I haven’t posted from my photo class recently, so that’s what you get today—some of my recent homework assignments.
The goal of the first lesson you see here was to catch a child at the peak of action, with a whole Zen component: “Don’t try to anticipate the moment, just be an extension of your camera…”
That sounds great if I were kneeling behind a glacier in the quiet Arctic morning, waiting for a humpback to breach, but in this case, it was all I could do to remember that I had a camera in my hands, so the first two are pretty snapshotty. They move FAST, those kids.
I’ll have to post the outtakes of my attempts at this lesson next. Picture Will, Henry, their two girlfriends down the street, an active Dalmation and princess costumes on everyone. Better yet, I’ll show you. Tune in tomorrow.
Then this lesson, which was my favorite so far—using parents in the frame as part of the photo. I did one shoot with an expectant mom, who is also the photographer who got me interested in this class after she took it, and then I used two images I took in the last year. Voila!
Martha and Mom
Sydney, six months
Critique welcome, or just enjoy the babies. Instructor suggested cloning out mom’s ear in the Sydney shot (sorry, Shan!) What do you think?
And I know the conversion for Martha and Mom is full of hot spots—how the heck do you do a good conversion with white or super light colors in the frame? And I like them contrasty, which doesn’t help. Please weigh in if you’ve got some ideas, I’d love to start over and fix that shot.