Dragon Hare Studios – I am often asked why my photographs are so different? The answer is an easy one – I am professionally trained. There is no requirement for becoming a professional photographer, you don’t even need professional grade gear. You simply call yourself a professional photographer, and you are. But there is a difference.
I want to take a few moments and give you a visual of the difference between a professionally trained photographer, and an untrained one. Take a look at these two images, exact same location, same couple, exact same moment but completely different.
This is not a photoshop trick. The first image is something I see time and time again on facebook and other social media streams. In the first image, the sky is completely overexposed. In the second image, I have exposed the image to account for the darker couple/ground and the brighter sky. The sky is an amazing and beautiful component to this image, but in the first version of it, it’s an overblown white nothing. If I expose my camera for the couple, the sky is overexposed. If I expose the camera for the sky, then the couple/ground are dark. The sky is a challenge to photograph, just like white wedding dresses on a sunny day are – when you look at wedding photographs, you should see the detail in the dress rather than an over exposed white area! To photograph the sky or a white wedding dress, you need additional gear and the understanding on how it all works together.
Here is another example of what a properly exposed image vs an overexposed sky looks like:
I encourage you to start looking at photographs and check out the sky or even a wedding dress. It is an instant indicator of the amount and level of training a photographer has had! If you are in the market for a professional photographer, look at their work and see if you can find properly exposed images or not.
What is the Dragon Hare Difference? We carry the gear that we require to take the images where the sky is properly exposed to absolutely every session. We regularly attend in person training sessions to learn how to improve our craft. I hold a master of photographic arts designation, a diploma from a photography school, am the current PPOC-AB photographer of the year, have 11 accreditations and regularly submit work to print competitions aimed at awarding only the best of the best rather than letting everyone win an award. Why do I spend so much energy on training? So our images look like this! That’s the Dragon Hare difference!