Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer Laura Hana

Extreme Close Up

Sep 29, 2011 Posted in Daily Pic

focal length: 50 mm (on a Nikon D50)
shutter speed: 1/80
aperture: f/1.4
ISO: 400
flash: none

Don’t be afraid to get up-close and personal with your subject, as long as they don’t mind, of course. Just be mindful with your focusing, especially if you’re shooting wide open as I did for this shot. Take advantage of your shallow depth of field, by focusing on the closest eye and leaving the rest soft.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.

At The Shipyard

Aug 2, 2011 Posted in Daily Pic

focal length: 70 mm (on full frame)
shutter speed: 1/200
aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 320
flash: none

The OAC Photo Club met up for a photo wander at Britannia Heritage Shipyard in Richmond the other day. I really loved all the textures of the buildings and the pretty blue sky was a bonus.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.

Victoria Inner Harbour

Jul 29, 2011 Posted in Daily Pic

focal length: 24 mm (on full frame)
shutter speed: 1/30
aperture: f/3.2
ISO: 2000
flash: none

From my last post, you may remember that I don’t carry a tripod with me when I travel, which makes night photography very difficult. For this image, I set my camera on a stone fence facing Victoria’s Inner Harbour and played around with some settings and took some test shots. Again, this situation was not ideal since the surface my camera was resting on was rocky, so I wasn’t able to use a longer exposure, and my composition choices were limited. However, using what was available to stabilize the camera did help.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.

Parliament At Night

Jul 26, 2011 Posted in Daily Pic

focal length: 24 mm (on full frame)
shutter speed: 1/80
aperture: f2.8
ISO: 1250
flash: none

Our lovely parliament building in Victoria, BC. Night photography is challenging when you don’t have a tripod on hand. My settings are less than ideal but I think the image still turned out nicely.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.

Setting The Stage

Jul 23, 2011 Posted in Daily Pic

focal length: 50 mm (on full frame)
shutter speed: 1/80
aperture: f2.2
ISO: 200
flash: none

When we create a “portrait”, we usually aim to minimize focus on the foreground and background so the eye is drawn to the main subject. An easy way to achieve this is to use portrait orientation and fill the frame with your model. However, including the surroundings can add to the story behind the photo and allow the viewer to feel as though they were there when the shutter was released.

So, don’t be afraid to use landscape orientation for portraits, step back and set the stage.

Laura is a Vancouver wedding and portrait photographer. Visit laurahana.com.

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