Experimenting with Lighting

I found this assignment to be really interesting because it was engaging and hands-on…not to mention I LOVE photography 🙂

The pictures I shot over last weekend and this past week were all taken with my Canon 60D and a 50mm lens and not a single photo was edited AT ALL.  They are a combination of the lighting assignment we had plus the experimenting with close-ups assignment. Why not kill two birds with one stone? Speaking of birds…

Meet my friend, Tweets. His mommy made a nest in one of the corner’s of the ceiling of my fiance’s balcony and several weeks later… Tweets was born! He looks angry in this picture but he is quite the little model in comparison to his brothers and sisters and LOVES to pose for me. 🙂

This shot was taken around 4:00 P.M. without a flash. As I said earlier, his little nest is in the corner of my fiance’s balcony ceiling so he was shaded. Camera settings: f/7.1 with an exposure of 1/500 sec.


As you can see, Tweets is a VERY messy eater. :/
(7:00 P.M. f/5.6 at 1/200 sec. No flash. Fairly shaded area with balcony bar shadows.)


This is my sweet Cocker Spaniel, Bella, laid up with her daddy. She LOVES to take naps. 🙂
(3:30 P.M. Shot inside with one window allowing natural lighting behind subjects. No flash. f/1.8 at 1/8 sec.)


Did I mention she likes to sleep? 😉
(4:30 P.M. f/1.8 at 1/20 sec. Small window allowing natural lighting behind me as I took this shot. No flash.)


This is my other dog, Mindy. She is a Yorkie/Maltese mix, or a Morkie: thus, her name. 🙂
(5:00 f/1.8 at 1/160 sec. No flash, small window allowing natural light.)


She loves her daddy too. 🙂
(4:45 P.M. f/1.8 at 1/100 sec. No flash, small window allowing natural lighting.)


This is my honey working hard.
(4:00 P.M. f/1.8 at 1/640 sec. Taken inside engine/ambulance bay so there was quite a bit of shade. No flash.)


(4:00 P.M. f/1.8 at 1/80 sec. Same lighting as previous shot.)


This was at my best friend’s wedding this weekend. Very nice wedding and, of course, the bride was breathtaking. 🙂
(3:45 P.M. Glass doors behind Groom’s cake table allowed some natural lighting. f/2.8 at 1/60 sec.)

And, of course, the shot WITH a flash. If you haven’t noticed by now, I don’t like using a flash unless I absolutely HAVE to. Natural lighting just makes for much more beautiful shots. 🙂

This is my niece, Cadence. haha Yes, I know it doesn’t look like it, but there is a little girl under all that frizzy fur. 😉
(6:45 P.M. Outside, taken with external flash. Camera settings: f/2.8 at 1/15 sec.)

A few of these shots were obviously close-ups and these types of shots usually tend to be the favorites among my clients. I feel close-ups are SO intimate and really show the subject’s personality because of the closeness of the shot.

Hope everyone has a beautiful evening. 🙂

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
(Matthew 13:45, 46 NKJV)

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