When I was pregnant, 9 months seemed like FOR.EVER. But while shooting my baby Wild Thing’s 9 month pictures, all I could think was, “where did that time go?!” The time just slips by you …one diaper at a time. … Continue reading
Happy Friday! Earlier this week I saw an image that I couldn’t get out of my head until I tried it … can you see why!? Fun, right?! … and perfect for summer. So, let’s talk about how I got … Continue reading
It’s been my pleasure to photographer this little beauty a few more times since these images. But I felt like you’d be missing out if I didn’t introduce you to her. She’s not only easy to work with but a … Continue reading
The 4th of July seem to have snuck up on me this year! Less than a week away and we have NO plans or any idea where to take the boys to see fireworks. So, before I research that for my area, I thought I’d repost last year’s tips on how I plan to shoot some images of the fireworks show.
Shoot some Fireworks!
1. Set your camera on Manual Mode (Dooo it!)
2. Set your ISO down to 100. This way you get maximum color saturation. Since the ISO will be so low, and the Wild Things will be roaming, you’ll want to use a tripod if you can. Resting the camera on your knees may work too but let’s face it, you may want you hands free in the event a Wild Thing starts to run across the field. In my shot below you’ll see some wriggle in the tips because I didn’t use a tripod. But Becky’s example is AWESOME! This year I’ll try using a remote shutter release & tripod … see if that’s a little more steady but still hands free.
3. We want detail so put your aperture f-stop at F/11 or F/16.
4. Put your camera on Evaluative Metering so your color and light is metered throughout your whole frame. This will enhance all the colors in the sky.
5. Slow your shutter speed waaay down. Start with a slow shutter speed of 3 seconds. Relax & go from there. What you’ll want to do is push your shutter release button down when the firework goes off and wait for the image to record 3 seconds of the light. Then when the shutter closes (you’ll hear it), check your LCD and see if it looks bright enough. Too dark? Slow your shutter speed down a little more … maybe try 4 seconds. Too bright? Do the opposite, try a faster shutter speed like 1 second.
Another tip is that you’ll want to try to dial in your settings as fast as possible. The longer it takes you, the more smoke will be in the air from the fireworks. No pressure, just concentrate. Once you get your settings where you want them, enjoy the show & click away!
This one below was shot by Becky M. – great shot!!
Thanks for sharing.
If you get some shots you’d like to share – email me!! I’d love to post them on the blog for you … send your settings too!
But most importantly, have fun & be careful!
Happy 4th of July!
Happy Father’s Day to my husband – the best dad a mom could ask for!
I love weddings! This wedding was gorgeous – everything about it – the weather, the bride, the venue. The family was wonderful and the bridal party was so much fun! I love looking back through these images of such a … Continue reading
Happy Friday! This week I wanted to post some tips for the beginners. Whether you shoot with a DSLR or a point & shoot, the concepts are the same. There’s a LOT I learned the hard way and a LOT … Continue reading
I love when he finds something he’s never noticed before. And that he always reminds me of the little things that I love and have forgotten to slow down and notice. Thank to Lord for children.
I just love this family! I met them shortly after my family moved back to California. We did a newborn session when their youngest was 4 days old. Since then, I’ve had the opportunity to capture images for them a … Continue reading
Nothing fills me up like watching my Wild Thing running around the beach. You can tell by his face, it’s his favorite place to be. I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of capturing these images of him, just being … Continue reading