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Natural Light Photo Session

I thought you might enjoy a little behind the scenes look at the photo shoot I did for our Vintage Rental business that I posted on the Raised In Cotton blog.  Along with the photos I’m including the camera settings for each particular shot. I for one love to look at beautiful photos and it is especially helpful when the photographer shares the settings that they used to capture the image.

To start it was midday and the sun was super bright overhead. Many photographers will try to avoid this time of day because of the harsh shadows the sun creates. I had scouted the location out ahead of time and knew there was a large weeping willow tree that not only would be central to my photos but also a great light diffuser.

This is what was in my camera bag the day of the shoot:

1. Canon 5d MK 2

2. Extra CF cards

3. Canon 50 mm 1.4 lens

4. Canon 100 mm 2.8 lens

5. Canon 24-105 mm lens

6. Tripod (really did not use this much)

7. Small step ladder

8. Silver reflector

9. Canon film camera (yes I even did some film shots)

Camera Settings: Exposure- Aperture Priority, Lens 50 mm, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 400, Shutter 1/1600 sec

My niece was our “vintage bride” model and was simply a dream to work with.  I locked focus on her more dominant eye looking toward me which in this case was her right one. I also used the streaming weeping willow branches to frame her face for interest.

Camera Settings: Exposure- Aperture Priority, Lens 50 mm, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 400, Shutter 1/8000 sec

For this shot, I stood on a small step ladder and looked down at her to capture a different feel. I had Denise (my assistant for the day) bounce some light off of the reflector on to her face to help diminish any possible shadows under her eyes.

Camera Settings: Exposure- Aperture Priority, Lens 50 mm, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 200, Shutter 1/1000 sec

I had my niece turn her head slightly to the side and then we used the reflector to capture the catchlights in her eyes. The sun was to her right and slightly highlighted her hair.

Camera Settings: Exposure- Aperture Priority, Lens 50 mm, Aperture f/4.0, ISO 200, Shutter 1/2000 sec

For another angle I had her sit on the back of the sofa but what you can’t see is Denise holding her up so she didn’t tumble off backwards! Also, even though my niece is tiny, I still had to use some duck tape to secure the back of the vintage wedding dress together;)

This is from my film camera. Straight out of the camera using 400 speed film.



I hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes look at the shoot. Let me know if you would like to see more photos with the camera settings included in the future. Keep shooting:)

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Catherine V
    November 7, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    I love the shop and was just looking for contact info online, because there was something else I meant to buy last weekend! Then came across your blog. Thanks for sharing info on your camera settings. I enjoy natural light photography, too! Would like to know if you do family sessions on occassion? I photograph other families, but am now on the hunt to find the right person to photograph mine. 🙂 Please email me and let me know. Thanks so much!

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      Carol Spinski
      November 11, 2011 at 2:03 pm

      Hi Catherine, Yes I do family photography sessions in outdoor settings:) Here is our contact info for the shop as well~ RaisedInCotton@aol.com~Thank You so much:) Blessings, Carol

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    Katherine
    May 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm

    Thank you! Hugs.
    P.S. I have your lovely blog on my cottages page at Katherines Corner 🙂

  • Reply
    Kim-Restoration House
    May 13, 2011 at 1:25 am

    Thanks so much for sharing all your info with us! Knowing your camera settings really helps me and I hope you do some more!
    Thanks,
    Kim:)

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      May 15, 2011 at 9:17 pm

      Thank You so much Kim! Love your beautiful new kitchen redesign not to mention your beautiful blog:) I look forward to being a loyal follower:)
      Blessings, Carol

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    Laura
    May 12, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Love this post – very helpful, and the images are beautiful!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      May 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Thank You Laura:) Many Blessings, Carol

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    Anne Lorys-Fiona and Twig
    May 12, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I love that you’re breaking it down for everyone, Carol!

    And you know what? I really, REALLY love the photo taken with film! Guess I’m just a throwback. 🙂

    Hugs,
    Anne

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      Carol Spinski
      May 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Thank You Sweet Doll:) Blessings, Carol

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    Victoria Cullen
    May 12, 2011 at 3:24 am

    Highly informative! Thank you for sharing your secrets. Stunningly beautiful images!

    • Reply
      Carol Spinski
      May 15, 2011 at 9:18 pm

      Thanks so much Victoria:) Many Blessings, Carol

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