sharing family beach photos CC welcome :)

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sharing family beach photos CC welcome :)

I went out Sunday to shoot a family. soooo tough because first it was at the beach. most in full sun. Second the two little ones were tough...they weren't bad, but the sun was bothering the little girl. They each got distracted easily, made faces (which made for some awesome candids the mom is going to love!), but all of that meant tons of the family ones went out the window!!!

The couple is such a fun couple and I love them in real life, so to photograph them was fun and easy too. They are already very happy with the few I've shown them on my blog, but I still struggle so much that it's driving me nuts!!!! Smile

any and all CC welcome!

I tried to use a "reflector" to throw some light on the left side, but still not happy with the exposure. any advice?

Exposure 1/3200 sec
Aperture f/2.5
ISO Speed 200
Dietz Family 95 WM

So this one I totally blew the sky ooops!

Exposure 1/4000 sec
Aperture f/2.5
ISO Speed 200
Dietz Family 81 WM

These next 3 are in full sun. There was just no other way around it. I tried to do the whole back light thing, but I dislike everyone of those I tried.

Exposure 1/4000 sec
Aperture f/2.0
ISO Speed 100
Dietz Family 54 WM

Exposure 1/3200 sec
Aperture f/2.0
ISO Speed 100
Dietz Family 45 WM

Exposure 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture f/4.5
ISO Speed 100
Dietz Family 37 WM

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I think you are being WAY too hard on yourself! And I can see why your friend is so happy. Full sun is HARD, but you made it work here.

Here are my thoughts ...

1. LOVE this! I'm sure pp must have been difficult w/ the sun and all, but I like the effect. The sun creates a warm moment between mom and daughter.

2. the blown sky doesn't bother me at all. Great use of the ROT here. I'll bet this is one of mom's faves ... I would love it were it my family. Nice conversion too - perfect for this kind of shot.

3. the squinting b/c of the sun is unfortunate, but otherwise, exposure looks GREAT. You got awesome bokeh and even your whites look perfect! Even the nearly centered composition works great here as the bushes/trees frame the couple perfectly.

4. FUN! I love jumping shots and this one works great ... even w/ the LO just standing there. Faces look really good, even with the direct sun.

5. This one looks a TAD under exposed. The whites don't seem as bright as in the last 2 images. Still a really nice family shot.

TFS!
GiGi

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I really like this set too. I agree with GiGi's CC. Great job! Smile

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GiGi gave some great CC, as she always does!

I really like these! I think you did a great job!

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Thanks so much!!! At least these are enjoyable families I am shooting right now! They make it fun! I still have so much to learn though, like on #3 why is the background more blurred than on #4? The ap is the same, but shutter speed and the distance I was from them was different.

I guess I just do not understand DOF at all.

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You've already answered your question about the DOF in #3 vs #4. Distance matters. Both your distance to the subject and their distance from the background. These 2 photos demonstrate that very well. Smile

If you want that beautiful bokeh, it's always a good idea to have some separation from your subject and the background. (I struggle with this when I'm working inside.)

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"acarbo99" wrote:

You've already answered your question about the DOF in #3 vs #4. Distance matters. Both your distance to the subject and their distance from the background. These 2 photos demonstrate that very well. Smile

If you want that beautiful bokeh, it's always a good idea to have some separation from your subject and the background. (I struggle with this when I'm working inside.)

Best,
GiGi

Thanks! I guess I need to take DH out one day to practice and get a feel for it. But you are right, I totally see why in those 2 photos. I would love to go back out to the beach and try again, but without little ones Smile

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I totally agree with GiGi's cc. I don't really have anything new to add other than I think you did a great job. Full sun is hard, and I think you did wonderful!