7.14.2016

The Picture Perfect Project {{7}} - Shutter Speed

Month seven! Crazy to think we're over half way through this project.

Skipping past the pleasantries and heading right into this months portion of the project: shutter speed! I've always admired photos where water seems to actually be flowing, or when light is pictured as you would see it in real life. So, this month I took a little time to learn just the very basics of shutter speed, and then capturing a few photos with a slow shutter.

I can't tell you what settings I used for any of these photos, mainly because I was playing around with the camera, and didn't record anything because I was trying to simply photograph the moments as best I could.

Sparklers!
There's clearly some work that needs to be done with focusing. But, I really loved the way these turned out. I'm particularly fond of the large photo of Marcus (upper left). The way the sparkler light highlighted his face just enough to see the s'mores smudged around his lips, the way his little eyes - though dark - still captured the wonder he had while playing with the sparkler. I might have to find a frame for that one.

Rushing Water!
We took family photos near this waterfall, and before our session began I played around and managed to capture this little gem. Another one I think may need a frame or canvas.

Another month where this project pushed me to try something new, and learn a little bit more about my camera. Success!

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19 comments:

  1. Shutter speed scares me! haha! Your pictures turned out great! Did you have your camera on a tripod? I'm so impressed that you were able to hold so still & the pictures aren't blurry, with such a slow shutter speed.

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  2. Wow! Those sparkler photos are awesome! I need to play around with shutter speed, so I can get some fun shots like that.

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  3. LOVE the sparkler photos. I have no idea why I didn't attempt any of those on the 4th. I may need to bust a few out.

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  4. I really wanted to try and capture sparkler photos like these after seeing yours on IG, but my boys were pretty over photos by that portion of the day.....and semi-scared of the sparklers, so I'll have to wait until next year! I don't mind the out-of-focus/blur of these, I think it actually adds to the photos!

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  5. I love sparkler photos, especially wedding ones where they spell out love or they draw a heart or something. So cute, and that Waterfall picture, WIN! Good job!

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  6. I've been trying this too. I found with outdoor water pictures, slowing down the shutter speed made the exposure too bright. So I need some practice!

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  7. Those look great! I need to play with my camera more. I'm too afraid to miss out on events/great shots. I just need to play when there is nothing going on :)

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  8. These are so cool! I've been trying to get fun water shots, but haven't had success yet. Yours came out great! (btw, you can pull the settings of your photos if you view the properties of each one on your computer)

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  9. Wow, those are cool! I've seen photos where people spell letters with sparklers and I think that's a neat idea.

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  10. I love the sparkler photos! So fun!

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  11. I'm a fan of anything involving learning more about working your camera! It is rewarding. If I can't get the settings how I want them I'll pop back into auto and then grimace at how much I hate it. Practice makes perfect!!! I love firework shots. We got eaten alive. Aria still has a few healing on the back of her legs. With bug spray. So it was part trying to have fun with the sparklers, part trying to get some pictures of it, and part trying to keep the mosquitos away. blah

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  12. The sparkler pictures are awesome! I've always been afraid to mess with the creative settings on my DSLR.

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  13. This is such a great lesson for me. My goal is to use my "big girl" camera once a week and I've been doing so well. I love that I can look to my Mommy friends to learn tips because at the end of the day, we are taking photos of the same things: our babies making memories :)

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  14. Look at you getting to know your camera! I'm impressed!

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  15. You're learning so much! I love the sparklers ones. So cool! Whenever I try I just blackness lol. I think I might try watching g some YouTube videos lol

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  16. I tried firework pictures (briefly) this year and failed. I need someone to show me how to use my camera. My shutter speed isn’t easy to adjust (I’m sure it’s the user). But for real. Your photos are great and I love them all. Did you use a tri-pod?

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  17. These are great!! I have a new appreciation for photographers who capture light because firework photos are HARD.

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  18. Hello?!?!? These are freaking amazing!!!! So awesome & a little jealous ;)

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