Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Photo Shoot...Sort Of

For a while now, I've been wanting to do a "photo shoot" of sorts with a real person who is willing and able to follow directions.

My kids normally don't fall into that category.
Yesterday, however, Breck somehow agreed to work with me for a little bit. I told him where to stand and he posed himself.
Here's what I got:

"It's too bright!!"
(Using the brick wall is something I've taken from Tracy's shots.)

Oops, my white balance was not on sunny.
And that speck of sunlight bugs me.

While we were shooting at the tree, I got some really cute shots - of half his face. I was trying to get him to look at me, and I couldn't see where I was shooting...this makes me miss my "live view" mode oh so much!!!

And here's the best one I got of Rowan.

While these aren't terribly wonderful, I did learn a few things:

1. I need filler light - I think a simple piece of white poster board would help with this.

2. Small areas around the house do just fine for backgrounds!

3. Remember to check the white balance prior to shooting!!!

Anyone have tips for me for next time?!


  1. I have no tips; you're way ahead of me. I do love the shot that you dislike because of the spot of sunshine on his cheek.

  2. I can't offer any tips since I'm not even close to knowing all the terminology or for that matter, how to even use my camera...hehe! It's all foreign to me.

    Great pictures!

  3. Yea, no tips from me either because you are far ahead of me on all of this, but those are wonderful! And, don't discount the "half his face" shots -- sometimes those are really precious!!

    My only tip -- try different times of day, and do your best to have them facing away from the sun; squinting never turns out good : ) Oh, and slightly cloudy days work beautifully for outdoor shoots. Other than that, I got nuthin' in the way of tips....Have fun, though!

  4. OK.. my computer keeps eating my comment. This is the third time I'm typing this up!!!!!!

    Shooting in the morning or late afternoon or even on an overcast day helps with the sun. You can also have the sun to your side so that it doesn't make your subject squint.

    Love the one with the tree and love your daughters eyelashes in the last one.

  5. These are so cute Katie!!! You did a good job for your first try. I'm going to attempt it with my children on Friday at our state capitol building. They have some beautiful scenery there. Rowan's eyelashes are just sooooo pretty!!

  6. Oh my...what absolutely precious little bundles of love. :)


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