(I realized after I posted this that "kids and family" isn't exactly the best forum for a lighting question, but I can't for the life of me figure out how to move the post, or even delete it....so here it is, and if you can help me with moving it or deleting it, that would be great too...)
I have only done a few outdoor shoots so far, and I have been surprised how difficult it is to get the lighting right and get sharp shots. When the overhead sun is too harsh, there isn't enough light in the shade. I have tried using some artificial lighting, and can keep experimenting with that, but I wondered if you people could give me some tips on how to best use natural outdoor lighting. Here is an example of a shoot I did in the evening last week. The light was beautiful, super diffused and a bit golden, but there just wasn't enough of it (it was about half an hour later than I wanted it to be, so maybe that's part of it). I opened the aperture wide and so of course none of my shots were very sharp. I was using the 85mm/1.8 and the 50mm/1.4. No flash. Here are a few shots (which I have sharpened a bit, so maybe you won't see how soft they were to begin with, but my question still stands about how to get sharp outdoor shots...).
5. Here's one where it's obvious...