These pictures were taken at night with no flash. I do not have a fill flash and I never use my on camera flash -- I hate it. Ha.
The shots of the kids putting the ornaments on the tree ---> shot at f/1.2, ISO 400 (which makes them a bit noisy on my camera ... grr) and I was shooting on TV, which is shutter speed priority. Since it was dark, I knew I needed to keep my shutter speed up so my pictures were not blurry ... and I didn't want to increase my ISO because of noise. So I went with shutter speed priority at 1/125 ... although Mason's picture was shot at 1/80 -- not sure what the deal was there.
So with those settings, I kept my focal point on their eyes (of course) and tweaked a bit in Photoshop CS4. And even so, they still are not tack sharp ... but for the purposes of my blog, I didn't care. Ha.
The mantle and ornament shots were taken on AV using a higher ISO and then I used noiseware to try to remove some of the noise from the pictures. My shutter speed was lower and my aperture was upwards of 2.0 - 4.0 since I wanted them a little more in focus. Shooting that close at 1.2 gave me a lot of bokeh ... which is beautiful, but not what I was looking for here.
What lovely pictures. I'm very impressed and inspired. Okay, I have to know - what camera and lens do you use? Such beautiful clarity in your pictures.
Thank you! I shoot with a Canon Rebel xTi ---> however I desperately want to upgrade. The Christmas pictures were taken using an 85mm 1.2 lens ... which is a magical dream lens that I am renting. And of course, the pictures were all tweaked in Photoshop CS4.
I have received a lot of questions about photography that I'm positive I have not answered, so here is your chance ---> ask away!