My friend Ashley
While I agree in shooting in full shade and on overcast days are best - there is no reason to fear the flash. There are many cheap or even free flash tricks to make the flash seem more natural. The proper use of flash allows you to get those eyes bright and clear as mentioned above. Once you are comfortable with the flash you can use it to fill flash and help balance the subject vs the background.I hate using flash so I always try and get my portraits on overcast days, or make sure I sit the kids in the shade of a tree or something that has good, even light, but nothing direct.
Good points here!Shallow depth of field (Low f/stop like a f/2.8 or f/3.5) will really make the subject jump out of the frame, but not so shallow that once you get past the bridge of their nose the eyes go out of focus. This is something you'll just have to play with and shoot a few shots to get it right (Thank God for the LCD on the back of the camera)
Take photos when they're crying, when they're laughing and everything in between. These are the candid photos that will last generations. Everyone has the posed shots, but the ones that we all remember are the candid ones that really show the scene.
Natural light -
Most recent shoot
Light is reflected off a glass building across the street
Broken light under a railroad bridge
Doesn't always need to be a face shot. Candid stuff is sometimes the best.
You can shoot into the sun with natural light as well- Silhouette's make for great shots.
A couple other natural light shots
Using flash or strobe
First time with White Lightning Strobe and umbrella in my house. White rolled paper on background stand. Had a sheet of plexiglass on the floor. Cranked the stereo and told the little girl to do whatever she wanted as long as she stayed on the plexiglass. Great time and some fun shots.
Same little girl
Similar setup - softbox instead of umbrella
Diffused flash unit on a cable. Letting the little boy play with it.
Flash bounced off ceiling as well as use of home made bounce card
Fill flash using home made bounce card
Off camera fill flash- hand held unit on wireless trigger
2nd curtain sync with slow shutter speed for stop action
Aaron those are amazing! Thanks for sharing your work guys.
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