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Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Back to Blogging! And How I Edited It: Diamond Ring

What's Been Going On?

I've been on hiatus for a while, I know. I'm not going to make excuses but I will say that I've had so much work, both coursework and exams which didn't go as expected. I was so stressed, there was a point where I didn't physically touch my camera for a MONTH! I hadn't been feeling like taking pictures and not being able to take pictures made it worse. The only way to push through the creative block is to just take pictures, even if they're mundane. It gets you using your skill so it doesn't get rusty. Anyway it's been a while since I've taken anything, although right up until I stopped I was my usual trigger happy self. The picture in this post is from a group meeting I had in university for coursework, but my mind was wandering and I had bought the 40mm. I should add that the 40mm has taken up residence on my camera and I've rarely taken it off because of the large aperture (2.8, not as big as an aperture of 1.4 but I'm not complaining) and it's macro capabilities. 

Diamond Ring How I Edited It

I like how I managed to get some bokeh on the ring. I chose black and white instead of colour because it wasn't adding anything to the picture whereas black and white was more atmospheric. I also tried out some split toning just to see how it would affect the picture. I used blues and greens to give it a kind of metal effect but I preferred the traditional black and white. Apart from that, I generally like to push the contrast up quite a bit and depending on the image, sometimes I like to thicken the blacks a bit more.

Finding the Image

Now that I have a bit of breathing space I can take more pictures. I know this is a bit random but when I started, I realised I was beginning to get neurotic about the technical details of each shot. I was so focused on the exposure and whether it was "technically" right, that afterwards I would take a look at my pictures to come to the sudden conclusion that I wasn't satisfied with the images because there was nothing special in the composition or the subject wasn't really interesting either. I've learnt much about technical details in terms of ISO, aperture, shutter speed and what they all do but I find that I focus on the numbers too much. I've made myself a goal that I'm going to pay more attention to the image. I know that sounds obvious but it's surprising how easy it is to get lost when you're first starting out.

So that's all from me this week, see you next Wednesday!
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