2.25.2014

Lighting & Exposure Practice | Mom and Pop Photo School

**These are all my photos, taken by myself, and my work thanks to Mom and Pop Photo School having me be a part of their affiliate program.**

While I patiently impatiently await the mountains of snow melting, I've been trying to work on photography lighting inside my house. Outdoor photography is what the 101 course for Mom and Pop Photo covers but since we have had crazy weather I've been utilizing "The Lab" (the online classroom) for Mom and Pop Photo and have been asking loads of questions on exposure and lighting for indoors. I've been working on playing with white balance, exposure, shutter speeds, and much more all while trying to snap a few shots daily with my wiggly jiggly kids! I'm starting to get some "formulas" figured out that give me good results for different areas of my house and times of day!  My house is filled with a lot of yellow/warm tones so it has been a goal of mine to get the best white balance and exposure settings figured out so that I get truer tones and less oranged-out photos! I'm still far away from where I want to be overall, but I'm still so excited for my progress. I had to share my mini photoshoot from last week. These photos aren't perfect and I need to make some tweaks in the future to help combat the movement blur of the kids. But thanks to all the coaching from the course writers I got some great feedback and things to work on! Most importantly though,  over and over again in their course it is written, photos don't have to be "perfect" to be amazing. I think these photos are proof of that. I wasn't trying to pose them. I just dressed them in complimentary clothes that day, gave them some rock candy, and got out my camera and just started to capture that lil moment of play between them! They were having fun all on their own with no pressure of smiles and "taking perfect posed photos."

These images are all SOOC. (straight out of camera, unedited)


(Wait, I lied. I did crop that one actually. But that is the only change made to any of these.)



Lets all cross our fingers and toes…and whatever else you feel like crossing, in hopes that spring is just around the corner, and that I can finally get more outdoor practice! Until then, I will continue to blow up "The Lab" with questions that don't pertain to their course! ;-)
…seriously, I'm sorry Candace! Just tell me to stop. lol

12 comments:

  1. I love all these pics! Especially the last one!

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    1. Thanks Kelly! They make my work look good even though I need to still master a few skills. I can't wait until Mom and Pop Photo releases their indoor portrait course!

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  2. These are gorgeous!! You'll have to do a post on the tips :) Great job!!

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    1. I would love to do a post on tips once I through the whole course! Seriously though, you should check out their site and courses..You would love it. It's so relatable for Moms who are just trying to get a cute photo of their always moving kid!

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  3. That picture of Janae is soooo perfect! And Jay's lip in the first one, stop so cute

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  4. Cutest kids. Ever! Cute photos, makes me wish I still had a DSLR camera.

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    1. Thanks friend!! Having a DSLR is amazing but it really takes a lot of practice and studying to be able to use it beyond a regular point and shoot!

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  5. I'm working on honing my DSLR skills so this is inspiring! Thank you! Adorable babies! Tammy @wildruffle.com

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    1. Thanks!!! I still have SO MUCH to learn but I'm out of auto mode so that in and of itself is a huge step for me!

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  6. I am trying to convince Chris to get us a DSLR. He thinks I'm trying to take up another hobby and I obviously don't need any more of those! :) Love all the pics of your cutie patooties!
    Eva Marie

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    1. DSLR cameras are AMAZING but it seriously does take a lot of time and effort to practice and to learn how to use it beyond auto mode which is just makes it a really expensive point and shoot! I'm so happy I'm finally buckling down though to learn and officially out of auto mode.

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