An important aspect of photography is ‘timing’. Often a millisecond separates a snapshot from an award winning shot. Timing comes only from proper judgment and foresight of the situation. A photographer should be patient & calm as he shoots.
Out of the above three images, the second one is perfectly timed. It tells a story. The rest two are simply snapshots with no engaging quality. The three were taken just a few milliseconds apart.
Most of the professional photographers make sure, white’s stay white. Often we are challenged with tricky lighting conditions which make deciding on a white balance difficult. JPEG shooters are more vulnerable since the scope for colour correction is limited in post-production.
However, even if you’re a RAW shooter it is important to get WB close to perfect right in the camera. A bride on her wedding day looking resplendent in her saree would be disappointed if you supply her with photographs wherein her saree colour is way off. It happens quite a lot in wedding photography, purples turn into blue. Since the amateur photographer is lost in other aspects(composition, lighting etc) of the photograph, it(WB) gets easily hood-winked. However, the bride and her family are the first to spot the mistake. In rare cases, they might not complain but you are sure to lose the client for a future photo assignment.
In order to avoid such an unpleasant scenario, one should be careful about the WB during shooting. Often WB is a subjective topic. Some like their pictures to be warmer whereas others opt for the most neutral colours. I fall in the latter category. I do tweak the WB to one other than the prefect when I feel the need for it. Often I proceed with setting the camera’s white balance to a ‘preset’ closer to the lighting condition I am shooting in. When I shoot under mixed lighting conditions, I make sure to get a “Grey Card” reading from my subject. Of-course, I always shoot in RAW. Combination of these two methods give me a head-start when I have the photographs over the computer post shoot. Most often, the WB is spot on or close enough. The little adjustment(if required) is easily handled in post-production.
What do you do when you are bored? When no idea comes to your mind? Then all of a sudden, you think, let’s throw those speed-lights up in the air! Here is what you get after having a few, “heart in your mouth” moments. If your speed-lights or the cute canine is hurt during tossing, do not blame me. ;-)
It’s three years! A grand three years in my 365 Project. Never imagined, I would reach so far. It has been a truly magnificent journey, trying to produce a unique photograph each day. What brings further joy to me is, if one perseveres, producing a photograph every day is indeed possible. As I look back, I can see how I am improving as a photographer.
2015 will be an awesome year. I will continue the 365 Project. Thank you for the strong support & hope it continues in 2015. Will work more hard and produce photographs, unimagined and unexplored previously! :-)
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