50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family

Here is a photo of a family I am part of:

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ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

Like a lot of families, my hockey family has its ups and downs.  This shot I took to include my extended family, that is the folks who are with the opposing team.  While we might not all agree on things for the hour that the game is on, we are all part of the bigger hockey family.

This photo was a bit hard to get properly because I had my camera set to take photos on the ice which is very different lighting than the stands.  I wrote recently about how I set up for photos like that.  So, I took this shot knowing that it would be too dark and the white balance would be off, but because I wanted to get this quick shot and then get back to shooting the game, I left my settings where they were.

Now, a few days later, I opened the photo in Photoshop.  Because I shot this photo in RAW, I first edited it in Camera Raw.  I used the eye dropper to make a white balance adjustment, I also increased the exposure, lightened both the blacks and shadows, and increased the clarity.  Then I opened that version in Photoshop.  From there I did a levels adjustment, cropped the photo, and sharpened it.  So, I made several adjustments from the original, which I will show below, but like I said, I knew what I was in for when I took the photo.

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ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/5.6 1/100

So, that is my hockey family, you can see they are a bit preoccupied at the moment.  What do you think of my edits?

Cheers!

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50mm Lens, Canon 50D, Childhood, Parenting, Photo Challenges, Photo Editing, Photography

Who is Luckier?

So, who is luckier?, the kid who gets to play hockey or the parents who get to watch?

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It’s a toss up I would say.

This photo I took at a game this morning.  I’ll show you the original in a moment.  When I take hockey photos, I always start with the white balance on Auto and take a photo of the rink.  Then I use that photo to set the Custom white balance in the camera.  That works in helping set the white balance correctly.  Given the conditions of the rink, I always have a high ISO and fast shutter speed.

When I get the photos on my computer, I open up Photoshop.  I shoot in RAW, so first I open the photo in Camera Raw and do a white balance adjustment.  Then I open the photo into Photoshop and do any cropping that I want.  Sometimes I also do a levels adjustment, although on this photo I did not.  Then I sharpen the photo.  From there I convert my RAW photo to a JPEG.  I make it into a JPEG because that makes it easier to share with other parents on the team.

Here is the original:

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ISO 2500 50mm 0ev f/7.1 1/250

So, what do you think? who is luckier? What do you think of my adjustments and workflow?

Written in response to the Daily Post prompt: The Luckiest People

Cheers!

 

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