First Night Shoot

First Night Shoot

Recently, I have been obsessed with a particular photographer, Brandon Woelfel. His style is beautiful. He uses a lot of fairy lights and pastels. He can make anything look magical. So tonight, I convinced Dayron to come out and be my model, in an attempt to do something magical like Brandon Woelfel. Before you get all critical, there are two things to be mindful of. 1. This is my very first attempt at this sort of shoot, and only about my 6th attempt at a shoot at all. 2. Brandon usually shoots during blue hour as the sun sets, but I did this shoot at 11pm, well after the sun had set.
This did not go as I planned, so there will definitely be another attempt at this style again soon.

Camera: Canon Rebel T3i
Lens: 18-55mm (Canon kit lens)
Editing Software: Adobe Lightroom
Model: Dayron

One of the major things I learned whilst editing this shoot is that it’s really easy for the photos to end up looking really pixilated and grainy. I am assuming this is due to shooting in the dark and the camera being unable to actually focus on my subject as well and therefore losing crispness. From the above photo alone, I have decided I am not a huge fan of a warm colour scheme. I thought I would like it because his shirt was red and so maybe making the lights more orange/yellow would make it flow better? Wrong. Even though I like this photo as a photo, I’m not a big fan of the way it looks after I edited it. And seeing as you can’t see anything really before the edit, maybe I’m not a fan of this photo after all.

The above photo is the feature photo of this post. The feature photo is edited slightly different than this one. This one you can see the slightly warmer pinks and coppers more than the featured one. I edited this one in Lightroom and then once I had moved it to my phone, I edited it more with the VSCO app on my phone to get a more blue and soft pink affect. This ended up being my favourite photo from this shoot. Even if it is still a bit on the fuzzy side.

The last two photos taught me another very important lesson. If you lighten them up, which I haven’t done for a reason, too much of us are in focus and the actual subject, the hands, are not as sharp as I’d like them. Having done some research, I believe this means I need a smaller aperture or f-stop. I do plan on getting a portrait lens at some point so that I can make the background blurry and the subject of my photo more crisp. Until then, I get to deal with the fuzziness that happens during these sorts of shots.


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