As Easter hops its way onto the horizon and photographers everywhere scramble to get their sessions and edited, I wanted to go back to talking about my journey as a photographer.
The last time we spoke about my journey, I talked about J.’s first milestone session at one month (linkylink). I struggled at the time with lighting and the bed we were using and low shutter speed with my Canon Powershot. By Easter, I was warming my husband to the idea of a DSLR so I was still using my Canon Powershot.
At the time, Pinterest bombarded me with cute photos of babies and damnit I wanted cute Easter photos of Mess Maker J.! So to work we went. This time we draped a blanket over the back of our loveseat and used better lighting from the window in our living room. The lighting wasn’t that much better…
EXIF: F3.2, ISO 1600, SS 1/160
EXIF: F3.2 (which would mean good bookeh if the background were actually far away and not a part of what was propping Little Mister up), ISO 1250 (which means lots of noise), SS 1/160 (which means his hand is mostly not blurry).
So the biggest problem with these is that they’re soooo grainy and so the focus is soft. The focal point is definitely not on Mess Maker J. in the top photo, the bottom is much better but I think the focal plane is still a little skewed.
What will I do differently this year? Mostly have a 14 month old vs. a 2 month old! Haha. So bigger mess.
Get more light via reflectors. Some white sheets can reflect a decent amount of light, foil over cardboard, etc. Get that good light back in there!
The shutter speed is still too low as there is a touch of motion blur on his hand.
And lastly, that stupid blanket is all wrinkly and I still hadn’t learned my lesson about pulling it tight… so PULL THE BLANKETS TIGHT! Seriously.
That’s it for now, I’m getting pumped for my Easter minis! I can’t wait to see what everyone puts out there!
Keep making messes and taking pictures!