LTTL 12:52... a peek into my workflow

Last week, I worked a bit on my still life project. The prompt was Light and Shadow Play. I wasn't quite sure what I wanted to create until I woke up one morning and I knew the light was perfect for shooting.  I scrounged around the house for props, dismantled my dying flowers, and began shooting. 

Shadow and Light ©2015 Simply Living Photography

{Edited with Kim Klassen LR Preset Lightly, texture KK Magic soft light at 10%-15%}

I began in my usual back-door shooting location, but quickly realized that I did not like the light drop-off it was creating, or lack there of. And, the shadows were not pronounced enough. So, what is a gal to do but sit on her chair, and pout. That's when I noticed the front door light!

Shadow and Light II ©2015 Simply Living Photography by Lisa Kerner

{Edited using Kim Klassen LR Preset Lightly, Texture Waterfront 18, normal light at 10%-15%}

Just like outdoor lighting, if your indoor lighting is not sufficient, then move. Because I have no real interest in working with artificial lighting, I am going to have to compromise by chasing the sunlight around my house. I dream of owning a studio someday where chasing the light will not be as big of a challenge. But for now, I have to work with what I have. 

Shadow and Light III ©2015 Simply Living Photography by Lisa Kerner

I also began my shoot with just the two jars and the flowers, but felt like it was missing something. I wasn't sure how to fix that problem so I went to my online group for inspiration. While looking at other works of art, I remembered my tiny scissors and this little piece of Battenburg lace I had tucked away in a drawer. I thought about ironing it, but then decided that I liked the disheveled look.  

Continuous Effort ©2015 Simply Living Photography by Lisa Kerner

I have been working at still life for almost three months now, so I thought it might be a good time to take inventory and see where I've gown, and where I have not. 

~Compared to some of my first shots, over all, I think I have improved on my technique. Actually, looking back at them now, I almost want to laugh out loud. They really are not that good. But my shots today? I am proud of them. 

~I began using Lightroom, and now it is an integral part of post-processing my photos, cutting way down on culling, organizing, storing, and editing time.

~I have learned exorbitant amounts of information about Lightroom and Photoshop, things that have cut my editing time in half. 

~I would like a dedicated space to create. Although, I will still have to chase the light, it would be nice to have a space for storing, and organizing, props and supplies. 

~I would like a couple more lenses with better f-stops. I do think it is time to invest in my glass. 

~I know I still have tons more to learn. But, anything worth learning takes time.

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