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Convocation - C&C welcome!

Discussion in 'People' started by Taylor, Jun 8, 2007.

  1. Taylor


    May 21, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    My first time shooting at a convocation ceremony. I'm the photographer and editor of the convocation section for our yearbook.

    I brought my D200 and D70, along with 3x 4Gb and 1x 2Gb CF cards (filled up all of them). Shot all in RAW and edited using Adobe CS3.

    Here are four processed shots, haven't had the time to do more yet.


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    The dress on the little girl was saved by using 2 frames from the RAW: one was underexposed to preserve the highlights from the dress, the other was normal exposure for the rest of the frame. I then combined the dress with the rest of the frame by layering and deleting the "blown out" dress.
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    Psycho bokeh on this one... twas with my 17-55 f2.8 too.
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  2. wow look at the sky in that first photo.. i wanna go there.. haha
  3. AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!! Yes, I'm yelling it out loud! :biggrin: Great colors, great composition, just great images all around!!!
  4. Excellent!

    I was wondering if you could comment on how you exposed these images and what the thought process is to nail the exposure on these shots. I try very hard to get outdoor shots like this but stuggle to get perfect exposures like this.
  5. Taylor


    May 21, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Haha Laura, it's actually quite a depressing place :D 

    Thanks Keith! Luckily the weather was great and interesting.

    Thanks Brian! I was shooting matrix or centre-weighted metering I think. In any case, I made sure that the sky wasn't blown out, but that made the foreground really dark. I had to increase the exposure and fill light in post-processing. Shooting in RAW preserves a lot of the low-exposure details.

    There's really no way to get perfect exposure on a bright sunny day like that, unless I were to use a graduated ND filter or something along those lines.

    If you'd like, I can talk about my Photoshop workflow.
  6. Taylor


    May 21, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Edited some more photos... I don't know why the 70-200VR has some psycho bokeh as well in the procession shot.
  7. cuss2much

    cuss2much Guest

    this is just flat out good photography...
  8. Taylor


    May 21, 2007
    Toronto, ON
    Thanks Maurice!
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