Someone once told me that when a baby turns two that marks the beginning of the ‘terrible twos’ – when all restraints are off, and baby does what she likes, when she likes, and learns to complain loudly when he or she doesn’t get her own way! But not always! Today for my single family portrait photography session at Dundonald, (I was at a wedding this afternoon) I had this really delightful little two-year old, whose activities were more than enough to provide fun for the camera! Including a great desire to carry a chair around with her! (A small Ikea child’s chair – I hasten to add!)
Here she is on the sheepskin rug in the studio..
Shot in the studio, Nikon D700, f/11@1/125th Sec on ISO200
An advantage of digital photography is the spontaneity that it allows, which makes family portrait photography so much fun,and so full of unexpected opportunities. One of yesterday’s family photo sessions at Dundonald featured a little girl who reached upwards, just as the camera was on her. What a great pose – totally unplanned, and so a great opportunity to show her reaching for the moon!
Shot on the Nikon D700, ISO200, f/10 at 1/125th sec, with studio lighting, against Chromakey ‘Greenscreen’ Backdrop.
Chloe, our 5 year old granddaughter, came in from the garage clutching a little box, filled with interesting little flat plate-like things, asking Janette if it was ok to play with them. It wasn’t! It was a box of Kodachrome slide ‘positives’ shot in 1990. In those days I was still making photographs with the Nikon FM2, no autofocus, no programmes, no auto-exposure, just a classy camera that gave the photographer complete control over the image.
So I took the slides, scanned them with the Epson Perfection V500 photo-scanner, imported them to Photoshop, and of course, unsaturated them to make some nice black and white images. This selection of them is a panel of shots I made in Co. Cork, when we were on holiday there in 1990.
Some ‘sepia’ type effects applied in three of them, to create a ‘vintage’ look.
A visit to Newcastle on a wild, wet, windy Tuesday, and an opportunity to capture some images with the iPhone. I was fascinated with the tumult of the sea at the mouth of the Shimna River, so I opened the ‘Hueless App’ and quick iPhone snap or two later…
Go on, use your iPhone camera, and record life as it happens.
How to get a Depth of Field effect on your Smartphone.
With the increase in iPhone photography (and of course there are other similar brands of smartphone) and with photographers starting to take iPhone photography seriously as an image medium, new apps to help the photographer improve there images are appearing all the time.
One of the real bug-bears with the iPhone camera is its lack of depth of field capability. The small size of the lense and its proximity to the sensor makes optical depth of field impossible, (at least just now, who knows what lies ahead). So it was only a matter of time before an app appeared to produce a depth of field effect using digital manipulation in post-capture processing. The app is AfterFocus, and it’s available now in the App Store for 79p. Continue reading Depth of Field on an iPhone?→
Tembo is a cuddly toy elephant, which every child (and every Mummy!) will just love, and he’s free to every entry in the Baby of the Month Competition! (Entry to the Competition is via a minium £1.50 donation to the Sheldrick Wildlife Trust)
Claim YOUR Tembo – go to the Competition Facebook page, read all about the competition and book your slot at our Studio!
A ‘modern classic’ is quite correct. The F100 is a beautiful camera in every respect. If you are really interested in photography, get an F100 while you still can, and shoot film. It’ll be a big step up from digital, you’ll enjoy it and learn much more about exposure values, and more importantly – how to MAKE an image rather than ‘take’ a picture.
These are my thoughts about the Nikon F100. I’m not claiming to be a “camera gurú” or any kind of expert. And certainly I won’t talk about “specifications” (you can find them all over the web).
I just love photography as hobby and as an expression. After months and months of having this Nikon model running around my head, I came across with a beautiful “almost new condition” F100 on Ebay. For just $125, it was no brainer!