Like everybody else, I tried to do the twinkle lights shot, and they are SOOO bad! I think I lack proper understanding to make this work. I set it up in my carport with light coming in from the right, because that is where I could rig my lights up. :rolleyes:
I started out using my Rebel XS/kit lens (18-55) in Av mode with the ap as low as it would go (I think 3.5ish in most), but for the life of me, I could not achieve any bokeh with the lights.
My cousin offered to let me use her 75-300mm lens, so then I tried with that.
Here is my set up:
I really had no idea how far to place my subject from the lights or how far I should be from my subject. I do know with that lens, I backed up as far as I could in my carport, because I had to with that lens.
I took test shots around 10am (with my lens) and 3pm (with hers)...here is a test shot with natural light around 3pm (I think). I was unable to achieve this look with my kids in the picture with the lights:
Here are some of the best ones of my kids - btw, I did shoot these in RAW, but don't have access to my laptop or desktop right now with my PSE. I "edited" these in Picasa, but I think these are the RAW files, not the jpgs. By edit, I mean add a little fill light and contrast. I also tried to adjust the WB on some of them, but not sure if I did on these that I posted. Not sharpened for web.
I know the the subject is grossly underexposed in all of them. I get confused on if it is called evaluative or compensation metering, but I had it set at +1 for some additional brightness, but by the time I got them out for pics (after their naps), it was close to and after 4 pm, so it was just a no go.
SS 1/60 - ridiculously low, I know (but I couldn't adjust in Av mode, right...just depends on my lighting and other settings?)
AP 5.0 (as low as it would go)
I may have a couple of her that turned out a little better than this, but they were all pretty bad. This is probably 30 minutes after ds' pictures and way darker out. Ugh.
SS 1/25 :eek: ISO 800 Ap 4.0
Can anyone tell me why I ended up with the reflection of lights on her face? This happened in DD2's pics, also.
SS 1/30 ISO 800 Ap 5.0
Would better lighting have fixed any of my issues?
Would I have been better off using the kit lens?