Fill and Balancing? More like Fail and Betrayal

I'm being dramatic. But really I think that this class couldn't get any harder, and boy does it just keep rising. I can't complain, though. It's challenging and really making me think more about my technique, and that's what we all need to become better photographers. I'm just kind of frustrated that my outtakes were not up to my standards. My lowest standards at that. 

Lanie Mitchell argues with Jasmin Sledge (not pictured) about a play that happened during a game of Boom Cup at an MU Homecoming tailgate party on October 22, 2016.

Lanie Mitchell argues with Jasmin Sledge (not pictured) about a play that happened during a game of Boom Cup at an MU Homecoming tailgate party on October 22, 2016.

This select was not my favorite compositionally, but I did think that I filled in the shadows somewhat successfully in this photo. Most of the time I was either facing the sun, or perpendicular to it in order to show that I was filling shadows. It was more difficult than I thought to get that "touch" of light into my photos without making it look artificially lit, but I think that this one does a better job than other photos in the outtakes. 

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My technique wasn't too difficult, but it was hard to not get glares in both the metal cans and the sunglasses. 

For my second take, I attempted, hint ATTEMPTED, to try and balance the lighting from window light. Unfortunately, it was the most cloudiest day and the light outside was basically the same as indoors, so there really wasn't anything to balance. It was kind of frustrating but I tried to make the best out of it since it was such a unique event. I think all of us were pretty frustrated because it was the last day to take photos and mother nature was just like, "NOPE." Even though things didn't really turn out how I wanted them to, I did learn a lot of the different power of my flash and the differences it can have in how it lights a photograph. I was mostly at the lowest power my flash would go, but bracketing up was really interesting because you could actually see the differences. Bracketing, yet again, is the real MVP in this class. 

 

I really liked this photo that I took at the University Club in Reynolds Alumni Center. There were a lot of big windows, but it such a cloudy day that it didn't even matter. I think that everything is exposed correctly in this photo, but the shadows are so prevalent I didn't feel that this would be the best choice as my select.