Look, I take some pride in my photography – I’ve got an older but capable DSLR, a couple of lenses, a great tripod, and lots of time. I’ve been trying to improve over the last year in particular, experimenting with settings and venturing further form how to take pics when I can. But sometimes, everything just fails and it’s really disheartening!
Behold, the project that refused to be photographed (nicely).
Take 1: Golden hour, check. Beautiful setting, check. Oompaloompa orange skin and overexposed? Check!
Take 2: Sun has set, I’m walking back to my car… realise I forgot to take any pics with the layers shirts I brought along… take only a handful of pics because my data card is full, and of course – they look great! I guess I should have posed in the mechanic’s parking lot all along?
Take 3: After trying to edit the overexposed/blurry/orange pics from the river, I decide to go out and reshoot. Sun made me orange, so hey, this cloudy day will be perfect for making the fabric colours pop, right?
Wrong! I really don’t understand why these pics cam out so dark and heavily shadowed… and then, of course, it beings to rain and suddenly pour! I sprint to the car.
Take 4: It’s pouring rain so hard that I sit in the car for 20 min before it lightens enough to dash into the apartment. While I’m waiting, I take some detail shots and DSLR selfies (not an easy task!) and what? I look kinda gorgeous, if I do say so myself. In the car, in the rain, with blue eyeshadow. Where was the magic earlier?
(Side note – that bracelet was all brass-coloured until I painted it with nail polish. I’m a little obsessed with jewelery makeovers right now!)
Take… what are we at now… 5! I described myself in an interview recently as having “steely-eyed determination”. When the going gets tough, I double down and keep stubbornly trying. It’s not always a good idea. This leads to me asking Jamie to take pics for me on our balcony, still with rain pouring down outside. Unsurprisingly, most of the pics are dark except for this one detail shot of the terrible bodge job I did when I put the bands on too loose at the arms. Thank goodness that is saved for posterity! ;P
Lest I sound like a horribly negative person – we did get one shot together and swoon, it makes me happy!
Now in the end, I got a few great shots, and enough passable ones I could have blogged… but putting so much effort in for so little result really sapped my spirit! The frustration is really that I don’t understand what went so wrong – I thought I was doing the right things! I can’t even think of much to say about this dress – it’s from GlobeTex, it’s a Mission Maxi, I added a yoke, the dress came out slightly tight. Woop woop.
Fear not, though… when the camera gives me lemons, I’m making lemonaid! (Remember that steely-eyed determination thing?) I’ve decided to reach out to bloggers with great photography and get inspiration for a blog series I’m calling the Better Pictures Project. Because perfection doesn’t have to be the goal, but dammit, I WILL get better at predicting and problem-solving with my camera. More on that to come!
What’s your success rate with blog pics? How often do you retake photos or just not blog because things didn’t turn out?