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Do you notice anything different with these pictures? I was very thrown off today taking my pics in overcast grey skies so I started playing around with my camera settings. I usually ALWAYS shoot in aperture priority mode with a flash and today I somehow ended up in shutter priority mode with no flash. Am I crazy or are the pics sharper than usual?!?! If any of you shoot with a Nikon, I would LOVE to pick your brain. Unfortunately 99% of the people/photogs I meet shoot with a Canon. One of these days I just need to take a photography class already!!!

Outfit Details:
Best in Show Jacket c/o CAbi
Stormy Wash Super Skinny Jeans c/o CAbi
White House Black Market Sweater
Boots c/o DUO Boots
Kooba Kristen Tote

10 Comments ( Reply )

  1. Gry
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 2:11 am

    Hi Jen
    I don’t know if they are sharper, but I like these pics a lot, especially the first one. There’s definitely something different, but I can’t really say what it is exactly. Don’t have a Nikon and by no means an expert on photography. I never use my flash but only take pictures in natural light, so it might have something to do with that. Hope you get some tips from some of your other readers.
    xxx from Switzerland,

  2. Tara
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 2:54 am

    These pictures do look great, very sharp! Your jacket is so cute!

  3. Red Reticule
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 2:59 am

    I’m a Canon shooter but the principals are the same just the location of the dials on the camera are different. Overcast sky’s offer beautifully diffused light and by selecting shutter priority (I’m guessing 1/125 or faster) you eliminated motion blur. So the light coming from above and bouncing off the surface gave you beautiful light and vivid color. In aperture priority mode the camer optimizes exposure for the background which means it can generate slow shutter speeds creating motion blur. In that mode the flash becomes fill light and although flash tends to freeze motion you can still get a little blur in parts of the image.

    Look at our post today. It was shot in the same overcast conditions as you described and I using the manual mode. I wanted to blur the background yet freeze motion as Bogi was walking.

    Please feel free to email me with questions anytime.


    Red Reticule

    • jennifer
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 9:40 am

      Your pictures are GORGEOUS. Thanks for the tips! I will definitely be emailing! =) Thank you!!!

  4. Jill
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 9:25 am

    These pictures are great! So much sharper & bold. I like them a lot. Makes everything stand out. xo

    • jennifer
      Nov 12, 2014 @ 9:37 am

      Thanks Jill! xoxo

  5. Wishes & Reality
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    Love this jacket – and yes I do see what you mean in your images. I need a photography class too! Loved Red Ridicules comment, her photos are always amazing!

    Heidi D.

  6. Happiness at Mid Life
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 10:44 pm

    I have a Nikon but I shoot in auto mode which I know is like a cardinal sin but just have no time to figure out how to use all those buttons.

    I am totally loving the cooer temps and being able to finally put on a sweater. Love this outfit on you – those boots are pretty fab!


  7. Jeanne
    Nov 12, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    How cool! Beautiful pictures!Very inspiring! What a stunning outfit! I love the boots!

  8. Ann
    Nov 13, 2014 @ 6:23 am

    I shoot in aperture mode when/if aperture is really my priority (ie, I want to blur certain areas). If it’s darker and you shoot in AP, it will affect shutter speed depending upon what you’re choosing for aperture…what are you going for w/ your aperture, btw? Bc that would be good to know. In other words, *why* are you choosing to shoot in AP? In shutter priority mode, the camera will shoot the shutter based upon available light and shutter takes priority, obviously…so it won’t “blur out” certain areas using aperture, per se, if the light doesn’t call for it…do you know what I mean by this?

    Bottom line is: if I wanted to blur out the background or foreground, then I’d def choose manual or AP; if I didn’t care about any blur and wanted everything sharp, I’d probably just choose SP.

    I try to avoid using flash at all costs. But if I MUST use flash, then absolutely by an add-on flash that you can “bounce” – don’t use the straight on flash that comes in the camera – way too harsh and it blows out everything.