I took this shot of Eve over the weekend. I may just have on mommy goggles, but I like how it turned out, even with all its imperfections.
ISO 100, SS 1/400, f/2.8 Bright sunny day, taken under a tree
EvePortraitWeb by sultana2_10, on Flickr
This crop, I realize I cut off her foot And she's looking above the camera. Does it look too centered? Or is that OK for a portrait? What about the wrinkles in the fabric/blown sections in the blanket? Are they too distracting for you? There was a big area of sun on her face that I Photoshopped away; is it noticeable? Anything else you notice that I can improve on?
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I think you did a great photoshopping out the sun in her face, I wouldn't have noticed. The wrinkes and the bright sun is a bit distracting, but it's not mommy goggles- she's adorable! Maybe try a closer crop?
Sadie- mommy to Ruthie & Randy
Your DD is very cute! Love her outfit. I agree about the blown spots. Try going under a full shade. Direct sunlight is hard to shoot at, unless you are going for the back lighting situation. Great job for getting out there and asking for CC!
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Thanks, girls! Both my front yard and my back yard are under trees, so we have dappled lighting all over the place. Maybe I'll get my DH to hold a posterboard or something to get rid of the sunny spots. Or go out when it's cloudy. The only problem with cloudy days is the lack of contrast. I'll figure out something
Very cute! I didn't notice her face being Photoshopped either, but I only looked at this small version. I too would try a closer crop.
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Not mommy goggles at all! Your DD is adorable and this is a very sweet shot.
Full sun is HARD and dappled light only makes it harder. But you still managed a really nice shot despite the conditions.
Try a late afternoon shoot next time. The light quality will make a world of difference. You migth also try getting down on the same level with her rather than shooting her from above. The change in perspective can yield really great results as well.
What a sweetheart your little girl is!
I agree with the timing suggestions. I used to think it's best to take outdoor pics in the middle of the day, the more light the better! Last year a photographer scheduled an outdoor session at 5:30pm and I remember thinking "whhaaaat???" Haha! Now I've found myself planning my day around that magic hour so I can take my son outside to take pics!
I'm probably going to be experimenting a lot in the afternoon hours when the days get longer, it looks like I can't wait until it's actually light outside when I get home from work!
Thank you all for your tips and suggestions! I haven't had any time to try other crops yet, but maybe I will this weekend.