Day 2 of 365 (I'm on a roll, people!)

by Amy Rhodes

Today's picture is brought to you by a little girl and a mom who let her stay up way too late, 2 nights in a row.  

This is my Clara.  She has a serious problem.   She climbs into our bed.  Every. Single. Night.  We have tried everything, except locking her out at night.  I just can't bring myself to do that.   I figure she will not always climb into bed with me because she will not always be little.  I need to enjoy it while it lasts.  ( That's what I keep telling myself.)

This morning I was heading back into my room to get dressed.  She was STILL sleeping  at 10:45 am! I guess staying up until midnight can really wipe a 5 year old out.   I thought it was the perfect opportunity for picture #2, and also a great illustration of 45 degree lighting.

This was the first picture I took.  Her back was to the window and the light wasn't falling on her cute little face.  It's . . . not vibrant and I don't like the lighting.  

D700  50 mm  1/100  F 1.8  ISO 500

D700  50 mm  1/100  F 1.8  ISO 500

Because she was SO out of it, I did what any other MWAC (Mom With A Camera) would do.  I moved her in her sleep and turned her so she would face the window.  I kept my settings the exact same so I could show you the difference good lighting makes.  

D700  50 mm  1/100  F 1.8  ISO 500

D700  50 mm  1/100  F 1.8  ISO 500

Here is the pullback of the room I shot in.  I like lighting my subjects at a 45 degree angle.  This means the light source would be considered the 0 degree line and my little girl is positioned at about 45 degrees from the light.  Do I do this all the time?  No.  I do what looks best.   It's all about trial and error to see what YOU like.  

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