I was doing some family kids portraits over the weekend so I decided when I had everything set up that I’d do some using the 50mm lens. I think it’s actually a pretty good lens for this. When opened up all the way to f1.8 the depth of field is so shallow that it’s pretty much impossible to get in focus shots of moving kids and when aren’t kids moving. At f2.5 it’s a little easier and I did get some decent shots. Times like this I wish I had one of the new mirror less cameras with decent eye tracking focus, but sure I wouldn’t learn anything if the camera did all the work for me. For this shot I also had lights and a dark grey backdrop so I cant say it was all the 50mm lens but it certainly didn’t get in the way.
Last samples from this years Christmas sessions. Waited until the parents posted first, only fair. I really enjoyed doing these, will definitely be doing it again next year. Already have some new backdrops and setups bookmarked.
I’m a little behind on my 52 Project this week because I’ve been working on Christmas mini-sessions for friends and family. I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a Christmas nut, my wife calls me Clark Griswold. I was decorating the basement back in November but that was to set up two scenes for the sessions, mostly. For children Christmas holds a very special magic and just being around a kid can make even the Scroogiest of Scrooges a little more festive. I can’t wait for our little one to wake up on Christmas morning and go looking under the tree.
Here is a sample of the photos I’ve taken so far this year. There are others that I wont post just yet since I wont post pictures from a shoot online until after the client posts first, I don’t know if a picture is meant as a gift for grandparents or as a Christmas card and I don’t want to ruin someone’s surprise.