I finally settled on aggravating my son, since he beat me so badly. Slouched out on the couch, a rip in his jeans caught my attention. Abstract and the unexpected has been my goal the past couple of days. So I took this.....
well, that was boring!!
So I decided to try to get creative by taking my exposure from the lamp behind him and turning off the flash. I knew I'd get a much darker image with this method, just didn't now how dark. With my camera set to manual, and my apeture set to 1.8, and my white balance on cloudy (giving me warmer tones) I took an exposure reading from the 75watt lamp. I then refocused my shot on the ripped jeans and I got a much darker image. With a little enhancement work in Photoshop Elements to lighting and contrast, I finally got the abstract shot I was looking for. Much more interesting, don't you think?
A photography friend said to me a couple of months ago, "once you learn how to work with exposure you can really begin to get creative." I had no idea what he meant at that time, but I immediately went out and purchased Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson...remember anal me?? With Bryan's easy to read book and my friends advice....It all makes sense now!! Exposure and getting comfortable with my Manual settings is King to getting creative and I'm just getting started!!