One thing (among many) that I struggle in photography and learning to use my camera to the best of my ability, is shooting in full-light situations.
I try my best not to take pictures in full sun, however, sometimes there isn't a choice. But then, I really don't know what to do with them to lessen the "blaringly harsh light" effect. Not having photoshop/lightroom to edit doesn't help this cause.
The editing tools I do use (iPhoto and Pixlr), however, make some difference....but I'm not sure how much....and I'm not completely satisfied. Here's a few I played around with:
Antiqued-type effect with a few other modifications
Black and White (clearly)
Color and contrast boost
These three edits alleviated some of the brightness, but not so much that I would call it a "good" picture. In my opinion, the first one turned out the best considering what I had to work with.
It's frustrating for me because I just can't seem to "get there"....whether it's my camera, my lack of knowledge, etc. And I'm referring to my skills in general, not relating to full-sun lighting...sorry for the sudden gear shift.
So I'd like to know....
You peeps with photog skillz:
1. How do you prefer to edit full-sun pics?
2. What's the best route to go for photography improvement? Is it Classes? Experimentation? My gear?
I would really love to improve, learn, and hone what skills I do have (not many) someday. But I've noticed that there's a paradigm with photos, in that they are somewhat similar to what a recipe is to a cook....or a painting is to an artist....
There's ALWAYS room for improvement.
I styled the dress I'm wearing similar to how I invisioned all the "short dressed" I spotlighted yesterday. Layers, layers, layers. Oh and if you're wondering, here's how to shop my outfit: