on ‘International womens day’ I gave a free shoot away to my like’s on FB (click here for my FB photography page).
The person who won the shoot gave it to her daughters Kim and Anoek. They are both not really familiar with shoots, but they have done it before.
Only natural light, a single reflector (try-grip) some pushing and pulling in Lightroom 4, no other fancy tricks.
Anyway, on the first of april, we shot for about three hours in two different locations. Natural light means I have no flash lights to set up, no big reflectors to hassle etc. … this works fast!
This telling, I just have to give this advice to all those eager to make better images themselves:
If you are still working in JPG for making pictures, then you should really consider switching to RAW format.
For me the biggest improvement in image quality is two-fold:
1. Switching to a full frame camera (from Canon EOS 450D to Canon EOS 5D mark II) which was huge, in terms of better noise control when working on higher ISO values, better color rendition and larger contrast range.
2. Starting with RAW images in stead of JPG’s. That suddenly allowed me to really work on the entire data captured by the sensor, which means you can push and pull exposure values a lot more, without losing much image quality or details etc. …