Thursday, May 4, 2017

Someone's listening. Who? My granddaughter.



I started this blog simply to encourage folk to spend a little time thinking about their photography. Cameras may be point and shoot but people don't need to be: Think-point-and-shoot is a better approach.

One thing I've harped on writing this blog is a light and its quality. Is it harsh, is it soft, is it clean or is it tainted with colour? Old fashioned tungsten bulbs, for instance, give pictures a yellow cast or even a reddish-orange look. Some modern lights are very nicely colour balanced. When in doubt, see if there is a work around the colour-of-the-light problem.

Today my three-year-old granddaughter, Isla, got out a book with instructions on how to draw simple animals pictures. The book is aimed at young children. Isla loves the book and was soon drawing cats. The one she did of the cat on a pillow was especially good for a child her age. I got my camera. I needed to record this.

Isla told me to "hold it" and "wait." She ran over to the kitchen light switch panel and turned off the overhead pot lights. There was lots of light pouring in the large, kitchen window overlooking our backyard. "This will make the colour better," Isla told me. She turned toward the window and posed. The moment I saw the image on the back of the camera I knew she was right.

The little kid follows instructions well. Hey, one only has to look at her drawing of a cat on a pillow. And clearly she's been listening and watching as I take pictures. Although, I am a little embarrassed that it was my granddaughter and not me who turned off the overheads.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Daylight LEDs deliver bright, clean light


I don't like this picture. It's too clear these kids know they are having their picture taken. It is almost a posed picture. Ugh. That said, it does capture their personalities: childishly goofy and pleasantly funny.

So, why am I posting this. What is there to see here? Anything? Or should we simply move on.

What's to see is the gorgeous lighting. The child on the right is perfect. And the light is amazingly clean. Look at the white of the sink. It is white. Not yellow. Not green. It's white.

The lesson here is that today's daylight LEDs really do closely match the colour temperature of daylight. This is good to know. Why? Because bright, clean light can make a picture sparkle. Shot with straight-on strobe, the amateur goto indoor light, this image would be flat and fall flat.