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Mama2AJ
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May 08, 2013 20:18 |  #1

Hi everyone! This is my very first post so please cut me some slack if I have technical difficulties putting up my photos...

I got a Canon Rebel a few years ago but never learned how to use it until 2 months ago. Embarrassing, I know. I took a workshop given by a local photographer (who did my maternity/baby pics) & the idea of the class was to teach you enough basics so you can get out of auto mode. I started shooting in manual 2 months ago and I am really enjoying learning to use my camera. I've always been really into looking at photography, I love photographer blogs & I could look at images all day (especially of weddings/brides/babies​/family) and always wished I knew how to produce that kind of art myself.

So anyway, I'm using a Canon 50mm 1.4 lens. These pictures are sooc, no post processing at all or anything like that. I'd love to work on my images but first I want to practice how to use my camera. I wouldn't even know where to start with post anyway. The party was at noon, overcast/cloudy sky & it was my first time shooting something other than my 1 year old ;) My friend has a daughter about the same age as mine so I figured her party would be a good opportunity for me to practice & she could get some pictures out of it. I was kind of behind the scenes, letting family get in front for photo ops - I'm not sure how a professional who is getting paid handles those types of situations but I didn't want to get in anyone's way.

Please don't be too hard on me, I'm just proud of myself for using manual. LOL. A pipe dream of mine is to have a blog and maybe make some extra change once in awhile but baby steps! First thing is to learn my camera. Hahahaha!

I look forward to chatting & learning from you!

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May 08, 2013 20:19 |  #2

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May 08, 2013 20:21 |  #3

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May 08, 2013 21:11 |  #4

I like the photos! And that little looks so precious. Did you get any close-up shots of her? She has beautiful eyes.



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May 09, 2013 11:37 as a reply to  @ Naraly's post |  #5

Thanks Naraly. Here are two more of the birthday girl. I found it tricky to get good composition for cute candids (on top of getting the right exposure since I'm new to this) with so many other people taking photos at the same time as me. Anytime the baby was doing something cute that I wanted to grab a shot of I had the Grandparents & other family taking photos as well and I didn't want to call the baby over to look over at me or get in anyone's way. I was tying to be as polite as possible. I think if I was doing a job I would have been more aggressive to get a good shot but since I had no idea how any of my photos were going to turn out I wasn't about to jump in front of people like I'm a "photographer". It would have been nice if I could have tried to get better shots. I might ask a few of my Mom friends if they are up for letting me use them and their kids to practice on.

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May 09, 2013 12:10 as a reply to  @ Mama2AJ's post |  #6

Good stuff. Your detail shots are spot on. One year old birthday parties are great, because at that age, they really don't know what a camera is yet. I usually hammer away when they start demolishing the cupcake... Lots of good candid photos during this time http://www.gillphotos.​com/general/cupcakes (external link)


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May 09, 2013 19:34 |  #7

Trent Gillespie wrote in post #15914811 (external link)
Good stuff. Your detail shots are spot on. One year old birthday parties are great, because at that age, they really don't know what a camera is yet. I usually hammer away when they start demolishing the cupcake... Lots of good candid photos during this time http://www.gillphotos.​com/general/cupcakes (external link)

thank you about the details. I enjoyed taking pictures of that stuff a lot - and my friend had gorgeous stuff to photograph so that helped. I wish I could crash weddings to practice - I love wedding details & brides - a lot. after I learn more and get better (I hope I get better lol) I might try seeing if I can photograph a few brides for free in exchange for the images, I think it would be fun. unfortunately all my friends are married already so can't practice there.

I checked out your link & blog. nice stuff. good idea about kids & cake, babies will work for food! haha!




  
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May 23, 2013 03:43 |  #8

Hi, read your thread about "I need help, mostly about calibration" with the link to here and thought I would pop by and give some hopefully, useful tips.

Im not sure I would have done the shots that are landscape-rotated, the table gets cut off.
Focussing is good.
Exposure is good.
You've captured some really nice moments - thats the most important :)
image 0447, you've cut of the little one's foot. ouch! ;)

Overall not bad at all, the child is cute as a button and the images are pleasing. Nice work :)



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