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First Photography Session
Old 05-20-2007, 10:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I had my first photography session this past week. It's a lot more difficult than I had anticipated.

I photographed Jennifer Nguyen in Bowness Park in Calgary. I was just using natural light, although I did bring a reflector. I found that the slight wind, however, made the reflector more trouble than it was worth. Luckily, the sky was slightly overcast, which made the photography a lot easier than it might have been.

When I looked over my shots, I found that I made many mistakes. Often there would be tree branches growing out of her head. Or, when we took pictures on a foot path on a bridge, the cables were growing out of her head. Occasionally, I messed up the exposure. That's a lesson to chimp more often.

Jennifer, who is better known for glamour (http://tinyurl.com/yrnp5b) than casual photography was super to work with. She was patient while I wrestled with the camera, tripod, poses, and everything else.

As I go through my photos, I am looking at all my mistakes. It's all part of the learning process.

Here are two photos from our session.






Any and all comments are welcomed.

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Re: First Photography Session
Old 05-20-2007, 03:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Both work well as pleasant snapshots of a lovely girl. #2 has the most potential. #1 needs catchlights in the eyes which can be done with fill flash or a reflector.

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Re: First Photography Session
Old 05-20-2007, 03:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi RFS,

I agree with your catchlights comments.

I noticed that in several of my pictures her eyes were too dark and did not have catchlights. In the future, I will have to use natural reflectors, my reflector, or my flash. I had my flash with me, but I wanted to see how the photos would look using just natural light. I should have experimented more.

Thank you for your comments.

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Old 05-20-2007, 04:50 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Here is one photo where I do have some reasonable catchlights.

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Kevin,

It's frustrating, but everyone occasionally gets caught by the 'little things.' As time goes on and you get more experience, the 'little things' become fewer. When I get a bit down while reviewing a session's shots, I step back and ask myself what I had control over and what I didn't. If I had control over some aspect of the shot that wasn't quite right, then I chalk it up to experience and move on. Otherwise, I have to let it slide.

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Hi Alan,

Thank you for your comments.

Although I made a lot of errors, I still enjoyed myself. And I had expected I would make some errors, perhaps not as many as actually occurred.

This experience reminds me, somewhat, of learning to drive all those years ago. The first several hours were challenging, but soon it became second nature--almost as if we meant drive. I expect photography will be no different. As you suggest, I am looking over the photos and seeing where I goofed. As the ol' refrain goes, you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your successes.

Thank you for the encouragement.

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