Saturday, February 28, 2015

Document the interaction between those you love

My oldest granddaughter, Fiona, 5, is getting pretty good at puzzles. She made grandma Judy promise not to finish the snowman puzzle while she is away on vacation. Grandma Judy agreed. The puzzle will sit undone for the next 12 days.

And my youngest granddaughter, Isla, 21 months, loves to walk a 'tightrope' of colourful numbers. She giggles and laughs as she walks quickly from one end to the other and back trying not to loose her balance and put a foot on the carpet.

Stuff like this is important to document. These are memories. This is the stuff that gives texture to life. Capture it. And don't ask anyone to, "Say cheese."

If at all possible try and capture the moment using available light. Find a spot to brace the camera and minimize the camera shake. I used the table top for Fiona and the floor for Isla. Shoot wide open using the fastest shutter speed possible. This will minimize subject movement.

If you must use a flash, I do hope you have a flash with a swivel head snapped into the hot-shoe of your camera. If you don't have that you are in trouble. It may be impossible for you to bounce your flash.

If the ceiling is white, as it is in most rooms, bounce the flash off the ceiling and let the camera's auto features take care of the aperture setting. In this picture of Fiona, the bounced light would bounce off the white table cloth and help to fill-in the darker shadows. Bounce flash is not needed with Isla.

Sadly, I don't have the correct flash. I must shoot available. On the bright side, my Canon S90 has a maximum aperture of f/2.0 which allows me to take almost full advantage of the room light. I say 'almost full advantage' because lots of normal lens open to f/1.4. That's a full stop faster. That said, lots of lens considered fast stop at f/2.8 and that's a full stop slower.

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