How do you decide to set ISO? 4 Tips for shooting in Manual Mode Outside

Are you needing help with camera settings in manual mode? For those of us with basic camera knowledge in manual mode, it can still be challenging to choose camera settings in the moment, especially with the added challenge of changing light or moving children!  It takes practice to become comfortable quickly choosing settings and we're here to help you get there!  We're going to break some tips down according to lighting situations over the next few weeks in a way that will help you decide how to choose the best settings in real life situations!

QUICK REVIEW

The exposure triangle (ISO, shutter speed and aperture) all work together to create a balance to create the exposure of your photograph. Changing one of these settings will change the exposure of your photograph. Find our previous posts explaining ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed if you need an extra review to jog your memory! 

QUICK TIPS

The following quick tips are about ISO. Remember that you want to keep your ISO as low as possible for image quality purposes. We recommend staying well under ISO 1600 to avoid noise, which is a fuzzy, pixelated look to the photo. 

Here are several outdoor lighting situations and some suggested setting tips to help you get started the next time you're snapping photos outside! 

1. Full Sun. In most cases, outside in full sun, an ISO of 100 is necessary to bring about the exposure triangle. Full sun puts so much light onto the camera sensor that a low ISO and high shutter speed are required. As a result, a shutter speed of at least 1/1000 can be expected. In some situations such as the beach or a bright snowy day, an ISO of 100 and a shutter speed as high as 1/3200 is necessary.

Tips for ISO by  Kindred Photography Workshops , photo by  Kacey Gilpin , (Canon 18-55 mm 3.5, ISO 100, SS 1/3200, f/3.5 )

Tips for ISO by Kindred Photography Workshops, photo by Kacey Gilpin, (Canon 18-55 mm 3.5, ISO 100, SS 1/3200, f/3.5 )

2. Golden Hour. The hour after sunrise and the hour before sunset, otherwise known as "The Golden Hour", is the most photographer's preferred shooting time because of the soft, diffused light. An ISO setting of around 640-800 is a great place to start!

Tips for ISO by  Kindred Photography Workshops,  photo by Hazel and Haze Photography, (Canon 50 mm 1.2, ISO 640, SS 400, f/2.8)

Tips for ISO by Kindred Photography Workshops, photo by Hazel and Haze Photography, (Canon 50 mm 1.2, ISO 640, SS 400, f/2.8)

3. Shade on a Sunny Day. Similarly, shade provided by buildings or trees are preferred shooting locations because of the diffused light it provides- bright enough for sufficient light, yet absent of harsh shadows or dappled light.  In these two lighting situations, your camera's sensor will detect less light than in full sun. In this case, you can lower your shutter speed and raise your ISO settings from the settings described in "full sun" the situation above.  An ISO setting of 200 is a great place to start! If you exposure is still too dark, you can lower your shutter speed as well to compensate.

Tips for ISO by Kindred Photography Workshops, photo by  Kacey Gilpin Photography , (Sigma 50 mm 1.4, ISO 320, SS 500, f/2.0)

Tips for ISO by Kindred Photography Workshops, photo by Kacey Gilpin Photography, (Sigma 50 mm 1.4, ISO 320, SS 500, f/2.0)

4. Overcast Day in the Open. Hip hip hooray for cloudy days! Clouds provide the perfect diffuser and create an ideal lighting situations at just about any time of the day.  ISO 200 is a good place to start on an overcast day out in the open. 

Tips for ISO by Kindred Photography Workshops, photo by Kacey Gilpin Photography, (Sigma 50 mm 1.4, ISO 400, SS 640, f/2.2)

Tips for ISO by Kindred Photography Workshops, photo by Kacey Gilpin Photography, (Sigma 50 mm 1.4, ISO 400, SS 640, f/2.2)

As with every skill in life, practice is key! We hope the examples provided are a great jumping off point to help you practice your manual mode photography skills and further your ability to tell your story through photography! 

Stay tuned for the next post featuring ISO tips indoors!

With Love,

Angela + Kacey

Tips for photographing candid moments in everyday life with your kids

1. Keep your camera out!  This may seem like a silly tip, but keeping your camera handy and where you see it daily can be a great visual reminder to practice shooting in manual mode. This reduces the risk of your camera sitting alone, in a dark closet somewhere not being used. Often times we might miss everyday moments because our camera isn't out and easily accessible.

Tips for Photographing Candid Moments in Everyday Life,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog  Photo by:  Hazel and Haze Photography  

Tips for Photographing Candid Moments in Everyday Life, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog Photo by: Hazel and Haze Photography 

2. Photograph everyday rituals.  For this tip, just remember the age and attention span of your kiddos.  Most kids will have a preference to do their own thing and most kids are very active.  This way they are guiding the process. Examples: snack time, bath time, reading books, etc. This will allow kids to remain comfortable and in their everyday norm. 

Tips for Photographing Candid Moments in Everyday Life,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog  Photo by:  Hazel and Haze Photography  

Tips for Photographing Candid Moments in Everyday Life, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog Photo by: Hazel and Haze Photography 

3. Give them an activity to do individually or with siblings.  When photographing candid moments, there is still some "set up" involved.  Create a small adventure with your kiddos. This may be venturing to the end of the street on a walk. During that walk you may find a stick, or a ball.  Or you may take a trip to the park and take a ride on a swing or a slide. Everyday moments can be big adventures in a child's eyes. Get creative!

Tips for Photographing Candid Moments in Everyday Life,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog  Photo by:  Hazel and Haze Photography  

Tips for Photographing Candid Moments in Everyday Life, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog Photo by: Hazel and Haze Photography 

Bonus Tip: Try turning on some music while you are capturing candid shots in everyday life.  The beat of the music can either put that extra pep in a kid's step, or if it's a slower beat, provide a more calming atmosphere for quiet time like painting or reading books. Music can be a great reward too!

We hope these quick tips were helpful, and give you ideas to further explore the art of capturing those candid everyday moments. Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things.

With Love,

Angela & Kacey

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos

It's that time of year again! As we head into the first day of school we have a lot on our minds: school supplies, schedules, gear, etc. Let us help make your first morning of school a breeze with the following tips for first day of school photos using your DSLR in manual mode.

1. Find the shade outside. Position your kiddos somewhere outside with diffused light (shade) so that the light is even on their faces and cute, back-to-school gear! Try under a tree or on the side of the house that is blocking out direct sun.

2. Give them something to hold. Kids can be so fidgety and it's hard for them to stand still on such an exciting day! Try having them hold their lunch box or a simple prop like a word board. This gives them something to do and makes it easier to grab a picture.

3. Pull them out from the background. We all love the blurred back ground effect in our portrait photos! Achieve this look by pulling your subject out from the background (i.e. side of the house or garage).

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by  Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by  Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos by Kindred Photography Workshops

BONUS TIP:  If you have time, step outside a few moments before taking photos and select your settings in the location of your choosing. That way you're ready to shoot the moment the kids are in place!  For morning light in a diffused area, try starting here: ISO 200, SS 800, f2.5. If you test shot with these settings and it's too dark, increase your ISO.  If you test shot with these settings and it's too bright, increase your shutter speed. 
3 Tips for First Day of School Photos using your DSLR by  Kindred Photography Workshops

3 Tips for First Day of School Photos using your DSLR by Kindred Photography Workshops

Whether you're homeschooling or public school or Mother's Day Out, we wish you happy beginnings for a new school year!

With Love,

Angela + Kacey

Our Top Five Camera Gear Must-Haves for Beginners

Hello, hello!  

We're checking in this summer with some of our new camera gear must-haves for beginners!  You're going to love this list: stylish, useful, and affordable.

1 | We've recently stumbled upon Gatta, which makes chic, designer-worthy mini camera bags that are budget-friendly prices. If you're in the market for a camera bag, Gatta bags are the perfect way to protect your camera and stay stylish at the same time. We love the color and style options available! 

2 | As always, we've include the "nifty fifty" lens because it's the best upgrade your camera can get from your kit lenses. We believe it's the most affordable way to upgrade your camera and here's why: f1.8 allows you to get a lot more light and depth of field into your photos! We've included links to Canon, Nikon, and Sony lenses for your specific camera manufacturer. Make sure to double check your camera model's mount compatibility before purchasing!

Already have a 50mm? Try the 35mm focal length. It's also a favorite of ours!

4 | Another easy but necessary addition to your camera gear is a memory card with 90 MB/s or or faster processing.  Storing your photos on a memory card that has faster reading and writing speed will ensure that your memory card can keep up with all the clicks when your photographing your children at play or your pets speeding by. We've included our favorite memory card recommendation below- it's fast and high quality!

5 | Last but not least is a must-have for beginner photographers. Whether you're photographing food, your kids, or a client, a camera strap is always a good idea to help protect your camera!  There are hundreds of options out there to fit your personal style- anything from braided letter to nylon. We've included one of our favorites to get you started, but we also recommend searching Amazon and Etsy to find your personal preference.

"5 Camera Gear Must Haves" by  Kindred Photography Workshops  Blog

"5 Camera Gear Must Haves" by Kindred Photography Workshops Blog

1 | Gatta Lola Miel Camera Bag 2 | "Nifty Fifty" 50 mm 1.8 Lens Canon, Nikon, Sony 3 | Pelican SD Card Case 4 | Lexar Professional 16GB SD Card 5 | Lifemate Camera Strap

As always, if you need help reach out to us at kindredphotographyworkshop@gmail.com. We'd love to hear from you!

With Love,

Angela + Kacey

Source: www.kindredphotographworkshop.com

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light Inside Your Home for Photographs

If you're like us, picking up your camera to take pictures of your kids "doing their thing" happens inside your home A LOT!  Some of the best memories captured are when they're playing in their rooms, reading with their siblings, or eating their first foods in their high chair.  

There are several things you can do to make the best use of the natural light inside your home when you're shooting on manual mode. Here are 6 tips to help you find the best natural light before you start snapping!

1. Choose a Room with Natural Light

There are rooms in every house that are dark and rooms in every house that have more windows and natural light.  Try using your camera when you're in your brighter rooms, or move to one of those rooms if there is something you're wanting to capture.  Also watch the light in these rooms throughout the day- you'll notice that the light color and quality changes throughout the day.  For instance, I know that I love taking photos upstairs on the South side of the house in the morning, and also downstairs on the West side of the house in the afternoon.

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin , (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 1250, SS 1/250)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog, Photo by Kacey Gilpin, (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 1250, SS 1/250)

2. Open the Blinds

Maximize the natural light coming through the windows by opening the curtains and blinds! You can even take it as far as looping the curtains up over the curtain rod to let even more light in. Every little bit helps. You will need to change your camera settings if you started shooting when the curtains or blinds were drawn. After you open them there is a lot more light inside the room and you can generally lower your ISO.

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin , (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 800, SS 1/250)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog, Photo by Kacey Gilpin, (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 800, SS 1/250)

3. Turn off the Lights

This is one of the simplest tips that makes the biggest difference! By turning off the electrical lights wherever you're shooting you can eliminate that yellowy tint and reflections those lights cause in your photos, allowing you to take advantage of the full color and quality of natural light. Turn out lamps as well as overhead lights in the ceiling.

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin , (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 400, SS 1/320)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog, Photo by Kacey Gilpin, (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 400, SS 1/320)

4. Move Your Subject Near the Window

Below each window, there is a pool of natural light.  Stand back from the windows and you will see that pool on the floor. These pools of light are great places to photograph your subject. Even in a late evening and low light situation, these pools of light near the window yield the perfect setting for catching your child's candid play or capturing your baby eating his messy, solid foods in his high chair.

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin , (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 1600, SS 1/320)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog, Photo by Kacey Gilpin, (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 1600, SS 1/320)

5. White Reflects Light

The color white reflects light and can be a natural reflector when you're taking pictures. Rooms with white walls, white bedding, and white furniture can be utilized this way by placing your subject to play or pose on or around these elements. (Tip: buy an inexpensive, large piece of white foam or poster board to use as a reflector)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog , Photo by  Angela Williams , (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 1250, SS 1/320)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog, Photo by Angela Williams, (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 1250, SS 1/320)

6. Open the Door

Similarly to the windows, you can use the front or back door as an ideal photo spot. Put your baby down to play with blocks or books in the door's pool of light. Try opening the door to let even more light inside an entryway or room!

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home,  Kindred Photography Workshop Blog , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin , (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 2000, SS 1/320)

6 Tips for Finding the Best Natural Light in Your Home, Kindred Photography Workshop Blog, Photo by Kacey Gilpin, (50 mm, f/1.4, ISO 2000, SS 1/320)

We hope these tips help and inspire you to practice manual mode using natural light in your home!

 

With Love,

Angela and Kacey

KINDRED SUMMER PHOTO CHALLENGE

Summer is such a fun time to get out the camera and practice those photog skills! We would like to invite everyone to participate in our "Kindred Summer Photo Challenge". We currently have five weeks of themed prompts planned to help you get started. We will begin Week 1 on Monday, May 14th and begin a new prompt each week. You can participate by simply tagging your photos #kindredphotochallenge. Share as many photos as you like!

We hope that our photo challenge will inspire and encourage you to practice your manual mode photography skills and experiment with composition in new photos, however, you may choose to post a photo that you've already taken that goes with the prompts below!

We look forward to seeing your photos and will post every tagged photo on our feed or stories with a shoutout to whomever took the photo!

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Tulsa Kindred | Restore House

Kindred returned to Tulsa this winter for our last workshop, hosted at Restore House on Broken Arrow's charming Rose District on Main Street. Actually, make that WORKSHOPS, plural! We hosted two back to back workshops, full of laughter and lots of learning, and helped 24 women learn how to use their DSLR cameras.  One attendee even brought her camera still in the box from Christmas!

Morning workshop attendees who learned how to use their DSLR cameras at  Kindred Photography Workshops  at  Restore House  in Broken Arrow, OK

Morning workshop attendees who learned how to use their DSLR cameras at Kindred Photography Workshops at Restore House in Broken Arrow, OK

Our goal at each and every workshop is to provide our attendees with basic manual mode user knowledge so that they have the tools they need to capture wonderful photos when they leave.  Our attendees come with the desire to capture better photos of their kids around the home or to gain the camera knowledge they are needing to assist them in their businesses. By giving our attendees the gift of knowing how to use their camera, we feel like we are providing them with the ability to tell their story. 

Angela  helping an attendee with camera settings at Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by  Kacey Gilpin  

Angela helping an attendee with camera settings at Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by Kacey Gilpin 

Kindred Tulsa was no different. We enjoyed hearing why each attendee took the time to invest in Kindred! We're so happy to have helped 24 women learn how to use their DSLR cameras and tell their stories using photography!

We're always amazed at the progress our attendees make at Kindred. Whether starting with a camera still in the box or having only ever shot in Auto mode, everyone left with the ability to shoot in manual mode and having taken WONDERFUL photos.

Mom learning how to use her DSLR camera at  Kindred Photography Workshops , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin

Mom learning how to use her DSLR camera at Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by Kacey Gilpin

One of the most important aspects of Kindred Photography Workshop is the hands-on practice and one-on-one time each attendee spends with a professional photographer. During the last segment of the workshop, attendees were grouped with our featured photographers and practiced their new knowledge.  Attendees were able to move around and snap pictures within vignettes of some of the cutest little subjects around.  This kind of practice is highly valuable because it gives each attendee a chance to practice making adjustments, play with the composition of their photographs- all within the reach of someone who can help.

Moms and beginners practicing manual mode photography with the help of a professional photographer at  Kindred Photography Workshops , Photo by  Hazel and Haze Photography

Moms and beginners practicing manual mode photography with the help of a professional photographer at Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by Hazel and Haze Photography

Moms and beginners practicing manual mode photography on their DSLR cameras at  Kindred Photography Workshops , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin

Moms and beginners practicing manual mode photography on their DSLR cameras at Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by Kacey Gilpin

Playing at  Kindred Photography Workshops , hands-on photography workshops for mamas and beginners, Photo by  Kacey Gilpin  

Playing at Kindred Photography Workshops, hands-on photography workshops for mamas and beginners, Photo by Kacey Gilpin 

Kacey  demonstrating composition techniques for attendees during the hands-on practicing portion of  Kindred Photography Workshops , Photo by  Hazel and Haze Photography

Kacey demonstrating composition techniques for attendees during the hands-on practicing portion of Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by Hazel and Haze Photography

Moms and beginners practicing with their DSLR cameras at  Kindred Photography Workshops , Photo by  Hazel and Haze Photography

Moms and beginners practicing with their DSLR cameras at Kindred Photography Workshops, Photo by Hazel and Haze Photography

Not only did we have an amazing space to learn in at Restore House, but lovely florals were provided by Bloomhouse OK.  The styling hand of Cortney McClure once again made Kindred a relaxing and beautiful place for mamas and beginners to learn how to use their cameras.

Kindred Photography Workshop styling by  Cortney McClure  , Florals by  Bloom House , Photo by  Kacey Gilpin

Kindred Photography Workshop styling by Cortney McClure , Florals by Bloom House, Photo by Kacey Gilpin

Kindred Tulsa attendees were also provided with Kindred Workshop manuals and hand-written name cards by The Ink-Stained Minstrel, as well as swag bags and giveaways! 

Kindred Photography Workshop  manual provided for each attendee, and hand-written calligraphy name card by  The Ink-Stained Minstrel , Photo by  Hazel and Haze Photography

Kindred Photography Workshop manual provided for each attendee, and hand-written calligraphy name card by The Ink-Stained Minstrel, Photo by Hazel and Haze Photography

Our workshops for the 2018 calendar year continue with Dallas, TX on 3.31 at the Lumen Room and Enid, OK on 4.29 at Five80 Coffee.  We would love to have YOU!

We're thrilled to be announcing more workshop dates for spring and summer VERY SOON! Stay tuned and get on our exclusive email list HERE for workshop announcements, early registration, and free education and photography tips.

Angela Williams  and  Kacey Gilpin  at Kindred Tulsa,  Kindred Photography Workshop  Creators and Instructors

Angela Williams and Kacey Gilpin at Kindred Tulsa, Kindred Photography Workshop Creators and Instructors

With Love,

Angela + Kacey

Source: www.kindredphotograpyworkshop.com/blog

Common Everyday Blessings

"As the years pass, I am coming more and more to understand that it is the common, everyday blessings of our common everyday lives for which we should be particularly grateful."

- Laura Ingalls Wilder


This quote couldn't ring more true for me today.  After having my daughter a little over two years ago, I now see the world differently.  I live for the little moments. The common everyday blessings.  I worry that I will forget these moments all together.  In this world of #hustle and striving for success and "go, go, go" it often times leaves little room or time to stop, breath, take it all in.  To be honest, this makes me really sad. But, I'm just as guilty! I've challenged myself to take out my camera at least once a week to capture dress up time, bath time, snack time, any time really. Because when we look back, after those times are gone, what will we have?  The only thing more precious than time is who we spend it with, so let's spend it wisely and try to capture it and never forget it.

- Angela, Kindred Photography Workshops

Photo taken by:  Hazel and Haze Photography  - Canon Mark III, Sigma 35mm, f/2.2, Shutter Speed: 1/400, ISO 400.

Photo taken by: Hazel and Haze Photography - Canon Mark III, Sigma 35mm, f/2.2, Shutter Speed: 1/400, ISO 400.

Photo taken by:  Hazel and Haze Photography  - Canon Mark III, Sigma 35mm, f/2.2, Shutter Speed: 1/400, ISO 400.

Photo taken by: Hazel and Haze Photography - Canon Mark III, Sigma 35mm, f/2.2, Shutter Speed: 1/400, ISO 400.

Photo taken by:  Hazel and Haze Photography  - Canon Mark III, Sigma 35mm, f/2.2, Shutter Speed: 1/400, ISO 400.

Photo taken by: Hazel and Haze Photography - Canon Mark III, Sigma 35mm, f/2.2, Shutter Speed: 1/400, ISO 400.


I read a quote by John Kabat- Zinn recently that hit the nail on the head. It goes, "The little things? The little moments? They aren't little."  Just take a scroll through your camera roll of iPhotos and you might agree with me.  The big moments and special occasions do stand out of course, but they are a shallow representation of our lives. For me, it's all the little moments that become the sum total and leave their little, but big stamps on our hearts. They are little moments that are precious everyday blessings and leave big impressions. Impressions that run so deep their feelings are never forgotten. I've always yearned to have images that match those feelings and memories which is why I picked up a camera years ago when my oldest was a toddler. I wanted to have photographs of those little moments that would last. I love taking a few photos every once in a while so that we can sit down years from now to laugh and cry over all those little things that have left big impressions.

- Kacey, Kindred Photography Workshops

Photo taken by  Kacey Gilpin  - Nikon D810, Sigma 50 mm, f/1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 400

Photo taken by Kacey Gilpin - Nikon D810, Sigma 50 mm, f/1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 400

Photo taken by  Kacey Gilpin  - Nikon D810, Sigma 50 mm, f/1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 400

Photo taken by Kacey Gilpin - Nikon D810, Sigma 50 mm, f/1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 400

Photo taken by  Kacey Gilpin  - Nikon D810, Sigma 50 mm, f/1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 400

Photo taken by Kacey Gilpin - Nikon D810, Sigma 50 mm, f/1.8, SS 1/250, ISO 400