Monday, January 30, 2012

Getting That Perfect Shot Even When It's Not: A Photography Secret Revealed

You may be surprised to know that when I first downloaded this photo from my camera,
I considered throwing it in the trash.

In fact, I'd be willing to bet,
if I was able to come over for a visit to your house,
and asked to see some of the photos on your hard drive's trash,
I would find some beautiful photos worth blowing up and hanging on your wall.

The photo above and below was a try at getting a photo
of glitter being blown toward the camera.
To say I wasn't happy with the shots I was getting would be an understatement.
Nothing seemed to be working.

The reason I am saying this, will be very clear once you see the original.
I want you to know that I asked Eldest's permission before showing you the photo below.
She said, "For the good of photography, mom , you can use it."

"I will let you show the world my "Voldemort" alter ego."
"But only If you think it will help."

So often, when we look at another photographer's work,
we figure they just have a magic touch.
Truth is, they take a lot of terrible photos.

The above shot was how most of the photos ended up turning out.
It was fah reezing cold out, the light was fading fast, I was grumpy and we were running out of sequins.
I just couldn't seem to make it work.

It wasn't until I got inside and downloaded the photos that I decided to try and
salvage something from the shoot.
And I'm so glad I did.


That is the secret,
It can be a photographer's best friend.

Sometimes just a slight crop to move your subject off centre 
will take a photo from ho hum to special.
And other times, like here, a drastic crop 
can create a completely different picture that really works.

So go take another look at some photos you may have always liked, 
but figured they were too flawed to really use.
And see if maybe...  just maybe, you might have a beautiful photo within.


 This post will be linking up with Darcy for Sweet Shot Tuesday!
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  1. The finished product looks great! It is a good reminder to look at all the photos carefully because beauty can be found in everything. :)

  2. I am a big fan of cropping. You are so right when you say that you can take a ho hum picture and if you crop it just right turn it into something very different. You example shows that perfectly.


  3. Your daughter is a sweetheart! It's such a great shot like that.

  4. Thank you for the tip. I will go back and look at some of my pictures.

  5. Amazing!!! Thanks for the encouragement! My trash is always overflowing with bad shots.

    This one surely was a keeper.

    Hope you have a great day!

  6. this very secret has been critical so many times with my pics - a life saver! love that you shared this dramatic example - what a difference!

  7. OH MY!!! I would've probably trashed that shot too!! But you made it oh so perfect!!!!

  8. I wish I had your eye for photography! (And editing...)


  9. Just starting out in this photog world is crazy and I can use all the tips I can get. I haven't played with cropping yet, but am about to try thanks to this post!

  10. What a great tip Dana! Your example is awesome. Thanks eldest for sharing. It made my afternoon to know that you sometimes have trouble getting good shots! ;)

  11. Brilliant pic, and I love your crop, it makes it so strong. Your thumb link immediately caught my eye. Happy Tuesday

  12. great reminder and i love that crop. it's beautiful.

  13. I totally agree. I tend to look at the entire shot and I probably would not have focused on the hands and mouth. Great idea and perfect example. I love the cropped shot. I mean I loooove it!!!

  14. I agree as well. I have issues getting rid of photos cause I have seen how I can go back at a later time and do something magnificent just by tilting and cropping it a bit!! Wonderful photo

  15. How creative! Thank you for showing the process. You're right, a bit of cropping can make a huge difference. Made me smile!

  16. Cropping and changing it to black and white (one of my favorite tricks)

  17. Love this, what a great idea with glitter ... and a vacuum ;)
    Cropping is my friend .. and b&w too!

  18. Ys, I'm a big believer in cropping as well. You can save some "trash" shots and turn them into really fantastic shots. Love this one!

  19. fun fun fun! i love how this photo turned out!! wowza! hugs, cathy


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