While in Thunder Bay this past weekend shooting a wedding, we were asked to do a last minute session for some clients to celebrate their daughter’s 1st birthday. The week had been quite chaotic, and we weren’t sure if we would be able to coordinate a time that worked for everyone. As luck would have it, we were able to squeeze in a hour to do a cake smash (or smashcake) on our last day in town. Boy are we glad we did. Not only did the session go smashingly (pun, pu-pun-pun, punnnn), but during the shoot, the ever-adorable Charlee took her first steps! And it was all caught on camera. Call it coincidence, call it fate, call it whatever you want… The chances of this happening are likely one in a million, and we were lucky to be there for it.
Note: If you were subjected to what passed for music in the 80’s, chances are you get the reference in the title of this post. If you were born after the 80’s chances are you don’t get it, unless you inexplicably subject yourself to bad music.
We shot our first wedding of the Summer this past weekend with the always stunning Desiree & Tyler. Their complete trust in us made this already wonderful day even more special. And for the icing on the cake, the couple announced that they are expecting! So we will hopefully be seeing more of them very soon. What a spectacular start to the wedding season…
For an event from which we tend to see the same image ad nausea, the SuperMoon on May 5th, 2012 sure garnered a lot of hype. And most of the pictures all look the same (mine included). But just because other people will likely take the same picture doesn’t mean you shouldn’t. Especially new photographers. You can learn a lot by shooting a little white dot in an otherwise vast black nothingness. Seeing as the moon is something that new photographers tend to struggle to capture, here are a few variations of how you can shoot the next Supermoon (or any moon, for that matter.)
You can try Exposure Compensation, but your camera may not give you enough leeway to underexpose enough to retain detail in the Moon.
You can also try Spot or Center-Weighted Metering on the moon itself to retain detail.
However, the best way to learn how your camera works is to use it in Manual mode. Start with settings along the lines of: ISO 100, Aperture around f11 and a Shutter Speed in the vicinity of 1/30 of a second. Keep in mind that this shutter speed requires a tripod for stabilization (remember my mantra… Below 60, stabilize), which is almost always a must when shooting scenes at night.
The key thing to remember here is that we need to under-expose the shot, because the camera’s light meter will see a primarily black image and try to bring it up to what it thinks is the “proper” exposure, resulting in a black sky with a bright white dot with no detail in it.