I see the Light... Day 32

by Loren Knoppi February. 01, 2017 883 views

Today I made sure I took time to play with the flowers and my camera. I wanted to work on my mirrored desk surface. It's actually a blackish/grey glass, but it reflects nicely at times. 

I wanted to play with using an external light source other than the sun.  All the photos I take are outside, so I am indoors this time around.  I need a lot more education to get them where I want to be. 

I need to understand and practice more with adjusting settings and such, but today I wasn't in the mood. I wanted LIGHT. I wanted to see how using an external light source could help me create shadows or get more focused. 

Just starting to play, things aren't quite right

So then I thought, well I don't like losing the petals on the left at all into the light. So, I tried again. 

A bit better

This one was much better. The focus is on the center and back petals, where I wanted it. But, I'm not quite happy with the petals in the forefront being lost again. I do particularly love the far right petal curved under and the reflection


More of what I was trying to accomplish

This is closer to what I was looking for. I wanted more of the flower itself in focus, the background as dark as I could make it. I do enjoy that the flower on the right, since it's turned away, is more shadowed. But, I wonder if I could get a light over there too. 

Still so much to learn, but a bit of an improvement 

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Ram Ya 2 years, 9 months ago

Love these attempts and reading through your process. Thanks for sharing, Loren.

I have seen few members trying the focus stacking method i.e. https://www.photoblog.com/forum/t/step-by-step-introduction-to-focus-stacking/10339/2
I hope to set up something similar and giving it a try.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Loren Knoppi Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you! The focus stacking is interesting to me. And I will give it a try. Unfortunately I've been out of work for a long time so I've cut all expenses including lightroom

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Ram Ya Replied to Loren Knoppi 2 years, 9 months ago

Sorry to hear that Loren, what was your profession (If I may ask).
I really thought these photos were edited using LR but I guess not?

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Loren Knoppi Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks, sorry, I really didn't mean to start a pity party... lol it's been about 4 months I've been jobless and I mainly do Admin work.. but trying to find things to do online to make money or even try to break into the Virtual Assistant.... we shall see...

For photos I am trying to learn LR - or I was when I could spend the money, but I do want to try to learn it... but, I am using PSPx9 (PaintShop Pro x9 for photography (http://www.paintshoppro.com/en/products/paintshop-pro/standard/) they have it to where you can purchase it, it pretty much can do most of what Photoshop and Lightroom can and it was only $35 as I upgraded on Black Friday sale (last year it was $49) but I own it and I get updates and it's way cheaper than the $100+ that lightroom costs - but, I own it which is the biggest thing

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Ram Ya Replied to Loren Knoppi 2 years, 9 months ago

Thanks for the link Loren. I am really amazed by the fact that all these software companies are after a lot of money from people. Thanks for sharing that link to PSPro, I will take a look.

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Loren Knoppi Replied to Ram Ya 2 years, 9 months ago

You are welcome. I like that that are so many options out there for people, I just don't like spending over $100 a year for Lightroom, or any other program, that I don't own and the company can shut down at any time (they probably wont', but they could) and would much rather have something that I own...even if I don't ever upgrade again I have a copy that I own and can take with me anywhere.

2 years, 9 months ago Edited
Ram Ya Replied to Loren Knoppi 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes for sure one-time costs are ok. I was really surprised when they started charging monthly for this!

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Becky Brannon 2 years, 9 months ago

#1 - yes, I can see the first one is a little overexposed, but composition wise I find it the most interesting!

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Loren Knoppi Replied to Becky Brannon 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Becky.... The first one was the one had the highest hope for lolol

Tomorrow is another day to try again

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Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 9 months ago

Love the third one. There are a few options for light which I use : light from a window and/or a desk lamp, and then a torch, or two, to fill in. The torches are really useful - they're light and easily positioned.

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Loren Knoppi Replied to Kaeyla Mcgee 2 years, 9 months ago

Thank you Kaeyla... I will have to look into additional and different types of light sources. I also need to learn about the darn camera and all the stuff it can do and how do do fstop, shutter speed, iso and all the other stuff so I can get the photos I want :)

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