There are some questions that I often get. Questions about photography. And when I ask you yesterday about what to write about on my blog, several of you wrote that I should write something about photography and editing. And when I write several of you, I mean five, and I’m really so honored that you want me to write something about this because I guess it must mean that you like my work and that means the world to me!
Right now the kids are sleeping and I have promised my boyfriend to give my brain a break. It runs on full speed these days. I have a exam coming up next week, and Fridtjof is still sick with fever. We went to see the doctor today, and it’s “just” a virus but I found it hard to focus cause I just want to be with him. And these exams freaking me out a bit because I’m very close to finishing my education as a teacher and yes, I just have a lot to think about right now. Everything is moving a little too fast for me. Anyway, I guess my boyfriend meant I should put on my pajamas and see something on Netflix, but I really want to write this post and I’m sure that writing this also will give my brain a little break from my worries and dilemmas.
Okay, cameras and editing. Let me start by saying that I am not a trained photographer, and with that I mean that I’m self-taught. I have found a way that works for me and I have been on a long journey to find my own expression and my brand as a photographer. I’m still on that journey. I will always be, I think. So I can’t write a post telling what you have to do because I don’t know, but I can write a little about my processes. But my best advice will always be: find your style as a photographer. This is the most important lesson I have ever learned. Get inspired but do not copy another photographer’s work. First of all for your own sake because it’s hard work. And it’s much easier and feels so much better to take the pictures you want to take, and not the pictures you think you should take. If you have that real passion with you when photographing, I promise you it will shine through the pictures. Again, I’m no expert and I hope this makes sense in some way. It was a very important lesson for me to learn, so that why I want to share it. I guess you can say it with much fewer words: stay true to yourself.
But now. Camera and editing.
I’m shooting with a Nikon D5600, and I use two different lenses – a AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G Lens and a AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm. Overall, I’m very happy with my camera. Sometimes I’m not, and then I swear and put all the blame and the camera but the truth is probably that the light is bad, or that I don’t know everything there is to know about my camera. At least not yet.
This post is about editing pictures for Instagram, and for that I use VSCO. I edit each picture differently. I have no recipe but mostly I use preset J5. Actually that’s not all true, a year back VSCO did a article named Freja Troelsen’s recipe. You can find it right here but it’s just the recipe for the editing on the included pictures in the article.
I want to show you some pictures I posted on Instagram – one a few weeks back and the other just yesterday – before editing and after editing.
When editing this picture I used preset J5, turned down the exposure, turned up on the contrast and the saturation and added a little bit of grain to the picture. That’s it. This picture was taken with the AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 G lens on a very grey and rainy day. The amazing thing about this lens is that it can take in a lot of light, even when there is almost no light.
For this picture (of my lovely boy Fridtjof) I used the AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm. It can’t take as much light in as the other lens, but I like that because it give me the opportunity too illuminate – in this case – Fridtjof’s sweet and beautiful face. When I edited this picture I also used preset J5, and turned down the exposure, turned up the contrast and the saturation, adjusted the temperature slightly (-0,6) and the tint (+0,3) and added a little grain to the picture and then it was ready to post on Instagram. I love my pictures dark and moody, and with contrast. One once ask me if I was depressed but I actually think my pictures is full of joy even though they are not bright and shiny.
And that was it for now. My “secret”. My recipe. And the best advice I can give: stay true.
Please, don’t hesitate to leave me a comment if you found this post useful or if you have any questions. I will love to hear from you! Perhaps I will write more posts on this.
Love from Freja