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Camera Differences | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

Today’s post will provide a brief overview of the different types of cameras available today.

The first camera type is readily accessible to most Americans; it is the common phone camera. While there are a wide array of phone cameras, most are limited in the adjustments the user can make. The camera on my Samsung phone has some basic metering adjustment capabilities, such as center-weighted, matrix metering, or spot metering. Metering determines how your camera will expose the picture. For more information on camera metering, click here. These settings can also be found on a point-and-shoot cameras as well as digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. In general, phones cameras do most of your thinking for you, which can sometimes compromise the image in low light scenarios or with fast moving subjects. One of the goals of phone manufacturers is to minimize the size and weight of the devices, so the sensor sizes on phone cameras are limited, which can contribute to grainy images. However, the convenience of being able to whip out your phone is a great way to capture many of life’s candid moments!

The second camera type is a point-and-shoot digital camera. While these cameras do have some great features that allow user adjustment, most of the features take several clicks to find, which causes the majority of people to leave their camera on automatic mode. If you own a point-and-shoot camera and want to have more control over what your camera does, I suggest reading over your manual and finding where your ISO sensitivity, shutter speed, and aperture controls are. Adjusting these settings to fit your needs will drastically improve your photos especially when photographing in low light settings. The other main limitation of a point-and-shoot camera in relation to a DSLR is its focus speed. Have you ever tried to photograph a toddler while they are running or jumping? If so, you have experienced this limitation. It takes the camera so long to focus and capture the image that the photo ends up blurry or you miss the moment.

The third type of camera is a DSLR. There are multiple levels of DSLR cameras that have different capabilities. Amateur DSLR cameras have almost all of the same capabilities as professional DSLR cameras but they aren’t as easy to access or aren’t as advanced. For example, on an amateur Nikon D5300, you can adjust the ISO but you have to go into the menu and click several other options before reaching the place where you can change it. On my Nikon D750, you hold one button on the back of the camera and turn a dial, which allows for a faster adjustment. The other main difference is the speed,the sensor size, and high ISO capabilities. Professional DSLR cameras have the ability to take more photos per frame and can take photos more quickly in succession. They also have a full frame sensor which allows better photos in low light situations and also contributes to the high ISO capabilities.

So, the camera you need all depends on what you want to use it for. The internet is a great resource for tips on how to choose your next camera based on your needs.

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Photo of my old Nikon D5300 taken with my current Nikon D750


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Photo Editing | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

Today’s post is more informational than a photo tip, but I would like to discuss what goes on during the editing process.

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From a glance, it may seem as simple as grabbing the photos off of the SD card, downloading them onto the computer, and sending them your way. However, the editing process can take several hours, depending on the session length.

Here is a “behind-the-scenes” look at the process I go through, from camera to client:

  1. Sorting: I take anywhere from 100-300 photos in a typical photo session and over 1,000 at a wedding, so the first thing I do in the editing process is sort through the photos and decide which pictures to keep.
  2. Exposure adjustment: Next, I fix any exposure problems on the image. Certain parts of the picture may be too dark or too light or sometimes the whole photo needs an adjustment.
  3. Color adjustment: After the lighting has been corrected, I work on the coloring of the image. Depending on where the photo session took place, there might be a color cast on the images. Photos taken inside (without studio lighting), say at a church for a wedding, often have an orange cast to them. If photos are taken outside in the shade, they may look a little blue. I try to minimize color-casts with a few steps before the photo shoot to maximize the color quality of the image.
  4. Finishing touches: Once I have narrowed down the photos, corrected the exposure, and adjusted for any color casts, I crop the photos if needed and do a few additional tweaks to the image like softening faces or removing blemishes.
  5. Delivery: After the images look their best, I export them from Adobe Lightroom (my editing program), add a watermark (if being published), upload them to Pixieset (my online gallery platform), and send them to you via link in an email.

I hope you enjoyed reading about the editing process. As always, thank you for letting me capture your joyful moments!


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Photo Worthy Life Events | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

Last week I discussed a few life events that absolutely need photographs. If you missed it, or would like to recap, that post can be found here. This week I will discuss some of the other life events that should have photographs.

  • Engagement Pictures. While these are not necessary, they are a lot of fun and are a great memory to hold on to. Engagement photos are also great to use for wedding save-the-date’s, invitations, guest books, and slide shows. An engagement session can help you get more comfortable in front of the camera and can result in better wedding photos. Scheduling the engagement session with the photographer who will be at your wedding is also a great way for them to get to know you better and understand your style. JMP_9428
  • Anniversary Photos. Every year my husband and I have our photos taken near our anniversary. You don’t even have to hire a professional to take these images. Twice now we had my dad take them with my camera (see image below) and the next few years I may just take them with a tripod. It is just nice to look back and see how you change each year. DSC_0390.JPG
  • Maternity Photos. This genre of photography has grown a lot over the past few years and it is a beautiful moment in life that deserves it’s own photo session. There are many different styles when it comes to maternity photography and you don’t have to do something that makes you feel awkward or silly. This session is about you and remembering this important moment in your life, so enjoy it, and make it what you want it to be. JMP_8898
  • Baby Milestones (3 mo, 6 mo, and 12 mo). I actually offer a milestone package with my newborn sessions because babies change so much in the first year of their life and it is so important to capture the milestones that occur during these times.  Holding his head up while laying on his tummy, sitting up, standing, and walking are all huge milestones that you want to remember from your child’s first year.JMP_8938
  • Family photos. A lot of parents want pictures of the their children but neglect to include themselves in the photos. Please, please, please at least jump in on a few. I would hate for you to regret it later. Keep in mind that when your children are grown, they will want to have pictures with you in them. JMP_8326

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Photo Worthy Life Events | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

What milestones in life absolutely require photographs? What are some other life events that should also have pictures? I will be answering these questions in the next two “Photo Tip Tuesday” blog posts.

So, for today’s post, I will discuss the first question: What milestones in life absolutely require photographs?

In no specific order:

  • Your wedding. This is an event that hopefully only happens once in your life and it is a day you will want to remember for many years to come. People will soon forget how you decorated, what your cake looked like and how it tasted, the details of your gown, and the colors you chose. However, a photograph is forever. JMP_2630
  • Your newborn baby. The main reason this is a must have photo moment isn’t just because it is a major life event and it’s not even just because they are so cute. A new baby grows so fast and you will quickly forget just how small they were when they were born. By the time I deliver your newborn gallery just a few short weeks after the session, your new addition will already have grown so much. JMP_6937
  • Senior Portraits. Graduation from High School is a huge accomplishment and photos are a great way to celebrate this milestone. JMP_1329

These are just three of what I consider to be some of the most important milestones in life that absolutely need photographs. There are of course more, and I will discuss a few of those in next week’s post.


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Camera Lens Differences | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

For today’s photo tip, I will discuss a few different types of lenses and what they are used for. I will use my lenses for examples.

Basic lens information:

What does the “mm” part of a lens name mean? It refers to the focal length, which is measured in millimeters. It is the distance between the lens and the back of the camera where the image is formed (the image sensor). What does that mean for me as a photographer? Basically, if you want to photograph something close, you want a smaller number like 18 mm. If you want to photograph something far away, you would look for a number closer to 200 mm or greater. What about the “f/(some numerical value)”? A lens that says “f/2.8” for example, has a maximum aperture of 2.8. O.K., but what is aperture? Aperture is simply the opening through which light passes on it’s way to the image sensor. The smaller the number, the larger the opening, and the more light that can pass through.

Standard or “all-purpose” lens

My standard lens is a Tamron 24-70 mm f/2.8. I use it for almost everything I do. It is also considered a zoom lens because of it’s ability to change focal distances.

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Macro Lens

My macro lens is a Tamron SP AF 90 mm F/2.8 Di Macro 1:1. I primarily use my macro lens for wedding ring shots. I love macro ring shots! I also use it for close-ups of little baby features such as their nose, lips, and eye lashes. Macro lenses have many other uses such as insect and flower photography. These lenses do not change focal distances, so you as the photographer must position yourself at the appropriate distance, based on your specific lens.

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Telephoto zoom lens

Essentially, any lens that has a range of numbers (i.e. 18-55 mm) is a zoom lens. As I mentioned before, technically my “standard lens” is a zoom lens because you can change the focal distance. However, lower numbers mean less relative magnification, so true zoom lenses typically exceed 150 mm. I use a 70-200 mm zoom lens (made by Tamron) which is great for wedding ceremonies as well as portrait photography. Other uses for a large zoom lens are wildlife and sports photography.

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Prime lens

A lens that does not change lengths is called a prime lens and the only way to zoom in or out is to move your feet. Prime lenses are commonly used for portrait photography because of their excellent bokeh, reduced weight and image clarity.


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My maternity session wardrobe tips aren’t much different than the tips I discussed last week for engagement sessions. If you didn’t have the opportunity to read that post, it can be found here.

There are several great maternity wardrobe options. One popular option is a maxi dress with a cute belt which is great for a warm summer session. My personal favorite is a cute, tight fitting maternity shirt paired with jeans, a jean skirt, or a maxi skirt. I especially love this look because the shirt really hugs the baby bump.

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My other tip regarding maternity sessions isn’t actually about wardrobe, but involves props. Feel free to bring baby shoes, an ultrasound photo, a wood letter, a stuffed toy, or something special to include in the portraits.

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What to Wear | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

Today’s tip is for all engaged couples. Figuring out what one person should wear to a photo shoot is difficult enough but adding in another person makes it that much more of a challenge.

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Tip #1: Don’t be too matchy-matchy. What I mean by that is, if your fiance is wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt, don’t wear the exact same thing.

Tip #2: Make sure you are both comfortable in what you decide to wear. If you aren’t comfortable, it will show in the images. Also, keep in mind when selecting your wardrobe that you may be asked to sit on the ground or a bench, lay down on your back or stomach, stand up, or even be carried.

Tip #3: As for almost every photo shoot, try to avoid bright colors and bold patterns. If you want to incorporate those options, I suggest a belt, shoes, or a scarf.

Tip #4: Don’t forget about the shoes. Make sure they match and make sure they are clean on the top and bottom.

Tip #5: Keep the background in mind when selecting your wardrobe. You don’t want to blend into the background you choose.

Tip #6: This sounds a little obvious but lay the outfits next to each other or try them on before the session to make sure you like what they look like together.

Here are a few color combinations that I love and recommend:

  • Black & white (really classy)- you can also use this as a base and add in pops of color like blue or red (or any color really)
  • Navy blue or denim, maroon, and white or cream
  • Brown, cream, and denim

I love royal tones like deep purple, maroon, and navy blue because they are beautiful and classy and don’t distract from the actual subject, you.

If you still aren’t sure what colors look good together, I recommend Pinterest. Just type “engagement picture outfits” into the search bar and you fill find several great recommendations.

 


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This week’s wardrobe tip is for senior portrait sessions.

  1. Wear something that you are comfortable in. You will be asked to sit, stand, and possibly lay in several different positions and on multiple types of surfaces.
  2. As always, consider your foot wear. Your shoes won’t be in very many photos but they may be in a few so make sure they match your outfit and that they are clean on the top and bottom.
  3. Try to avoid crazy patterns. If you would like to incorporate a pattern into your wardrobe it is best to do so in moderation. For example, a printed scarf.
  4. I don’t recommend bright or neon colors for the main pieces of your outfit but they can be used as a pop of color in a belt, a scarf, or shoes.
  5. If you have selected a package that includes a wardrobe change, I typically recommend something semi-dressy and something more casual.
  6. Consider where you are having your photos taken and the backgrounds that are likely to be in your photos.

 

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What To Wear for a Photo Shoot | Photo Tip Tuesday | Dublin, Ohio Photographer

This week’s wardrobe focus is on toddlers and older children. This age group doesn’t really have a lot of do’s and don’ts but it is still important to consider their outfit choice.

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Something to take into consideration is what type of image you are hoping to achieve (what “look” you are going for). Part of this includes the background that will be used for the scene. If the photos have a casual setting, such as an outdoor playground or park, a casual outfit would be best. If the session takes place outside, I don’t recommend green clothing, as they are likely to blend in with their surroundings.

Another recommendation I give to my clients is to avoid busy patterns. You don’t want to distract away from the child too much, so solids or subtle patterns are best. Don’t forget about the shoes! Children are often posed sitting down and their feet are included in several of the images. Make sure your child’s shoes are clean.

Speaking of clean…don’t forget their face before the session! While boogies and food can be removed post-processing, it takes a lot of additional time and will therefore delay when you receive your gallery. Along those same lines, if your child hangs out with a friend and they get temporary tattoos or did each other’s nails the night before, please remove those before the session. Most photographers will edit out any type of “blemish” (i.s. birthmark, mole, freckles, etc.) your child may have. So, if you do not want something edited, be sure to mention it to your photographer.

 


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Last week I started a series on the do’s and don’ts of photo shoot wardrobe’s. I began the series by discussing recommendations for what a newborn should wear for his session. This week I would like to move on to babies. In this category, I would include infants up to a year old.

For baby boys I love the look of diaper only because it is so simple and makes the photo just about baby. If you want to spice it up a little I also recommend a cute little bow tie (specifically made for his age/size) or even a hat. Another simple look is a plain white onezie which again, focuses on baby instead of what he is wearing. Overalls or suspenders without a shirt is also a really cute look, especially at 6 months (when they can sit on their own) and a year (when they can possibly stand).

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I also enjoy a simplistic look for girls. To achieve this, I recommend a diaper cover and a simple headband with a small bow or flower. This look is especially good for three month sessions. For an older baby (between 6 months & a year), I love tutu’s, especially with no shirt! Another option would be a cute little sundress or an outfit that is light and not too big & fluffy.

Something to keep in mind for both boys and girls, is their shoes. I personally like photos without shoes best so we can see his cute little toes. If however, you would like to include shoes, make sure they fit well and the bottoms are clean.

A special note for cake smash sessions: Bring an extra pair of clothes for baby for after the smash and even consider bringing an extra shirt for yourself. I especially recommend bare baby feet for cake smash sessions because honestly, there isn’t anything much cuter than cake smashed between baby toes.

Join me next week as I move on to toddlers and older children.