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You Can't be a Photographic Genius Overnight?

Yeah, this weekend was supposed to be about learning photography, setting up lights and things working perfectly. Turns out photography isn't that easy.

I took my picture for the Figurevore Halloween challenge and I'm pretty happy with it. It purely came about by chance. And eliminating like 60 other shots I took.

But then I tried to put together my Halloween party and photograph it. I have a lot to learn. First of all, lighting 16 characters crowded into a room? A room that is actually a shelf, not a nice open set? Not fun.

So then I tried some test shots of some girls and none of them came out right. I think I'm going to need diffusers. Ah, another hobby that requires all kinds of money and STUFF. Ah well, I'll try to make a couple.

My husband suggests that I actually read the manual for my camera. Hmmph. I'm like a dude asking for directions when it comes to instructions. But I guess I must since pressing a flower button caused me to be totally unable to get the easiest shot!

And then I had a thought. Tell me if you agree: I was reading the FDQ book, which is nice if a little snobby, and they give photography advice for those who are doing fashion photography for dolls. That's great, who doesn't love a pretty doll in a pretty dress, but I do photostories. Where they are looking for one good shot, I'm looking for, I dunno, 32. They have one or two girls on which to focus and I have 16 at one party.

So I think I'm allowed to a little leeway. A hair does get out of place in real life!

Off to the forum where people do photostories to see what advice they might have!

Actually the delay in my Halloween party pics turned out to be for the best. Sooki's getting a new BFF in the mail, so I'll wait until she arrives to take the set of pics.



  1. I know this post is from a while ago but I thought I would say this anyway.. flash diffusers. I am by no means a photographic genius, but I use an empty clean yogurt cup and it works just fine. Maybe you could try that unless you've already got a proper diffuser! :D

  2. Thanks Alrunia. Do you just hold it in place or attach it to the camera? Time to go eat some yogurt! :)


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