Intermission

I’m going to interrupt my usual technical blogging to:

  1. Plug a contest that I’d rather enjoy winning.  Crave Photography (http://cravemyphotography.com/blog/) is running a giveaway, with the top prize being a high quality 85mm lens in either Nikon or Canon mount.
  2. Begin my first non-security post (I have a new security post coming immediately after this one if anyone is interested)*

To stay on topic with the contest, I’ll do this first non-security post on photography.

My wife and I spend a lot of our spare time taking pictures of our children.  My son is nearly three, and my daughter just turned  one.

THEY NEVER SIT STILL.

This makes photographing them very challenging.  To get a crisp image indoors you generally need a shutter speed somewhere north of 1/125.  There are a few ways we have tried to get good pictures with varying amounts of frustration:

  1. Use a direct flash.
    • PROS – lots of light, good shutter speed
    • CONS – can cause harsh shadows and blackout background
  2. Use an indirect flash (bounce behind)
    • PROS – Evenly lights subject and background, good shutter speed
    • CONS – Can add color cast if not bouncing off white surface, some angles cast odd shadows
  3. Use a fast lens wide open
    • PROS – Can utilize natural/available lighting
    • CONS – If shooting close up, the depth of field is unforgivingly small.
  4. Push the ISO to its limits
    • PROS – Can get your ideal shutter and aperture for the shot using natural/available light
    • CONS – depending on the camera, noise in the image may be unacceptable.

I think the next step would be to set up studio lighting, but there is no chance of that happening anytime soon.  Our house is cramped enough as is.

Anyway, I just wanted to post a little something to get started on my photography writing.  I’ll probably add more posts with pictures in the future.

 

*At the time of writing I have approximately one person reading this blog.  Thanks Will.

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