You’ve got to crack a few eggs…

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…

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EXIF: F3.2, ISO 1600, SS 1/160

 

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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!

Where I Started

 

Almost 13 months ago, I had a little bundle of joy. Mess Maker J. And Mess Maker J. is perfect in every way.

I was fortunate enough to find Melinda Mae Photography who took beautiful pictures of my son and his messy parents. I realized the value of family photography, of turning a group of people who think they look horrible into a piece of art. I am forever grateful for the beautiful work Melinda did for us over the course of J.’s first year. Here is one of his newborn photos.

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After watching her work, I’ve been scrambling to catch up.

I started out with the point and shoot my MIL gave my husband for his birthday the year we moved to Belgium. And my goal was to do some one month milestone photos.

Here is one from the little shoot that I did with him at a hotel while my husband was working on a business trip.

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Meet Mess Maker J. at 1 month. He’s stinking adorable, I know. He is/was/always will be perfect. Aw.

While J. is perfect, the pictures I take of him are not. But I’m working on it.

I shot this with a Canon PowerShot SX700 HS  in Auto but this model does offer manual controls so it’s a worthy camera for those of you looking for something less intimidating and involved.

Let’s talk about what’s wrong with this image and why.

Background. That brown blanket on the bed is a huge distraction. I have come to learn how annoying and hard it is to edit stuff out of an image. So, for things other than capturing Little Mister playing, I remove EVERYTHING and check my playback constantly to see what I’m getting in my shots and reshoot then and there so I can avoid trying to edit it out. Key word is trying, I suck at this.

Motion blur and focus. EXIF: ISO 800, SS1/60, Aperture 3.2. An ISO of 800 usually causes noise, it does on the camera I’m currently working with too. So I try to avoid it, but it’s necessary when you don’t have enough light. It probably caused some of the focus to soften too but the biggest culprit ruining the image is the shutter speed. 1/60 is barely enough to account for handshake let alone bebe J. flailing about. So 1/125 is okay for a slow moving baby/kid but 1/200-250 is definitely better.

This is my true start at photography and it was a bumpy one. Fortunately, it doesn’t matter. I still love my little Mess Maker and the photos I took of him. The truth is, I can’t go back and get better photos, kids don’t stay little for long. SO take them, blurry and dark and grainy, take them anyway.

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