Last week we escaped to the mountains and spent a few days with family in the middle of nowhere.
When we arrived to the cabin my phone said NO SERVICE. Which was a blessing because I definitely needed to unplug and recharge.
Collin’s mom and husband have a cabin tucked in the forest in Island Park, Idaho. The cabin is incredibly spacious with gorgeous views, and near a lake and river. We filled it with family and seriously ate all day long. Our gracious hosts spoiled us with a yummy menu so we couldn’t help it. We were either eating, cleaning up a meal or preparing for the next. My favorite new recipe is a delicious blue cheese dip that is simple and tasty. It goes something like this: Start with a cup of mayo and 8 oz of cream cheese, then add about a cup of cottage cheese, then 8 oz of blue cheese crumbles, and a few garlic cloves after using a garlic press. Dip with carrots, crackers, chips. It’s yum.
After I downloaded my pictures from our trip I thought it would be fun to share some things that go through my mind when working with the composition of and framing of photos. It’s nothing technical but tips I think of to capture our trip.
When I get home and download my pictures from my computer usually my favorite photos are relationships with family members and specifically unposed. Vacations are all about being together and enhancing our connections so I try to capture those moments during our break. Especially when they are in their element and you’re not telling someone to stand somewhere. Be invisible and have your camera ready.
Far and Near:
Taking a picture of something far and near definitely helps to tell your story and especially when you include your child in the surroundings. Some of my favorite photos are when it illustrates how tiny my daughters are in this vast world.
Fill the frame:
Leave some room in the frame for the surroundings.
Don’t forget to capture parts of your trip that aren’t posed or have people smiling but details and random stuff from your trip. When I look at them it takes me back to that moment and that place. These are my favorite scenes to find through out our trip.
Day and Night:
I often get intimidated by photos at dusk and night because they typically don’t turn out as well as I hope but having them definitely helps tell the whole story of our trip.
When shooting at night turn up your ISO but not too much because then the photos can be overexposed. I find that I often underexpose them when shooting manual. I also included my shooting settings for the night images below along with any editing.
ISO: 800, F:3.2, SS: 1/25 Used Totally Rad Actions “Lights On” and toned way down. Then changed to greyscale. Photo of my nephew and Q sitting by the campfire.
Camera settings for my picture below ISO: 320, F: 3.2, SS: 1/15s
Every night we started a campfire. It was Quincey’s first fire and first roasted mallow! Definitely a highlight of our trip was sitting cozy by the fire.
Camera settings for the photo below ISO: 800, SS: 1/25s, F: 3.2
Thanks to our gracious hosts! Who kept our bellies happy and our hearts full!