with abuelita

My big girl and littlest with their abuelita.

This was the final week of Brook Snow's Natural Light class and it happened to fall on a really busy week so I was unable to complete the assignment using lighting tricks. Instead, here's a photo I took of my girls during our visit to grandma's house. I did use lighting techniques I learned from Brook's class. The only light is coming in from a window with the curtains partially drawn.  If you look closely you can see a reflection of the window on the lamp on the upper left. I knew this window light would give them nice catch lights in their eyes and because its hitting them at a slight angle there is still some nice definition on their faces.  The decision to edit in B&W was made to reduce the distractions from the cluttered background. 

I'm so grateful for this class.  It's really given me the confidence to shoot in any lighting condition.  I can't believe it's over already! 

Thank you so much to Brooke Snow and Sarah Grace Allred for all your guidance and wisdom.

1/100 sec at f/2.8, ISO 2500

light & shadow

Week three of Brooke Snow's Natural Light class was all about lights and shadows. Brooke taught us ways to use "contrast to draw the eye" and our assignment this week was to capture an image in a contrasting lighting environment.

I have to say I had some difficulty this week. I tried several locations in my house (bedrooms, laundry room, bathroom, pantry - lol) and tweaked the light in several ways to increase contrast (partially closed blinds, closed blinds, slightly open doors, etc). The light was often not dramatic enough and looked too even for my liking.  

The image I ended up choosing for the assignment was taken in our family room. I shut all the blinds and the only light came from our sliding door with curtains partially drawn. Amelia is constantly on the move these days but I managed to lure her into my predetermined spot under the end table where I was able to frame her nicely.  I made sure the light hit her at an angle to avoid flat lighting her face which can result in loss of details like the shape of her cute little nose and her tiny lips. ;)

(Click image to enlarge)

1/125 sec at f/2.8, ISO 400 50mm