Awww, meeting Baby Colton for the first time was so precious. He was so tiny and so perfect. His soft, even skin tone made me ponder why our skin must change as we age... Oh, to have that perfect baby skin. There is nothing like holding a brand new baby, their sweet scent and I just love how Colton snuggled up with his legs tucked tightly to his chest and his hands close to his face, the comfort that a wee baby brings, I felt the stresses of my world melt away as I snuggled with this little guy. I was quickly reminded that it was not that long ago that my daughters were once this small. Brittany and Jason, you both made one beautiful baby.
This particular shoot was planned as a 'Lifestyle Shoot'. Just exactly what is Lifestyle Photography? My view of imagery is that it should reflect reality. It should capture your life just as it is. The ups, the downs, the values, the attitudes, the emotions, the personalities, and the life. The greatness and the quality of your life. We often see families posed and smiling, but it doesn't reflect what I think can be captured in 'Lifestyle Imagery'. I want to see and capture life as it is happening... thus 'Lifestyle Photography'. Looking back on my own childhood, there were so many pictures that were perfect shots depicting life as it was unfolding. This is what I LOVE!
Brittany and I walked through her home to find the best light that I could use to capture this little bundle. I was so excited when I walked into a spare bedroom and there in that room was the most radiant light coming into the room. Oh, how I get excited when I score an ideal lighting situation. Propped up against the wall was a mattress and box springs awaiting to be set up (Brittany and Jason had just moved into their home a few days earlier). I asked Jason if he would be willing to help me set the bed up on the floor, with the right angle as to capture the natural light coming across the room. He quickly moved into action. I laid out a beautiful knitted blanket across the mattress and made a make shift bed with pillows leaned against the head of the bed and the wall. It was time to get to work while I had this most perfect lighting. I set my camera adjustments in Manual Mode, Brittany laid little Colton down and I began capturing the new life of baby Colton. He was so amazingly good the entire time. There is something special about photographing a brand new baby... everytime, I get ch
Day 8 - Exposure Metering
By now you have realized that everything we have covered has to do with light. A true understanding of a correct exposed image has to do with light. Today’s lesson is no different. Bryan Peterson states in his book, Understanding Exposure, “At the center of the photographic triangle is the “exposure meter”. The exposure meter is the “eye” of creative exposure.”
Exposure meters come in two forms. Either separate units not built into the camera, or as with most of today’s cameras, they are built in to the body of the camera. Cameras with built in exposure meters enable you to point the camera and lens at the subjects while continuously monitoring any changes in exposure. This metering system is called through-the-lens (TTL) metering.
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Day 7 - Exposure Triangle - Putting it all Together
So we have made our way through understanding how your camera works using Aperture, Shutter speed and ISO and how they affect the pictures that we take. Understanding the three components of aperture, shutter speed and ISO is necessary to have control over the correct exposure of your pictures.
I’m here to announce that this is the end of auto mode for you my friends. You will never be going back to that little dial on your camera that says “auto”. I know, it seems intimidating and I certainly had the same reaction. In fact I can remember my heart palpitating and my hands beginning to sweat when my instructor announced that we were going to shoot in manual from here on out. I was fearful that I would not understand what it would take to have amazing pictures like the pros do, would I remember how to put it all together? But hey, you made it this far didn’t you? Not to worry! I’m here for you every step of the way, giving you the step-by-step details so that you can learn to take a properly exposed picture every time. Feel better now? Good. Let’s move on.
What exactly do you mean by exposure?
Exposure refers to how dark or how bright your photo is due to the amount of light that is recorded in your camera’s sensor. It’s that simple.
What is this exposure triangle anyway?
The exposure triangle describes the relationship between the three aspects of exposure. Each corner of the triangle represents one of the three variables, aperture, shutter speed and ISO. Adjusting just one of these will make the photo darker or brighter and will change the outcome or appearance of the photo based on what you have changed. Using a longer shutter speed will create motion blur to your photo, but will also make your photo brighter (increased exposure) due to more light hitting the sensor. The easiest way to understand it is to look at the image below.
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Day 5 - Understanding Aperture also known as f/stop
Aperture refers to the opening of the lens, which lets light pass, Called f/stops (meaning fractions) as listed in the numbers from f/16 all the way down to f/1.4. Aperture affects how much or how little blur we get in our pictures. All blur is not bad. Depth of Field refers to how much sharpness is in front and behind your subject on which the lens is focused. Sound confusing? It will click with you, I promise.
Here's an illustration that shows how f/stops effect the shutter. This might help to give you a visual as I describe the effects in greater detail below.
Great photography doesn’t take fancy equipment or college degrees—just passion and a willingness to invest in yourself and in the memories you’ll be preserving for generations to come.