I've completed 5 days of Courtney's 30 day photography challenge from Click-it Up a Notch and am really getting the hang of shooting in manual mode! I shoot manual for all of my pictures now, not just for the challenges. It takes a little more time, but I'm still getting enough pictures of the girls and other activities. If you would like to improve your photography skills, I highly recommend you buy this pdf. I'm not even 20% complete with it and I already love it and think it has helped so much just in these first 5 challenges!
Although I have completed 5 days, this post is only about Day 4!
Challenge 4 - Window lighting
I was trying to do "portraits" of the girls next to the windows in our house, but there isn't much space near the windows in our house, so I don't have too many photos. This time, Meredith was the uncooperative one, so I only have pictures of Mackenzie and Miranda.
Here are my photos I took as part of the challenge:
All the pictures below include my straight out of camera image (left or
top) and my edited image (right or bottom). I used my Canon EF 50mm
lens to take all of the photos. I'll
list the details of each shot below if you are interested.
Mackenzie - even though it's a posed smile, I like this picture because she didn't squint her eyes while she was smiling. Based on the info below, I probably could have bumped the ISO and shutter speed down and still had enough light for the same photo. This is a learning process!
50mm f/2 1/800ss ISO-1600
I'm not sure what was said, but I love her goofy faces as much as I love her sweet faces. And I guess I did learn from the above picture because I ended up lowering the ISO for this photo! ;)
50mm f/3.2 1/160ss ISO-400
As you can see, I didn't edit these photos too much. Just enough to pop the colors of her rainbow dress. Otherwise I'm pretty happy with the skin tone. I think one of the future challenges is about white balance and skin tone, so I'm curious to see how I will feel about these pictures after I do that challenge and learn how to "do" all that! ;)
50mm f/5 1/30ss ISO-400
Miranda sitting up like a big girl! Again, just a slight pop in the editing.
50mm f/3.2 1/160030ss ISO-1600
Miranda's half smile.
50mm f/3.2 1/640ss ISO-1600
50mm f/3.2 1/800ss ISO-1600
Mackenzie cooperated twice! I cropped this photo a little more in order to hide some of the junk in the back of the photo. I don't mind the piano, but the storage boxes don't help the photo! ;) Again, I should have tried lowering the ISO, but I either didn't think of it or I did and didn't like the photos that followed. I haven't looked at the details of the other photos to see what I did. I should probably do that.
50mm f/3.2 1/500ss ISO-1600
I'm ready to learn more - moving onto the next lesson!