The focus of this week’s topic was filling the frame vs. leaving negative space. In going through the photos I snapped today, I can’t decide which way I lean. I tried to do a tight view and an “empty” view of each set of photos I took. I really can’t decide which way I prefer. I think…. both. Yes, both is what I prefer 🙂
The Mixing Bowls:
I desaturated both the photos, and added a little brightness to the top one, other than that they were unedited.
The Wine Glasses:
No, I don’t have a “negative space” image using the wine glasses. Nothing really turned out quite right for me. This image was cropped, added soft focus and did a little contract/brightness tweaking.
More Wine Glasses:
I adjusted brightness just slightly for both. Cropped the top one to remove some of the negative space (there was way too much in the original). I applied a Night Effect Filter (slightly stronger on the top photo) to correct some of the color.
Lessons from this week:
* Keep having fun.
* Definitely keep shooting during nap time
* Find some completely natural light next time for whatever project I do. (I tried adjusting for the light in camera this time, and it worked to an extent, but then it acted weirdly when I put a white background …..)
* The purple shirt didn’t work so well as a background (it had more texture than I thought would show up).
* I guess the main lesson: pay attention to the background and how it produces texture and reacts with light.
While I enjoyed the end result of the pictures, and had a good time taking them, I was pretty uninspired. I think I need to try something a little bit different, but I’m not sure what exactly just yet. Maybe I’ll get another shot later this week (I know, I said that last week, but didn’t actually do it).