My first 'real' shoot

ashelton80April 15, 2008

I got a chance to practice portrait stuff on my girlfriends cousins kids....let me know your honest critique!!!

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Well, I know nothing about shooting people professionally, Ash, but, I like.

    Bookmark   April 15, 2008 at 7:27AM
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#1 and 2: The child's head is backlighted and the face dark. Could have used a fill in light or flash.

#3: Not good

#4: OK. The background is difuse and does not detract from the subject, a good technique.

#5: Just ok.

#6: Lighting problem. The face is the main subject and it is too indistinct. Could have made use of fill-in light or reflector. This is a difficult lighting situation. If you expose for the face, the background will be a white-out and will probably ruin the feeling of the photo. You are correct in positioning your subjects such that the bright sun does not cause them to squint and be uncomfortable, but as shown by these shots, you have to somehow deal with the resulting lighting.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 1:14AM
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Number 5 is my favorite, I like the pose, expression and lighting.
I agree you need a fill flash if the sun is behind them, Andy.
Very cute kids, for sure, they make great models!

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 9:44AM
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I too like number 5 the best, a neat angle! Yes, I use fill flash outdoors, it does help.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 8:04PM
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do you use the onboard flash, or an attachment? i tried my onboard on a few shots and it looked too weird....light coming from the back, and a lit up face looked way unnatural...


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 10:00PM
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You can enhance all of those photos using a computer program if so desired, but I like them the way they are.

Great shots!


    Bookmark   April 16, 2008 at 11:11PM
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Andy, did you try turning down the flash?

    Bookmark   April 17, 2008 at 10:13AM
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Nice shots...llike 4&5 best!

    Bookmark   April 18, 2008 at 12:33PM
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Nah, didnt try that such a noob to people photography that it didnt occur to me....hardly EVER use the flash...

Oh well....they're young....I'll have more practice! :)


    Bookmark   April 19, 2008 at 10:49PM
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Wouldn't diffuse flash works well in this backlit situation?
It should bright up the face but not giving the flat look of a direct flash, is that right?

I've also seen my friends using external flash detached and hold it to the side in order not to get direct flash.

By the way, I just bought one of those diffuse box to put over the pop up flash. It works great and soften the light a bit too.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2008 at 1:22AM
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