Nikkor 35mm 1.8 lens and New backdrop/Indiana Photographer

I love my nifty fifty (50mm 1.4) lens. I love how sharp the photos comes out. I have to admit though, that sometimes I just can’t get back far enough or fast enough to get the subject in the frame. I saw awhile back ago that Nikon came out with the 35mm 1.8 lens. I read the reviews and waited and waited. I finally decided to go for it. I finally got it yesterday and put it to the test. A lot of the reviews mentioned slow focus, and I did find that too. However, it really isn’t that slow. Focusing is smooth and quiet. Images look nice and sharp. In the studio setting it worked nicely too. Anyone who has been to my basement will tell you how tight it is. When I use my 50mm in there, even backed up to the wall I’m not able to get the entire subject in the frame. When using the 35mm, I was able to get the entire subject in the frame with room to spare. 🙂 

Hobby Lobby and I are fastly becoming tight friends. LOL!  I’ve purchased all my recent backdrops from there and love how I can always find a sale. Yesterday, my little one and I went there to find yet another backdrop. While I was there I think I found another item that I will be on the lookout for to add to my props. Tri-Fold Dressing screens. They have a very nice selection. We also bought a straw hat and flowers and made a cute little hat for a prop. 

Anyway, I’ve chatted long enough, so on to the pictures. 


I love the old time look of this







Sugar and Spice/Indiana Portrait Photographer

To me, these are everything nice about girls. 🙂

There is much I would love to say about these images…the words are rolling around but I’m not sure that words will do justice to what I feel. Two of these girls are mine, the other girl is my niece. Last Sunday “B” came over to hang out after church and to play around with my new backdrops. Besides my girls, “B” is my most often photographed girl.

I wanted to photograph in natural light so I could really create a blurred background using a low aperture, but it just got too late in the day for that. So, I brought up my studio lights and set it up in my kitchen. I’m sure my neighbors must wonder what goes on in my house with all the lights flashing all the time. 🙂 We got some funny outtakes, but we also got some good serious ones.

I just love texture…I just can’t help myself.

The above picture shows the backdrop stand…but I don’t care. This is real and it shows her with one of her most treasured possession…her blankie. That blanket is showing severe signs of wear and tear so I was glad to get a few pictures of her with it.

Texture lover

I’m finding that I really love what can be done with textures. In the photographs below, it really saved the photograph. The picture of E. itself was good, but the background was distracting and blown out. At this time, what I use for backdrops are fabrics. Fabrics can be great, but a pain when there are wrinkles and three year olds are hard on fabric. What I did with the texture, (which I found on Flickr), was paste it onto my photograph, decreased the opacity of the textured layer and then erased the part of my subject. It does get a little tricky when you get to the edges of the subject. For that, I reduced the hardness and the opacity of my eraser and carefully went over the edges of E. until I got my desired result. I’m pretty satisfied with how they came out. I have never left the textured layer be at 100% opacity though. It just didn’t seem to look right that way, so I left the opacity low enough that it looks as if it is part of my background. I also used an action on her eyes that I am totally in love with. I got it from MCP Actions and here is the link.