Exposure (again) and Contrast: Theme Thursday

So I totally flaked on you last week.  I figured not that many people noticed since no one joined the link up I tossed up for posterity. But if you did, I’m sorry! Making up for it today by going over TWO themes!

First, a little Instagram lesson/discussion.  Warning: I’m not an expert.  I’ve just learned a few tricks over the past year or so.

First Insta lesson: you are not required to use a filter.  I KNOW, right?  Sometimes, your photo looks a whole lot better with just a few adjustments to the exposure and contrast. In fact, unless the colors are absolutely atrocious, I don’t use filters at all anymore. That’s a personal choice, but I’m starting to notice that I prefer Instagram accounts that use either no filter or lessen the filter strength.

Second Insta lesson: adjust your exposure and contrast!  There’s no magic formula (that I know of) so find a balance pleasing to your eye and go with it.

Third Insta lesson: I’ve also heard tell that it’s nice to have consistency within your images, and I’ve definitely found that to be true. I love when I can tell whose photo it is without even looking at the caption.

Okay, back to the exposure and contrast. Here’s one of Ezekiel after his (very dramatic) hair cut yesterday.

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This one is about 5 shades darker than Zeke’s actual hair, so I wanted to brighten it up.

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But once I brightened it up, the whole photo looked washed out.

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So I upped the Contrast and got a photo that was more true to life.

Here are some from the zoo yesterday, where Rosalie was in love with all the animals but ECSTATIC over the goats in the petting zoo. The photos are from my iPhone, so the quality isn’t great, but I did increase the contrast and I think it helped the images overall.

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Original image: holding court with the goats.

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Same photo, higher contrast.

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Whip nae nae, little goats.

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Cannot. stand. it, Mommy.

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Listen here, all ye goats who have ears to hear.

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Aw, come on over and give me a hug, whydontcha?

Let’s see what you have for me this week!  Also, in the comment box, why don’t you share: a) Instagram lessons you’ve learned, and b) ideas for the March/April Theme Thursday schedule.

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Comments

  1. Thanks for hosting and sharing your filter wisdom, Micaela!

  2. Ah, a girl after my own heart. It’s always all about the goats!
    I’ve been lame at Theme Thursday ever since school started back up, but I still like stopping by to see what you have going on here.

  3. Hey Micaela~~

    What adorable photos!! I can’t believe how big the baby is getting!! Absolutely the cutest—all of your kids are!!
    We have petting zoo near us and I can’t tell you how many pics I have of my kids with the animals too when they were small!
    xoxo

    So as for themes, here are a few…
    It’s ok if you don’t use any …….. I’m just brainstorming~~~
    color
    bask
    awe
    life
    blossom
    monochrome
    golden
    angle
    stripe
    fog
    landscape
    fashion
    dream
    shine
    morning
    wet
    wing
    yellow

    Have a wonderful weekend!! Thx for allowing input on themes. I look fwd to seeing the new line up. I haven’t linked in ages! But I love seeing your posts. (and others’ posts)
    xoxo
    ~Chris
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  4. Thank you! I typically have two or three filters I actually like, and if I don’t, I go with no filter…I actually didn’t realize you could change the contrast and brightness on Instagram. Whole new world, here I come. 😉

  5. Cute photos!!

    a. I’ve never used Instagram.
    b. Well, I have to confess that rarely do any editing after the fact, other than a bit of cropping and the watermark, so themes that involve composition or technique are much more likely to inspire me to participate! A few ideas:

    Individual color (as in, give us a color for the week)
    Tessellation
    Bud
    Mud
    Wind
    Curved
    Wobble
    Joy
    Rays
    Shadow
    Simple
    Twirl
    Water
    Tiny
    Macro
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