All too often I hear clients mention how they purchased a fancy new DSLR, but are less than impressed with the results. When asked what mode they shoot in -9 times out of 10- the response is typically “auto.” In this mode, the camera will make every decision for you. I understand that sometimes you may just need to get the shot quickly, but so much of your cameras awesome potential is being wasted in full automatic. You’re probably also ending up with harsh shadows from on camera flash when shooting indoors.
The set of images below were taken at 6:00pm under overcast skies. Both are SOOC, straight out of camera, and have only been converted from RAW to JPG. I had Adrian sit on the sidewalk with his back to our community lake, made silly noises, and shot with my camera set manually. The second image was taken about 20 seconds after the first in full automatic. He did shift slightly, -just try keeping a three year old still!- however lighting conditions and facing direction remained the same. While the photographer in me would make very subtle tweaks to the left image, I’m still much more satisfied with the result achieved on the left versus the right. Although lets be honest, I love anything and everything with that little face on it ♥
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