I can’t believe it’s this warm in January! (More photo tips!)

Today is one of those days –  it’s one of those days when it’s worth forgetting about the laundry, the dishwasher, the toys, and all the chores because, well, for lots of reasons.  One, because Denny’s was offering a free grand slam breakfast to any one and everyone who arrived before 2:00 (we actually didn’t get to enjoy this offer because the line was out the door and around the corner…after I had already promised Lucy bacon there was no way out of breakfast, we went to IHOP instead…) and because it looks like this outside:

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I decided that it’s way more fun to play than it is to do housework!  So play we did.  And in the meantime I took out the camera and had some fun.  Once again, I found myself taking pictures in the middle of the day (probably the worst time to get a beautiful image because of the position of the sun in the sky…) so, I called on every trick I knew.  Last time I shared with you my “open shade” trick.  Which works like a charm, when there is shade.  But since our back yard remodel (yeah for grass!!!) we have zero shade trees.  It was full sun and all of the challenges that come with it. 

 

The first challenge of full sun is the shadows.  The sun makes your subject have dramatic raccoon eyes and causes a lot of “visual distraction” (or, in other words, a lot of clutter) in the pictures.  So, in order to combat the shadows, you have to embrace them.  Check out this image:  I made sure Luke’s face was completely in the shadows so everything was evenly lit.  I also made sure that the sun was at a 90 degree angle to my camera so I wasn’t shooting directly into the sun…Look how cute his little smile is!!!!!
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I saw the image on the LCD screen and I really liked it.  But there were two things I wanted to try to change.  First, I wanted to get his eyes a little more open (it was a challenge because to get at that angle I actually had to stand on top of our planter box and look down…a challenge for getting right into the eyes…) and I wanted to freeze the water.  So, to do that, I made a switch on what I wanted to tell the camera to do.  I shifted my camera off of aperture priority (I started our little photo session wanting to tell the camera to keep the aperture set around 5.6 because it was so bright) to shutter priority.  I wanted to freeze the water – and in order to do that I had to tell the camera to open the shutter for a really short amount of time.  You see, when the shutter stays open for a long time, your cameras’ sensor records all of the movement that goes in front of it.  And when water moves, it doesn’t look like drops, it looks like a steady stream.  I wanted the drops, so I told my camera to keep the shutter open for only 1/1000 of a second and let it choose my aperture.  That way it would freeze the movement and turn the stream of water into little drops.  Here’s what I got:

 

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Isn’t that so much fun!  It’s even better to get to play with water in your diaper in January!  

 

If you are enjoying these photo tips but would like some one on one instruction, give me a call.  I’d love to be your “photo coach” and go out and take pictures with you sometime!  Or, if you have a group of friends, let’s make it a mini photo workshop.  That sounds like it’s almost as much fun as playing in the water in your diaper in January:-)

sara

February 8, 2009 - 2:08 am

Hope - Hi Sara!
I used to work with Chris at SCORE! and I found your website through his Facebook profile.
I love these shots! And I’m loving the photo tips! I’m an amateur photography and love taking photos, especially of kids, though I don’t get to very often.

Keep the tips coming! And if you are ever in SoCal (Orange County area) and get a group together to go shooting I’d love to join in the fun!

Hope

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