I say the silliest things to her…

On another note, the artificial and mixed back-lighting, and the reflections off the red walls, in this scene are very challenging.  Yet, with the proper pre-processing (a term I believe I coined) and post-processing, the technical issues are mostly overcome.

I know that there will be a few individuals who will insist that I should have used flash, but I vehemently disagree:  the spontaneity and ambiance would have been lost.

I’d feel differently if I was trying to produce a formal portrait — but I wasn’t.




13 thoughts on “Laugh.

  1. mewanchuk says:

    I agree Peter–the background highlights are very challenging.

    Nonetheless, I quite like what you’ve done with this. What ISO?


  2. Victor says:

    For the novice still learning the art of drawing with light, care to elaborate on what is challenging about the scene – what is the issue? And how you solved it? I have no idea what you meant by it was a challenging scene …

    • Hi Victor, it has to do with:

      1. what mixed lighting does to skin tones (and generally to all colours)
      2. how back-lighting creates undesirable shadows on people’s faces.
      3. how light reflecting off the red-painted walls also adversely affects skin tones.

      I’m afraid discussion on how to tackle these challenges are way, way beyond the scope of this simple blog post.

  3. elinelyng says:

    Hi Peter. Just wondered about: Why is it that you list the camera in use as M-Peter? What is your thought behind?

  4. Jim says:

    What convinced me to move to a mirrorless camera was how Will Crockett explained pre-processing in a video on the Fujifilm X-E2: .(posted 8 months after you first used the term, so maybe he is a regular visitor here too?). The ability to see ahead of time in an EVF what the final result will look like (especially if shooting in B&W mode) was a selling point for me. I like a viewfinder more than using an LCD. So while live-view can be done on a DSLR, only mirrorless gives you an electronic viewfinder live-view for folks like me that prefer viewfinders.

  5. I agree with you. This is not an ad for Bombay Sapphire Gin. What you do is what photography is all about, in my very humble opinion. If you want an ad for Bombay Gin, hire an illustrator fresh out of art school, because God knows he needs the money.

  6. greg g49 says:

    Probably said something about free pizza dough…

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