|Posted: 11/26/2012 8:12:23 AM|
Hi, I mostly post over on general scrappin as I don't know too much about photography (maybe I should be here more then haha). I'm looking to replicate this photo for our christmas card this year.
I have a Canon Rebel 2Ti with the stock lens and that is all. Any advice you may have would be greatly appreciated. I've tried looking online, but most of what I have found is for outdoor lights at night and I have to take into consideration I'm photographing an active 9 month old.
Thanks in advance!
|Posted: 11/26/2012 8:30:42 AM|
You are probably going to have a hard time replicating this shot with the kit lens, unless you have plenty of available light and space. You need to have the subject a good distance from the lights to get them blurred. Here's a tutorial to check out. http://themilkyway.ca/2011/12/twinkle-light-bokeh-tutorial/
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|Posted: 11/26/2012 12:19:47 PM|
I don't think you can get that shot with the kit lens. What you need is a 50mm 1.8 (runs about $120.. sometimes less) The big aperture lets you get that nice shallow depth of field so the background and the foreground lights are softly blurred while keeping the baby in focus.
The large aperture also lets you use a fast enough shutter speed you have a chance to get the shot before baby moves.
|Posted: 11/27/2012 6:43:53 AM|
Thanks for the help ladies. My sister has a Rebel T3i with a wide angle lens, so I think I will see if I can borrow it.
What time of day should I try to take this photo? Thanks again.
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|Posted: 11/27/2012 10:22:02 AM|Since you're shooting indoors, you can probably choose any time of day, as long as the sun is out. It sort of depends which direction your windows face and where the sun is during the day. I would not do it while the sun is streaming directly into your windows though. Be sure to face him either in directly in front of the window, or at a 45 degree angle to the window light.
Also, you said it's an active 9 month old. Is he walking already? If not, you might find it not as hard to get him to sit still for this because he'll have some really cool lights to explore.
I'm going to second the idea of getting the 50 1.8 lens. I have it, and I took pictures similar to this last year. They turned out exactly the way I wanted them too. I was very happy with the results. If buying the lens isn't in your budget right now, perhaps you can rent one for a few hours from a local camera shop? Or ask your friends if they have one that you could borrow for a little bit? It really is a great little lens.
|Posted: 11/27/2012 11:45:12 AM|
Well, I'm going to suggest NOT getting the 50 1.8 mm lens. It's just not wide enough on the crop frame cameras. I "fell" for the 50 1.8mm because so many people on message boards kept recommending it -- I ended up selling it.
And it IS nice. It DOES take nice pictures. But practical? Not on a crop frame camera. But I sold mine off because I never used it due to it not being wide enough indoors.
I'd look into the 35mm 1.8 lens -- this is meant for the crop frame cameras and will give you the effect you're looking for, and it will be wider than the 50mm. I'm a Nikon user, and the Nikon version is only $200...I'm guessing Canon has a similarly priced 35mm prime lens.
Also, sorry, but borrowing your sister's wide angle lens is not going to give you this effect either. Wide angle lenses (in general) do not open up to f/1.8 -- typically, with a wide angle, you're going for a deep DOF (think landscape and architectural photography) and they open up to f/3.5 and at that aperture, you will not get that effect.
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