Merry Holidays from Steve & Kari!
The last time we had a couple photoshoot with my tripod was in 2012 or 2013... more than 3 years ago. This time, I decided on a last-minute twinsie sweatshirt outfit with multi-colored lights for decoration. We actually went to Marshall's right before the shoot to look at holiday decorations for possible props but ain't nobody got money fo dat/stop buying unnecessary stuff/we ended up buying a sweatshirt and activewear #priorities. Here are some things I learned because of the shoot:
Feed your models. And keep them entertained while you're setting up lighting and camera. Hangry models don't want to smile. Set the mood with some music in the background. I also concluded that we're both amateurs at faking smiles for photos.
Don't shoot multiple subjects with a wide aperture of f/1.8. It causes shallow depth of field so not everyone's face will be in focus if they aren't at exactly the same distance from the camera.
Know your lighting. I need to work on my lighting techniques. There were shadows in the background and the string lights didn't show up the way I wanted them to because I also had flash on and the ceiling track lights turn off every 30 minutes to avoid overheating so lighting was inconsistent. I also used a diffuser panel with a small spotlight and that helped a little. In conclusion, I need to learn more about lighting!
Get a remote control that works. I'm surprised I had the patience to keep walking back and forth to check the photo after every shot when I used self-timer on the camera. I also had Live Preview open on my laptop in EOS Utility so I could also see the shots after they were taken. The remote control that I bought maybe 5 years ago was malfunctioning so I stopped using it. As soon as I plugged it in to my camera, my camera went berserk and kept shooting even though I didn't press anything. I don't know if it's the battery or my camera's firmware(?) but I won't be using that Vello remote control anymore until I figure out what's wrong with it.
Stop trying to make warm photos look cool-toned. It doesn't look good. Work with the lighting you have and enhance the warm colors if there was warm lighting when you took the picture. I struggle with this part of the editing process because for a while I preferred cool-toned, natural light photos, so with any photos I took even with warm lighting, I'd try to decrease the color temperature to a very blue color... and it usually didn't look very nice so I didn't like the photos. Now, I'm learning to embrace warm tones and photos look much better. Hallelujah!
Hope everyone makes time to reflect on 2016 and think about what lies ahead in 2017. Merry Christmas/Happy Holidays and enjoy these holiday photos from us!
With love and warm wishes,
Kari and Steve