Today I really wanted to work on getting some great shots in camera that didn’t “need” post-editing. I find that once you start Photoshopping things it’s easy to feel as though nothing is good enough, so for me it’s a challenge to allow an image to just be.
I can definitely see things that I could “fix”…such as the giant crease in the fabric in the left-hand shot, but I’m forcing myself to leave it alone (so.very.hard).
Again, the light was really crummy and grey here today, so I photographed these using the same double foam core board bounce set up that I used on Saturday’s images. It really does wonders for a photo. For those of you who are more visual (like I am) I also thought it would be nice to actually show you how I’ve been using the foam core board to bounce light into my photos. Here’s the fancy-schmancy set up (photographed with my iPhone):
I like to have my photos back lit a lot of the time, so I have this little makeshift photo board (just a board painted white) sitting in front of my office window that I use as my “table.” My camera faces the window and I place my foam core board in a V facing out from it so that it bounces the window light straight back into the shot and takes out the heavy shadows. I also have half of my window covered in waxed paper to soften the light a bit (I’m sure my neighbors think I’m nuts). Here’s what the photo looks like with and without the boards (there was no editing done to either photo, and I used the same settings on my camera for both shots):
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Credit: I first learned this bounce trick from Nicole of Nicole’s Classes (using one board). And btw, if you are ever looking for an online photo course to better yourself I can’t recommend it enough! Super awesome and fun!
Prop notes: The little blue spoon was part of a Sugar set from Anthropologie and was given to me by my friend Melis, and the blue “napkin” is a piece of folded fabric. Foam core boards are available in craft and office supply stores for a couple dollars a piece.
If you’d like you can also find all my images in individual and diptych form for this month-long class challenge over in my flickr album. | Souvenir Foto School is offered by Besotted Brand.