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Feb 03, 2013 18:50 |  #1

This is my favorite photo from my last event shoot. I am not satisfied with many aspects of the photo like background, back lighting but have little idea of how to improve. So comments and suggestions please. And thanks in advance.


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Feb 03, 2013 18:54 |  #2

lighting is harsh, the head of your one of the subjects is cut off. I think a different angle might have worked better for this


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Feb 03, 2013 18:58 |  #3

It's underexposed and back lit, take note of the ambient light and try different angles like what was suggested above, also try using a flash bounced off the ceiling in doors. You caught great expressions though.


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Feb 03, 2013 19:01 |  #4

BrandonPerkins wrote in post #15568969 (external link)
lighting is harsh, the head of your one of the subjects is cut off. I think a different angle might have worked better for this

That was a very limited situation. If I shoot higher, I'll include the window. This cause some high light background. And I am not that tall to shoot from a higher angle. Will it be better if I use a flash? I generally avoid that thing because I miss shoot when it charges between fires.


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Feb 03, 2013 19:03 |  #5

Allan.L wrote in post #15568982 (external link)
It's underexposed and back lit, take note of the ambient light and try different angles like what was suggested above, also try using a flash bounced off the ceiling in doors. You caught great expressions though.

All right, I'll bring a flash the next time. Is it normally point the flash to the ceiling when doing indoor shooting?


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Feb 04, 2013 10:03 |  #6

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All right, I'll bring a flash the next time. Is it normally point the flash to the ceiling when doing indoor shooting?

Yes, normally the flash is pointed to the ceiling and most times the fill flap is pulled out. You can also use a file card attached to the strobe as extra fill. The exception would be a ceiling painted some weird color or very, very dark. Keep in mind that balancing flash to ambient can be tricky and should be practiced to get it right.

That said, I really like this as is. Maybe could be improved with just a little fill. Too much fill would ruin the feel IMO. The expressions are priceless.


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Feb 04, 2013 10:12 |  #7

A little 'fill light' in post-processing might 'save' this shot. Agree with others the girl's expression is priceless.

Moving forward, shots like these are made using flash. Flash is definitely a learning curve, but get one, put it on your camera, learn how/where to bounce it so you can get the shot easily.

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Feb 04, 2013 11:08 |  #8

Bounced or fill flash here may have helped a little :) Either ceiling bounced or direct with FEC dialed down so it's not overpowering & then the MAIN light source.

The other thing to remember if covering events in a candid style as this appears is that it's sometime better to capture the moment/look/emotions than it is to have a technically correct image ;)


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