There are a lot of different reasons why manual is best. Sometimes auto does a pretty fine job, but in certain lighting situations, manual is the only way to go. I just recently got back from a vacay to Florida, and while landscape photography is definitely NOT my strength, I got this pretty awesome photo on a beach in Key West.
ISO 2000, f/4.0, 13 second shutter (it was super windy, which is why the clouds and palm trees are moving)
This is what auto mode came up with when I turned the flash off:
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And this is what auto mode came up with the flash on. (that shadow is from my very wide angle lens)
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  • did i miss reason #8,903,307,771? jk!! this is a great comparison! hope you had a great trip, post your trip photos!ReplyCancel

  • Nice comparison for the new photographerReplyCancel

  • WOWZERS. Nice visual 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lena Odie

    Love that photo…one of my fav’s to shoot is landscape, I just need to master it a bit more!ReplyCancel

  • You are so right! Manual is where it’s at! I looked back at some of my auto photos when I got my first dslr and OMG!!! lol. Glad I learned to shoot manually!ReplyCancel

  • LOVE this comparison – and that photo is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • […] by Jete’s tutorial over on Urban Fig, I tried my own swaying-palm-trees photo.  Unfortunately, I didn’t stretch to full capacity […]ReplyCancel

Part 2 – Vintage Bike.  And I swoon. If you haven’t seen Part 1 yet, I highly recommend you do so…


I’m leaving soon for a highly anticipated holiday with the love of my life to Florida, but wanted to get this blog post up for poor Esther who has been DYING to see her images!! Hopefully this will tide her over until my return 😉 Although she and Garold are living it up in Jamaica, so her wedding images should be the last thing on her mind!! Well, maybe not the last thing… But close to it!! I mean, all those decisions you have to be making every day is stressful enough! What suntan lotion to wear, what sandals to put on, what beach to visit, what drink to mix… it’s a rough life!

I loved shooting this wedding. Esther said she was a bit nervous when I got there in the morning, but honestly, she didn’t look nervous. She looked happy. so happy. We had experienced torrential downpour the day before and while the wedding day dawned pretty dark and overcast, by noon we had gorgeous sunny weather! And she was marrying her best friend. Who just happens to be one of the sweetest, most genuine guys I’ve ever met! The wedding party was a blast, the decor was perfect, and the people were great. Really really great. And i got to hang out with Charlene again which is always the highlight of my week 😉 Oh, and in case you missed it, we did some photos of the couple in a rowboat. Those got their very own blog post due to their epicness. You don’t want to not see them.

Anyways, without further ado, I present to you Mr & Mrs Broekhuis!! Congrats you two!
Stunning makeup by Fraser Valley Makeup
this ring!!
I absolutely love it when the groom sends a note or a card to his bride while she is getting ready. Although when it arrives during makeup, that can present a problem… waterproof mascara is a must!
And Charlene hung out with the guys while they got ready!
This is such an adorable shot of the flower girl dreaming about her wedding day!! And dad seeing his baby girl for the first time… ahhhh.
Love this shot of Esther being walked down the aisle by her dad.
And then off we went for a full afternoon of photos! It’s so awesome to have a ton of time – we can go to a few different locations, and have no pressure of time constraints! This is one of my favorite locations ever.
Love having an amazing 2nd shooter. She got this shot,
while I got this one a couple seconds later!
ugh, freaking adorable!
And Esther really wanted some shots by and old barn, so we pulled up with our 400′ limo, and knocked on the door! This lovely couple had no problem allowing us to take a few shots, and said that the barn had actually been used in a Kodak commercial quite a few years ago!
And THEN. We went to this amazing location for the highlight of my day – rowboat photos! Don’t forget to check them all out here!
Esther did an amazing job on the reception decor, and while I would love to share more images, I’m trying to keep my posts a little shorter these days 😉 Let’s just say I got to eat Cadbury mini eggs all night 😉
Thank you so much Esther and Garold, for having me and Charlene spend the day with you! We had an amazing day, and I think you guys did too. Enjoy Jamaica!!

Vendor Love:
Hair: Montana Bullied
Makeup: Fraser Valley Makeup
Florist: Quik Farm
Wedding Cake: Karma Cake Couture
Ceremony Venue: Canadian Reformed Church
Reception Venue: NRC Chilliwack

  • Wow, beautiful wedding! I love that cake design!! You did an awesome job capturing their special day!ReplyCancel

  • Awesome job! I love the ring shot! They look like so in love and you captured it wonderfully.ReplyCancel

  • great shots! especially love the one with the flowergirl looking up at the dress =)ReplyCancel

This couple’s full wedding post will be coming in a couple of days, but for now I just wanted to share the “rowboat wedding” portion of the day. You can imagine my delight when Esther shared that she had always wanted her wedding photos in a rowboat!! I have always wanted to shoot wedding photos in a rowboat, so we knew we were a perfect match 😉 I mean, have you seen the Notebook?? We didn’t have a kajillion swans or a downpour unfortunately, so we just had to work the gorgeous evening sun the best we could.  ←That was me being facetious, in case you don’t know me that well…

But let’s not waste time using words. Oh, but I just wanna say one last thing. Once again, I got to work with Charlene , and I just want to say that I love her truly, madly and deeply. Not everyone understands just how happy taking these photos made me, and while she didn’t hesitate to make fun of me and my excitement, she totally got me. And that, ladies and gentleman, is a wonderful thing. The end.












  • Susan

    So lovely!ReplyCancel

  • Wow, beautiful photos! I love the one from overhead! I have been dying to shoot a session like this! Awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • I love sweet sessions like this. How did you achieve the one from the top shooting down? On the tree?ReplyCancel

    • urbanfig

      Thank you Lin! I shot that one standing on the dock with a really wide angle – it needed a little bit of photoshop to get rid of the dock and my feet 😉ReplyCancel

  • How romantic to go on a boat ride for wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • Lena Odie

    So lovely! Reminds me of Anne of Green Gables with Esther lying in the rowboat…glad it didn’t have a leak though 😉ReplyCancel

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