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I thought this was a really awesome concept for shooting up high.

Find the article here.


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So all the products I post on here are just products that I’ve come across or think are cool. No one pays me to post them.

Okay so how cool are these? They’re camera neck straps!

Anyway… I found them from i heart faces because they’re doing a drawing. Crossing my fingers that I win. Otherwise I’ll probably buy one this year. And of course, I’ll have to get one for each camera.

My Funky Camera

i heart faces Contest

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Before this December it had been a long time since I had to shoot indoors. To be quite honest, I’m not a huge fan with photographing indoor wedding simply because it’s harder to control your light. I feel much more comfortable relying on the environment for light.

Recently I read an article from MCP Actions regarding some quick tips for shooting indoors. The basic components they talk about is ISO, shutter speed, and f-stop. They always have great articles and suggestions that bring up ideas for me to share with you.

Though they went covered a wide range of ways to deal with it, I’m only going to touch on a few.

1. Shoot with a high ISO setting. Keep in mind that the higher the ISO setting, the grainer they will be. Below is an example of the grain on a photo straight out of the camera (SOOC – not edited). I’ve also zoomed in to give you a better idea.

Notice it isn’t as crispy?

Though this isn’t something that most photographers enjoy dealing with. You can always take advantage of the situation and turn it into more of an artsy photo. You can increase the contrast and turn it into a fine art
photo (see some small tweaks below).

2. Use lenses with fast apertures. The photo above was taken at an f4 but you can buy lenses that go as far as f2.

3. Slow down your shutter speed. The photo above was taken at 1/80 which is still pretty fast. Since I wasn’t using a tripod at the time it was the slowest I could use without really effecting the image. The rule of thumb is 1/60 and slower should be used with a tripod.

4. One other strategy (which I don’t use much) is to shoot in RAW. JPEG will compress and save your photo as is, but if you shoot in RAW you have more flexibility to fix and change exposure during post production. I personally do not use RAW because it takes up so much space. However, in a lower light situation it gives you a lot more wiggle room to adjust exposure.

MCP Actions uses this diagram to help explain the relationship between ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed. They also give some examples of what you can do in order to “fix” an exposure issue with low light or how to “embrace” it.

Whole-heartedly understanding the triangular relationship between ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed, and the effects on each other and what they will create. Here are some relationship examples of the three:


Any photo tips you would like to share about shooting in low light?

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Okay so I didn’t have a kid, but I’m excited to announce that I bought another lens to join the family of lenses (whom will be treated as part of the family). Okay so I don’t have that many super fancy lenses yet either. But this will be my second L series lens that I feel is essential to wedding photography.

I’ve been borrowing one for the last two wedding seasons and finally decided to buy my own.

Now I’m just saving for a super wide and a macro and I’ll be done with lenses (for a while).

Image courtesy of bhphoto.com

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I got my new camera on Thursday and I’m so anxious to use it. I have a session today that I will get to experiement with today. In the meantime I’ve been experimenting in low-light and with my flash (because that’s always been my weak point). Here are some fun ones.

No flash, under the kitchen light.






Flash and piggy in her normal state


Flash in the hallway.


Funny shot.


He always makes this funny face. I was excited to capture it.


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The time is here. I’ve decided to upgrade my camera equipment. In all the excitement, I’ve decided to give away a FREE photo package.

Free Photos

1-2 Hour Photoshoot, High Resolution CD with all images in both color and black and white, online photo gallery, and a 20 page photo book with your photos inside!

Most sessions will take place at an outdoor location in the area or at your home. This enables children to feel comfortable with the photo session because they are in their natural environment. My goal is to capture your family at it’s finest, and what a better way to do that but in the outdoors or your own home. Maternity and newborn sessions can take place in my studio upon request.

Normal Price (for 3 people): $250 add $25.00 per additional person, but with this contest one person will receive this for FREE!

Here’s how to win:

Leave a comment on this blog entry. THAT IS IT!

On April 11th, I will assign each comment an number, head to Random.org to pick a winner.

I will be offering discounts for those who do not win.

If I get enough entries, I might give away a second package. Be sure to tell your friends.



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I think I found something quite amazing! I was doing a bunch of research on which lenses would be best for me to purchase in the next year or 2. I discovered a company that actually rents camera equipment online. I was looking for a company that would do this locally a while back.

Here is the link: http://www.lensrentals.com/for-all

I also think I’m going to use this service to try different lenses to see what I like. It looks like they cost around $50-$100 a week for lenses and camera bodies are around $200-$300 a week. As far as I can tell you can rent all different brands and stuff.

Have you, or anyone you know tried this service? If so, let me know how  the experience was. I’d love to hear about it.

Here are a couple other companies I found doing a Google Search:



Until next time….


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