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“but my little ones don’t like pictures”

By Cori Derksen | Jul 9, 2010

I hear this quite a bit from moms. “But my little ones don’t like pictures!” And they wonder what they should do and how they can possibly get a picture of them. Hopefully it’s encouraging to you to hear that my little guy doesn’t like me taking his pictures most of the time either. Stink.…

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blurry background

By Cori Derksen | Jul 7, 2010

Wanted to show you what it looks like when my lens is pretty wide open (low aperture number)… Manual settings: ISO – 250 (in full shade, but a very sunny day) aperture – 2.2 (focused on subject but wanting the background to fall off) shutter speed – 1/1000 second (just found the shutter speed that…

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my boys in the bath

By Cori Derksen | Jul 5, 2010

My Manual settings: ISO – 2000 (it was inside my bathroom, obviously, in the evening) aperture – 2.8 shutter speed – 1/160 second (as slow as I felt comfortable when photographing my wiggly boys, cause I needed more light in my camera) lens – 50mm 1.2L Then…I converted it to black and white in post…

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little man…

By Cori Derksen | Jul 3, 2010

My Manual settings: ISO – 200  (it was a sunny morning) aperture – 4.0  (I wanted to get some of the fabulous trees in the background) shutter speed – 1/1000 second (just used that speed to balance out the incoming light so it wasn’t overexposed) lens – 50mm 1.2L

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little blue eyed man

By Cori Derksen | Jul 1, 2010

My manual settings: ISO – 160 (sunny bright day, was shooting in open shade from a building) aperture – 2.8 (love 2.8, love the focus and intensity it brings to the subject and the background is beautiful but seems less important, not super sharp) shutter speed – 1/800 second (just compensating for the amount of…

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close up beautiful baby face

By Cori Derksen | Jun 29, 2010

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…

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more workshops

By Cori Derksen | Jun 28, 2010

I am loving teaching people how to use their cameras. So many people have purchased these fancy digital SLR cameras (you know the bigger cameras where you can change out the lenses) and well, they don’t know how to use all the fabulous buttons and functions on their cameras. Do you want to learn how…

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an adorable little guy

By Cori Derksen | Jun 27, 2010

My Manual settings: ISO – 1000 (it was pretty dark and shady under all the orchard’s trees) aperture – 2.8 (open wide enough to get some fabulous blurry bokeh behind the little boy but still a good fstop where his whole face, hair, and shirt are sharp) shutter speed – 1/250 second (just used that…

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a family shot

By Cori Derksen | Jun 25, 2010

A lovely family shot just enjoying each other. Here are my settings.. Manual settings: ISO – 640 (in full shade, but was a little dark because there was a cover over the top of us) aperture – 4.0 (an easy starting point for getting a family in focus is that you start with one f…

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