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May 14, 2012 00:45 |  #1

This was my first family portrait session. I was just hoping for some honest C&C. Thanks!

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May 14, 2012 08:01 |  #2

nice, but the fellow with the hat is too dark. was a flash used?




  
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May 14, 2012 08:36 |  #3

rick_reno wrote in post #14428753 (external link)
nice, but the fellow with the hat is too dark. was a flash used?

No. Just natural light. Unfortunately he didn't want to take his hat off so there wasn't much I could do.


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May 14, 2012 08:57 |  #4

There is always something you can do, you could have placed the family where the quality of light was more flattering...

This is the perfect situation where a reflector is key! His wife and son (?) are both wearing white --- turn them into human reflectors without them even knowing it =)

Almost every problem with this photograph is caused by the mid day sun, from the guys face, to everyone squinting with sunken eyes. Learning to control and manipulate natural light helps tremendously in these types of situations and comes with practice and experience...


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May 14, 2012 13:25 |  #5

The harsh shadowing ruin it for me. Sorry.


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May 14, 2012 20:51 |  #6

When I am shooting on a sunny day like that, I will have everybody close their eyes, and then on the count of 3 open them so you get no squinting. I'm with the above on the other problems though.


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May 15, 2012 01:04 |  #7

jenirose3 wrote in post #14430291 (external link)
The harsh shadowing ruin it for me. Sorry.

+1

Next time find some shade where the lighting is even, or turn everyone so their backs are to the Sun so they are not squinting and use reflectors or flash as fill light. This is really a good example of how not to take an outdoor group shot.


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May 15, 2012 07:51 |  #8

I appreciate all the feedback and will work on positioning my subject/s more wisely next time.


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May 15, 2012 13:10 |  #9

My recommendation would be to put them in the shade.


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May 15, 2012 13:14 |  #10

Good DOF, but Im with the others on the rest. One face you cannot see and one guys eyes are closed




  
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May 15, 2012 16:03 |  #11

jkru617 wrote in post #14435613 (external link)
Good DOF, but Im with the others on the rest. One face you cannot see and one guys eyes are closed

The one guy with his eyes closed had some sort of medical condition. Even indoors, his eyes are never fully open. I agree with the comments though and really appreciate the brutal truth rather than a pat on the back. :) I just purchased a white/silver 4' x 6' reflector for future natural light shoots.


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