“But he who dares not grasp the thorn
Should never crave the rose.”
Anne Brontë

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Cliche Photos

Want to take some cool slow light aperture photos?

It's super easy to do. All you need is your DSLR camera, a flashlight, and preferably a tripod.
Now, I'm not sure if you can do this with other cameras so if you have anything other than a slr I would research it!

All you have to do is:
 -Set your camera to aperture mode, which on a Canon is AV mode. If you do not have a Canon refer back to your manual if you don't know which setting is the aperture one. 
-You would then want to set your camera to a high ISO speed, this will allow more light to reach the camera's image sensor. Try to stay at 800, anything higher may make your photos grainy and noisy (we don't want that).
-Set the aperture low. Low aperture lets more light in and allows you to take photos in situation without much light, so no flash is required.
-You want to set your camera's shutter speed to the slowest possible. Now this is where a tripod comes in handy. Since your camera is at a slower shutter speed ANY movement will show up in your photos. Now blurry images look pretty cool in this case but it would be even cooler to reduce the shake in your photos. Put your camera on a tripod with the slowest shutter speed just before the manual setting (you can manually control the shutter speed, which is what we did for the above photos but it may cause your images to come out blurry). Then with the shutter speed on low, set it to a self timer.
(You can always try the manual mode since you will be able to take the time you need to finish your light photography but once again the longer you wait the more movement you may be allowing into your photos. Just play around with it first. If you don't like the manual mode you can just stick to the self timer.)
-Then when the camera goes off, with a flashlight, draw what ever you'd like. If you're writing words just make sure you write the letters backwards!

That's it! This may not have been the best tutorial but I hope it helps anyone interested. My best friend and I had so much fun with this although we didn't have a tripod with us as you can tell from the blurriness. We even sat by the local highway and took some cool light photos of the passing cars (if you're going to do this DON'T use a flash! Just being obvious for the sake of safety haha). 

Have fun with this. Draw whatever you'd like and get creative! It's super easy and you don't have to be a professional to know how to do it. :)


  1. Awww, such amazing photos! I wish I could take photos like this, but I do not own a DSLR. I am saving up money for one though! :)

  2. so fabulous. thanks for sharing, love. If you get a sec, I'd love to hear what you think of my latest Rachel Zoe dress. xo


  3. Cool pics! I would like to invite you to me :) Follow each other? =]