Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Behind the Image


Do you ever wonder how ‘real’ photographers shoot? What camera they own, the lenses they use, their settings, lights, props, backgrounds? 

I do. 

I would love to shadow a photographer for a day. But I’d have to do some major studying first. I’m embarrassed at how little I know about aperture, focus, artifacts, etc.

It’s fascinating to see the ‘behind the scenes’ shots from photo sessions. It gives a brief glimpse into how photographers set up their shoots. I wish the professionals would post those more frequently. 

Here is the background image from Ben’s 14 week photo.

Ben is really stylin’ those socks, isn’t he? They complement the fat rolls on his thighs quite nicely, I think. 

I snapped this photo in the bathroom during spa time. The lights are on, the curtains are up, and we have a happy model. And I am still in my blue pjs. Which is probably not how real photographers operate.  

One of my regrets with the photo is that the background [a bathmat] is so wonky. I should have spent a few extra seconds smoothing it out. Or maybe ditching it altogether.

The interesting thing about our camera is that there always seems to be something new to learn. It’s a never-ending process. Which is both good and bad, I suppose.