It must have been time for a change around here. Loopy decided to take her hair darker, shorter, and with a slight bang. I decided to take pictures.
I like to add some interest in our photo shoots with props or costumes. Today, I grabbed some feather butterflies from the craft room and away we went. They kinda/sorta matched the butterflies on her blouse. It's just what she happened to be wearing.
I don't know what is more fun: taking the photos or playing with them in PhotoShop. Sometimes we plan our photo shoots, and that's quite a lot of fun for me. Today, we just grabbed the camera, and went... down the alley.
Loopy was not amused. Alleys can be a little... sketchy. At the best of times.
She questioned my sanity. I had to work fast. She does not have the patience for my silly locations, especially when they are stinky and filled with cats.
You see, we started out on the steps of the school, with her pink guitar. We weren't feeling it.
I needed more indirect light. I didn't have my reflector, because of that whole grab-the-camera-and-go thing. The light was too bright to be anywhere but in the shade of the alleyway.
So, I turned the vehicle around and opened the door. The mirror on the door reflected the light directly onto Loopy.
See behind her, on the wall of that old garage? That is where the reflection of my side view mirror ends.
Isn't it amazing what you can do post-production, as they say? Here, I added more blue and increased the contrast. Use your burn tool around the eyes, that's a little trick I use. It makes them pop.
I lurrve square photographs, don't you?
I am constantly amazed by the simplicity of backdrops found all over the city. The side of a funky old, soon-to-be condemned garage. Who knew?
Remember, I like to use my crop tool. Check out the difference between the two following photos:
Perfectly nice, but the heel of her little sandal is distracting, and so is the hinge on that gate. Notice that I am trying to frame my shots in thirds as I shoot, it makes for easier editing since I subscribe to the rule of thirds anyway.
If this photo were cropped tighter:
Voila! Less distraction and more focus on that Loopy little expression. Classic Loopy, right there.
Remember, if you take enough shots, something will work out and all of the elements will click together nicely.
We're getting our photo shoot groove on. We have another planned and if the weather holds out, we'll do it this week. Local readers, check your back alleys.
Oh, and did you notice? You were probably directed to my custom domain: saucysprinkles.com. I told you things were changing around here.