Downtown || Portraits

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Best way to practice photography is to go shooting with this girl! I met up with an old friend that I had not seen in a while and I found out that she recently go into photography. When I heard about Elyse’s new hobby I knew I had to shoot with her, so I convinced Hannah to pose for us. Downtown Mckinney is filled with the most wonderful nooks and crannies, which makes it such a wonderful place to take pictures. I had so much fun with you guys, and we need to do this again!

I do not know much about photography, but one of the ways I am learning is simply by taking pictures. If you have looked around at tutorial and advice for taking good photos you have probably heard take lots of photos. Why do you need to take lots of photos? Well, you can learn from your mistakes. These past few weeks I have learned that I should start cranking my ISO up one notch to 400 so that I can bump down my shutter resulting in crisper photos. I got some gorgeous Easter photos, but I wish some of them could be crisper, but I have only been shooting since December. I usually have mine set at about 1/100-1/200, but most of the photos I have seen have a shutter speed of 1/600 or higher. I love my photos to be crisp; some of my photos are not crisp enough for me except for some of the close ups. I have learned a lot about my camera and is capabilities through my pictures. I have learned:

1) It’s ISO is terribly after 400 it gets really grainy and does not help the light that much. So I give up when it comes to night photos. 🙂

2) The flash makes faces look flat and lifeless, so I will put a homemade diffuser over it whenever I use it.

3) I have trouble with focusing, but I think my close ups come out way better than the larger views.

With all things considered I love having a DSLR, and I hope I can learn more about my aperture, RAW, manual white balance, and how to make my pictures sharper. What is your camera like?

xoxo Emma


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