Wow, where has the last month gone? It has been busy with numerous photography projects along with the Fourth of July and relatives visiting for the summer. I have managed to take my DSLR out for a few of my first portrait sessions.
I am still learning the art of flash photography. It is tricky, but I am actually enjoying the results. The macro ring-lite has been out for a few flower sessions, including some: Pasques, Wild Iris and Calypso Orchid pictures. I also used my reflector/diffuser kit for some of the Calypso Orchid pictures to soften the harsh sunlight.
As I mentioned, I did my first family portrait session during the last weekend of June. I used my flash to fill in some of the shadows on faces and to give a little bit of a catch light in the eyes. I definitely learned a lot and enjoyed the challenge. I can see things to improve upon or do differently next time I have a portrait session request. However, I am really pleased with the results!
My sister came to visit for the Fourth of July, and I did a few portraits for her using the fill flash, also. There again, I see things to improve upon, but am happy with the results.
I made a comment, to my sister, that it is actually nice to have the iPhone with its built in camera. It is great for taking the fun, silly and more casual documentary pictures! I felt more freedom and relaxation using the iPhone than when using the DSLR. I think I put pressure on myself to get a quality photo when I carry the DSLR around. I don’t see it as a tool to be fun with. It really does “intimidate” people to see that kind of equipment [the DSLR] and that makes me feel like I need to be more professional with it.
I had another great break through with the iPhone earlier this month. I have been using the Eye-Fi card in my camera for some time now. It automatically sends photos to another device over a wi-fi connection which I have been using as a way to back up photos. I was having some difficulty syncing the Eye-Fi card with my iPhone until I figured out what was causing the glitch. The Eye-Fi card was trying to send photos to my iMac over a different network. This was taking priority over the direct mode network required to connect to the iPhone. Once I turned off the network connection to my iMac, the photos then synced over the direct mode connections to my iPhone. How is this a big deal? Now I can instantly show clients pictures of photos on my iPhone without having to awkwardly show them on the back screen LCD of my camera! I also downloaded the Adobe Lightroom Mobile App, which means that I can do some minor tweaking to photos right on scene.
It has been a busy, but enjoyable month! I will try to post again, soon.