I am always looking to find ways to embrace motherhood and really enjoy time with my kids. I am so excited to be starting a photography class that helps me do just that!
What I learned about Lighting and Photographing my Kids Lesson 1
1. I found my favorite places for lighting in my house
My Kitchen area, is a relatively open space to the kitchen table where we do many many kids activities including kids crafts and fun food. So, it was important to me to figure out the best time of day for lighting in here. It was a normal sunny day. We finally got a break from the gloom that had covered the house for the last couple weeks.
2. I tested the lighting at different times of the day!
I learned that around 8 am, the light shines directly onto the counter (where J is sitting here). Side Light and Shadows can make a more dramatic picture.
3. I moved around the room to see where the light was hitting my kids’ faces the best.
Even if a room is darker, if you face your child towards the sun coming into the room, it can light up their face.
I think I figured out that Grade A lighting (the best lighting in my house) is at my kitchen table between 9am and 10 am.
4. I captured the small things on camera.
I enjoy close up pictures of the little things and details around our kids too. Right now, J is really into cars, so it’s fun to remember these things about this stage of his life by photographing them.
It was a little bright at this time, but I enjoyed seeing the color of J’s eyes so well reflected here. Looking back, it seems as though the yellow of his shirt is reflecting onto his face. Maybe the lines on the chairs could have provided lines to bring more focus on him (if I removed his sister’s bathrobe behind him).
My favorite picture for the week:
5. I tried to have a plan for what my kids would wear and what I was trying to accomplish.
I used light, play, and intention here. It was about 10am so I knew it was a nice time for lighting. I played with the blinds a little bit, closing one behind him and letting in side light to brighten his face with the other shutter. I loved his smile because he was playing and eating cereal like a big boy, which he was really enjoying. I intentionally had him wear his read sweatshirt to match the red birthday invitation I am creating for him. More than anything, his smile melts my heart here.
6. Even the most routine activity can end up being special memories to capture on camera and look back on.
Another part of our assignment was to find the different times of day that offer different levels of light. I realized the front yard at 9am is too harsh for sunlight. It causes lots of shadows and harsh brightness.
However, when J went into the shaded spot at this time of day and when he was facing the light, the picture turned out okay. I learned how shaded areas may cause a blue tinge light, but shade can still give a balanced light.
7. Practice! I am learning to take my camera everywhere.
A QUICK BEACH FIELD TRIP…and I brought my camera, along with my 3 little ones all by myself with a backpack, a towel, and jacket with lots of pockets. It would have been easier to keep my heavy camera in the car, but I just knew I could learn more if I brought it along! I’m glad I did! This was such a nice time to just get away after we had been cooped up in the house for weeks with all of my kids and my husband and I being sick for the last couple weeks.
This picture of M is so sweet capturing her kind demeanor and love of little things (like the little sea shell in her hand). I think it may have been too much light coming in, as I could not capture the ocean in the background (like I was able to in the picture below with H on the opposite side of me). So, the sun must have been behind M here and shining on H below. Also, perspective may helped here, maybe getting down lower to capture her expression.
I would have liked to use the lines of the waves, and the pier behind H to bring the picture back to focus on her.
I think perspective here could have helped. Maybe if I stepped down more to catch his face and back more to catch the ocean in the background. Either way I liked that I captured him enjoying the beach.
I liked how H and M were on different paths, but still running in the same direction to openness and opportunity (the ocean). I just felt it was symbolic of how they are always going to have their twin bond, always have each other, and hopefully running towards the bigger purpose in each of their lives…they are the same and unique all at the same time. I just wish I could have found a spot with just the 2 of them (omitting the strangers in the middle).
Camera: I have a Canon DSLR Camera, Rebel T3i
All in all I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful Momtography class with Beryl Ayn Young and I am thankful for the community of momtographers as well!
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