Monday, August 10, 2009

A little (lighting) drama

For Melissa's Get the Picture Show and Tell Monday at A Familiar Path, she asks if we have learned anything new this week in our photography.

Oo! Ooooo! Mr. Cart-airrr! Mr. Cart-aiirrrrr!

It just so happens that the very brilliant Beth from Pages of Our Life shared this very handy-dandy tip with me.

"If you place the subject just inside the door of a house where there is no wall behind them, and you stand outside with your camera looking in, it creates dramatic lighting right on the subject."

Since I wanted a picture with my boys (as in a picture of ME and MY BOYS-- AT THE SAME TIME), I set up my camera on a tripod and used a remote. If you don't have a remote, you can try using your camera's self-timer feature and use the *gasp* auto feature. It's probably the only time you would want to hug the auto feature.

Ahhh... room to breathe.

Then it got a little crowded.

And I liked it.

Oops! Sorry about that Noah.

We scooted over a little and tried to make a pirate face.

Some more successful than others.

We laughed.

And then we got a "normal" shot.

I have decided that normal is kinda boring.

But it'll do, especially if we're all together.


Brandy said...

I love it! Those are great pictures and it definitely beats holding the camera out with your arm like I do. lol I only have a little point and shoot, but I think it has a self timer. I'll have to try it.

Leanne said...

I like that picture of you. You look so happy and so fun, which you totally are!! I guess it really looks like you, you know??

The pirate photo made me laugh out loud!

Those are good pictures of you and the boys....

(I have to say my heart was twinged a little when I saw you all together, and you probably know why.....*sigh*)


Andrea said...

That's a fun tip! has a "photography" section that you may find interesting. She's been blogging forever and she takes beautiful pictures to go with each blog post. Thanks for posting these pics to facebook too; they are super fab.

Sissy said...

Finding the light is always a challenge, isn't it?

You are one beautiful woman. Love the first shot of you and the pirate shot of all of you.

Nancy said...

Love those pics! What a great tip.

Kathryn said...

Great pictures Marsha...I have a remote for my camera too. I'll have to take some pictures of me and my kiddos too. I LOVED the pirate faces!

Melissa Stover said...

oh marsha those are awesome. i used beth's tips too and got my most recent profile photo. thanks for linking up!

Tracy said...

Fabulous! Now send me 2 of your favorites (original full size) and let me edit them for you! :)

Christine said...

Love it! I'll have to try to do a few shots today.
I love you!!!

Ruthanne said...

Aw ~ I like the pirate one! :D

SuperAngel said...

awww! those are gorgeous shots! Love it! :)

Anonymous said...

LOVE it. I'm gonna have to try it now. :)

Unknown said...

I have been inspired by Melissa, but am a bit behind .
There is something that radiates from these pictures, just amazing.
And I'm going to try this.
Thank you so so much.

Beth said...

I love the Pirate shot! Great tip about the doorway!


KarenW said...

Great pictures! I'll have to check out Get the Picture. It may be something Hannah would enjoy.

Great blog too!

Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys said...

Great pictures! I need to do this. I call myself the phantom mom since I'm never in the pictures.

Tara Broman said...

Beautiful pictures and a beautiful blog!

John, Husband to Amy S said...

Those are great photos. pictures are so important at such a young age.

Karin Katherine said...

Holy smokes! I love those photos. When are you and your tripod coming over here?

Unknown said...

A ha! I now know how to leave a comment. I have to be sneaky....

The pics are amazing! I saw this tip too, but since our apartment door opens out into a dark, dusty hall, it won't quite work for me! LOL

It certainly worked for YOU! MAN, you're gorgeous! Blue is beautiful on you. Love the silly shots, even the one with Noah half cut in two. :-)

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

Awesome! AWEsome! aWEsome!

I love it, Marsha. That very last one is my favorite and I don't think it's boring.

Leaving your blog now with a big silly smile on my face.

: )