Ms.Vitri Photos: Blog http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog en-us (C) Ms. Vitri Photos msvitriphotos@gmail.com (Ms.Vitri Photos) Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:44:00 GMT Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:44:00 GMT http://www.msvitriphotos.com/img/s/v-5/u924620767-o393471826-50.jpg Ms.Vitri Photos: Blog http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog 120 80 2016: A Year in Review http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2017/2/2016-a-year-in-review                      What a year! Never would I think this hobby of mine would be such a treat. I've met so many amazing folks over the last 6 years since picking up the camera in 2011. 2016 has been an exceptional year. I shot two weddings, an 18th styled shoot, a mother & daughter session and several portraits sessions. It's more than I ever shot in a year. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Shubh Deepavali http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/10/shubh-deepavali             It's been forever since I've posted. However, it's Deepavali (Diwali), and I must share some rangolis! Diwali is the festival of lights, and Hindus across the globe celebrate this auspicious day by lighting diyas (little decorated clay pots) and candles around and outside their homes. The lights outside their homes symbolize the inner light that protects us from spiritual darkness. This year, my family and I decorated Ganesha and peacock rangolis. Here are some shots I took during the course of the evening. 

Happy Deepavali from the kitties and us!

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52 Frames: Levitation http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/2/52frames-levitation Week 6: Levitation

Week 6: LevitationWeek 6: Levitation

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52 Frames: Shoot from Above http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/1/52frames-shoot-from-above Week 5: Shoot from Above

Week 5: Shoot from AboveWeek 5: Shoot from Above

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     Exposure time: 1/100
     ISO speed: 800
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52 Frames: Shoot from Below http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/1/52frames-shoot-from-below Week 4: Shoot from below

Week 4: Shoot from BelowWeek 4: Shoot from Below

         Shot this from the foot of the servants' stairs at the Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site at Hyde Park, NY. For post processing, I added a matte effect and enhanced the brown colors to give a golden-look to the overall image. 

Photo Specs:

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     Exposure time: 1/125
     ISO speed: 3200
     Focal length: 50 mm
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Natural Light Photography Tips http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/1/natural-light-photography-tips Over the last two years, I’ve developed a love for portrait photography. Ever since I bought the 50 mm 1.4 lens, I learned to appreciate shooting with natural light in a whole new perspective! Here is some general information when considering shooting with natural light.

Preparation: Before any shoot, you should have at least some details planned out (and set up) ahead of time. You ought to consider the location, your subject’s wardrobe, hairstyle, accessories or props, the specific camera gear you’d be taking along, the time you’ll be shooting and so forth.

Location: I cannot stress this enough! Location is a key factor when shooting with natural light. Depending on the type of shoot you have planned, you may choose between an urban and rural landscape. Thereafter, you can further narrow your choice between solitary or a more populated environment (remember you can always find great urban spaces that is not overflowing with people). You should always keep in mind the amount of light that is present in the space you plan to shoot. Therefore, it’s best to scope the area you wish to shoot in beforehand.

Urban (populated) vs. rural setting

Patience and décorum: Working with any subject can be challenging (especially if you’re meeting that person for the first time on the day of the shoot). If you’re working with an experienced model, then posing may be relatively easy and the shoot should be over quickly. If you’re working with someone who’s still learning their angles, then direction must be clear as crystal. Throughout this session, you should be polite and patient with your subject. If they are uncomfortable or at odds with your direction, It will definitely come across in the photos. I usually try to make shoots educational by giving the subject a brief overview of the angles I’ll be shooting from, the poses and expressions I want them to try. I always remind them to let me know if they’re uncomfortable with anything and that we can definitely try other options. Always take a few breaks so that both you and your subject can relax during the shoot. Finally, it takes a few clicks before you get the shots you’re looking for. So don’t become frustrated if you haven’t gotten what you’re looking for within the first 50 or 100 photos.

I absolutely love shooting portraits with natural light. It compliments most subjects gracefully and it’s totally free! It’s crucial to remember that natural lighting changes every hour, and varies depending on the season and location you’re shooting in. That said, here are my seven tips for shooting portraits with natural light.

1. Back light: Depending on your style, you may choose to filter the light through trees, foliage, buildings, etc or have your back light be light via sun flare or hazy lighting. Always remember that you can attach a lens hood to your camera to further reduce haze in your backlight. Whichever you prefer, always consider how this will affect the overall frame of your image.

2. Where you should stand: Almost always, you should stand in the shade. In doing so, you can control the amount of sunlight that may seep directly into your lens. If you’re in an open space with no shade, then position your camera in such a way that the sun is at a slight angle to your camera.  Again, make sure that the light is not entering your lens straight on (unless you want to mimic a sun flare, etc).

3. Quality of light: Position your subject in such a way so that they are adequately lit by sunlight. It is paramount not to underexpose the most important element of your photo – your subject. Additionally, do not bounce harsh light off of your subject or have them look directly towards the sun, otherwise there will be unflattering and distracting contrasty blobs on your subject. They will also squint and get watery eyes! All that said, it’s best to shoot during the “golden hour” when shooting with natural light. The golden hour is usually during sunrise or sunset. 

Left image: subject facing sunlight (harsh light); right image: subject lit with natural light via reflector

4. Positioning your subject: if you scouted the location beforehand, then you’d know where to position your subject. If you did not, then you may want to spend a few minutes positioning your model in several spots to see what how well the lighting compliments your subject. You can assess the light by having your subject turn 360 degrees and see how it changes on their faces or bodies.

5. Use the light to your advantage: I always carry a reflector with me to capitalize on natural light (especially if the light begins to vanish at sunset). You can reflect light unto your subject by bouncing it off of the reflector. You can use different layers of the reflector to achieve different light results. For example, a diffuser will make the bouncing light less harsh on your subject. A silver reflector, will make the bouncing light a bit brighter on your subject while a copper/yellow reflector will add a warm glow to your subject.  Left image: natural light w/reflector diffuser; middle image: light behind subject w/ copper reflector; right image: natural light only

6. Camera settings: In any type of portraiture, it’s vital to have a connection with your subject. You may have great lighting and a beautiful composite, but the image will not be truly appreciated if the shot lacks a connection with your subject. To achieve such a connection, focus on the eyes is key. Whenever we look at a photo of another person, the first thing we connect with is their eyes. Be sure to make the eyes a focal point. You can always use manual focus if your autofocus doesn’t get it quite right. It is also imperative to use a large aperture (low f-number) to blur out/bokeh the background so that does not distract from your subject. 

7. Practice and have fun: Two things: practice makes perfect and photography should be fun. Photography is an art, and portraiture photography is no exception. Don’t be afraid to ask family, friends or acquaintances to pose so you can practice your techniques and learn to efficiently communicate with your subject. Finally, you can make your art look any way you want it to. As long as you’re happy with your final product, then that’s all that really matters. 

Left image: natural light; right image: natural light with reflector

Happy shooting!

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52 Frames: Greetings From http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/1/52frames-greetings-from Week 3: Greetings From (Westchester)

Week 3: Greetings FromWeek 3: Greetings From            This week's theme required Framers to showcase their hometown. I chose Kenisco Dam in Valhalla, Westchester for my shot. At the height of the damn, there is an amazing view of the Kenisco Reservoir. I shot the above image just as the sunset began. In post processing, I desaturated the yellows and whites. I increased the blues and greens so there was balance between the sky and water. I adjusted the clarity to add some depth to the space between the water and the sky. Finally, I added a heavy vignette in the lower part of the image to add a bit of contrast.

Photo Specs:

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     Exposure time: 1/250
     ISO speed: 100
     Focal length: 18 mm
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52 Frames: Black & White http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/1/52frames-black-white Week 2: Black and White

Caption: Les Yeux

Week 2: Black & WhiteWeek 2: Black & White

           For this week's theme, I kept it simple. I shot the above image using a LED continuous light held directly above the cat. I used a wide aperture to highlight the fur textures and whiskers on the cat. In post processing, I made the image B & W. To further enhance the image, I increased the clarity around the nose, eyes and upper mouth. I tweaked the shadows and blacks and added a blue undertone via split toning. Here's a before and after.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/2
     Exposure time: 1/100
     ISO speed: 500
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Self portrait http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2016/1/52frames-self-portrait Week One: Self Portrait

Caption: Renewed

Week 1: Self PortraitWeek 1: Self Portrait

          HAPPY 2016! As we enter the new year, 52 Frames once again required photographers to put themselves before the lens. Week 1 had us dig deep to try and display our personalities, personal style and faces in a way that made us feel comfortable or vulnerable. I had no idea what to do for my submission, except that it needed to be different from last year's. I did some research on some notable self portraits and ultimately decided to be playful with mine. 

          I rubbed some tempura paint on my face, upper body and hair. I sat in front of a white backdrop with a soft box to my right. I got my clicker and began posing. After 100 odd shots, I decided to call it a night. I browsed my captures and edited six. Thereafter, I tried to decide on which image popped the most. Finally, I settled on the above image because it captured the magic of eyes piercing through the photo. Here's a before and after.

Photo Specs:

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     Exposure time: 1/100
     ISO speed: 320
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: What I've learned http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/12/52frames-what-ive-learned Week 52: What I've learned

Caption: Tranquil

Fifty Two: What I've learnedFifty Two: What I've learned


        What have I learned? -- That it's okay to not overthink a photo. That natural light can be used more advantageously than studio lighting. That photography gear is not nearly as important as learning to make the best use of said gear. That patience goes a long way. That artistic drought is a real thing. And finally, that inspiration and art can be found in almost everything, we just need to look a bit harder. Here's to saying goodbye to a wonderful 2015, and a big HELLO to all that 2016 has to offer.

        The above shot was taken against a window. Natural light filled the frame as the kitty was basking in the sun. This image was edited to add some clarity and a bit of vignette.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/1.4
     Exposure time: 1/320
     ISO speed: 100
     Focal length: 35 mm

     smile emoticHere's to saying goodbye to a wonderful 2015, and a big HELLO to all that 2016 has to offer.

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52 Frames: Two Challenges Combined http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/12/52frames-two-challenges-combined Week 51: Two Challenges Combined

Caption: Carefree

Challenges included: One light source & focus

Fifty one: Two Challenges CombinedFifty one: Two Challenges Combined

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     Exposure time: 1/100
     ISO speed: 400
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Body http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/12/52frames-body Week 50: Body

Caption: Tangled

Fifty: BodyFifty: Body

         This week was truly a struggle. I had several ideas I wanted to try, but in the end... I had no time! This shot was super ad hoc and impromptu. I had my sister wear knee high socks and I wrapped LED white lights around her legs. I shot 17 frames and edited 4 images. Finally, I decided on the above image as it was a great mix of focus and blurriness. The entire process from start to upload took 30 minutes (talk about efficiency!). Here's a before and after.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/2
     Exposure time: 1/125
     ISO speed: 400
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Behind the Subject http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/12/52frames-behind-the-subject Week 49: Behind the Subject

Caption: The Land of Dolls

Forty-nine: Behind the subjectForty-nine: Behind the subject

        'Tis the season of everything festive and beautiful! Yesterday, I saw The Nutcracker performed by high schoolers of New Canaan. It was absolutely spectacular! I used my 18-135mm f/3.5 to shoot because I was some distance away from the stage. The above image is one of favs from the show. I edited the still in LR to add more of a snowy-night feel. I increased the blacks and shadows, and played around with RGB curves until I had the right amount of contrast between the ballerinas and background. Here's a before and after.

        Here are some additional shots from the performance. To view more, click here.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/5.6
     Exposure time: 1/180
     ISO speed: 1600
     Focal length: 92 mm
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52 Frames: Animals http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/11/52frames-animals Week 47: Animals

Caption: Doggy Sass

Forty-Seven: AnimalsForty-Seven: Animals

           Decided to change it up this week by photographing a dog :). LB was quite the poser! Special thanks to his human companion for letting me capture all his sass. Here are some other shots from this adventure.

Photo Specs:

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     Exposure time: 1/1000
     ISO speed: 100
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Extreme Angle http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/11/52frames-extreme-angle Week 46: Extreme Angle

Caption: Les Fleurs

Forty-Six: Extreme AngleForty-Six: Extreme Angle

           This week, I decided to keep it simple by shooting dried flowers hung upside down. I SOOC image was pretty dull, so I edited the shot in Lightroom to make it pop. I increased the clarity, darkened the shadows, increased the saturation/vibrance, and played around with split toning for added color variation. Here's a before and after for comparison.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/1.4
     Exposure time: 1/100
     ISO speed: 125
     Focal length: 35 mm
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52 Frames: Emotion http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/11/52frames-emotion Week 44: Emotion

Caption: Blah

Forty-four: EmotionForty-four: Emotion

       Yet another last minute photo that resulted in a lucky shot! My cat was playing in a box on the patio and just as he was about to yawn, I snapped this. His opened mouth and empty stare suggests that he's feeling pretty "blah" (hence the caption). This shot was edited in LR to increase the sharpness and increase the yellow and green tones. 

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/1.4
     Exposure time: 1/250
     ISO speed: 125
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Sound http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/11/52frames-sound Week 40: Sound

Caption: Mind Controller

Forty: SoundForty: Sound

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     F-stop: f/1.4
     Exposure time: 1/100
     ISO speed: 800
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Break the rules http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/9/52frames-break-the-rules Week 39: Break the rules

Caption: Imperfect

Thirty-nine: ImperfectThirty-nine: Imperfect

Basically, the focus is off :) 

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/1.4
     Exposure time: 1/80
     ISO speed: 200
     Focal length: 50 mm
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52 Frames: Personality http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/9/52frames-personality Week 38: Personality

Quote: My soul is a hidden forest where you will find gems of my past life.

Thirty-Eight: PersonalityThirty-Eight: Personality

       Another tough one! This week's theme required us showcasing our personalities without using ourselves. I decided to go with my roots for this one. I chose Indian bangles as my subject, and shot outdoors. The final edit had a heavy vignette to draw attention to the detailed artwork of the bangles. In a nutshell, the bangles highlight my ancestry, while the outdoors symbolizes my love for nature. The heavy vignette captures my editing preference of rich, yet subtle colors that sometimes border on a goth-like finish. 

        Here's a before and after for comparison.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/5.6
     Exposure time: 1/80
     ISO speed: 200
     Focal length: 87 mm

 

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52 Frames: Dream http://www.msvitriphotos.com/blog/2015/9/52frames-dream Week 36: Dream

Caption: Limitless

Thirty-six: DreamThirty-six: Dream

"See the dream around you."

          This week was tough! I knew I had to get creative, but I had no inspiration. Late Saturday night, I decided to go "girly" with this. I strung my trusted ivory tulle in and out of some tree branches, and adorned the wall with some vines and roses. I had my model stand in between the tulle as I tried shooting from several angles. Eventually, I settled on her back facing the camera with her head turned ever so slightly to reveal a subtle outline of her face. Very little editing was done in post-processing. I blurred the background further, added some warmth and added a matte finish by adjusting the RGB curve in Lightroom. Here's a before and after.

Photo Specs:

     F-stop: f/1.4
     Exposure time: 1/125
     ISO speed: 200
     Focal length: 50 mm
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