One of my goals for 2018 is to learn new techniques, improve myself in photography.  With recommendations from a group of friends, I joined in this journey with P52clicks.  It is a community where photographers all over the world encourage each other to learn

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One of my goals for 2018 is to learn new techniques, improve myself in photography.  With recommendations from a group of friends, I joined in this journey with P52clicks.  A community where photographers all over the world encourage each other to learn 12 techniques a year (1 technique per month).  We usually have about 4 or 5 weeks to learn that technique for the month and to practice it with our camera.  Along the journey, we shared our images on social media and in the group for feedback.  This month, a group of my photography friends decided to show case our favorites from the month of January.  

“Tell me and I’ll forget.  Show me and I may remember.  Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

Instead of showcasing, I decided to write more of what I have learned from January.  The technique I took on was to capture subjects under low light conditions.  Low light is not necessarily night photography, it is only when the light source is limited whether it is sun light or artificial lights.  Let’s take your bathroom for example, most of the bathrooms have limited light source, it might have a small window that has some lights peeked through but the rest of the room is dark.  I called that little light peeking through “light pocket.”  Low light technique can be very addicting if you know how to manipulate little “light pockets” to your advantage or you can create a low light condition by limiting lights pouring into the environment you are setting up the shots.  Some might ask, why would you limit lights into your environment?  My answer is to create a light source focus only on your subject.  This will create nice shadows and lights on your subject to capture the true feelings of the moment.  After capturing some photos using this technique, I have a few notes or more of lessons for myself in the future.  I hope you will find this helpful.  I love this technique so for sure you will be seeing more of it in Storyteller Through Photos in the next coming months.

Lesson 1: When I walked into a room, here are a few things I ask myself: Where is the light coming from?  What kind of light source do I have? (natural lights or artificial lights) and Where will I place the subject using the available light source to capture the story?  A little careful assessment and preparation will help create more emotional and dramatic photos.

Lesson 2: Manual Mode is as always highly recommended.  You got the full control!

Lesson 3: Don’t be afraid to increase ISO, prefer noisy photos over blurry ones.  Know your camera and lens well to see how much noise they can handle.

Lesson 4: lower shutter speed (long exposure) to get more lights, tripod is highly recommended in this method to avoid camera shake – still need to try this.

Lesson 5: Shoot wide open, which means low f-number.  When you get past the kit lens, you will never go back.  Kit lens usually has the owest F/3.6 while other lenses with F/1.8 or 1/4 can create much more desireable low light photos.  If you are working on a budget, I would say try 50mm 1.8 (I should with Canon).  This lens is a great learning tool for beginner.  Though I have moved on up with other lens, I still go back to this lens from time to time because it’s so light.  I can easily carry it in my purse anywhere with the camera.

Lesson 6: Don’t be afraid to use artificial lights.

Lesson 7: use light (natural or artificial) to create dramatic effects.

Lesson 8: Don’t be afraid to shut down some light source to intensify the story in the photos.

Lesson 9: Don’t forget to have fun and use any of the combinations above to your likings (just like cooking, you are the one creating the recipes to your tastes).  Photography is art, create your own recipe, even breaking the rules is acceptable to create your own piece of art.

here are some of my favorites from January everyday’s moment

In the photo below, the light was coming from a window of his left.

Lesson 3: Don’t be afraid to increase ISO camera setting: SS 1/100, ISO 3200, freelens (no F stop info)

 

This photo was taken with 50mm, 1.8, you can see a little haze around him, I actually used my range oven light to light up his face.  I used double exposure with a little plastic to create a little glow in the photo.

Lesson 5: Shoot wide open. SS 1/125, F 1.8, ISO 1250
Lesson 6: Don’t be afraid to use artificial lights.
Lesson 6: Don’t be afraid to use artificial lights. My light source is the bathroom ceiling light, having the door slightly open to light up just this guy’s face.
Lesson 7: use the lights through window to create light and shadow effect
Lesson 8: Don’t be afraid to shut down some light source to intensify the story in the photos. The entire house lights were shut down, only one flashlight they carried on a stick with them.

My talented friend Suzi from Moments by Suzi also played along with this technique, please check out her low light favorites here, you will enjoy her work just as much as I do.

That’s it for this month, please check back for February photography technique.  Untill then if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me, I would love to hear from you.

 Thuvan – Your gal behind the lens here at FrameThisMomentPhotography

Reflect…..

What is the definition of reflect?


To think, ponder or meditate quietly or calmly about…{something}.
To self-reflect is to examine one’s past, present and a look into the future.

Quite often, I reflect on the paths I have taken, where I am and where I want to be.  I have experienced hurts, pains, disappointments, betrayal but as equally I have received immeasurable love, support, and blessings from my family and friends especially of my husband for 11 years and my 4 blessings blooming.  The scars have shaped me, the hurt and pain have strengthened me and the blessings have pulled me through and through during my darkness and miseries.  God has graced me much more than I deserve to have such a beautiful growing family with a business that I’m inspired to grow one day at a time.  I have overcome many hurdles along my photography journey to get where I am.  I’m learning and pushing forward no matter what.  I know that there are people who believe in me, believe in what I do and so I’m focusing my energy on learning and creating beautiful images, and bringing beautiful piece of art and heirloom into homes and families.

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This year, I made a promise to myself to bring balance into my daily life.  Here are a few things that I am doing:

Personal Goals

  1. Read and reflect a bible verse each day
  2. Take care of myself so that I can take care of others especially my husband and my 4 children by exercising at least every other day, eat well and make myself look presentable at all time.
  3. Choose joy no matter what and always know that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
  4. Volunteer and do community service
  5. Develop professionally by keep on learning so I can grow my business and genuinely network with people.
  6. Let live and let it go
  7. Go out and meet with others
  8. Put myself out there and not be afraid of judgement.
  9. Enjoy beautiful things, sing a little, dance a little, laugh out loud and cry a little if I must.
  10. Last but not least, appreciate myself knowing that I DO MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Professional goals:

  1. Attend at least one photography state/national conference
  2. Complete my 365 days project (a photo a day) to push my boundaries and go out of my comfort zone.
  3. Document once a month my family via video using different techniques, post it on youtube and sending it out to critique via circle of friends, check out my January 2018 Video 
  4. Participate in monthly blog circle
  5. Participate in insta loops
  6. Lead a photography project
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This photo is courtesy of Jojo, my oldest son.

Thank you for visiting my blog, I’m excited to be writing and photographing about “REFLECT”  with a group of talented photographers as part of the blog circle of “Project Something Beautiful.”  My feature photo was captured using double exposure, and the last one was captured with a technique called freelense.  Check out Britney Wharton Photography for per piece on REFLECT.  See you next month

“THE FOUR HEAVENLY FOUNTAINS
Laugh, I tell you

And you will turn back

The hands of time.

Smile, I tell you
And you will reflect
The face of the divine.

Sing, I tell you
And all the angels will sing with you!

Cry, I tell you
And the reflections found in your pool of tears
Will remind you of the lessons of today and yesterday
To guide you through the fears of tomorrow.”

– Suzy Kassem –

 

Father’s Day – A special note to my partner in crime

To my children’s dad,

You are one of a kind.  I’m glad to have met you and together we created a family with three children.  Our kids are the most luckiest because they have the best dad in the whole wide world (I might be biased a little here but what can I say?)  The children adore you.  You have been there since day one and I have no doubt that you will continue to be this way with them even when they are older.  You show kindness, love, care and patience in everything that you do in our day to day.  I’m lucky to have a partner who’s as compatible or even more than me so we can share duties, love and laughters.

Today I have decided to document these special moments as a dedication for you as a dad. I love you to the moon and back and I’m sure our children do as well.

We started the day with our traditional breakfast in bed for all special occasions, this was more special with the assistance of our eldest.  He woke up early so he could help preparing this special meal for dad.  Then we headed out for church.  After church we were supposed to have lunch but spontaenousely we decided that it’s a “junky” day for dad so we broke all rules and got snacks instead.  Then we headed to our uncle’s house for a party to celebrate dad.

At the end of the day, he granted them “special visas” to sleep in our bed too… Now I’m re-thinking what I said earlier about… ^_^

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Our oldest woke up early to make special scrambled egg
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Our 2nd son and little daughter kept an eye on dad, making sure he didn’t wake up until it was time.
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He later admitted that the bacon smell woke him up 🙂
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Yes, corn was served for breakfast, one of his favorites.
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Then he had to share lol
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Everyone loved daddy’s breakfast.
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everything was gone in a matter of minutes except for the coffee, they all know they can’t have that just yet.
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Baby girl said she wanted a picture with Papa.
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Daddy walked in while she was putting her shoes on.
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Guess who helped putting it on for her?
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Then who else helped brush her hair?
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We are ready for our day.
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What mama saw and prayed for.
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Papa received a special blessing.  Her face though, I didn’t see it until I processed the photo
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walking hands in hands
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Baby girl shared her portion with Papa
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Papa is collecting his dues from the other two ^_^
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Papa enjoyed his special treats ^_^
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Yum yum!
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Oh yeah!

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What’s so funny Papa?
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He’s a wonderful son as well, not so much through words but through his actions.
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winding down for the day, when they announced their special visas to take over my bed hmmm!!!
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The day is done.

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