Photo Review: An Evening With The Boys

The other night there was some beautiful golden light filling the kitchen as the boys played. After a long, dark winter, this was a sight for sore eyes. So I grabbed the camera and spent some time photographing them as they went about their business – Max doing some art-making, and Oliver practicing his new walking skills.

I learn so much about photography when I shoot, and review the images afterwards. So I made a short video showing some of my favourite shots from the evening, and my thoughts on the shooting experience, resulting images, and the process of editing them in Lightroom.

Highlights include:

  • Pros and cons of shooting at super wide apertures
  • The problems with adding too much contrast to a black and white
  • How my approach to acceptable sharpness has changed
  • When a dark image works (and when it doesn’t)
  • And more!

Take a gander, and let me know what you think!

Rob Lim

Hi there, I’m Rob! I’m a photography ninja here at Photography Concentrate. I love all things photography: shooting, teaching and always learning more! If I’m not reading up on the latest photography news, or studying a technique, I’m probably reading a book or planning our next adventure!

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10 Comments // Leave a comment

  1. Thanks Rob for a friendly chat… I appreciate hearing your changing views/ideas of post processing, your growth so to speak.

  2. Great look at how you process your images, Rob. In this time of ‘hyper sharp this and mega pixel that’, it’s nice to see a more natural look to a photo with movement and subject separation using shallow depth-of-field. It’s great capturing those moments of family and friends as if they’re not even aware that you’re there. Always the best photo, even if not tack sharp or perfectly composed. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Kathryn J says:

    That’s fascinating to see your decision making process and how you create the look you want. I’ll be interested to follow along with the next instalment! Oh … and lovely photos of the kids too! :)

  4. patricia tedeschi says:

    Loved the video commentary. I would love to see more. There were just the right amount of photos and commentary to be useful but not overwhelming. I would have liked a bit more information on shutter and/or ISO if you felt that might be pertinent. I know you were concentrating on DOF but shutter and ISO might be even more informative.


  5. Laurie Brauneis says:

    Thanks so much for your thoughts and process. And thanks for the reminder that we learn the most when we actually take photos! I would love to have you do a video/photo essay on Black and White processing. Love you guys!

  6. Hey Rob, these are great!! I love to see more of these as they give everybody an insight into the mind of a photographer. We get to see not only the pictures but the reasoning behind the process.

  7. Really enjoyed your photo commentary… It’s funny you thought the black and white of your baby was not as wonderful as you’d have liked it to be yet I thought it was fantastic… the eyes just really grabbed my interest. Thanks for always sharing… your children are wonderful subjects!

  8. Thanks Rob! When they are that young, it’s hard to get a candid shot, isn’t it. I found the before and after shots very helpful. I almost invariably under expose. Could you give me some idea of the difference between increasing exposure and increasing brightness?

  9. I found this really useful. I like that you told us what settings you used to create the images.

  10. Thanks Rob! I really enjoyed watching this quick little editing video. Cute little ones you have there, btw. I liked the insights of what you were thinking when you took the pic and when you went to edit it. Not too overwhelmed with info, either. Just quick random thoughts. The little bits about the lens you used was interesting too. I have a stock lens and wanting to invest in a prime soon. I shoot a lot indoors, so I’m looking at the 35 or the 50mm on a crop sensor. Anyways, back to your videos, I would enjoy seeing more in the future. Thanks for sharing with us.

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