I'm trying to get back into the swing of things now that the weather is starting to get nice again. So I'm in some desperate need of some CC. And please give it all to me. I'm really trying to improve.
Probably should have lowered my ISO from my previous spot. Doh!
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/320)
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 400
In camera finger chop
I'm having trouble finding an angle to be at with Carson while taking his picture. These don't look to bad, but a lot of times, I'll have absolutely no light in his eyes, whereas, Jackson will be in the same place, and I'll have a ton of light in his. So I'm thinking that it's the angle I'm taking the picture. Do I need to be a little bit above him to get the light?
Yes...the best way to get that light when you are outdoors is to have your subject looking up at you. It's why 90% of my head shots are taken from at least slightly above.
Wife to Rich~ 8/16/03 Mom to Nathan~ 9/30/07
It's good to be able to get back outside, isn't it?!
Getting up above your subject is a great way to make sure you'll be able to see the eyes as clearly as possible. With full shade (like it seems you were using here) it can still be hard though. A fill flash is nice if you have it or also a reflector placed below them (bouncing some light back up into their face).
Here's my $0.02 worth on the individual shots.
1. LOVE LOVE LOVE the use of the tree to 'anchor' him here. It makes a great frame on the left side aned just really grounds the image. It may be my monitor here at work (ug, sorry). but he looks just a touch under exposed. Could be that the meter was reading off of the lighter area behind him.
2. despite the finger chop, I love this one. his experession is so natural and I love the arm behind his back. I don't know what it is about that, but I love it. Again, this one looks slightly under exposed. (but take that w/ a grain of salt as I am at work).
3. i SEE the catch lights in his eyes (along w/ your reflecction), but again he looks a tad underexposed. try bumping it up and see if his eyes don't pop more for you.
Your boys are both super adorable, Stephanie, and I hope that the warmer weather means we'll be seeing more and more shoots like this w/ both of them.
Oh I can't wait for nice weather. We are still in sucky rainy weather up here. But these are looking really good.
I agree with the CC about getting more light in his eyes. My favorite is #3. I would really like to see more natural posing, I know how hard for you to achieve that believe me I have such a hard time!
-El mommy to B & A
Just chug-chug-chugging along.
I really love #2 the best. Like GiGi said, something about the pose and smile seems very natural and it just really works. They are all sweet, and having him against the tree works great.
Married Anthony April 2, 2005
Nora born Feb. 14th, 2007
Micah born Jan. 20, 2009
Thanks! I felt like they were quite dull SOOC, so I tried to bump up the color a bit. Maybe it is the fact that it's really grey and brown outside at the moment.
And is it just me, or do they look a bit soft? Maybe I'm looking too much into them (or maybe time for glasses?? )
No CC to add. Great shots, love the eye contact with the camera.
* Amanda *