Category Archives: quick tips

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

craziness!!

The end of the school year is bonkers! It’s craziness! It’s fun but there’s way too much to keep up on. So I thought I’d share some crazy and fun pictures of my sweet little friend…little Molly. Here are some pictures I took of her silly and sweet expressions with my macro lens and the manual settings to go with them. Life’s not always sweet, calm smiles right? So let’s capture the silliness and the crazies as well. I like that cause it’s real life!  :)

All of these images below were taken with the same manual settings.

ISO – 250
aperture – F 3.2
shutter speed – ISO 1/160
camera body – canon 5D mark II
lens – canon 100mm macro 2.8L

Go out and capture some craziness!

camera focus point and eyes

I love to focus on the eyes. There’s so much emotion and life in the eyes. If I’m photographing just one person I most often put my focus point on their eyes. I love the eyes. The life is in the eyes. Whether there are smiles, intense stares, tears, wonder, or fear….you can feel it in the eyes. So try placing your focus point on your subject’s eyes. You might be happy with what you see.

My manual settings for the image below:
ISO – 250
aperture – F4
shutter speed – 1/250 second
lens – canon 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon 5D mark II
focus point – his intense blue eyes

My manual settings for the image below:
ISO – 320
aperture – F 3.2
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon 5D mark II
focus point – his eyes

My manual settings for the image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F2.8
shutter speed – 1/1000 second
lens – canon 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon 5D mark II
focus point – his eyes

My manual settings for the image below:
ISO – 640
aperture – F 2.8
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 50mm 1.2
camera body – canon 5D mark II
focus point – her bright eyes

smiles, laughter, and the manual settings

I LOVE laughter. It’s fun to laugh. It’s fun to watch your kiddos laughing hysterically. But I love so very much to capture it in photographs. Then it makes me smile every time I look at them. It’s like reliving a happy moment…over and over.   :)

My manual settings on this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 4.5
shutter speed – 1/400 second
lens – 50mm 1.2

My manual settings on this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 2.5
shutter speed – 1/800 second
lens – 85mm 1.2

My manual settings on this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 4
shutter speed – 1/500 second
lens – 50mm 1.2

Now go capture some smiles….but a TIP first….

Make SURE your camera settings are all figured out before you start trying to get those smiles. Get your camera all set up for the lighting and situation that you’re in and THEN try to gather smiles.