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Jul 29, 2012 17:36 |  #1

Today my oldest daughter asked for some portraits at the park. I said sure, why not. I need some practice anyways and after taking them realized I need a good flash as well.

Sun was hot as it was 2:00pm and any shots in the open were a no-go. Couldn't fill in and most were blown out.

Went and found some shady areas and had much better luck.

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Jul 29, 2012 17:58 |  #2

i like 3 and 4 best




  
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Jul 29, 2012 19:34 |  #3

I agree with Rick, I like 3 and 4 (the tree shots) the best. Well done.




  
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Jul 29, 2012 19:44 as a reply to  @ CRobH's post |  #4

I agree with Rick and Rob, 3 and 4 are the best. Looks to me like the lighting is much better in those 2.


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Jul 29, 2012 19:58 as a reply to  @ Inspeqtor's post |  #5

Maybe it's the Father in me but I don't think I'ld be posting my daughter
in clothing so brief. i'm not a prude but that's who I am.
She must have had a little something more appropriate for a photographic shoot.

No'1 I think a wall is not the ideal prop. The wall to my eye dominates the shot!

No'2 if you're shooting a portrait well shoot it portrait mode.

No' 3 & 4 Basically the same shots but in reverse. nice though.




  
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Jul 29, 2012 20:10 |  #6

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Maybe it's the Father in me but I don't think I'ld be posting my daughter
in clothing so brief. i'm not a prude but that's who I am.


She must have had a little something more appropriate for a photographic shoot.

No'1 I think a wall is not the ideal prop. The wall to my eye dominates the shot!

No'2 if you're shooting a portrait well shoot it portrait mode.

No' 3 & 4 Basically the same shots but in reverse. nice though.

Thank you for your comments. We'll have to disagree on the definition of 'brief'. Shorts and short sleeve shirts are more than appropriate in the summer.

As for the others, I did also shoot in portrait mode, but didn't like them as well.


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Jul 29, 2012 22:07 |  #7

How are you with your post-processing work on the computer? #2 would be a good candidate to practice face retouching.

I too don't have any flash and attempted outdoor photography in a place very similar to yours. I found it very difficult to shoot something like #4 without a flash because the background is so much brighter than your subject that metering for the background would result in her being very underexposed and metering for her would make the background completely blown out. I learned I needed a background that was dark itself in order for my subjects to stand out.


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Jul 29, 2012 22:07 as a reply to  @ CMfromIL's post |  #8

Criss cross of mixed lighting hot spots is distracting. Use a reflector next time or take her into the shade. Looks like you shot at the wrong time of day. Early morning or later in the evening. Not at noon with full sun.




  
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Jul 30, 2012 09:09 |  #9

Agree with the use of a reflector, it would help even out the hot spots.




  
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Jul 30, 2012 09:31 |  #10

These are really nice. I think you did a great job, especially given your daylight and equipment limitations.

Same as a previous suggestion, I would look into getting a reflector. When possible, I prefer to use a reflector for fill light in these situations versus a flash, as (at least in my amateur experience) I can get the reflector fill light to look less obvious than a flash. Take a look at the ones on Amazon made by NEEWER. They are quite inexpensive, and if you get one of the five-color ones with the removable cover, the "base" of the reflector is a translucent disk that you can use as a "shade" in bright conditions like this, it lets some light through but softens.

That's all advice for down the road though. For now, these are really nice. In my experience, because you captured good poses with great natural smiles, these are the kind of shots that most clients would love even though they might not be technically perfect.


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Jul 30, 2012 10:10 |  #11

they are in need of some serious PP, dodge the face some skin smoothing and teeth whitening will really makes these good.

other photogs are the biggest critics but these are well done enough for her to enjoy and share.

next time try a reflector as suggested, it makes a world of difference.


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Jul 30, 2012 12:48 |  #12

I totally disagree with the lighting. It was shot naturally, she looks like someone would if you saw them in the sunlight. Do you want glamor or do you want a natural shot of your daughter?

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Jul 30, 2012 13:09 |  #13

#2 is soft. Higher angles would have helped the rest.




  
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Jul 30, 2012 14:37 |  #14

Very attractive young lady. I agree that the two posed in the tree are best.


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