last photography workshop for 2010

Do you want to learn how to use your camera on manual? There are only a couple more spots left for my workshop on Saturday, September 18th. This is likely the last workshop for 2010 due to the busy fall that is approaching. So, if you’re interested sign up now or read more details about it.

The details on where I took this shot:
This was taken inside with natural light. No studio lighting and no flash were used. The windows were north facing and the little boy was facing east. So the window light is coming from the right side of the picture. Therefore the right side (when looking at the picture) of the subject is lit up more and the left side of him has more shadows on it. Some people try to avoid shadows, but I happen to like them. They make images realistic. Flash filled pictures have no depth. Everything is lit up. When a picture has shadows it allows the face to look natural, like we really look… for real. I like that. :)

My manual settings on this shot:
ISO – 1600 (inside near a window)
aperture – 2.8
shutter speed – 1/160 second
camera & lens – canon’s fabulous 5D mark II and my 50mm 1.2L (my current favorite lens)

manual camera settings


  1. Shahna Duerksen on September 2, 2010 at 8:44 am

    HI Cori. Any possibility of a scholarship or discount on the Sept 18 workshop? I’m very interested, but can’t swing the price right now. When might you be giving other workshops?

    Shahna Duerksen

  2. Jennifer on September 2, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Hi Cori-I have the 50mm 1.4 and I love it but I’ve noticed that sometimes there is a inconsistent focus (although it may be me the user lol) Any tips for using the 50mm? Thanks!

  3. SaraT on September 2, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    I was wondering about your lighting setup. I love that you just use natural light…love this picture and the little guy is way too adorable.

  4. Cori Derksen on September 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    my next workshop will most likely be in january 2011. the fall is pretty busy for me with lots of shoots and life. :) sorry, there aren’t any discounts at this time.

    jennifer, i haven’t personally used the 50mm 1.4 but maybe you could post that question on the bruises and bandaids facebook page and see if anyone else has had that problem? just an idea…