A bright & airy photo


Me again! This is my part two post, of ‘how to take a bright and airy photo’. I promised in my previous post that I’ll explain a bit on how I use my manual settings on my Canon EOS 70D. Keep in mind, I am not a professional photographer by any means. I’ve just watched a few youtube videos and played with the settings. A lot of trial and error.. and a lot of photos! I’ll try to keep this very basic!

I like to use the manual setting simply because this lets me bring in lots of extra light, which give you that “bright and airy” look your photos.

I always start with the ISO setting= how sensitive the camera is to light.  If it’s really bright out I’ll leave the ISO nice and low 100 to 400, when I’m in a darker room I’ll bring up the ISO accordingly. If you are setting up your baby infant of a window as shown in the #babymoments app, you’ll want your ISO to be on the lower end. 

Then I liked to think about the Aperture: How much light enters though the lens, which is measured in ‘f-stops‘.

The lower the ‘f-stop’, the more light coming through the lens= bright photos. I typically like to have my f-stop low 1.2, 1.4,- 4.0. (Note: A great lens to start is the 50mm or 40mm-that I used in the above photos.) Lower f-stops not only allow for more light to come in, but also gives you that blurry landscape (“broken”) behind your subject. This is called depth of field (DOF)- the amount of your shot that will be in focus. Large DOF means that most of your image will be in focus (high f-stop ex: f/22). Small or shallow depth of field means that only a part of your image will be in focus. For example your sweet baby, with all the pillows on your bed blurred out in the background (low f-stop 1.4-4.5). Again, for a blurred background lower your aperture down, ex: f/1.4.

Shutter speed is the length of time that the shutter is open, to expose light into the camera. This is why I like to play around with the SS in terms of controlling the light.

When you look on your camera screen, or the view finder you’ll see a scale of numbers will 0 being in the centre. I like to have my exposure set in-between 0…+1….+2, a bit over exposed. Over exposed photos are very light, whereas underexposed are dark- below the “0”. Some say to keep the exposure exactly on “0”, however as I’ve mentioned I like them a bit more over exposed.

All that being said, you need light! Shoot your photos with a space that is well lit, and by that I mean NATURAL LIGHT. I can even capture some great shots with my iPhone by simply having natural light!

Okay now all that work to still fix up a photo with a little bit of editing! I do edit my photos either on my computer or on my phone. So not take those amazing photos you just captured an add a little extra to them. Using your smart phone can be really quick and easy, send yourself the photo you jus shot on your SLR and upload it onto your phone. I like to use: Afterlight, Snapseed, PicTapGo which can all be found in your app store.


Here are a few things that I always tend to adjust:

1. Bring up the brightness/ exposure to brighten your photo a bit more.
2. Bring down the shadows a bit to bring out the colors, incase they washed out a bit with the brightening.
3. Bring down the temperature a tad if you are still finding your photo a bit yellow.
4. Sharpen the photo to make it extra crisp and sharp.

The demo above shows the before and after using the Afterlight app on your smart phone. I love the expression on Liam’s face in this image, but as you can see it is not the best quality in terms of lighting. This photo is a more underexposed then most of the photos I edit. But I want to show you the difference of how easy it is to transform a not so great photo, or an okay photo and make it look nice and “bright and airy”.

And that’s it! Have fun with your camera and settings! And if some of your photos didn’t quite turn out the way they you wanted them too, a little editing never hurt!

#babymoments + Canon Giveaway




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Today and tomorrow I’m focusing in on Liam in front of the camera. One of my most commonly asked questions are : “How do you get your photos so white and airy?”, “How do you capture Liam, smiling, looking into the camera?”, “What camera do you us?”, “What filter do you use?”, “What editing programs do you use?”. Well today with the help of Canon I will be answering all these questions using their EOS Rebel SL1 camera and their new “Plan your Baby Moments” app.

As a mom I’m addicted to capturing Liam and his monthly developments. From turning over, to sitting, to standing and to running around and making it impossibly to snap a photo!! Most of the photos that you see my post of Liam are taken on my SLR (Canon 70D) and a EF 50mm 1.2 lens or EF 70-200mm lens. As much as I adore this camera it is a bit pricey and big to carry around. When Canon sent me their new Canon EOS Rebel SL1 camera to try I right away noticed a huge difference of how much smaller, light weight, and convenient it was to capture a little one. I loved the ease shooting with the camera. All the above photos were taken with SL1.

If you are a mom, dad, auntie, sister, grandam and want an extra little app to help you document and inspire your children’s photos, canon’s new app “Baby Moments” is a great app which will help you capture milestones, with ideas on how and where to take your photos. The app also highlights some great photography tips. You’ll find a menu where you can pick a season or age and with lots of photo tips! Such as my favourite: white surface/bed backgrounds, with lots of light shining in through a near by window. The app also gives you lens suggestions and some great tricks for your babe to be camera ready!

The app has great suggestions on what setting to shoot on but I like to shoot all my photos on the manual setting. If you would like to learn a bit further in addition to the great idea the apps offers check back tomorrow for a part two!

Download the “Baby Moments” app here.

And if you’re in the mood for a little GIVEAWAY leave a comment below for a chance to win a Canon SELPHY printer! A wireless compact photo printer to quickly print out your memories! I need to start printing more photos, this is such an easy and smart way to get those prints started right at home! Let me know what photos you’ll be printing off! Winner accounted Monday December 1st! Have a closer look at it here.

This post was created in partnership with Canon. All opinions are my own. 

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