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06/09/2008 09:53:36 PM · #1
Hey all, so I took my neice to the park today to take some pics. Below are a couple examples of before and after photos and I was hoping some of you could let me know what I am doing wrong. As you can see in the before pics the highlights are blown and the shaded areas are too dark. I am okay with the post pics, but I would like to figure out how to get the same look and quality in-camera. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Settings - f/6.3 1/250 ISO 100 50mm No flash
Pic 1 After
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Settings - f/2.8 1/3200 ISO 100 28mm No Flash
Pic 2 After
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Message edited by author 2008-06-09 22:28:33.
06/09/2008 10:11:41 PM · #2
What settings are you using on your camera? Are you using a flash? At first glance, I'd suggest that you move back into more of a shaded area as the sun is causing harsh shadows. If the background is brighter than the foreground, set your camera on aperture priority and use fill flash.

Message edited by author 2008-06-09 22:20:24.
06/09/2008 10:30:05 PM · #3
Sorry, forgot to put in settings. The settings have been added to original post.

amandak - I took some other pictures in the shade and the colors were very dull. Any advice on getting brighter colors?
06/16/2008 06:12:13 PM · #4
Hi,

I think you have the same problem I do, that is shooting at the wrong time of day. Fill flash and reflectors will help, but with a rambunctious model, it would be hard keep the light where it is needed. I have seen some light softening shades, which essentially acts to turn the sun into a soft box, but that isnít something one would take along on a picnic.

Very cute little girl.
06/16/2008 06:40:03 PM · #5
Mid day may be the best time of day to catch this cute little one out playing, it is just about the worst time to photograph her. The harsh lighting of mid day sun with the harsh shadows really can pay havoc on any effort to get warm and pretty shots of a person. Picking a shady area under a tree or going out about 1 hour before sunset would really help out.

If you have to photograph mid day - a reflector, a fill flash, and some carefully watching of the angles of light can really help.
06/16/2008 06:43:15 PM · #6
Might also want to check what kind of metering you are using. Matrix, spot, etc. this may help with the highlights and the shade being too dark, etc
When you are editing, you can also judge on what you may need to do in camera. If you are constantly adjusting for highlights that are almost blown, Manual and try increasing the shutter speed faster.
In shade in the middle of the day with sunlight pouring into your frame, you would probably want that flash or reflector, if not then using spot metering usually woks well.
06/17/2008 06:25:39 AM · #7
Good exposures and flash needed if you are not in the shade at this time of day. Also depends on the look you are after?
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