Chez Moi- Part 2
I hope you’ve had a nice couple of days (hopefully doing something (or someone) you love;) As for me, I’ve been working crazy hard tweaking the blog and planning more valuable content for you all, my readers.
Chez Moi-Part 2 is finally ready! I’m really happy to be doing these shoots because I’m learning so much from doing them. If you haven’t checked out part one yet, check it out here.
So where do I begin on this one? Well, in part 2, I took shots of Amoni’s room. His room is quite small and gets very little light (despite the big window). I really wanted to continue using only natural light but the pictures were way too underexposed when I turned off the lights. I then resorted to using only his bedroom light but got the same underexposed type of pictures.
Now, for all of my budding photogs reading this, mixing natural light with artificial light leads to really ugly pictures. It’s best to pick one or the other and adjust your white balance settings for whichever you choose. However, in worse case scenarios, there are other techniques you can use to create lighting that you can work with. The book Shooting in Shitty Light does an amazing job of explaining how to do this, and is definitely worth the read.
Even though I’ve read the book (many times), I still had a lot of work to do in post production. I still found that all of the pictures had a yellow color cast. I searched the web and found an awesome tutorial on how to fix the issues I was having. Of all the tutorials on mixed lighting out there, this is the one I found to be the simplest to do and understand.
I will however, leave you with some tips I learned while doing part 2 of the Chez Moi series.
What Cassie learned:
❤ If you’re taking pictures of someone’s personal space, they must be on board with the idea. For instance, Amoni was quite adverse to posting pictures of “his man cave”. In fact, he flat out told me no. Luckily for me, my son is always getting himself into trouble so when he came home past his curfew, he traded being punished for the day for a photoshoot. He even cleaned his room as though it was his idea. #mommanipulation
❤ Make sure to edit your space specifically for the picture. Leave stuff out that will make the picture look too busy. For example, on Amoni’s coffee table, I left out the mini skateboards that usually live there.
❤ Do not forget to show close ups of interesting objects. This is super important in lifestyle type of shots.
❤ Wipe every surface immediately before you take pictures. Even though you can work some things in Photoshop, it’s best to do as much work as possible before you even take the picture. Dust settles fast, so it’s best to clean up right before.
❤ Make sure to place people in the environment.
À bientôt! Xo, Cass