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Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 17:50 PM   1
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Mamarazzis! Camera/DSLR Group


Hi ladies!

There are a lot of us in Baby Club that love taking photos of our little people with our big fancy cameras. I'm personally new at it and would love a group where people can post photos of whatever and share/get advice and information.

I'll probably make this a little bit more of a proper intro once there's a good amount of interest. I'd like to add websites and tutorials, editing software information, theme months or weeks (jessicatunnel's idea!) and whatever else pops into our brains.

Getting started with manual shooting, basic information. (from bananaz)

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1. Shutter speed - the faster it is, the sharper the image. However, the faster it is, the less light is let into the lens so you don't want to make it too fast, especially when you're inside and don't have a ton of available light. I would recommend having a shutter speed of no slower than 1/125s when you're shooting a live subject.

2. Aperture - the smaller the number, the wider the aperture and the more light is let into the lens. Using a smaller number also creates a shallower depth of field and gives you that nice blurry background you see in professional-looking photos. However, if you have too wide an aperture you can end up with too shallow a depth of field and that means blurry pictures. If you're using the 50mm f/1.8 lens I would probably use an aperture of around f/2.0 or f/2.2

3. ISO - the bigger the number, the more sensitive the image sensor is to light so the brighter the picture. But the downside is that if you have this number set too big it can make the photo appear grainy, so I would try not to have it set any higher than 400.

How you have any of these set depends on the environment in which you're shooting. If you're outside and it's bright then you'd probably put the ISO as low as it will go and bump up your shutter speed so the picture isn't overexposed, whereas if it's dark out or you're indoors then you'd slow down the shutter speed and open up the aperture really wide and/or increase the ISO. For the picture of Elsie on the couch, it was indoors but there was a lot of light coming in through the window so I had it in manual mode with the aperture at f/2.0, ISO at 125, and shutter speed 1/250s.

If you want to learn more about this stuff you should check this link out, it goes much more in-depth: [url]http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/tutorials/camera-exposure.htm



 
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Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 17:53 PM   2
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Little bit about me or rather, my camera: I have a Canon T3i that I purchased about 2 or 3 weeks ago. I have a 50mm f/1.8 II lens as well as the kit lens and a 55-250mm lens that I got on sale for $50.

My favorite subject is my little guy William, though my cats sometimes get harrassed too.

Some pictures to start off, taken yesterday and the day before:







 
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Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 18:02 PM   3
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Totally in!

Equipment: Canon EOS 7D + 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.8

Right now my victim... er... subject of choice is my daugher, Elsie, but I used to do a lot of pet and child photography too.












 
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Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 18:14 PM   4
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Awesome! Every time I see pictures of Elsie I smile. She's so adorable.

I'm finally getting used to manual mode. The live view has been really helpful too, I feel like I'm cheating a little bit with it. I think with the first 3 pictures I had the ISO set to 800 and aperture to 1.8., and I haven't really strayed from 1/125 shutter speed except when I was outside.



 
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Yaaaaaay!!
Hi Everyone.
I'm Jessica and I also have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i that I got about two or three weeks ago. I have the kit lens, a 50mm f/1.8, and am thinking about getting the 50mm f/1.4 or getting some kind of zoom lens. Suggestions welcome.
My little lady is of course my main interest and the reason why I got the camera in the first place. But I love taking pictures of my dog, Parker, and my wonderful sexy () husband, Jordan.
I occasionally take pictures of things like trees... and trees. HAHA. I'm still learning A LOT about the camera and lenses and all the crazy complicated settings.

Here are a few pictures I've taken so far.

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Old Oct 23rd, 2012, 18:18 PM   6
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Awesome! Every time I see pictures of Elsie I smile. She's so adorable.

I'm finally getting used to manual mode. The live view has been really helpful too, I feel like I'm cheating a little bit with it. I think with the first 3 pictures I had the ISO set to 800 and aperture to 1.8., and I haven't really strayed from 1/125 shutter speed except when I was outside.
I found that if I looked through the viewfinder it focuses A LOT faster and I can get sharper pictures. I hardly ever use live mode now!
Also I never really use 1.8 aperture, I usually use 2.0-2.5, think my pictures come out better then.

ETA: AHH, Elsie and Liam are just ADORABLE! (Leids is Liam what you call your baby? Hehe, don't want to get it wrong!)



 
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Her eyes are so gorgeous. I didn't think I'd have so much fun with a camera. Did you use a remote for the picture with you and your OH? I was thinking of getting one for holiday pictures, no way I'm spending $300 on JCP pictures ever again. The terrible pictures I got (albeit still cute of course because my little guy was in them) was what prompted me to get a camera in the first place.



 
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Thanks! I had a tripod and just put the self timer on, though I'm thinking about getting a remote because I had to keep getting up and down the whole time!!
I got it the same reason you did! I knew I wanted one from early on but didn't want to spend the money, I got a canon sx40 HS for my anniversary, which is like a smaller version of what we have and not a dslr, it's like a beginner camera, and it was good but not getting me the pictures I wanted. So I'm in the process of selling it and my DH got me the t3i for my birthday. (: He didn't get it so wasn't too happy when I begged him for another camera for ten days straight.

I'm so glad I got it before the holidays because we're going back home to Texas this Christmas and I can't wait to take pictures of the family and all the nieces and nephews!
I also have "themed" shoots planned for every holiday like Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine's day, etc. Much like my pumpkin picture for Halloween.



 
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I'm so glad you started this thread. Just made my day. LOL!
I've been looking at the 50mm f/1.4 lens, and it's like 3x more expensive than the 1.8 but from what I've seen online the pics come out a bit more sharper and the color payoff comes off better.

My only problem is SHARPNESS. For some reason, I can't get the pictures as sharp as I want. Like Bananaz. Is it just cause she has a better camera than me? Haha. Any suggestions on what I can do?



 
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Awesome! Every time I see pictures of Elsie I smile. She's so adorable.

I'm finally getting used to manual mode. The live view has been really helpful too, I feel like I'm cheating a little bit with it. I think with the first 3 pictures I had the ISO set to 800 and aperture to 1.8., and I haven't really strayed from 1/125 shutter speed except when I was outside.
I found that if I looked through the viewfinder it focuses A LOT faster and I can get sharper pictures. I hardly ever use live mode now!
Also I never really use 1.8 aperture, I usually use 2.0-2.5, think my pictures come out better then.

ETA: AHH, Elsie and Liam are just ADORABLE! (Leids is Liam what you call your baby? Hehe, don't want to get it wrong!)
Thank you. We do a mix of William, Liam and Will. We aren't quite sure what to call him yet. I did initially want to go with Liam though.

I need to try it through the viewfinder then. Thank you! I might take a look at more lenses in a year or so. I picked up the 55-250mm because I go to a lot of sports games and thought it would be handy. And bananaz does have a ridiculous camera! I don't know if that has anything to do with it, it might. I really need to get a tripod too.

I told my DH that overall we would end up saving money because instead of going to portrait studios/hiring a photographer, if I could learn how to do stuff with the camera it would be much much cheaper. Then there was a sale on amazon, so I swooped in then.



 
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