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Capturing Moments

One of the topics I discuss in the Day With Amy Photography Workshop is capturing moments and telling your story through photographs. I treasure images that trigger emotion and memories, but sometimes I get so busy with life that I forget to record the little moments. Thus, one of my goals this year is to take more “story telling” images. I also want to share more tips and tricks here to help you with your journey in photography.

During the winter I take fewer pictures than I do any other time of the year. Winter in Alaska is often cold, dark, and bleak. As I’m inspired by light, my motivation to capture moments goes down the drain this time of year. Occasionally, however, we have glorious days rimmed with beautiful light. Those days I’m eager to grab my camera and snap away. This morning was the perfect example. The sun was shining and the skies were blue. Unfortunately, we have only one room in our home with windows that face east. It gets glorious light on mornings like today. You’d think I’d be tempted to sit in there and soak in the sun. Problem is, it’s my boys’ room. Which means, well, boys live there. If you have boys, you understand.

As fortune would have it, the room got a good cleaning during the holiday break and has stayed in a fairly presentable manner for a week now. So this morning we had a mini party in there to celebrate the sun. Miss B giggled as she jumped on the bed and the boys laughed at her silliness. She’s a hoot and oh so loved. I had the best time watching them and capturing these moments.

These images are SOOC (straight out of camera) which means I didn’t edit them at all. When I’m taking pictures for my family blog, I typically don’t take time to edit too many pictures. I used my Nikon D700 with my 50mm 1.4 lens. If you have a cropped sensor (many – I’m tempted to say most – DSLRs have a cropped sensor) then you would get a similar look through your camera with a 35mm lens.

The room was filled with light, but it coming from behind the kids (backlight). If my camera had been on AUTO, my children would have been silhouettes against the window. I needed to let more light into my camera in order to be able to see their faces. I did this by setting my ISO to 800 and opening my aperture all the way up to 1.4. I knew there was going to be a lot of movement and so I increased my shutter speed to 320 to discourage blurry images. My white balance was on auto. Each camera’s settings are slightly different, especially how they react to ISO settings, so be sure to experiment with yours.

I’ll be talking more about how I use photography to tell my family’s story in upcoming posts. If you’ve got specific questions you’d like me to answer, leave me a comment and let me know. It would be fun to do a “Q&A” post.

There will also be two A Day With Amy Photography Workshops available in Kodiak in March if you would like a hands on approach to learning how to use your camera.

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January 5, 2012 - 2:58 pm

Mechelle Bradbury - Any workshops in the Palmer area??? :D

January 5, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Melissa Sterrett - The very last picture makes me heart melt :)

January 9, 2012 - 12:55 pm

Shan@FamilyBringsJoy - You are an excellent story teller! Happy to find you today. :D
My Nikon D60 is not full frame and drives me crazy! It also will not let me do such things as you described above. It will just beep at me and not take a photo. It is so maddening! Ugh! Any suggestions?

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