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Living Arrows 1/52

by Clare Mansell
Living Arrows 1/52

This week sees the start of my third year taking part in the Living Arrows link up. I joined it back in 2013 as a weekly exercise to improve my photography and I still like to use it as an excuse to try something creative if I have the time.


This month is possibly one of the hardest periods of time to take photos for this project, because Theo is at school for most of the daylight hours Monday-Friday, so I either grab a photo of him at the weekend or have to do it in low light. So this week I decided to embrace the darkness and try out some low key lighting. This was a little out of my comfort zone as I normally like bright colourful photos, but it’s good to try something new every now and again!

These photos were shot in a dark room at 7pm with just the light from my iPad (cranked up to maximum brightness) If you are interested I’ve included some camera settings too. Most of the photos were good enough to use straight out of camera, but I did tweak the exposure and blacks on a couple in Lightroom.


50mm, f2.0, 1/50, ISO 800


50mm, f2.0, 1/60, ISO 1250


50mm, f2.2, 1/50, ISO 1000

By the way, if you are wondering why Theo is still hogging Living Arrows at the moment it’s because I’m going to bunch together all of Alice’s pictures in my monthly updates. Next year they may have to share this link up though!

And one final thing, if you are curious about low key lighting there is a great post here about how you can achieve this effect outside in daylight with off camera flash. I’m going to give it a go at some point!

Living Arrows

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Pamela | Life With Munchers January 7, 2016 - 1:37 pm

I could kiss you! I love when people share camera settings. This is how I like to learn. I’ll be giving this a go for your linky 😉 x

[email protected] January 7, 2016 - 7:37 pm

I am so pleased to hear that! Following up on a question someone posted on my facebook page, I’m also thinking of doing a post mid-month every month answering a photography question that relates to the #homelifeproject and I hope that will be useful to. 🙂


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