John is 7.5 months old and is now pulling himself up onto his legs in his crib and his play area. How did I take this shot? I dropped the mattress in the crib by 8 inches and John just stood up and started making like Kilroy.
Ok, so I might have grabbed a flash (Canon 430EX) and stuck it on a light stand with a shoot-through umbrella up high and camera right. You can tell by looking at the catch light in his eyes what kind of light modifier was used. In fact, at 100%, you can see the ribs of the umbrella. The strobe was on 1/8″ power and I was shooting my Canon EF50mm f/1.8 at f/5. The camera was on ISO 400. It took exactly 2 shots to lock in the exposure. So far, in my experience, light meters are completely useless.
I edited the photo in Adobe Lightroom and used the same techniques as in my post on “Great Eyes in Lightroom.” I did do a bunch of spot work with the Spot Healing tool in Lightroom, and then I did a little bit of cloning in Photoshop CS4 afterwards. Basically, I edited out a few blemishes and some left over pears from his dinner.
He’s mobile and ready to start walking. It’s going to be a whole new world now.