Apr 17, 2008

Photography Class



I am taking a photography class, and one of my questions is how to take pictures without shadows. Clearly my question wasn't answered on the first day ;-) I know the best pictures are in the shade, but my kids were playing in the sun. Lucky for me I live in the land of overcast, but I took these pictures on the one day we had sun. A woman in the class told me you just can't take pictures at noon- there has to be a way! Hopefully by the end of this class I will be producing some photo's shadow free. For all you photographers out there...how do you eliminate shadows while playing in the sun? Flash compensation?... whatever that means!

15 comments:

Shila said...

Hey I want to take a photography class! Where are you going? I have the same questions that you do about shadows!

anniewalkfam said...

fun stuff..i want to take a photography class too. where are you taking it at? Just let me know when the girls night is and i'll be there! :)

Erin said...

I just told my husband LAST night that I wanted to take a photography class, and get a really nice camera with fancy lenses. I also read in Parents magazine (may 2008) that using your flash outside, with the bright sun directly behind your subject, will fill in any shadows that you'd get otherwise. I haven't tried it yet, but maybe it will help. There were a few other good ideas in that article too.

These pictures are really cute of Ellie! I love the one of her running and her cute hair blowing in the wind! Good Job!

Pb said...

Say Hello to my little friend Joey Gunz. He has some youtube articles on photography and light including using reflectors to bounce light back from the key source (sun) to fill in the shadows.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPmTusx6T3s&feature=related

Steven and Whitney said...

Like Erin, I too have voiced wanting to take a photography class to Steven. He doesn't think I'm serious. The next big investment I make is a really nice camera with a lense. Good luck in your class--I'm anxious to see some professional pictures!

Pb said...

Regarding shadows...is your camera digital? My old film SLR allowed me to change film speed and f stops which allowed some effects for light manipulation. Can your digital change those parameters?

Knight Bliss said...

So we do live in heber, we acctually live in the house I grew up in. We bought it from my mom as she is in germany and soon to be in Italy working then we totally remodeled it and made it our own. We will always keep this house. We will be building in Valley Hills next year though. Where do you live now? SO fun to talk to you again. Taylor

Rebecca said...

I ran into all the photography people at the fair last night. It was crazy. They are the advanced class and they were stopping in the middle of everything to set up tripods and their three foot lenses (okay, on foot...but that is not an exaggeration) to shoot stuff. It was insane!

eRiCa said...

how fun... i love taking photography classes.

so about shadows...here's my advice:
avoid "high noon" shots...the lighting is not flattering and will cause shadow in the eyes, etc. If you can't avoid noon (weddings, other) use a reflector. It will (if angled properly) eliminate the shadow by lighting the area and depending on the color of the reflector (gold, silver) it will warm the picture or cool it.

Now I don't carry a reflector around while my kids are playing outside so I try and pay attention to the light and meter correctly. If you're working on shadows I'm assuming the class has gone over how to meter right in light like that? If not let me know and I will try my best to tell you how I do it.

I never use flash. I'm all about natural light but occasionally at high noon you might need to use flash compensation but I avoid it whenever I can...

you can always eliminate some shadow in photoshop....

ok anyway..you asked :)

Sarah said...

So fun that you're taking a photography class! I try and get Christian to tell me how to use his camera, and I always get frustrated because it seems like way too much information! ;) I know that Christian refuses to take pictures in broad daylight with the sun beating down because it's just bad light. We have reflectors that we use, but before we had them we'd use cookie sheets to bounce the light and they work really well :) I'm excited to for you to take the class!

And the Rascal Flatts concert was unbelievable. They didn't have a kid on stage for My Wish, they talked all about how they got where they are and all the hard years they went through before they made it and they geared the song more to how your dreams can come true. The part that brought tears to my eyes though was when they sang "He ain't leavin' kind" and had the marines come out and line the stage in uniform - so moving! Goodness it was fun :)

Rachel said...

Good pics and LOVE Ellie's dress!! I wanted to take that class with you...I am still waiting for my nice camera :)

The Curleys said...

It's great your taking so many photos of your kids since those are the memories that will last and help them remember and their kids along the way.

tyalpabr said...

Mimi!

I got your blog from Erin and Marie, I hope you don't mind. Your little family is so stinkin cute!! It's so fun to see all my old friends again!
Don't you love Spring break?! It looks like you guys had such a great time with your parents. We need to keep in touch.

tyalpabr said...

Sorry! This is Ali (brown) Hoelzer.

Suz, Nathan & Kye said...

Mims,
I love taking photos with shadows, it creates contrast. Just be aware of where the shadows are and make sure they don't look stupid. I think your pictures are looking great.

Nathan