Can I just say by this point I am getting pretty obsessed with light in a good way:)
Momtography Lesson 2: I see my kids sitting and just love how the light hits their face and BOOM! I grab my camera and take the pics! When they light is hitting their face, showing the vibrant youth in their skin and the twinkle in their eyes, that to me is capturing the joy in motherhood. I just love it!
This Lesson helped me think of 7 Ideas for Taking Fun Photos of your Kids Inside your House that I’ll share with you throughout this post and as a summary at the end!
The lesson 2 this week pushed me past my comfort zone.
We were asked to take pictures in Av mode on my Canon DSLR!
Okay, in the past I avoided this mode because pictures always came out blurry. My kids are always moving so quickly when they are playing and being cute.
Camera: I have a Canon DSLR Camera, Rebel T3i, Lense 55-250mm
Goal: capture a picture of my daughter M twirling in her favorite dress!
Although I love crisp photos that capture my children’s beautiful features, I actually thought the blur I captured when my girls were twirling in some of my pictures were quite beautiful as well….would this blur be considered artistic?
Av Mode: 1/30, 4.0, 1600
Increasing ISO below in Picture B helped increase the shutter speed and catch her in the middle of a twirl. It looks like she is just posing still here, but she was mid-twirl (you can tell by her foot pivoting behind her).
Av Mode: 1/85, 4.0, 3200
As she started to twirl faster, I increased my ISO which allowed my shutter speed to increase to 250 as well.
Av Mode: 1/250, 4.0, 6400
Manual Mode: 1/250, 4.0, 6400
Just for the heck of it, I wanted to see if I could catch her in Manual using the same settings and I did:)
Av: 1/125, 5.0, 1600
Here, I wanted to see how the lighting shining in from behind would affect the picture. It seemed to set a light haze around her. Again, is this considered artistic?
I try to be careful of noise. There is some noise in the picture F below.
I know I didn’t get her entire body in the picture, (my wide 55-250mm lens would not go out any farther so I could get her whole body) but I just loved her expression so I took the imperfect picture of my perfectly beautiful M anyways:)
Manual Mode: 1/250, 4.0, 6400
Since my camera ISO cannot go any farther and at this rate, it appears to be a noisy picture (plus I cut her hands off), would switching my lens to maybe my nifty fifty so I could decrease the aperture help?
Goal: Picture of my daughter in her favorite color
Av Mode: 1/20, 4.0, 6400
Manual Mode: 1/125, 4.0, 6400
Does increasing shutter speed not only help freeze motion but darken lighting?
I am really a learn by do and learn by example kind of mom, so it really helps me to see it on her Momtography videos, and then to apply and practice my skills plus write my notes in my notebook. I was inspired by the Lesson 2 video to let my kids break the rules a little bit just so I could capture some cute pics and get a feel for ISO inside.
Need a Higher Shutter Speed…Since I cannot adjust shutter speed in Av mode, increasing the ISO helped.
Goal: Try to catch H doing something against the rules (I let her break the rules and jump on our couch).
Different perspectives: Av Mode: 1/85, 4.5, 1600
Cute but blurry: Av Mode: 1/85, 4.5, 1600
TOoo blurry: Av Mode: 1/85, 4.5, 1600 (did her increased movement or the increased f stop make her blurry here?)
I couldn’t help myself, I switched over to Manual mode so I could control the shutter speed and catch her in action…I still had to learn which f stop would be best.
Favorite Picture of the jumping:) Just wish I could have caught her mid-jump without the blur:) Manual Mode: 1/250, 4.0, 1600
Manual Mode: 1/250, 4.0, 1600 (too blurry when mid jump but perfect shutter speed for landing the jump in picture below).
Another favorite: I just love the pure joy here. Her natural smile and beauty just shining through here. Manual Mode: 1/250, 4.0, 1600
Manual Mode: 1/250, 4.5, 1600….Although it is a little blurry here (which I am thinking is because I increased the f stop), I still love that she is looking at me here, like “I can’t believe my mom is letting me have this much dun breaking the rules.”
Goal: Tell the Story of their sisterly bonding.
Manual Mode: 1/85, 4.5, 3200…Sisterly bonding (don;t worry H is just poking her lip here) I love how the increased ISO brightened the photo here. I had to increase the ISO because I decreased the shutter speed (since they were sitting still) and that seemed to darken the picture. I did not lower the ISO because I wanted more of the picture in focus.
7 Ideas for Fun Photo Shoots with your Kids:
1. Let them dress up in something they love and just watch them light up!
2. Encourage them to play the part of the outfit (i.e. twirl in your princess dress).
3. Let them pick their outfit in their favorite color (then talk about the color, “tell me about your favorite color of ice cream”).
4. Ask them about what they are wearing. “Show me how your dress twirls or how your boots stomp.”
5. Let them do something outside the box. What’s something you wouldn’t usually let them do? Like I let H jump on our couch…how about even jumping on pillows?
6. Let them play their favorite animal! Like I had H and M chase each other like little lions!
7. Catch them off guard from around the corner in the middle of make believe play or in the middle of a sisterly talk, or brotherly wrestle!
Summary Lesson 2:
- Decreased Light Coming In=Decreased Shutter Speed=Blurry Pictures
- Light Coming in can be increased by increasing the ISO
- Inside: On a nice sunny day, ISO 1600 is enough boost for my pictures. On cloudy days my camera needs 3200-6400. Of course, next week learning about aperture or f-stop and how that helps with lighting and shutter speed will helpful in preventing blur.
- Increasing my ISO helped my shutter speed increase and therefore helped prevent the blur in my photos.
- How ISO and Shutter Speed Interact: I learned that the more light available for my camera depends on 2 things: 1.how much light is available where I am taking my picture, 2. my ISO.
- Increasing my f stop seemed to make the picture a little blurry and darker…Hmmm more on f stop in Lesson 3 from Momtography.
Photography Questions & Answers:
Does decreasing the shutter speed make the photo appear darker? Yes, the more light you have can help the camera
Should I try to get their whole body or just chest up for a portrait in Picture F? There are no real rules in creativity. For a portrait I’m okay with shoulders or chest up.
Should all portraits be done with “Rule of Thirds”? No, there are no rules in your creativity when capturing cute pictures, including portraits. I like rule of thirds to switch it up but I like having them in the center of the photo as well.
How do we know if a picture looks artistic or just blurry? Like in Picture A. A lot of the creativity and how artistic you think it looks is up to you. I actually think it makes picture A really pretty and captures the sweet nature of my daughter M.
Would making Picture F a close up and making it Black and White take away the noise? Black and white can make it look a little more dramatic and may decrease the look of the noise.
Once again, I am loving Momtography with Beryl Ayn Young and I really appreciate weekly feedback on our FB group from Jen as well!