Thursday is School Picture Day at Mat & Rory’s school!
Last night I looked at the Picture Day order form, filled it out with the kids’ info, and left all of those purchasing lines empty.
Sorry, School Portrait Person, I’m doing my own school pictures, and I’m going to order them through Mpix. You can still take my kids’ pictures and give them to the school for the yearbook, but I’ve got my own prints covered with the help of my camera, my lens, and Mpix.
I feel kinda like a wedding guest taking pictures of the pretty bride & bridesmaids next to the pro photographer, but at least I didn’t show up at school and take a picture over the photographer’s shoulder in their mobile studio, right!?
I’ve gotten some questions via email asking how I created this image, so I thought I’d share a bit more..
I don’t cook, so saying “photo recipe” gives me the heebeejeebeez, but here’s the lowdown:
I stood my kids in our front yard in front of this palm tree:
I had the “non-photographed kid” hold the reflector up with an edge against the chest of the “kid in the photo” to splash more light up onto the face. That really helped brighten their faces in the dim before-school morning light, and it helped make more eye sparkle.
I used my 5D MkII, 70-200 lens (it was what was on my camera at the time, the 24-70 would have been good, too), and 5-in-1 reflector (all can be found in “My Favorite Things“).
I set the camera to Av mode, f/2.8, with center-weighted metering (meaning I wanted the camera to ignore the edges & concentrate more on getting a good exposure on my kids’ faces in the center).
I used “one shot” focusing mode using the center auto-focus point, pressed the shutter half-way to focus on an eye ball (it’s a general rule that, unless you’re being artsy-fartsy, focus on the eyeball closest to you for pictures like this), then recomposed the picture before I pressed the shutter all the way down to take the picture.
Here’s a closeup view of one of Mat’s eyeballs. You can see the silver reflector there, reflected in his eyes.
I lightened them up a little in Lightroom, took them into Photoshop to make that 2-in-1 pic for the blog, and that was that!