Just sharing a few I took the past week or so. If you are on my facebook, you've probably already seen all or some of these
Anyway, first question is...how in the world do I start using fill flash?? I either need to start using fill flash or remember to take some sort of a reflector with me all the time. But that can be such a pain. I mean, how would I even hold up the reflector while trying to take some shots? My kids do not sit still for that long. Thank goodness I shoot in RAW. I was able to fix these, the underexposed areas which was the front. These beach ones, the sun was going down and there were pretty harsh shadows and it was a bit yellow. I tried fixing some of it.
how would I use fill flash in something like this without it looking too flashy?
1. f/4.0, ISO 100, SS 1/400
and this is another example. It was underexposed in the front and I tried fixing it. I tried metering for the darkest part (front) but I didn't want to blow the background. How would I have done this differently? Fill flash? reflector? although I don't see how I could even concentrate on holding the reflector while kid is running towards me.
2. f/4.0, ISO 100, SS 1/640
and yet another example. I feel like there is something wrong with this one though. I can't quite put my finger on it. I also just got noiseware (it's so awesome!) and used it for the first time on this picture. Maybe i went a bit too overboard...i need to learn how to use it. it was full sun here, as high as it gets here which is not right above. Sun is never directly above us here in Norway, always kind of on the side. But still, harsh enough. I told Jeanette to turn around so she wouldn't have to squint but I didn't want to blow the background. I really need to get this down. Maybe fill flash would have worked on something like this?
3. f/4.0, ISO 100, SS 1/800
I need to recalibrate so feel free to comment on color too. also, would I use my speedlight for fill flash or?
OH yes and my fave I took last weekend.
this will probably be my last post for awhile. My family is arriving on Monday and I still got loads to do around here. just think...this time next week I'll be in Paris!!! btw I have decided to take my small tripod to try to get some night shots. I hope I get a few good ones. I also bought an 8gb CF card so now I have 3 cards (8, 4 and 2gb) to get me by.
Last edited by sweetalienchick; 06-11-2010 at 02:15 PM.
I can't comment on fill flash because that is on my "to do" list of things to learn. As far as shawdows on images like this.. I think they are acceptable, imo. I am studying for my fine arts degree in photography and even though I'm still in my beginning classes I've learned to look at photography a little different. It's very subjective. There are some artists who blow the background on purpose or have really harsh shadows on purpose just for the effect. The idea is that you got the image that YOU wanted to achieve. If you don't want shadows, then yes, look for ways to avoid them.. if you want the really natural look of being ona beach with the sun behind you with shadows in the front that you are GOING to have, then just having the image properly exposed where you want it and properly focused is just fine. When I look at all of these images, I think they look great! I like the shadows, it makes it look "real". I don't recall being on a beach with my kids with the sun like that and them not having shadows. The shadows aren't so much that you can't see their faces, I think you did a VERY good job on exposure in all of these. As far as the blown spot on your son running towards you, again, the proper exposure is in the important spots.. the blown area on the side of his head does not bother me when I look at the image... it looks like it would "in real life". It's not over his eyes or across his face, just slightly on the outer edges of the side the sun was and to ME, that looks appropriate. I had this same conversation with my instructor this last semester about shooting in full sun and how can you avoid blown areas if you properly expose the face and he said "you can't always, and you just have to pick where the blown spots are going to be instead".. and that made total sense to me.. unless it is a super planned photoshoot and not "photojournalistic" in style, it's just you and your camera and you just have to judge it the best you can and you are sucessful if you got the image you wanted to get. Shooting in full sun, alone, is hard and I think these look fantastic because the parts of the image that count, look great and the other parts don't look "bad". Now if you were doing a portrait session and you had an assistant, you may want to use a reflector or some kind of diffuser so that you don't get shadows under the eyes or across the nose (the important places).. but that's not the type of images these are. and even with that said.. like for the first one.. there are no shadows under their eyes and your son is turned so that his nose is not creating a harsh shadow across his face, so I would say the image is very sucessful in the conditions you were shooting. But, that's just my .02
thanks for your .02 cents I definitely got the images I wanted to get. They were just underexposed and the backgrounds weren't blown at all. I have a hard time trying to figure out if I should blow the background or not. I think i'll just keep practicing and see what works best. I eventually do want to get this down though. I want to have my own business eventually, someday hopefully... I don't really know how i'm going to do that. I seriously need to take some online courses or something! I learn best when its shown to me though. OH well someday perhaps. Right now it's a trial and error thing. I also have a hard time with focus and moving subjects. I am seriously itching to practice on some adults or someone else other than my own two kids. My brother will be here soon and I am going to practice on him! I'll also be taking our family portrait again this summer. Should be fun. Thanks for your input! appreciate it.
I'll have to reply later ... but I think you have some nice shots here. I just bought a reflector a couple of days ago, and tried using it last night. It IS hard to use with kids and no second pair of hands, but the difference is amazing!
I think these are great! 1 is sweet with the two kids playing together in the sand. You can see they are both working filling that bucket. 2 is sweet. I find it hard to get a good shot of someone walking without it looking weird. You did a good job with this one. 3 is just adorable!! Wish that boat wasn't right behind her, though. 5 AWESOME shot!! I think you did a great job on the comasition and the sun burst is perfect!!
Loida, I can't help on fill flash. I don't remember to do it. Amber's good at that, but she's in Africa. but yes, you'd use your speedlight for fill not your onboard flash.
1. I love the sweetness of your kids playing. This is one where you could use a reflector because they're just staying in one place long enough to use it. But I also think it's okay to blow the highlights of the water if you had lowered your SS some.
2. so sweet, just love this one! he's backlit, so it's okay to blow some of the background (like his hair too). he's on the move, I don't know if you could manage the reflector there. but I have to say, that's an excellent place to practice using one. The sand could help hold it in place.
3. not sure what you don't like about this one, I think it's gorgeous! noiseware doesn't seem overdone here. I just wish the boat wasn't attached to her in the background. maybe that's what's bugging you.
1. I personally don't think you need fill flash here. the light is creating some beautiful shadows. I know. Not what you want to hear really, but it just FEELS like summer. And I like it for what it is.
2. First off, you've done a pretty good job of recovering him from the shadows. I would probably have not worried about blowing the background. Fill flash *might* have helped. I have a hard time with it with my soccer photos, so I try to meter for the face and then deal with the rest in post. That means I have a lot of blown backgrounds, but it was the face I was trying to capture in that moment anyway.
3. HOW SWEET IS SHE?! I think I would prefer a portrait crop here. but even as-is, I just love it!
4. SPECTACULAR! WOW!
have a good time w/ your family and on your vacation! I can't wait to see the pictures you come back with!