But I will tell you how I managed to get all these pictures in a very unforgiving light situation. In a minute.
|My awesome friend Kelly speaks about Klout and such.|
|Lisa appearing beautiful, fierce, and serene.|
The best part of the conference for me had to be my roomates. I had not met Hillary or Teri Lynne in person before last week but I knew both of them pretty well. Hillary is a Philly Social Media Mom so we share that geography and culture very much in common. Teri Lynne is a Christian writer and worship pastor's wife from Alabama so we have a strong bond through our faith and church experiences.
|My awesome roomies Hillary and Teri Lynne plus the amazing Sarah.|
I could NOT have asked for better roomates. The strong, diametrically opposed accents were fun too. I think I learned that I am more prone to unconsciously mirror the southern drawl of my current surroundings than the Philly twang I grew up with. I'm all mixed up.
|Jenn, Kelly, Grace and Julie.|
|Danielle, Adam and Aliza.|
|Robin's Just Dance team, the Madonnabe's.|
- I used a Nikon D90 DSLR. Not that important what kind of SLR it is, so long as you KNOW how to use it.
- All of these photos are shot with a 35mm f/1.8 prime lens. That means no zooming but much better in low light. Wider than my 50mm b/c in crowds I am too close to people for the 50mm.
- Center point metering. This is crucial for getting faces exposed properly.
- Single point autofocus. I tell the camera where to focus instead of letting it choose for me.
- I shot all these in aperature priority. I set the f-stop and ISO and let the camera choose the shutter speed.
- Usually wide open shots, especially in the sessions where I won't use a flash. So a higher ISO (like 800) and f/1.8.
- I also use exposure compensation bumped up +.3 because I like things slightly overexposed.
- For the party photos the light was incredibly low so I used an EXTERNAL flash. Speedlite with a diffuser cap on it aimed at a 45 degree angle to what I was shooting at. That way the flash doesn't totally wash out and blind the faces or cause terrible undereye shadows.
- I shoot exclusively in RAW so that underexposed photos can be brought up safely.
- I leave my white balance set on automatic and adjust it in post processing later.
- After deleting the obvious misses in the camera I download and edit using Adobe Lightroom.
- I always always always crop for better framing. My camera has a crop sensor so what I see in the viewfinder is not what I get, but I usually forget to compensate for that. Sometimes I remember.
- Most room photos had a very yellow tinge because of the lights, so I adjusted the color temperature down a touch to the blue side.
You can find a few more of my photos from the conference on She Posts and the whole collection on Flickr here.