Friday, March 2

The Problem with Pictures

It's been a little painful for me to find things to blog about here and I think I figured out why.  Most of the posts I write are about (surprise!) the boys.  And I don't like to write a post unless it has a nice picture to go with it.  And we spend a lot of time in our family room and I really dislike the way the pictures come out in there.  It's a combo of the wall color and lighting--everything looks yellow and pukey.  Example below...

I took these pictures seconds apart with almost identical settings--the only difference was that the lovely one was taken just using the window light, and the yucky one was taken with all the lights on.  I didn't do any processing or tweaking--that's what they looked like straight out of the camera.  Then I tried to save the yucky one and tweaked a few things on the nice one and got this:

I still don't love the first one, but it's better.  I like the second one even more.  Thank you, Lightroom.  The moral of the story is: try to take good pictures the first time instead of hoping you can save them in Lightroom or Photoshop.  And here's a few more I took with all the lights off in the room that I loved.

Well hello, handsome snowman pajama-ed baby.

I'd also like to give a shout out to the 50mm lens and it's slightly cheaper but totally functional brother.It will change your life in a lovely, blurry backgrounded way.

And now two pictures of Finley that were taken in the kind of yucky light, but redeemed in Lightroom.

So, that's all I have to say about that.  I think I'll be turning out the lights a little more often and shooting in natural light so I'll like the way they turn out more.  And with that, I'm off to start my weekend the right way.  At Chick-fil-a.


  1. love the pics. your boys are c-u-t-e and i can't believe how big Braden has gotten! birthdays in a month, now that it's march!

  2. Adorable pics no matter what the lighting.

  3. In my world, poop tends to be yellow; puke, more white-ish.

    Your pics always look fabulous to me. Sometimes I contemplate the real camera route, but using the phone is just so convenient.

    1. I think its that the pictures make me want to puke? I wish I took more on my camera when we are out! THe grass is always greener...

  4. Oh man I love my 35mm f/1.8. It's on my camera all the time. Having a wider aperture changes everything.

    Great editing. I always get so frustrated when I end up with yellow photos.

  5. Oh dear. Why is Braden always so stinking cute? Even with yellow light!

  6. do you change your white balance in the yellow light?
    put it on the lightbulb picture and it will take the yellow out. i mean, not fully. but if you're stuck somewhere with yellow lighting and can't move your subject, changing the white balance is your friend.


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