Tonight was family Wii night, so we were all down in the basement getting our game on. I snapped a bunch of photos but ended up with only a few that were acceptable. The lighting down there is pretty pathetic. I knew this going in; but since this is something I struggle with all the time (snapping pictures of the kids indoors at night with no natural light), I decided that I will only get better if I experiment.
I also wanted to see how my newest lens (the Tamron 28-27mm f/2.8) would perform in these conditions compared to my kit lens (the Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6). Obviously my Canon 50mm 1.4 would do better in the low light, but I usually don’t have the space to get what I need in the frame. Note that I was also trying to avoid using my flash.
However, due to the low light and high ISO, my photo was fairly grainy. Normally I shoot so that each photo is saved as a JPG and a RAW image format. But, somehow my camera settings were changed so that I was only shooting JPG images. This eliminated my ability to edit the RAW image, which is definitely easier to edit. Perhaps my image would have been a little less grainy had it not been compressed in JPG format. Anyway since I couldn’t fix the graininess (if that’s even possible, I don’t know how to do it), I decided to enhance it a bit by changing the photo to B&W and adding the Texturizer texture effect (click on the photo to see an enlarged version where this is more evident). The B&W was also nice because the couch was multi-colored and clashed with her shirt.
So though it’s far from the most technical photo I’ve ever taken, it is one of my favorites. I love GothGirl’s natural pose and the composition of the photo itself. I also love that it captures her wild & fun shirt & converse shoes (at least the tops of them).
Editing: cropping, sharpening, Pioneer Woman B&W Beauty action, texturizer texture