Logan Sleeps

Logan Sleeps

8 week online workshop
lesson 1
Creative/semi creative/manual modes

I had taken the 21 week challenge already, so this information I already knew. Non the less, I went through the activities as a refresher. When my subject is still, like when Logan naps, I still prefer full manual. I can take my time and adjust settings until I get the effect I am going for. In general though, I also prefer shutter priority because I can determine how fast I need it to click to get what I want.

The main photo I shared is a bit dark, but I think it works. I wish I would have had a reflector or something white to lighten up this side a little bit, but I don’t think it ruined my photo. I used the experiments with creative and semi creative modes to determine which settings to use. This was taken on full manual mode: 1/20, 5.0 and 1600 ISO with Focal length at 39mm (the lens is 18-55 I believe).

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27 years old from Saint Paul MN (US). I have a 3 year old daughter, a son in heaven who would be 2, and 1 year old identical twin sons! I've been with my husband for 10 years but we've only been married since August 2013. I have always loved photography and just 5 months ago upgraded from my point n shoot to a canon t3 DSLR. I'm in love!


  1. I love photos of sleeping babies, and this one is beautiful! Even though it’s a little dark, the lighting highlights the features of his profile in such a nice way.

  2. Hi Sam, I love that you are experimenting with Manual mode and using it when you can. And thanks for doing the activities again so soon after the 21 day challenge. It’s my little trick to get you to keep practicing 🙂
    These are adorable and I think the contrast works well. If you don’t have a reflector sometimes a simple white towel, blanket or even a t-shirt will reflect enough light back to make a difference. Out of interest have you tried these in black and white? Sometimes high contrast portraits look great when you strip away the colour.

    • You’re right Robyn, I went back and converted it to black and white and even thought the dark gets darker, I think it has more impact with no color.

      Also, I hunted the room quick for something white – wouldn’t you know it my mother in law has ZERO white items around, even her towels are bright blue and green… I did experiment with a soft blue pillow but it messed with his color. Perhaps had I looked in the closet I may have found something white in there….

      Thank you!

  3. Nothing more beautiful than a sleeping child! I love the effect of the shadow in the first photo. Gives it a very dreamy quality.

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