These are the notes I scribbled down from the uber-talented Amy and Deanna, mixed in with some random pictures of the Opryland hotel.
*turn off the flash! Try to time your pictures with the best lighting of the day. (clarification on this: of course you have to use a flash sometimes. Amy recommended lightscoop.com and I think I’m going to give it a try on my camera…)
*capture people and kids as they are: try to avoid “say, cheese!”
*move in closer! nope, even closer.
*seek out the good light~having them simply turn their faces can make a world of difference in pictures. Ty to avoid harsh sunlight on faces, backlighting (light behind person), spotty lighting.
*If the light is bad, make the most of it. Capture their outline in the sun going down, or some close-up details.
*focus on the details! zoom in to capture the toes, the dirty little hands, the expression, or the mis-matched socks.
*The lower your ISO, the more color saturation you’ll have. The higher it is, the more grainy your pictures will be. Get it as low as conditions will permit.
*The aperture of a lens is the opening at which light passes through. You’ll see funny numbers on your camera lens that look like this: f/3.5 – f/5.6. This means that my lens makes a range of openings from the 3.5 stop to the 5.6 stop.The larger the F-stop number is, the smaller the opening is, letting in less light. The lower the F-stop number is, the bigger the opening is, letting in more light.
Little focus like a face=you want a lower number
Bigger focus area like a landscape=you can have a higher number
I am saving up for a lens with a lower f stop so I can let more light in!
I’m still going through my scribbles…more from the home workshop tomorrow! What is the best photography tip you have? I am just hoping I’m getting this all right….
I love Kate’s tutorial as well…I actually printed it off and keep it in my camera bag!!