Cara Crumbliss Photography- Chicago Family Photographer- Where I Went Wed: Mani Pedis

March 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

I had such great plans for this week's Wednesday post to be a chronicle of my very first Bulls game at the United Center.  It would have been so cute with some artsy photos of the tickets, a couple actions shots of the game, and perhaps a few detail shots of the venue to round it out.  It was going to be a fun post. 

Of course, that didn't happen.  Instead, I sat crying on my couch Thursday night after being stood up for the big game. 

HAHAHAHA.  Ok, there's at least SOME truth in there.  I WAS suppose to go to a game and I DID get cancelled on at the very last minute. But there were no tears, only the sigh of relief from the "ladies" for not having to go to boob jail on a weeknight.  Lesson learned that men who wear Lululemon sweatpants and Uggs really aren't looking to take GIRLS on dates.... 

Cara Crumbliss Photographer, Chicago based family photographyCara Crumbliss Photographer, Chicago based family photographyCara Crumbliss Photographer, Chicago based family photography Instead, today I bring you a lovely outing with my sister in law and niece!  It's almost SPRING, so we had to get our gnarly nails ready to be seen. 

Ever the optimist, I told Ella that it's spring now.  She corrected me, "Wawa.  No. It. Is. Not.  Do you see any flowers or leaves on the trees?  Gah!"  Haha.  She might come by that Crumbliss attitude honestly!

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Digits Nail Salon on Montrose has a Tuesday/ Wednesday special for $33 mani/ pedis.  A pretty great deal- and the absolute best mani/ pedi in the city!  I can get their manis to last a full week without chipping.  And pedis usually don't chip at all!

 

 

Photography

It's not often that you have a reason to photograph a pedicure.  So, let's step back from the event itself and look at the shooting conditions. You can't always predict lighting/ shooting conditions when you take snapshots to put in a scrap book, so it's critical to learn how to read the light and make it work for you!

The nail salon was well lit- with nasty fluorescent bulbs- but bright enough that I wasn't hurting for light.   In this case, the amount of light is no longer a concern, but the COLOR of the light is.  Fluorescent lighting gives off a really gross blue tint that makes the photo cool.  I prefer the warmer (orange/ red) tones of natural sunlight or even incandescent bulbs.  DSLRs are super smart, though and can accommodate for the excess blue tones in fluorescent lighting. 

This is achieved through adjusting your White Balance to Fluorescent.  Alternatively, there is an Auto setting for White Balance which (for most camera bodies) does a pretty good job of reading the color of light. 

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