Think Pink!

It’s Pink Week at IHeartFaces! This is my niece almost 2 years ago.

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What are all those settings?

When we bought our first SLR camera, my husband and I knew very little about how to use the camera. All we knew was that it took great photographs compared to the 1.3 MP Casio Exilim we had been using.

So the husband got to reading. He read the manual from front to  back. I was a slacker and didn’t but listened to instruction from him. After all, I was busy planning a wedding!

So for a bit I just used the green setting, automatic. ::gasp:: Shame on me! You can do so much more with your camera!

If you don’t get off the green icon then you’re simply shooting with a super large, super expensive point and shoot.

So what are all those settings?

The little icons set the camera modes according to what you’re taking a picture of. The running guy is sports, for example, and the flower sets the camera for macro photography.

The settings I’m talking about are the manual settings.

Program (P) – In this mode you have slightly more control of the camera than you do on auto mode (which is no control). You have control over the flash & ISO. The aperture & shutter speed are calculated and set by the camera.

Aperture Priority (AV or A) – You set the aperture (also called f value) and ISO. The camera chooses a shutter speed that will give you the best exposure.

This is useful if you know you want to blur the background and aren’t overly concerned with shutter speed. Since my main subjects are fast moving, I want control over the shutter speed.

Shutter Priority (S or TV for time value) – You set the shutter speed and ISO. The camera chooses an aperture value to best expose your photograph.

When I’m trying to catch my 2 year old in action I need a shutter speed of at least 1/125 second. The faster, the better. But, slower shutter speeds can certainly make for more interesting photos so don’t be afraid to slow it down. Sometimes you’ll be surprised with what you capture.

Manual (M) – I use this setting most often. I don’t want the camera thinking for me. I am a control freak, and manual mode gives me total control.

The downside to shooting in manual is if you have changing light conditions you will need to adjust your settings. This may not be so great if you’re shooting a wedding, for example, and the sun decides to come out from behind the clouds. You will have to take time from the ceremony, and potentially important shots, to fix your exposure.

I recommend trying manual mode while you’re learning about exposure. Messing with the settings and learning about the cause & effect of those settings is the best learning experience you can get.

As always, feel free to leave a link to your work. I love finding new inspiration.

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Love Your Shot

Yet another photo link up! I love finding these because they inspire me in my photography.

This entry was taken 3 weeks ago at a good friend’s wedding. Isn’t she gorgeous?! I used an Infrared present in Lightroom & love the she glows.

Check out other submissions:

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Happy Birthday, Epiphanie!

Epiphanie Bags makes the absolute cutest camera bags for women. Epiphanie Bags is only one year old! To celebrate they are giving away a Canon 5D Mark II! How sweet!

As an entry I’ve taken a picture of My Life the Way I Picture It! I’ve always wanted to be a stay a home mom, and these two little guys are my entire world.


Check out the contest at Epiphanie! Hurry! It ends today!

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iheartfaces *chalk*

This week’s challenge on iheartfaces is “chalk”. Here are my boys (& the husband & I) playing with chalk. I call it “The Demise of Little Brother”.

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The Crop Factor

When I first learned about the crop factor, I was all like “what does it matter? Just back up.” Seemed too simple to me. Then in real life situations you understand why many photographers like to shoot “Full Frame”.

Most DSLR cameras do not shoot full frame, that is 35 mm. The camera has a crop factor which is determined by the dimensions of the camera’s image sensor. Smaller sensors = more cropping.

Both my Canon Rebel XT & 7D have a crop factor of 1.6. If you compare images shot full frame this is what you would get:

The inside box shows what you would see from the same position if your camera has a crop factor of 1.6.

You can think of it like this: a camera with a crop factor magnifies your lens. If you have a 50mm lens (nifty fifty, anyone?) and your camera has a crop factor of 1.6 then you’re essentially shooting with an 80mm focal length (50mm x 1.6 crop factor).

In tight spaces like in someone’s home or a small studio, this can present problems. You may not be able to include certain elements in a photo if you don’t have space to back up.

On the other hand some people like shooting with a zoomed in view because you get a close up picture without cropping, preserving the full megapixel potential of your sensor. When you crop an image you lose quality.

Point & shoot cameras can have a crop factor as large as 6.

Canon’s full frame cameras are the 5D & 5D mark 2 and the 1DS mark 2 & 1DS mark 3. The other Canon SLRs have a crop factor of 1.3, 1.5 or 1.6.

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i heart faces

If you haven’t heard of iheartfaces yet and you love photography, you are missing out!

This website, created by a group of photographers, is a great resource for any budding or experienced photographer. Goodies include tutorials, interviews with photographers, giveaways & a weekly photo challenge

This week’s challenge is “smirk”.

My husband & I are a photography team and caught this smirk on camera at a wedding this past weekend.

What a handsome groom!

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