Braids, Photos, Backdrops, Oh My.

Backdrops and presenting a braid.

Sometimes, it is hard to get a good photo of your braid. There are a number of factors that need to be taken into consideration:  camera,  model, clothes, time of day, available light (which may be dependent on the time of day) weather, location, and how much time the model is available for. All these components are connected to each other and are important to consider. They all determine whether you will get the perfect photograph.

And, let’s face it…a perfect photograph is rare and far in-between (unless you’re a professional photographer working with a professional model).

I don’t have a great camera. I do love to photograph my braids. When I photograph, there are different reasons for doing so. I ask myself a few questions: Am I happy with the creation I made? Did I make something outstanding or innovative? What time is it and what is the weather like? How do I want to present the braid? Is it for a new tutorial I made? And finally, what do I want the photograph to focus on? The braid? A feeling? Am I creating a story?

Below, is a photo shoot I did. Let’s talk through it. The braid is one I dreamed up. I was not recreating something I saw. I was excited to show it to the community. I had just finished a video tutorial of it for my youtube channel. My model wore nice clothes that day. We both had time to spend on a photo shoot. It was the afternoon. And, it was dry outside. I was as euphoric about the technique, as I was about the execution of the creation. I needed a perfect and outstanding photograph.

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Which one should I choose?

Picture 1. If I just wanted to take a photo, I would only have taken the first photo.

Picture 2. Although the photo shows the braid better, the greenery may distract from the braid (similar to noise in a room). Yet, the leaf shapes are similar to the braid pattern. Maybe it helps point out the braid pattern?

Picture 3. Just what I need. The braid stands out. The combination of hair color and ribbon, makes her hair look like art. The backdrop does not distract from the braid. I think this picture is really the best choice for presenting the braid as well as stirring interest in people to look at the tutorial.

Picture 4. If I look into my soul – which is very romantic – I like this one the best. The braid is obviously the underlying factor in this photograph. The entire photo tells a story. It has feeling. The complete picture is perfect. Unfortunately, the braid details are hardly visible.

Despite my body and soul shouting out loud “choose picture four!”, I choose with my brain and not my heart. I choose picture three and think I have chosen correctly. What do you think?

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