Hey everyone. I use to post alot more on here but my DH has been going back to school and working full time so I don't get to get on the computer much unless I am editing pictures. I just thought I would share some of my recent work. I have really been trying to work on my photography and improve. I don't know if any of ya'll remember my pictures I have posted in the past but I think I am getting better! (I hope! lol) Here is 4 that I have done recently.
Shot all these with my Canon 50mm 1.8 ll lens.
IMG_4518 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr
f1.8 1/160 ISO-200
IMG_4141 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr
f5 1/320 ISO-200
These next two are my boys
Cooper (19 months)
IMG_4046 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr
f1.8 1/160 ISO-200
Christopher (3 years old)
IMG_4051 by Nichole Coleman Photography, on Flickr
f 1.8 1/125 ISO-200
Coming from a newbie
1. I feel like her face is too dark and I wish she was looking at the camera, otherwise it's really cute!
2. Again, I think he's a little dark and the background is a little distracting to me. I like the sunset, but the pole and fence distract me. Also, I'm not sure what's going on in the upper right hand corner?
3 & 4. I really like these! The vignette is a little much for my taste, but that's just me
#1 - I would have turned her just slightly so that you're not seeing that harsh light on the side of her face. She's also just slightly underexposed. How are you metering? I usually only spot meter, and I only ever spot meter when I'm backlighting my subject. I know that I didn't know that until about a year ago, so I thought I'd pass that along. It's made backlighting so much easier for me.
#2 - That is an adorable look that you caught! Couple of things: First of all, I would suggest getting slightly above your subject to get a little more light in the eyes. I don't see much light in the eyes in this one. Also, you'll want to watch your backgrounds. In this one, there's a pole right behind his head, which is distracting. This one is crooked, so you'll want to straighten it up. Finally, the whites are looking blue here. I've never photographed a red head, so I can imagine that it can get tricky to get the white balance right. Maybe do a hue/saturation layer and try removing cyan. It might mess up the real blue on his shirt though. Maybe someone else has some suggestions, since post processing is something I'm currently working on myself.
#3 - I love the light, the color, the clarity, and the bokeh in this! I think that you needed a little more light in his eyes though. Also, for this, I think I would have liked to see him directly in the center of the tracks. The trees on the sides of the track leave a nice opening that would frame him well.
#4 - Same as above on most all aspects. I do find the bright track that he's sitting on a little distracting.
Yes, the light meter is the thing that looks like this:
On a Nikon, I believe the factory settings have the + and - switched around. You typically want to keep it around 0. On my Canon, there are different metering modes to use. 99% of the time I use "Partial Metering" (spot metering). This will allow you to only meter for your subject instead of the entire scene. So if you have it set to "Evaluative Metering", it will take an average of the entire scene. In a backlighting situation, most of your scene is going to be super bright. If you were to meter that way, you are most likely going to underexpose your subject because it's not as bright as the background.
That's what happened in your first photo. If you notice, your background and that bright spot on her face is properly exposed, but she is darker. In most backlighting situations, you're going to blow your background or sky in order to expose your subject properly. There are situations where you won't blow the background, such as when you have the sun to your subject's back, but it's being covered by some trees. What you see is this gorgeous glow around your subject.
I'm hoping to perfect this type of backlighting. I'm doing a mentorship with someone over on ILP on this subject.
There's some more light in the eyes, definitely. Look in the background at the water though. There's some bright spots where the sun was hitting it. What happened, was your camera looked at that, and showed how to expose for the water on the light meter. In return, your subjects, unfortunately, got underexposed. And because of that, the skin tones are kind of blotchy.
I have never shot by a body of water myself, so I can't say this from experience, but I've read that shooting by water is very difficult. You really have to make sure that the sun isn't hitting it anywhere in the frame that you're placing your subject. Having said that, water acts as a natural reflector, so if you were to place your subject's face by it, you'd get some awesome light on them.
Check out this blog post from Michael Kormos of his kids. His daughter was by a pond or something with her feet in the water, and you can see how the sun isn't hitting the water, and how much light is reflected on to her.