Friday, November 30, 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

christmas photo tutorial by the crafty woman

I stumbled upon this awesome photography tutorial by The Crafty Woman and asked her to share it with my readers today! I'm so happy she said yes!

As much as I love photography, I'm horrible at explaining what I do! Coincidentally, she uses the exact same camera & lens that I do!

Christine's post below is perfect for anyone just beginning... it's easy to follow & understand... and seriously, how cute are her kiddies!?


 Canon Rebel T3,  18-55mm lens, 4.0 f-stop, 50 shutter speed, Auto ISO
Natural light from window (Light fabric curtain)
Distance from tree: ~3 feet

Canon Rebel T3, 50 mm lens, 1.8 f-stop, 15 shutter speed, Auto ISO
Natural light from window (light, sheer white curtain).
Distance from tree: ~6 feet.
(No tripod, though I'd recommend one.)

So this is a super quick tutorial:
Note: Most of these I used a Canon 50mm fixed lens.
Fixed meaning you can't adjust the zoom.

The 50mm lens is a great lens, gets clear images and can get a low f-stop, 
you just have to move back and adjust your self to fill your frame rather than zoom in and out with the lens.  
 Canon Rebel T3, 50mm lens, 1.8 f-stop, 50 shutter speed, Auto ISO
Natural light from window with light curtains.
Distance from tree: ~4 feet.

Closer vs. Farther
Canon Rebel T3, 50mm lens, 1.8 f-stop,  60 shutter speed, Auto ISO
Again natural light from window.
Distance from tree: ~5ft.

For the white background:
I positioned the chair just inches from the window and a few feet from the tree.
The light weight fabric allowed light in without it casting harsh shadows. 
the bigger the blur!
(Like the one above.)
(Make sure your f-stop is set at the lowest.)

the smaller the blur!
(Like the one below.) 

Remember the basics:
Low shutter speed=more light

Low f-stop=more blur in back/foreground

A lower shutter speed can be tricky when it gets below 30.
A tripod can help keep it steady and try to have your subject hold still.
If you aren't familiar with your manual settings:
I suggest looking here.
She has some great explanations and tutorials! 

Canon Rebel T3, 50mm lens, 1.8 f-stop,  60 shutter speed,, Auto ISO
Again natural light from window.
Distance from tree: ~6 inches.



(The two above where without curtains, hence the harsh light.)

These are easy, quick photos to capture at home.
You can see the difference the dark vs. white tree makes in the over all appearance, as well as the distance.  
It is so fun to play with and figure out the distance. 

To save your sanity, practice with an object before going for it with the kiddos!   


Monday, November 19, 2012

adorable avery

 If you think her parents look familiar, they should!
I shot their belly pics a little while back!!


Friday, November 9, 2012

perspectives photo challenge :: favorite ::


Every Friday, Maria-Isabel of Agape Love DesignsNatalie of When Shutters Click and I are happy to host an exciting photography challenge!

The concept is simple.
Each week we will choose a "theme" and on Friday, we ask that everyone link up {only} 3 photos representing that theme.  It's all about perspective & interpretation!

{If you don't have a blog, you can link to a flickr account, facebook album, etc. We just want to see your photos!!}

The perspectives challenge will be on hiatus, after this week, until the beginning of the new year.
It is a crazy time of year and we finding it harder & harder to take the time to make this challenge a success!  We hope to be back in the new year with fresh ideas & a fabulous link up for you!

This week's theme is

Faceless Portraits


5 senses

Since we're taking a perspectives break... I thought it would be fun to grab 3 favorites from past challenges!!  Looking forward to seeing how YOU interpreted this week's theme!!

Grab a button a spread the word & don't forget to follow your hosts!

Feel free to tweet using hash tags #Perspectives or #PerspectivesPhotoChallenge
as well as tag @mariagridley, @Mom2MandR, and @shuttersclick.

If you can't link up this week, that's okay!

Last but not least, every week, each host will choose & highlight their favorite photo from the linkup!
This is my fave from the Trick or Treat linkup:

This Shirtey Temple inspired post was just too cute!! LOVED it!