As I had mentioned, I made the mistake that I’m quite sure every photographer has made at some point in their life. The mistake of not checking my settings prior to firing the shutter! As I chimped through to see my fabulous shots that I just happened to get as my little friend raised his little head, I quickly had flashbacks. Flashbacks to the last time I had my camera out to practice shooting in manual mode. Just so happens that because I don’t shoot in manual often enough, but rather shoot most of my images in Aperture Mode, I assumed it was still in A mode. Don’t EVER assume!
The fabulous shots I was expecting to see – the ones that I was able to catch just as my little buddy was sitting up nice and tall showing off all his beautiful, yellow glory – were instead a screen of black. No, not just dark, but BLACK!
Suddenly, I had peace! Peace in knowing that most likely not all was lost. Why not, you ask? Because I always shoot my photos in RAW and I have Lightroom 3. Perhaps, they could be saved!
The first shots below are SOOC in all their blackness:
(no kidding – this is it! and…)
These next ones are what the above looked like after taking them into LR3 and hitting the presets: General – Auto Tone and Punch. Then tweaking the saturation, detail, vibrance and a few other slight adjustment sliders that ended in this:
Then with a few more tweaks, cropping, and adding a little vignetting, the results are what you saw in yesterday’s FototFriday52. Here they are again:
All I can say is…thank God for giving man the ability to think and create awesome programs like LR and for the ability to allow us to shoot in RAW. Now, I just need to operate in what He has given me…a mind to remember to check my settings and never just shoot as if I’m operating a Point and Shoot camera when using my DSLR! Yes, I admit…I’m guilty!
How about YOU?
- Have you ever made this mistake?
- What tips can you share that you practice to make sure it doesn’t happen again?
I’d really like to learn from your experiences!