I said when I published the first edition of this series that I wanted it to be a weekly blog, but when you're shooting editorial, working with clients, and running a music publication which requires constant updating and a ton of writing, it's hard to work on a separate blog. I love photography and I'd rather be shooting than writing about it, so this might turn into a monthly series rather than weekly.
But, here we are with the second edition of "Progressions of a Madman", and in the first edition I jumped around between flash photography and available light. In this edition, we're going to stick to available light and start with some of my early photography before progressing into something closer to today - probably from 2016, since I've been doing more editorial this year, more sports (maybe I'll do a segment on sports photography in a later post) and more off-camera flash now that I've finally upgraded flash systems and added a wireless trigger. I've even been doing OCF during the day to balance the background exposure with my subject, so I don't have too much natural-light photography from this year. We'll see where this goes, though.
Anyway, let's get started with a shot from SantaCon 2014:
MEH! This is obviously after adding a ton of exposure, but look at that editing. Blah :-( - yeah, this is pretty bad. Not only did I destroy many of the highlights, but I also pulled the shadows and blacks way up and took away any depth from the image. Not a good look at all. Below is the re-edit from abut a week ago for this feature.