Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hello Friends!

It's raining like there's no tomorrow here in Boston, however I love the rain. It gives me a chance to slow down, just relax and do nothing. Which is a rare event for my mind to sit still and do nothing at all. I am not comfortable on idle mode ( especially when 3 cups of coffee are added to the mix) but I have learned that it is in these quiet moments of doing nothing that magic happens. As a creative person, I see it as a refilling- replenishing our passions with an abundance of fresh ideas we otherwise would never have heard.

So, while I listen to the gentle rain outside my window with yet another cup of coffee, I will share with you this photo shoot I did for last year's Spring issue of Romantic Homes. The month escapes me now, but I think it was the April issue.

This was shot with my 50mm 1.2 lens. I always use a tripod when shooting in low light situations so I can lower my SS and avoid camera shake. 

Manual mode
F-stop 8
SS 40
ISO 200

Until next time sweet friends, Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Hello, and welcome to my NEW blog! 

My name is Jo-Anne Coletti. Some of you may know me from my rose paintings and my website, Vintage Rose Collection, or perhaps you're a reader of Romantic Homes magazine and acquainted with my photography and stories (my monthly column is called,'Say Ahh'). 

Whatever the reason, thank you for popping by!!!
I hope to inspire and motivate you and share my tips and tricks that I have learned over the course of my career.

What to expect!

Photos of my clients, home interiors and how to process your images in Lightroom and Photoshop.
Guest visits from a few of my mentors, and chats with talented photographers that have inspired me. 

What's in my camera bag?

I use Canon's 7D with the 50mm lens, 1.2 and love it! One day I hope to move up to the 5D Mark III, but this is a good camera that has served me well, and that captures great quality images without breaking the bank. I paid a little over 2,000.00 when it first came out, but I have seen this camera with the stock lens in the 1,400.00 range online. 

Here's one on sale at Adorama

I prefer to shoot in natural light and the 50mm 1.2  lens is a great lens for portrait photography in low light situations. It provides nice crisp photos and you can go as low as 1.2 on your dial. I always shoot in raw and manual mode. If you own a DSL camera this will be a game changer in your quest for that professional looking image.

My formula for the perfect exposure

Camera- 7D
Lens- 50mm 1.2
Aperture 2.0
SS 125
ISO 200

If you are new to photography this is a great book to start with.
The Perfect Exposure

Thank you for stopping by. I appreciate your comments so don't be shy!

More photos coming soon!