• Sunshine and Unicorns
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  • Sunshine and Unicorns
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sunshine & unicorns: a blog about love, learning, and life in the upper midwest

17 December 2009

first time out with our new gear

We met up with my friend and coworker, C, last weekend to take pictures of her family. C and her husband welcomed baby A to their family about 7 weeks ago. Her older brother, M, is 2 years old.

This was the first time we had used off camera lighting for anything but around-the-house experimentation.

Siblings

Baby A with mom

Little M

tolerant cat

Baby A

Delicate

Father & Son

Two things about the above photo. One: shadows. We have to learn where to place our equipment to cut down on those shadows. This photo wasn't too bad; some of the others had some very harsh shadows. I suppose we could have moved the family out from the wall a little too - they were seated only about a foot from it. Two: do you see the waviness in the bottom right portion of the photo? The cheapo trigger we bought seems to be messing with something in my E-500, causing that to happen at medium-and-higher ISO settings. Pink Hubby was experimenting with it last night: if he takes the trigger off my camera, it's fine. Puts it back on, and we get that distortion in a corner of our photos. Glad it's the trigger; we were worried it was the camera body's sensor going bad.

Family

Baby A

All in all, I'd call this a success. With a crabby little boy and photographers fumbling with new equipment, it's amazing we got a few good shots (let alone the 70 or so good ones we were able to give them). We were grateful for the practice too: we have a wedding this weekend.