manual camera settings for photographing newborn babies

Babies, babies, oh precious babies…they’re amazing. And they change so fast. Here are a few images of a recent baby. These were photographed in the sweet baby’s home with natural window light.

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 640
aperture – F 2.5
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 50mm 1.2L
camera body – canon 5D mark II

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 1250
aperture – F3.5
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 100mm macro 2.8L
camera body – canon 5D mark II

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 640
aperture – F 2.8
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 50mm 1.2L
camera body – canon 5D mark II

Want to learn more about photographing babies?

Check out my newborn ebook and posing guide

capturing moments

Real moments.

Though it’s true that many of my clients do appreciate images of their family looking in the direction of the camera with smiles on their faces….these real moments are the ones that I love. They capture life as a child. As my boys are growing older I treasure images of moments that remind me of their little toddler years. Those years are fleeting. They are hard but they are also amazing. Even though I love the fact that our growing boys are so much fun and getting so big there are some days I miss those years and that is one of the reasons that I believe photographs are such a treasure. I take pictures. I capture moments. And… I hang them on my walls and put them in books. I hope you do too. Because they are precious and the moments will be a treasure after they’re gone.

Here are a few images I took of a sweet little two year old with her teddy bear…and the details as to how I took them. Keep photographing the people in your life. :)

The manual settings for these images below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 2.5
shutter speed – 1/400 second
lens – canon 35mm 1.4L
camera body – canon 5D mark II
lighting – morning in the shade of a building

my favorite lens and favorite people

Love these little bit bigger people. They are my nieces and nephew. Aren’t they cute? Sweet sunshine coming through the trees is my favorite. I love just a bit in my lens, not so much as to wash out the image but just the sun coming through in the corner. Love, love it. :)  Here are the manual settings for these images below. They were shot using my very favorite lens…. canon’s 85mm 1.2L. It’s such a lovely lens. Try it, rent it, borrow it, buy it. You’ll love it. :)

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 3.5
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 85mm 1.2L

The manual settings for this image below:
ISO – 200
aperture – F 3.5
shutter speed – 1/160 second
lens – canon 85mm 1.2L

Still using your camera on AUTO?? Learn how to use that fancy machine on MANUAL…. you’ll have so much control over the images you are able to capture. Learn now! Learn at your own home at your own pace. Check out my online workshop with video teaching. :)

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