Photo Failed It to Photo Nailed It #3: Seeing, Directing and Enhancing

From time to time here on my blog I'll run a post: "Photo Failed It Photo To Nailed It!" The concept is twofold:
1) I'll share a pair of pictures, along with tips, that illustrate how you can nail a shot;
2) You'll see that pros don't always get it right the first time. :-)

This post: Seeing, Directing and Enhancing

I took the opening photograph for this post on a Death Valley workshop that I was leading with my friend Hal Schmitt.

My gear:
Canon 5D Mark III
Canon 24-105mm IS lens.

The photograph below is the first shot I took during the shoot. Basically, it's a snapshot - a failed shot.

Here's what I did to nail the shot:
• Got down on the model's eye level and shot eye-to-eye – making more of a connection (for the viewer of the photograph) than in the failed shot. So the tip here: see eye-to-eye and shoot eye-to-eye.
• Directed the model to look more toward the sunrise - with the goal of having more light on her face.
• Asked the model to rearrange the props, so the scene looked more natural.
• Directed the model to hold her hat so that her face was perfectly separated from the background.
• Enhanced the color and contrast in Lightroom. I also cropped the photograph so the model was more off center.

As you can see, it does not take much to turn a failed shot into a nailed shot.

I hope to see you someday on one of my photo workshops . . . where I help the workshop participants nail the shots.

If you can't make a workshop, I have several on-line courses.

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