched out on the sand trying to get my pictures focused on a squirmy baby’s eyeball, I didn’t even think to meter on the sky (& now I need to go back and look up metering because I can’t keep it all straight in my head). I was just trying to get the exposure right and then get the focus right. The more I get right in-camera, the less I have to screw around with in post-processing.
The biggest problem here is that I don’t shoot enough for all of it to become automatic and second nature. If I were up with the sun or out with the sun in the mornings and evenings, practicing, I’d be much better than I currently am. I think I’ll take my camera with me to Second Saturday tomorrow if it’s not raining.
All of that is neither here nor there for those of you who are waiting for some photos. I still have a ton of pictures of sweet Bain (seriously the most chill and relaxed baby EVER) that need to be edited, so those probably won’t make it up until next week. In the meantime, I’ve got a few of our friends’ baby Bain and Sweet Husband’s god-son Bryson, enjoying their time on the beach on the Fourth of July.