Category Archives: lighting

the golden hour

These images were taken during that last hour before the sun sets. It’s fabulous light and most often my favorite. Here are the manual settings that I used when photographing these beautiful sisters….

ISO: 640
shutter speed: 1/200
aperture: F 2.8
lens: canon’s 35mm 1.4L
body: canon’s 5D mark II

warm, lovely, evening light

I love warm evening light….it’s just magical. My favorite evening light is in the late summer and early Fall. Like these images below that were taken in mid October. It’s just warm, soft, and so very inviting.

I hope you are putting your camera on manual and heading outside during this gorgeous time of year and capturing some images of the people you love. Do it! You’ll regret it if you don’t. Here are my manual settings to help you out as you go on out and practice and play!

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 160
aperture – F 4
shutter speed – 1/200 second
lens – canon 35mm 1.4L

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 250
aperture – F 2.8
shutter speed – 1/500 second
lens – canon 85mm 1.2L

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 250
aperture – F 4
shutter speed – 1/500 second
lens – canon 85mm 1.2L

jack-o-lanterns

It’s almost Halloween. And…you may wonder (or not, but just in case)… how do you photograph jack-o-lanterns in the dark so that they look lit up? Well, here’s one way that I did it. You know, just in case it helps you.

I did not use a flash, because a flash just kind of kills it. I prefer the look of the warm candlelight coming through the jack-o-lantern face. I did however use a slow shutter speed (to allow lots of light to enter into my camera) and a high ISO (again for more light) and a wide aperture (bigger opening in my lens allowing more light). Each of these things allowed more light to enter my camera but my shutter speed was pretty slow which sometimes makes for a blurry picture. So I rested the camera body on the ground and just pressed the shutter… didn’t even pick up the camera, that way it was steady and could handle a slow shutter speed. Check it out.

ISO – 4000
aperture – F 2.0
shutter speed – 1/30 second

Happy halloween and FYI, these are tiny pumpkins. For some reason my boys wanted to carve the smallest pumpkins that they could get their hands on this year. Carving super small pumpkins…it’s a challenge for sure.  :)

late summer evening light

Late summer evenings….  It may still be pretty warm late in the summer, even in the evenings but oh I love the warm, cozy, golden light. My favorite time of day to shoot during the late summer is that last hour or so before the sun sets. The light is golden and it’s lovely. Here are a few shots of a sweet little girl and her little family in the golden light.

My manual settings for this shot below:
ISO – 250
aperture – F 2.8
shutter speed – 1/250 second
lens – canon’s 50mm 1.2L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II

My manual settings for this shot below:
ISO – 250
aperture – F 3.5
shutter speed – 1/250 second
lens – canon’s 50mm 1.2L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II

My manual settings for this shot below:
ISO – 400
aperture – F 3.2
shutter speed – 1/320 second
lens – canon’s 50mm 1.2L
camera body – canon’s 5D mark II