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december’s task – night photography

let me start by saying, night photography is probably one of the harder skills for me to work on right out of the gate.  especially given that it’s the holiday season and there are all kinds of lights everywhere…mastering the balance of light and dark to get a crisp picture is not easy!

i tried a bunch of different techniques for capturing the perfect night shot, and while i don’t think i’m there yet, this appears to be my current preferred formula:

– most important – use a tripod, and turn off auto focus (this didn’t seem right at first, but after taking a bunch of blurry photos, i’m on board with this concept)

– set camera on Tv (shutter priority) – i think eventually i’ll graduate to M (manual), but Tv let’s me manage the shutter speed which seemed to help control light

– use timer – i actually had to look this up since i’ve never used my timer, but i gotta say, i’m pretty addicted to it now.  i was going to buy a wireless remote for my camera, but why bother when i can just use the timer??

– after getting all of this set up, then it was just a matter of playing with the shutter speed and the ISO.

i tried to keep my “schooling” simple, so i focused (no pun intended) on two main subjects: my neighbors house with too many christmas lights, and friendship fountain in downtown jacksonville.  my neighbors house was an obvious choice because i was able to schlep my camera and tripod over there regularly with ease.  the fountain was also cool because while i was messing with light settings, i was also able to capture some movement.

i’ll spare you the details of checking out all the rejected photos, unless you’re interested.  here are my favorites of each subject:


friendship fountain


wedding pictures

while i’m pretty excited about getting our wedding pictures delivered this week, i think my husband is three times as excited because now he doesn’t have to look at pictures of people we don’t know in our hallway!  (i hung all the frames to make sure they fit, and left the stock photos inside).  i was going to make it a little more elaborate, but the hallway is kind of narrow and dark, and too many frames would’ve overpowered it.  i love how the photos turned out!  i bought all of the frames at kohls and went with all black frames.

i’m going to try taking different pictures another time, these ones came out really bad because there is absolutely no light up there.  which brings me to my next question – any good lighting ideas?  i’m thinking gallery style, but it might reflect off the glass…this will be my first time with gallery lighting so i think it will be a little bit of a “quess and check” process.

photographer: meghan stewart photography, jacksonville, fl

frames used:

(1) 14×18 (holds 11×14 photo)

(4) 14×14 (hold 8×8 photo) malden matted manhattan frame

(2)  10×20 (holds (3) 5×7 photos each) montego collage frame


who wants to go back to school?

would anyone be up for a weekly (monthly?) homework assignment?  i am ready to stretch my skills at both photography and sewing but could use some guidance or direction.  i was wondering if we could come up with an assignment of sorts to work on and then post our results.  like…action shots, or testing some editing feature, or close ups, or sewing button holes, or smocking, or, or, or…


and it doesn’t have to be limited to sewing and photography!  but i think we all have those 2 things in common…

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