SPEEDLIGHTS, LIGHTROOM, AND A BRIDAL SHOWER

Remember that book I was telling you about, The Digital Photography Book? Another item I purchased, thanks to this read, was Nikon’s SB-700 speedlight.

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After reading the chapter about Using Flash Like a Pro, I wanted to try some techniques myself. One technique that I read about was to aim the flash at the ceiling so light bounces back down on your subject. This helps to avoid the flash-in-your-face look. Here is a photo I took using this technique:

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Once again, I don’t have a “comparison picture” to show you what it would look like with the flash aimed directly at them (I promise I’ll start getting better at this), but hopefully you can tell that this is much softer lighting as opposed to more direct, harsh lighting.

In April, my beautiful sister-in-laws threw a bridal shower for our future sister-in-law. I, of course, volunteered to photograph the event. Friends and family were gracious enough to give me a pose here and there while I once again practiced my photography skills. Here are more indoor photos using my SB-700:

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While the SB-700 was absolutely unnecessary to use in 99.9% of the situations at the bridal shower, I wanted practice using it. It was my new toy! I never thought in a million years I’d be so excited about a FLASH. I mean, a new pair of Tori Burch espadrilles or a flash, and I choose the flash!! Who am I?

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Another new toy I had this time around was a free trial of Lightroom. Remember how I used GIMP in Baby Hugo’s Outdoor Photo Shoot? Well, this is a step down in the “capability” and “technically difficult” categories of photo editing software. I did enjoy using Lightroom and found that it was somewhat easy to use. I watched several tutorials and I think if I keep going at it, I’ll really get the hang of it, however, I’ve decided to use up my free trial and then go on to another program to really see the different options out there and find what software suits me best. I’m sure I’ll blog about this later when I find “THE ONE”.

Now, back to that bridal shower I was telling you about. Here are more pictures of the lovely event for a lovely girl:

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One of these days, my husband will smarten up and take away these books that give me genius ideas where I ABSOLUTELY have to buy new equipment in order to carry on with my geniusness. In the meantime, I’ll keep reading, experimenting and posting.

♥Always, Cynthia

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4 thoughts on “SPEEDLIGHTS, LIGHTROOM, AND A BRIDAL SHOWER

  1. What a special day – Juliane’s Shower! You captured some great shots.
    I tried the AP feature you talked about and it worked-when we return I will post one to show you. Keep the instructions coming!

  2. Please bring your camera to my shower(s). I’m absolutely in love with your new passion and even more in love with your exploration of it all! Also, I would love for you to take some picture of James and I the next time you are in town 🙂 You are becoming so great at it. Hopefully you can make me look as good as the Tschachers do!

    Love always.
    Sister

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