The Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience)

When it comes to developing one’s personal photographic style, improving one’s skills, and avoiding stagnation . . . there are times when one needs to ignore common theories and try something different: Using unusual camera settings, pointing one’s monolight to the floor, moving the light around bit by bit, and take some test shoots. And, what d’ya know, the images I shot a few minutes ago are closer to my personal “dream images”.

The Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience) - via Miu Vermillion Photography Blog

Camera Setting
  • Shot using Canon EOS 5DS.
  • Manual Exposure. 100 ISO, 1/200 sec @ f/22
  • External Manual Flash (Profoto B1)
  • Canon Picture Style (in-camera setting adjustment):
    • Sharpness: Strength +5, Fineness +3, Threshold +4
    • Contrast +1, Saturation +3, Color tone: -3

Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience) - bts of Miu Vermillion Photography Blog

Lightroom does not recognize / unable to import the in-camera setting adjustment and turn the images into blander, duller, and green-tinged versions of themselves. (Instead of the dark yet vibrant images I captured in-camera).

Using Canon DPP 4, I converted the RAW files to TIFF.  (I shot a little less than a hundred photos, and this process alone took approximately an hour). Then, I imported the TIFF files to Lightroom because I find Lightroom easier to navigate. (e.g. Canon DPP requires you to open each image in a separate window. You can’t click an arrow button to view the next/previous photo). Lastly, I resized, labelled, and saved the photos in Photoshop.

The amount of time and the steps I needed to do to make sure the photos look exactly they way they look on the back of the camera is just ridiculous. I might need to start shooting this type of images in jpeg instead . . .

Here are the rest of the images in the series.Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience) - via Miu Vermillion Photography Blog

Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience) - via Miu Vermillion Photography Blog

Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience) - via Miu Vermillion Photography Blog

Willingness to Experiment and Look Stupid in the Process (but learn a lot from the experience) - via Miu Vermillion Photography Blog

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