Johnny’s Christening

This was the first Baptism we have ever photographed, and overall it went quite well.

It was not easy getting Family Shots in the Church, and in hindsight I should have changed lenses at some stage and used my larger 24-70mm low light zoom lens; rather than just using the 17-50mm F2.l8 lens for the entire shoot.

Apart from the Church Ceremony, there was also an afterwards luncheon at a Winery, which required lots of “People Pictures” to be taken.

A full Flickr Gallery of Photos can be viewed here:

Flickr Photo Gallery of Johnny’s Christening



Sony Alpha A-77 Camera
Tamron 17-50mm F2.8
Sony HVL-F43M Flash
Gary Fong Gamma Flat Blade Diffuser

I needed to travel as light as possible for this shoot, as I was wearing a suit to the function. The flat Blade Diffuser was great and easily fitted in my pocket, with the Flash in the other inside suit jacket pocket.

The lighting in the church was excellent, as in the early afternoon there was great filtered sunlight streaming in, and there was no need to use any flash.

Shots inside the Church were taken at ISOs of 800 and 1250. Any over exposure was then corrected in Photoshop.

Generally we are finding that over exposure is not a huge problem, as the camera catches the detail, and it is then just a matter of toning it all down using Photoshop.

However, under exposure is a problem, as less detail seems to have been captured by the camera sensor. These shots do not brighten up so well in Photoshop.

However, we are doing all of our shots in JPEG format. My friend Scotty advises me that if you shoot in Raw, there is in fact more detail that is captured; even if the shot is under exposed. Now that we are getting our head around shooting fully in manual mode; the next step will be to learn all about shooting in Raw format. We need to get Adobe Lightroom, and then shoot an event in both Raw and Jpeg; and then compare the results. This is definitely on the 2014 To Do List.

For the after function, the Flash was used indoors with the Gamma Diffuser and worked well.

Daylight shots of people outside were taken at ISO 100 to ISO 400.

There was a bit of a problem with large Group Shots having some people, especially those on the ends out of focus. I was using apertures of 4.0 to 5.0, but maybe I even need to go higher for large groups.

Overall the shoot went well, and people were happy with the online photo album which was produced.



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One thought on “Johnny’s Christening”

  1. If you shoot RAW you’d be surprised just how much detail can be recovered from the under exposed sections. In my experience you get more info than from blown highlights. Next time we meet you must bring that Tamron 24-70. I’d like to have a go before I commit and buy one. Cheers Pants

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