just some photos & settings

It has been a while since I shared settings on photos….you all pointed that out with the boot picture! So, I will start with that one (and really it is just an excuse to post it again because I love it so much πŸ™‚ ) There isn’t a big point to this collection of photos, just a few random ones from the past week that as a mom – I cherish. Not amazing photography to blow your mind…just my kids and some camera settings….hope you have a lovely Thursday!

ISO 320, 1/125, f/2.8

After I took that photo, I decided to take her outside to try to get some more. I debated between two Tea dresses for our family pictures. This one and the one I chose. I think this little outfit is my favorite, but it was a bit ‘loud’ with the other family member outfits…and her personality is loud enough!

ISO 100, 1/320, f/2.8 – taken in front of the garage door

Our boys and their friends checking out some longhorns.

ISO 100, 1/640, f/3.2 – processed using RadLab

ISO 100, 1/200, f/3.5

ISO 320, 1/500, f/11

ISO 100, 1/200, f/3.5

ISO 100, 1/200, f/2.8 – processed using RadLab

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  • Jodi - Hey Ashley- Could you also consider including the lens you were using when you give the camera info?

  • Jamie - Thank you!!! I love when you share your settings! I have been struggling with ‘grainy’ photos lately- but I think this post might help! I know the lower my iso, the less grainy, but as far as shutter speed goes… should I lower that also to help with the grainy issue? No wait- I should raise it- less light in. Yikes, that letter M drives me nuts sometimes!

  • Betsy from Elizabeth St - So fun; always nice to see where your settings are coming from! I’m happy to see that first photo again. I don’t even know her and I think it is one of the best photos ever. Thank you for sharing!

  • Sarah Pratt - Okay, so the “black turning thing” near my “clicking-photo taking button”, what does that do? Can you tell I don’t know a thing about photography talk? This is why I need your class.

  • Jess - So generous of you to share this information! Thank you! When you’re so giving it seems wrong to ask for more… but may I also suggest sharing focal lengths? That would be very helpful for those of us looking at your dof.

  • natalie - your eldest is so handsome there at the end!

  • Jen V. - I meant to comment on your last post where you shared the boots photo that you should still go ahead and get a canvas, even if you don’t have the wall space. I LOVE that photo and think it needs to be displayed πŸ™‚ You could prop it on your counter behind the sink or hang it over one of your cabinet doors with some ribbon and a wreath hanger. You could even attach magnets and use it as an oversized fridge picture. It’s just too cute to not have up somewhere!!

  • Seriously Sassy Mama - I love pictures. Yours are great.

  • cailan - Cute, cute and helpful too. thanks

  • Anna Joy - Your children are precious. πŸ™‚

  • Rachael Coombs - I found this place yesterday when googling “Boys Grey Bedrooms!” What a find! These are lovely shots…and great to have the info to go with them.

  • JL - Ashley, re: the boot pic, how on earth can you get such depth of field shooting at f/2.8 ???????

    Kind regards from Barcelona, SPAIN

  • Heather P - Ashley, I’m with Jodi, what is the lens you use or like most. I took your snapshop but didn’t get notes on what lenses you like most. Neither of mine go down to f2.8 and I want to purchase one for my Canon Rebel.

  • Brandy Wolfram - I love this post so much! It gives me such a good visual as I am just trying to figure my camera out. Knowing what type of lens you are using as well would definitely be useful.

  • Lisa - Hi Ashley, love the photo’s. Can you tell us where your focal points were? That seems to be my problem, focusing, especially with moving subjects. Also, do you use BBF or just use the shutter button? Thanks!

  • Katie - Thanks Ashley – love when you explain your shots πŸ™‚
    I am trying to hard to ‘get’ the D80 I have had for 3 years and this is really helpful!
    I think I need a new lense though – mine is 18-135 and i can only go down to f3.5 when completely opened. I think being able to go lower like you would help me with light too (I find I am often bumping up the ISO to get the right exposure)?
    Any idea on a great close up/portraiture lense?

  • Katie - ps. Love that shot of the boots too .. and I dont think your alone in loving it…it’s been popping up ALL over my pinterest πŸ™‚

  • MG Atwood - So nice to see the camera settings, and yes, I would love to know which lense you chose as well. Great shots!

  • Courtney E. - You really are so awesome! Quick question…when you are presented with “gotta grab the camera, QUICK!” moments like when she is hanging off the sink, do you still shoot all in manual? Or do you just set it to something like Aperture Priority? I have only been shooting in manual for the last few months, and when there are quick shots I want to take of my boys, shots where I have to move quickly before they do, I struggle with how long it takes me to get everything set up in manual so that it comes out correctly. Maybe I just need to practice more, but usually I’m not quick enough with getting all my manual settings correct…

  • Jodi - I love these shots, Ashley. My favorite is the sun flare in the wagon. My new goal this year is to learn more about sunflare! Thanks for sharing!

  • Von - Thanks for all these πŸ™‚ I think I’ve been setting my aperture too low – I do so love the shallow depth but I keep blurring my kiddo’s eyes. You’re making 2.8 look pretty good.

  • mallory - Hi, I was hoping maybe you could help me…no one else quite can. I have a nikon d90 and use either my 35mm or 50mm 1.8. I like shooting wide open at 1.8 or 2 with proper shutter speed depending on lighting. My ISO is set to 200. I find in almost all my pictures there is some form of a pixely looking. I keep submitting to blogs and everyone says check my iso, check your focus but I don’t know how else to word it knowing I”ve tried everything that I can think of. Any ideas of why my image might be pixely? I’m dying to get that crisp, sharp look sooc. Please help!

  • Janice - She is so precious.