Tamron 28-75 2.8 First Impressions

Today was the first day I really got a chance to try out my newest lens. The Tamron 28-75. I was hoping that this lens would be quite robust because of it's focal range and fast aperture. With a minimum focusing distance of .33 meters, I was looking forward to playing with some close up shots. Thankfully this lens did not disappoint. It feels quite solid, and is noticeably heavier than my 17-50, though not unpleasantly so. I noticed that in aperture priority mode, it tends to overexpose a little much for my taste, but I was tremendously pleased with the sharpness as well as color of this lens. The focusing is reasonably quick and accurate, and the zoom ring feels fine, though nothing special. For the price, this lens has delivered excellent image quality and I have no major complaints. There will be more testing to come, but so far this lens is looking like a keeper. 

Vintage Shoot-June

This has been one of my favorite shoots to date. Most of these shots were captured inside an old Greyhound bus stop designed and decorated to look like something straight out of a movie from the 40's. While there was some difficulty overcoming the rather dark interior of the building, we were able to work past it and capture some great shots. 

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Instagram Editing-Portaits

Last time in my Instagram editing post, we turned this:

Into This:

Now let's talk about editing portraits. Of course, the same rules from my previous article apply, so be sure to check that out if you haven't already. So let's talk about portraits! 

So here is our starting image:

As you can see, this photo is certainly an interesting angle, but it definitely needs some work. The best thing about portraits, however, is that they look best with minimal editing. As you can see, our friend's face is totally washed out. He's as white as a ghost! So let's go ahead and bring those highlights waaaaay down. 

Our next step should be creating depth. We'll do this by adding contrast. 

For this photo, I chose to stop here. Yep! that's it. It didn't take much to fix this shot. If you wanted to make this a little more dramatic, you could lower the saturation to give the image a washed-out look. If you wanted to add some color to his face, just do the opposite! Let's take a look at the before and after shots. 

Bonus Tip: Is your photo not working out for you? Try it in black and white and boost the contrast. You'd be amazed at the shots this will fix!

Instagram Editing Like a Pro

Do you feel like your Insta photos are lacking that certain look that you want them to have? Or maybe you only took one photo of something, but it ended up being embarrassingly dark or washed out by the sun. Worry not, friend! As a photographer, I spend a lot of time with Photoshop. The only problem is, Photoshop costs money! Luckily, Instagram also has many of the same tools that I use every day in Photoshop. 

So how does one edit an Instagram photo to perfection? Let me start by saying this: The best way to make a photo look great is to take a great photo. Even as a photographer, sometimes shots just don't turn out. Sometimes you just have to wait for the next opportunity to take a great shot. But assuming you took a great photo, let me show you how you can turn it into an internet masterpiece. I'll start with a landscape photo, and then I'll cover portraits in my next article. 


So this is my shot before editing. Sure, it looks okay, but I really don't think I'm seeing the full potential of those colors.

First, I'm going to add a little contrast. This should help give the image a little depth.

Next, I'll add some saturation. This will help those colors start to come out nicely. Just be aware that too much saturation can make your photos look unrealistic, especially when dealing with portraits.

Do you notice how the sky is a little too bright in the middle? Bring down the highlights to bring those colors back.

If you feel like there are some parts that are too dark, bring up the shadows in the image. 

And here are the before and after versions of this photo:

To see how to edit a portrait, check out my next post!