Portland, ME Photographer :: BFFs

On Saturday, I was so happy to finally see one of my very closest friends! Me and Missi traveled to Australia together, when we were in high school, and didn’t really connect until the trip was over. Unfortunately, we didn’t stay in touch after the trip. Oddly enough, just a year later, when we started college at UMF, we were both in the same chemistry class! We both ended up at the same university, and dance team!! It was such a surprise, but it was so neat how it happened! We didn’t really hang out much or anything that first year, but that second year we were roommates, and the rest is history! We roomed together for two years until I got married, and she moved out of state, but we’ve kept in touch and made it a point to make frequent visits with each other 🙂

I love this girl right to death, and we just get each other. I can’t imagine life without her!! She and Eric have one beautiful little boy, and another on the way! When she was pregnant with Lukas, we did some maternity photos at seven months, and the very next day, Lukas was born! Now, she’s five months pregnant with Hayden James, and I can’t wait to meet him! I FINALLY got some photos, as I haven’t gotten any of him since he was three weeks old, despite our many visits. It was long overdue! Check out some photos of this beautiful blue-eyed boy 🙂

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See? Just beautiful!!

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Oh how I love these two!!

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Classic Missi faces 🙂

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He really enjoyed being outside and just walking in circles! He was full of smiles!

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We decided to snap a few photos of her and Hayden, just in case he decided to come early again, before we do maternity photos in April!

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I love this one!!

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It took us a few shots to get this one on the bottom, but, I love it! Best friends 4-eva!!

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Portland, ME Photographer :: 3 Tips for Good Exposure :: Linda Barry Photography

I would just like to start this post off by saying that I am no means an expert on exposure. However, these are three things that I keep in mind each time that help me get on the path to good exposure. I work super hard to get everything right IN the camera, so that when I go to do any post-processing, I can actually be super efficient with my time and editing!

#1. Compose the shot in your mind.

This first step is really important to me. If I don’t know what I want to get for a shot, how do I know that it’s what I want, when I see it? Knowing before you take the shot what you want to be dark and light, or even, in the end result can go really far in helping you determine what is the proper exposure for you. Also take into consideration your surroundings. Are you in a dark room with little natural light? You may have to bump up your ISO to allow that extra light onto your sensor. Are you on the beach? It’ll probably be a good idea to bump up your shutter speed so that you don’t have a washed out photo. Having a good understanding of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO is pretty essential to producing photos that you really like, in a technical sense 🙂

#2. Look at the histogram.

Histograms are those little spiky graphs that come up when you pull up the information on a photo you just took. Don’t ignore those. Well, you can, obviously. But if you want to have a balanced photo those can be super helpful! I only just started to pay attention to the histograms just a few weeks ago! I had always heard about them, but never really saw the benefit.

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Now, I get it. I absolutely love checking it to see if my photo is balanced.  In the above photo, the histogram is the little graph thing next to the photo. They say that it’s good exposure if most of the spikes are located in the center and then level off as you go to the edges. So in my histogram, the exposure is pretty good, there are some light spots in the area according to the big spike on the far right, but overall, I’m happy with it. There’s a nice range of tones. I promise, the actual photo looks much better in real life, than on the back of that screen.

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See? 🙂 I promise that this photo is straight out of camera! Just had to convert it to a JPEG.

For those who don’t know much about histograms check out this article from Digital Photography School. They do a great job explaining it. Also, this is a GREAT resource if you don’t already know about it! I could spend hours on this site just reading through all of the amazing information they have there!

#3. Use the light meter on your camera.

I absolutely love this feature on both of my cameras. It helps me to determine where my shutter speed should be to help get that balanced photo I strive for. However, it’s not always correct. It doesn’t know what I want the photo to look like, so I definitely adjust it if it’s still not bright or dark enough for my desires 🙂

Basically, you’ll see that bar across your screen (or across the top screen if you’re using a full frame camera) that looks something like this:                              + ——— 0 ——- (-).  I usually try to get the bars to line up right under that “0.” What you’re changing when you do that is your shutter speed. So depending on the light you’re in, you could end up with a really slow shutter or a really fast shutter. It’s variable.

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The light meter is that little set of bars right under the f/stop and the shutter speed.

These are just a few tips that I use that I thought may be helpful to some of you! If you already use these, then that’s fabulous! Learning about my camera is a never-ending process for me, and I crave new knowledge 🙂

Do you have any exposure tips for ME? 🙂

Portland, ME Photographer :: Numbers :: Linda Barry Photography

So, last week was week seven in my 52 weeks of FUN photo challenge. However, I was not able to get to capture a photo. At first I was bummed, thinking I had failed, but in reality, life takes over sometimes, and last week was a pretty rough week for me. Therefore, this challenge was put on the back burner. I realized that it’s okay. I can just move on, and try to do better for all the upcoming weeks. I can’t be superwoman all the time :p

Anyway, this week is #8: Numbers. I am a planner. To an extreme. I even plan when I get to relax. I like to schedule everything and know when everything is happening. Granted, I don’t always follow my schedule, but at least I put in the effort to maximize my productivity! This is the same with our budget. I handle all the bills and finances, because then I know exactly what is going on. I’m always writing out budgets on random scraps of paper to figure out if we can really splurge and go out to eat, or something like that. I’m good with budgets. Those I can follow 🙂

This is a snapshot of just a random time earlier this week or late last week when I was crunching numbers in my planner!

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Portland ME Photographer :: Homemade Pasta :: Linda Barry Photography

This past weekend, me and Steven went back to the Bangor area to visit with friends and family for a few days. One of my favorite parts of these last four days is when we had our homemade pasta luncheon! Steven’s parents got us a pasta maker for Christmas, and we have used it at least once a week since we opened the box!2013-02-19_0021

It was basically just our parents, Steven’s sister, and his best friend, there that day. However, we were the only ones who had ever had homemade pasta before! My mom took my camera and was taking photos like crazy (see where I get it from?!) while me and Steven were making pasta!
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We probably had enough dough to feed a small army. That may be an exaggeration, but only just a little – there was enough to feed a LOT of people!!

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Me and Steven love making our own pasta because it’s fresh, and we know exactly what we’re putting into our bodies. This really goes along with a new theme in my life of being super health conscious and putting good things into my body. Pasta is something we totally enjoy making and eating!