Feb 3, 2014 | Training

Here are a few highlights from group 40’s Liberate Your Camera day

The first few images are all about finding the beautiful light on a winters day in Cumbria.. easy! My main priorities with the first few establishing shots are making it easy and compfortable for my models, so that I can connect with them and gain their trust. I’m showering them with the best available light in that location, to reduce my time editing, and selecting the right camera settings to get the best results.

These are all taken on my Canon 1ds MK3 with my 24-70mm F2.8L USM lense. My camera settings are 1/160 sec at f5.6, ISO 800.

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I only need a few shots like this, don’t be tempted to overshoot at this point! Next I  direct them in the same location, asking the

mother and daughter to look at each. I have my camera at the ready and I just quietly start clicking as the images unfold infront of me.

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Using the same location and camera settings, I focus my attention on the colour palette created by the clothes I selcected. I added

cute little prop picking up the colours and created a little story.

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Now that everybody is warmed up, relaxed and having fun, I go for a change of clothes, location and mood.

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After selecting a textured backgroung, I go for my signature shot before before we start playng. I’m looking for a close up serious

image and love this intensity created here. I’ve only adjusted the aperture slightly to f4 to create a shallower depth of field, this was

also extaderated by moving her away from the background. Once this is in the bag I shoot images to create a story. I moved her nearer

to my bacground, changed my aperture to f5.6 so that the background has more clarity and definition.

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Finally I finished with a lovely happy close up to cover all bases!

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Another quick change and we’re into the vintage feel.My camera settings have been altered slightly to loose some of the detail in

the background. Still working with my 24-70mm lense, 1/320 sec f3.5 ISO400. Using the little girls teddy adds an emotional

connection that will add meaning and value as time moves on.

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Then its time for another change location to the momentum going. I’m looking for a completely differnt feel for these. I’m going organic,

into the fields! I’ve switched camera to my Canon EOS 5D mk2 with my EF70-200mm f2.8L IS USM lense because I want to capture

more candid style images. My camera settings are 1/400 sec, f5.6 at 800 ISO

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This is a great way to change the pace of the shoot and use up any excess energy! After a light check, the only setting I’m going to

change is my shuterspeed to 1/400 sec. This is because I want to keep all the action and movement sharp.

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Finally I want to finish on some lovely close ups of mom and daughter. All I’m adjusting for these shots is my ISO to 200.

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If you have any comments or questions, I’d love to hear from you.

Tamara x


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