How to take bright and airy photos

One of the most asked questions I get since starting this blog is who takes our pictures. When I say my husband and I take them I get asked so many questions about how long we’ve been taking them, how we get them 'bright and airy', and if we have a background in it.

When I found out I was pregnant with our first baby, Daniel and I decided we wanted to be able to take pictures of our baby anytime and capture all his milestones. We also thought it would save us money in the long run because we wouldn’t have to pay for professional pictures ever again. So Daniel did a ton of research and landed on this camera. We soon realized we needed additional lenses because the one it came with did not provide everything we wanted. We chose this 35mm lens which is perfect for indoors. We also got this 50mm lens which we use almost exclusively when we take pictures outdoors.

I’m still learning but there are a few rules I follow every time I pick up my camera to get bright and airy photos.

Shoot In RAW

This might be the most important thing you can do. It’s just a setting on the camera. Shooting in RAW lets you change almost anything in your photo when editing. You can increase the exposure, raise the shadows and blacks, or up the highlights to make your picture lighter. Without shooting in RAW you can’t change anything and what you see in the back of the camera is what you get.

Low aperture

The lower the aperture (or f stop number) the more light your lens lets in. Lower aperatures also give you a smaller focal point and more blur in your background. For instance, the lens I use the most is the 50mm f/1.8. That means the lowest aperture I can get is f/1.8. I typically shoot between f/1.8- f3.0 depending on how large I want my focal point.

Natural light

If I can shoot anywhere I shoot outside. I love natural light and the soft lighting it gives your pictures. In my opinion shooting in natural light makes or breaks a picture. Even if I’m indoors I turn out all the lights and shoot in front of or near a window. This will sometimes make your subject darker but you can raise the shadows in editing.  

If I can learn to use a digital camera anyone can! If you've been debating making the investment I would encourage you to do it! It definitely saves money in the long run and you can capture all the memories you want whenever you want. Happy shooting!