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Today’s post is from Kristy Chapman of Kristy Chapman Photography.  She is a natural light photographer based out of Canada’s national capital – Ottawa, Ontario. This lover of photo editing is primarily a Lightroom user, however she also knows her way around Photoshop. When she’s not chasing around her toddler son or watching Netflix marathons with her husband, she can be found behind a camera capturing life’s moments.


Ah! Summer days at the cottage. Here in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) we LOVE the summer because for more than half of the year it’s cold, snowy and dark. 

This photo was taken at a friend’s daughter’s first birthday party which was celebrated at their cottage. The kids where having a wonderful time playing with the water and I knew I had to get in there with my camera.

The image was shot with a Nikon D610 using my Nikkor 24-70mm 2.8 lens (my favourite and by far, my most used lens). When photographing children, I often use an f-stop around the mid-range because kids are always moving all over the place which makes selective focusing (like at f1.8 for example) a challenge. I also like to underexpose my images slightly when shooting which I find allows for better editing afterwards. The settings for this image was ISO 100, 60mm, f4.5, 1/640.

To capture this shot I clicked away taking multiple frames using a high continuous shooting mode and when I went through the photos this was by far the best capture.

SOOC (Straight Out of Camera)


I applied the following Mixology in Lightroom, using the SLR Lounge Lightroom Presets, cropped and edited out the people on the side in Photoshop:

07. Brighten +1.0

37. Contrast Boost – Medium

41d. Neutral fade – B&W Filmic 


I also did a colour edit since it was such a bright sunny day and the little girl had on this great purple bathing suit. So this was my colour edit.

07. Brighten

42a. Punchy Fade – Colour

46. Brighten – Medium (+15, +30)

51a. Saturate – Light

71f. Vignette – Heavy

(with some slight adjustments to temperature)


About the “How to Shoot It” Series

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