Monday, 18 February 2013

Kids, Cats and Cameras


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

I should probably say now that I am a total camera novice. I was given (thank you Dad!) a swish Canon last year and little by little I have been learning a more about it.

After trawling through photography tip blogs (very addicted to those at the moment), I discovered the ISO setting on my camera. From what I have learnt this weekend, by increasing your ISO number, you allow more light into your camera and thus get a much brighter photograph.

I played around and some were too bright, some too dark and some, just right.

Cat and Baby Photography

This picture was the jewel in the crown and I wanted to share it because it's of my two babies, Mindy and Darcy. Baby Glitter wasn't actually meant to be in frame but I'm glad of the happy accident. Gad zukes I love my little needy things- I think I mummy the kitty as much as the baby!

I'm really loving spending some relaxed time with my camera and trying out new things, it's rewarding to challenge myself a bit. This is a shot I'll definitely be printing and framing for the home.

Do you ever have mini photography sessions? Any tips for canons or phones?

Toodlepip!

xx


Toodlepip!
xx
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87 comments:

  1. I love my cats so much - Mindy is adorable!
    My niece Nancy gets on so well with my cat, she follows her around and pulls out her fur but she isn't fazed at all - so cute!

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  2. Darcy looks so cute in the background. xxx

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  3. Your cat is so cute!
    http://thelipstickthegirlandherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. Your cat is so adorable! :D
    Darcy is the cutest baby ever.

    Great post! :D

    XO
    scribblesofvalerie.blogspot.com

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  5. I got a 'fancy' camera late last year when I first started blogging and I'm forever finding things I didn't know were on it! I love having little photography sessions. :) That's such an adorable photo of Darcy and Mindy! xxx

    seeking--serendipity.blogspot.com

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  6. such a nice photo!x

    makeupmusicfashion.blogspot.com

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  7. I can't help you - I am terrible with cameras.. sorry Lou! <3
    Love
    Annabelle
    TheCurleyGirl
    xxx

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  8. I'm a total camera novice too, I wish I had the time and patience to learn how to use my camera properly. I'm guilty of using the 'auto' setting pretty much all the time!

    That's a lovely photo of Mindy and Darcy :)

    rachael @ madeupoflittlethings.com xx

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  9. Such a great tip! They both look so cute!
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  10. Aww that photo is beautiful! I would love a new posh camera I love taking pretty photos of everything :)

    Jazz x

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  11. Such a gorgeous photo, looks like your doing well :)

    Harri xx

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  12. This is such a cute photo! I'm not a master with camera as I have a fujifilm finepix c/o santa three years ago but it does the job right? as long as photos are clear that's the important thing xx

    www.charissarae.com

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  13. Such a lovely photo, accidents happen for a reason :)

    Charlotte
    xxx

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  14. me and my canon do little trips to pretty spots where i can shoot some pictures and i absolutly love it. since its so grey outside we, canon and myself, haven't done a trip in a while. i will just wait untill the sun shows again.
    xx

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  15. That is such a lovely picture! xxx

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  16. Beautiful photo xx

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  17. Hi, i'm a photographer, i know i'm only 17, but i've had many paid jobs where people have just heard about my work. I use a canon slr, and i wouldnt mind giving you tips. Would you like me to do a blogging post about photography tips?

    Also, i recommend focusing on the cleanness of the shot and look at the rule of thirds and train your eye, to look at things from unusual angles. Get to the cat's perspective of things, crawl on the floor, really focus on things and blur the background. Also become good friends with photoshop, not to cheat with your photos but to edit and blur and use simple smudging tools :) Hope I helped, also get back to me on doing a blog post.

    Sofia

    lifefashionthoughts.blogspot.co.uk

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  18. I'd love an IOS camera.
    Macro is amazing though :)

    Amylaurenblog.blogspot

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  19. you an inspirational person louise!

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  20. Awww, she is so cute. I always love your photos and aspire to have a blog as great as yours one day. This photo is so cute! xxx
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  21. How adorable!!!!!!!! Your cat looks a lot like mine :) and Darcy is growing to be a beautiful girl! <3 Love you too Louise and your videos always make me smile (like this)-> :D

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  22. Beautiful photo Louise! I'm desperate to get my hands on a DSLR camera and start playing! I will have to keep saving those pennies!

    Lauren x x x
    http://mylifeinanenglishcottage.blogspot.co.uk/

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  23. I'm really looking forward to buying a professional canon!

    burgundybeauty.blogspot.co.uk

    x

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  24. This pic is sooooo pretty!love it!

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  25. MAKE SURE TO BALANCE OUT YOUR SHUTTER SPEED!

    www.elywrites.blogspot.com <-------CHECK MINE OUT!

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  26. aww, Darcy is so adorable. And Mindy is so cute. :)

    www.larzall.blogspot.com

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  27. Cute!!
    I desperately need a camera, any recommendations?
    xx

    minniemeesh.blogspot.ca

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  28. Cute cat and lovely picture!! i love to just mess around with my camera sometimes x

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  29. your cat's so cute! and darcy to of course x
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  30. Aw that picture's so good! I'd love to own a really good camera some day:) x
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  31. Mindy is so cute! Her eyes :')

    www.georginaclare.com
    .Georgina Clare.

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  32. Hoping to get a canon camera soon, this picture is great!

    Charlotte
    xxx

    http://charlottesconfashions.blogspot.co.uk

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  33. It's great that you are learning at your own pace, I think it's the best way. You might make mistakes but some of them mistakes can be great ones :).
    Loving the post .

    Shauni x
    http://shaunibrown.blogspot.co.uk/

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  34. This is such a cute picture! Really nice :)

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  36. Awww, this is such a cute picture. Darcy is too adorable and so is the little kitty!

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  37. I think it's great that you have mini photo sessions! Gets you acquainted with your camera even more :) Awesome shot Louise!

    abundanceoferica.blogspot.ca

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  38. Ahh Mindy is so cute, I love how you can see her back claws. Love cats, can you tell? Great pic anyway keep at it :)

    Emerald Embers Blog

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  39. I love camera sessions and you're lucky there's help with yours I find it so hard to find any help with my camera that's pretty much unheard of!
    Darcy look's so adorable xx

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  40. What a beautiful picture, it;s stunning Darcy makes the photo!

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  41. LOVE IT! Darcy is so beautiful and I also have a cat called Mindy :)
    I got a new camera for christmas and have been experimenting with it also, it's a lumix though :) xx

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  42. Love it, and yeah I love my Canon too, I have the 30D but think I am going to upgrade soon and get the 60D so I can improve my Youtube video quality!

    I have done a photography post really recently, you can look at it http://beautybook13.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/urbexing.html

    maybe you could check it out, it would make my year! :) xx If you're ISO is too high and you have got good lighting, then your image will be noisy - which basically means it will be grainy, hope that helps :) x

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  43. I've been trying to get a lot better with my camera though I not sure photographing my cat is the best idea because shes never still unless shes asleep, haha :) xx

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  44. Lovely photo im still trying to figure out my DSLR and will have to have a look at my ISO settings x

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  45. Such a lovely photo! Ive found some great photography tips on Pinterest xx

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  46. I got my Canon early last year and I'm still learning. I learned about ISO a few months ago and I was beyond excited. It really makes a difference doesn't it?!?! I still need to get used to changing the setting depending on the situation. Most of the time I leave it as is. Thankfully I still produce decent photos. I need to learn more and get comfortable with my camera though. It is an awesome camera and I don't seem to be doing it justice. Lol.

    Great photo by the way. Definitely worth sharing! :)

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  47. I got a Canon EOS Rebel for Christmas- I paid for half- and there are some GREAT e-books out there for photographers! Great tips and tricks!
    I love going outside for a walk with my camera and just taking pictures. You can get some amazing shots just by doing that. I posted a few shots I took last week on my blog :)

    http://mysmallrayofsunshine.blogspot.com/2013/02/crystal-clear.html

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  48. I love taking photos & I'm going to save up for a canon camera. So excited.
    The photo is lovely your daughter & cat are beautiful & the photo looks amazing.

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  49. I love photography and really wish I was better at it!!

    I would LOVE IT SO MUCH if you guys would come and check my blog out! :D xx

    http://hashtaglifeyumsigh.blogspot.co.uk/2013/02/i-smell-fame-hashtag-life.html

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  50. What a lovely photo Louise :) I love photography but I have to be in the mood to photograph to get some good pictures. Otherwise they just look like I was drunk when I took them haha! xx

    belle-amiebeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  51. such a beautiful photo. I like playing with my fancy camera but i usually just use the auto setting haha
    Poppy | lets drive far away

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  52. Such a cute photo. My pictures normally arent the best as i'm using a little purple fujifilm camera, but recently my dad has been letting me borrow his Canon 550D for pictures and videos!

    I would love if you could all check out my blog, and maybe follow it too :)

    www.lozzanailedit.blogspot.com

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  53. Aww Mindy is like the grown-up equivalent to my Lily :) Lovely image. It's my new years resolution to master the use of camera's too xx

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  54. This is so cute, so good that Baby Glitter was caught in the frame too :) I've been trying to go out and play around with the settings on my camera too. Think I'll try fiddling with the ISO setting next time :)

    Aimée Xx
    dress-it-up-6.blogspot.co.uk

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  55. Such a gorgeous shot louise :) Baby glitter looks so happy and adorable <3 xxx

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  56. very cute picture!

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  57. Dear Louise! Lucky are the people who get to call you a friend! You must be one of the funniest, wittiest and sweetest people I've ever encountered. Don't ever change!

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  58. Could you please link some of the photography blogs you've been reading?

    Jimmy and his Girl A vintage fashion blog.

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  59. i think you would love giving this a go, its really easy to do and you can get some really cool photos http://www.photoble.com/photography-tips-tricks/how-to-7-quick-tips-to-create-bokeh-with-digital-camera

    you can even cut out shapes and tape them to your lens to make star or heart shaped lights. love you louise, some of my photos if you fancied a peek :) >> http://www.flickr.com/photos/chloewoodgersmith/

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  60. such a cute picture of your kitty and Darcy :) I got a swish camera last year too but have no idea how to use most the features! will play around with the ios now and see if i can improve my photography skills! xx

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  61. i love that you are posting blogs everyday :)

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  62. Darcy looks completely adorable here and you're photography is amazing Louise!

    A little bit Unique

    x

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  63. naww kitty cat and your little baby~ <3
    such a cute pic!

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  64. Adorable picture! Darcy is beyond cute xx
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  65. I didn't know about ISO numbers, but thanks for letting me know. Love your cat and Darcy is so adorable!

    Lauren
    Fashionswirls.blogspot.com

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  66. Great photo :) xxx

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  67. Gorgeous photo, it looks like a stuido shoot picture!!

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  68. I've been trying to get my photographer sister to give me one of her old fancy cameras but no luck, maybe it's for the best they're pretty confusing-looking!
    -Deenie x

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  69. Fantastic photo, it is perfectly bright isnt it :) Darcy doing her own little thing in the background :)

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  70. Lovely photo, I know what you mean about ;earning about your camera. Mine is quite complicated, So its taking abit to get used to the basics. But I think I am getting there. So are you by the looks of it.

    Pippxx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  71. I love your photo and Darcy is so cute in the background! Which Canon do you use? As i am saving up for one. xx
    Justjeess.blogspot.co.uk :)

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  72. I always use my cat and my horse for those little shooting sessions... They're just great models.

    x Vanessa | houseinthesand.blogspot.com

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  73. love love love this picture!! such a sweet shot!

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  74. Having my son Rio was a major spur to invest in a camera and take more photos. Ive recently got one and although im still rubbish im enjoying learning!

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    bump.baby.beyond

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  75. awwwww darcy is like the cutest baby ever xx

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  76. Pro cameras can be so intimidating, especially Canons i find, but it's all worth it once you know how to operate these weirdo lens machines!

    Thanks for SO many posts Louise, i am slowly reading my way through them, you have been one busy lady indeed!!

    Wander Bug .com

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  77. This photo is so cute! I studied photography at sixth form, I love film cameras but the digital ones still confuse me a bit! xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

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  78. I got a Canon EOS 600D for my christmas and I am trying to get to grips with it. Digital SLRs are a bit intimidating to begin with but Im sure I will work it out someday. Photographer friends have recommended buying a Macro lens which is apparently a great all rounder :)

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  79. The only issue with increasing the ISO is that if you go too high, it will create a 'grainy' looking image. Try to balance it out by working with the aperture (f numbers). A high f number (16 and up) will create a wide depth of field (objects further away will be in focus and objects closer will also be in focus) but the image will be darker, whilst a low f number will focus more on one object and the rest will be blurry (a shallow depth of field) but will create a lighter image :)

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  80. nice photography, if you want to buy DSLR camera please read reviews customers at buydslrcameras.blogspot.com

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  81. what canon do you have louise?

    Clair x

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