We see amazing images and we’re left wondering…How is that lit? What were their settings? I WISH I COULD SEE BEHIND THE SCENES OF THAT IMAGE! Wish granted! We’ll be doing a regular blog feature of behind the scenes of YOUR fabulous images that you submit on our social media pages. Enjoy the work of these talented ladies…
I meter off of the sky when taking silhouette images. I prefer to have my subject on a hill while I am on the downslope shooting up towards them which eliminates any distractions.
Camera: Canon 5d markII
Lens: Canon 24-70mm f/2.8
Focal length: 70 mm
When families want a lifestyle shoot, I go to their home to shoot. Sometimes this can pose a problem because I’m not familiar with their home and some homes don’t have very much natural light. I would much rather use natural light for a session, especially when photographing newborns. I want the light to be soft. For this specific shoot, they didn’t have very many places with great light. This is when I find WINDOWS!! This handsome little guy is lying on a table right next to the window, and so I found some great moments with beautiful light. My post processing was a black and white action, and using some gaussian blur to soften up things a tiny bit.
Kala Rath Photography
Lens: Sigma Art 35mm
Time of Day: 10:40 am
Shutter Speed: 1/400
White Balance: Kelvin
Post Processing Software: Lightroom and Photoshop CC
Post Processing: Started my processing with Tribe Archipelago presets, adjusted the temperature a little, brought the exposure and highlights down and straightened my horizon. I then opened in Photoshop and cloned out the speaker on the wall and made a couple of other minor adjustments.
When walking into a client’s home, the first thing I do is observe all the rooms that are suitable for the session (most of the time it is the bedroom and living room for every single session, nursery if there is a newborn or baby, and sometimes the kitchen). When observing the rooms, I am looking for light and angles. I love to shoot close the windows, especially if I can side light them (like I have done in this image) but if that option is not available (due to space generally) then I will usually backlight my subject and completely blow the highlights so that you can’t see through the window – unless there is something pretty in the window like trees, a skyline or any other pretty views.
I then look for things on the walls, shelves, etc that might be distracting in the image and decide if that is an easy adjustment that I can just clone or crop out or would it be best to move the item. Don’t be afraid to ask your client if you can move things – even pictures on the wall. It’s much better to be happy with the images you took by eliminating clutter than to be unhappy with them and/or spend countless hours in the post processing step to eliminate photos on the wall or a lamp that just doesn’t fit or whatever you see. In this particular session, you would never know that with the images on the bed, there is a large lamp and some night stand decor behind the pillows 😉