This was my first attempt at taking some really nice posed photo's of my son in the forest near our house. I was wanting to share what I learned and hopefully get some CC to help me out. If what I learned is wrong, lol, please correct me too.
What I used: T2i, 50mm 1.8, 580EXII
1. I much preferred the shots I took with fill flash. Without it I got too many shadows and didn't find the colours looked as good.
2. I had the flash set to ettl and used the built in diffuser and bounce card, but I still found it was to harsh on his face. Next time I will drop the flash compensation a bit and I am planning on getting a better diffuser to play with.
3. Don't try to pose him, lol. All the shots I tried to get with him sitting and posed didn't turn out as well as I had hoped. He always had a face that just seemed confused. I found I got much better shots by putting him in the area I was hoping to get the shot and just let him play
4. Keep the aperture around 2.2 or higher. At 1.8 I found it hard to focus quick enough and lost a few shots.
5. Bring a rake. I would have liked to have gotten better shots with the leaves but they were just too hard to collect.
6. Bring someone with you. If I didn't have my wife with me I wouldn't have been able to get as many shots.
7. Watch the background. I was so focused on him and getting the best shot of him a few shots had distracting backgrounds. There were some where you could see my bag in the distance to someone walking on the path.