my manual settings:
ISO – 1600 (shot inside near a window, but with my macro lens I need more light)
aperture – 5.0 (with my macro lens I like it to be a bit more closed up so more of her face is sharp)
shutter speed – 1/250 second (again with a 100 mm lens I try to stay faster than 1/100 second for sure so there isn’t movement)
lens – 100mm macro 2.8L IS
Tag Archives: close up
my manual settings:
Choosing a location to do a little photo shoot is so fun. At least I think it is. :) If you’re taking pictures of little kids, remember their small. So…you don’t have to have a huge background for a close up face shot. You can use just a portion of a wall, or just a door, or simply part of a window sill or edge. For example, these shots below.
This one was taken on a wall that had a bunch of distracting stuff on it (painted text, a big billiard ball, a door and windows). But all I needed was a small space for this little one.
These pictures were taken with just a portion of a window’s blue edging….a very small blue space.
This picture was taken in front of a graffiti covered garbage bin or storage bin. I’m not even sure what it was. But we liked the colors on it. :)
Just wanted to throw an example your way. This picture was shot with my fstop or aperture set at 2.5. Remember, those are the same thing, f-stop and aperture. Two different names, same thing. But anyways, do you see the blur in the background? That’s what you’ll get with 2.5
In case you’re interested, the rest of my settings were:
Oh and one more thing…..shoes are the cutest part of a little boys’ wardrobe….just in case you wondered. With girls you get bows, dresses, etc. With boys…you get shoes. :)
So, you’re all set and you’ve got your eye in the viewfinder and you’re ready to “click” the shutter. BUT WAIT….move in closer (or zoom in closer if you’re using a zoom lens) to your subject (child, hubby, cat, whatever)….now take the picture. Get up close and personal. SO much more life, especially when photographing a child.
If you’ve got a beautiful composition and you need the snow or the trees or the barn in the picture then, yes, absolutely take that first picture. And then after that….go in closer and take it again.