February 07, 2011
Categories: Shoot and Edit, SOOC
Shoot and Edit: Week 5 – Hearts SOOC
Welcome to the fifth week of Shoot and Edit: Part 1

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This week our theme or prompt is “hearts” (this is just a suggestion, you can show us any SOOC shot).  You have until Wednesday each week to link your SOOC shot up on Jill’s blog. On Thursday, you can link up your edits with ME after following some of my tips on how to edit your shots (or just post your edit on Thursday and you can pick up my tips for next week). 

Our week was rather gloomy with the exception of last Wednesday (and I didn’t have my act together just yet for my “hearts” shot)…and thinking I wouldn’t have a chance yesterday to take my photo, I set up my shot on Saturday night using my Canon 430 EX II Speedlite (by the way, if you’re in the market for a flash and you’re a Canon user…I fully recommend this flash). Here is my SOOC shot: 
Hearts SOOC RS
(Speedlite pointed at a 45 degree angle behind me at 1/8 power for a more natural look)
Hearts EXIF data

I regularly use my Speedlite during the winter months. With a full time job, I rarely get home during daylight so I had to learn how to use it appropriately (I still encourage everyone to learn how to use natural light). I should mention that my home does provide advantages as it relates to my external flash…nearly white walls and white ceilings with lots of room to bounce light. I also have a white dining room table that you’ll often see with my still life shots. For those of you looking for tips on how to use your external flash, here are a few of my favorite links: 
Alright…so, I didn’t think I’d have a chance to capture this shot with natural light (since we drove into my hometown for lunch yesterday, and I wasn’t sure what time we’d get home). But, we made it home just before sunset and I still had plenty of light to capture the shot. 
Hearts Natural Light SOOC RS
I moved to the other side of my dining room table and opened the blinds to allow maximum light. You’ll notice that in my first shot, I was able to use an ISO of 125 using my flash. Using natural light, I had to bump my ISO up to 400. In my first shot, I used an aperture of  f/14 (a wider aperture created too much blur)…however, in this second shot, I used an aperture of  f/4. All things considering, the differences between the two images are very subtle – although, I have to admit that I prefer the tone of the first image and the reflection of the heart in the second image.  

What do you think?
Hearts Natural EXIF

Either way, I’m sure I won’t be the only one to photograph conversation hearts this week. When my husband saw them laying on the counter, his first response was something to the effect of, “Really? I don’t like this kind.” Thanks dear.  I tend to agree though…most of the “conversations” were off centered or non-existent. Oh well, what do you really expect when you purchase from the dollar aisle? 

Anyways…although I haven’t completely decided what I’ll be teaching this week,  I’m leaning towards discussing pastels and/or creating soft tones. I think I’ll also discuss the rule of thirds. If you have any other ideas, feel free to pass them along. Next week’s theme is “Love/Romance.” With that said, be sure to check out other “hearts” SOOC shots at:

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PS: One more thing…would you vote for me – #20?
Thanks and Happy Monday!

    Thanks for the links! Cute shots :-)

    I like the reflection of the second as well!

    Have a blessed day,

    That is an adorable valentine’s shot! I love the focus on one single heart!

    Love the captures…and the candy. Yum! :)

    Very cute Ashley! I’m waiting for my 580 EXII to arrive….Right now I have a Zeikos 680 which lets me bounce, but it’s not nearly powerful enough for what I need to do..(the photographer who shot my wedding two years ago is subcontracting me now for when she needs a second shooter…..)

    I was so tempted to shoot candy hearts….but that means I have to open the bag…. and once I open the bag of candy heart, I just can’t help myself…hehe

    Cute shots!!!
    Kisses and happy week.

    I love them both. Great job. Thanks for the flash links.

    Great ideas are copied. I must copy that idea for a shot. Love it!

    I don’t think I could choose a favorite between these two if I was forced! :) I would love to hear a lesson on creating soft tones. And thanks for all of the speedlight tips both here and “off-blog”.

    Great shots! I’m partial to the second one also b/c of the reflection! And thanks for the links…I’m going to save them for future use!

    Cute hearts! Can’t wait to see what it becomes. :)

    You’re always so inspiring! I haven’t though of anything great to photograph in a while and I come here this morning and I’m all like….why didn’t I think of that?! Can’t wait to see the finish edit :) I love the second one best, if for the reflection alone!

    I like the bokeh effect in the background. Very pretty.
    Thank you so much for including the info about flashes. I plan to purchase one in the next few weeks and was looking for info.
    I really do appreciate you and Jill for doing these weekly posts. Thank you so much! (You might get a weekly thank you-lol)

    I’m really looking forward to seeing these shots once you’ve edited them – I know they are going to just pop!

    Love the reflection…can’t wait to see the edits. I know they will be great!

    I definitely need to read up on my speedlight; I tend to just wing it and get generally okay results, but I’d like to go from okay to great! I’ll be checking out those links!

    Wish I had a photo for this one! :-( Love the entries so far though!

    I much prefer the 2nd one Ashley – it’s that reflection that does it for me.

    I almost bought candy hearts as well, but didn’t want to be responsible for eating them after the photos.

    I like the reflection on the second shot.

    I like them both! They both have great qualities!

    I love conversation hearts! Not to eat of course, but mostly just to play with. Your SOOC is really cute, and I’m excited to see what you do with it. I wish I could link up this week (I even have my heart shot) but I’ll be without my computer on Thursday to link up the edit (Because I’ll be in sunny Puerto Rico!!).

    Great photo and I LOVE the message you picked for your heart.

    Yeah, I am diggin’ the reflection in the second shot. And love the depth of field!

    I love heart candy. I bet you will make this look AWESOME!

    the second one is perfect<3

    Love your shots! I like the reflection of the heart in the second one also.

    Thank you for the links! I will check them out. I seldom use my flash because of the harsh shadows I tend to get with it. Plus I need a good speedlight. Trying to talk my husband into letting me spend some tax return money on camera equipment. Not happening yet. :)

    love these.

    great dof and love the piece you picked to stand out! You are adorable!! lol!!

    thanks for coming by and commenting :D

    I got a speedlight for Christmas and I have yet to totally get it mastered. I’m going to check out some of your links.

    Marla @ http://www.blueskiesphotoblog.com

    This is SO cute the way it is :)

    just wanted to say thank you for visiting my blog (www.blessedby7.blogspot.com) and leaving some LOVE!! your blog looks like fun i may just jump on board with your photo challenges as well!! you guys are so awazing for sharing your wisdom!! thank you =0)

    I the advice and made it a word verification free blog. It makes a lot of sense not to do it and saves time. Thanks for a link to the tip.

    What a neat picture. I can’t wait to see how you edit it.

    They’re lovely! Thanks so much for those links – an external flash is on my “to buy” list, so I shall have to check them out;)

    Nice shot!
    If you are interested I just started a new photography challenge on my blog. :)

    Oh! How! I! Adore! You! Ashley!!! These are so great & i know the edits are going to be oh so fantastic girl :) btw, the natural light with the just-peeking-out reflection has stolen my heart!

    Sorry I haven’t really been around this weekend {much needed family time} but i want to thank you for your super sweet comments {{always}}!!! it really made my weekend, i was completely flattered, so thank you again!! {{HUGS}}

    I almost used the candy hearts for my shoot and edit this week. I can’t wait to see your edit. SUrely to be fabulous.

    Great shots! Hmmm I want to eat them…

    LOL! I just posted my photography challenge and the theme is the same!! :)
    Love your shot!

    I used conversation hearts too. :D Love how you focused on just one. The 2nd shot is my fav with the slight reflection.

    love the DOF on the last photo, it’s just to perfect.
    Now I all excited to see what you come up with for Thursday.

    Very pretty – I am sure you are going to do some amazing stuff to these! I like the placement/angle of the “Adore Me” heart much better in the first one, but it looks much better exposed in the second one!

    I am all linked up! I didn’t have time to do anything creative, but it’ll do!

    I don’t think I’d like photography as much if I had to do it mostly at night. I struggle with picking up my camera even on cloudy days. Nice valentine candy captures. Looking forward to your edits already.