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By vickik
I took this of a friend and her baby girl in our garden this week.

It was taken in the afternoon sun and I'm keen to learn how I can improve my outdoor portrait photography, especially candid shots such as this. Would fill in flash have improved this shot? And would the in-camera flash be enough or do I need a flash-gun for this kind of photography?

I don't have Photoshop so just did a few minor adjustments in the Microsoft Imaging software that I have...cropped slightly to put baby's eyes in bottom line of thirds, converted to black and white and increased contrast.

F1.6 @ 1/4000 secs
ISO 200
WB set to cloudy

I have also uploaded the shot straight out of the camera....modifications and advice very very welcome!

Thanks in advance for your help and comments.

Tags: Photo journalism Lady Baby Girl Black and white Talking Portraits and people

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Squirrel 15 471 7 England
13 Jul 2008 10:52PM
I like the crop in the B&W. You've got the background spot on, no distracting items and its nicely blurred. You say it was afternoon sun- its looks to me as if it was very bright that afternoon (1/4000 sec exposure) There is what looks to me as a blown area on the right side of Mum's face and the baby's forehead. I always use a polerizing filter if the light is really bright. (You would need to open up by a couple of stops to compensate for the filter) The other option is to use a diffuser between your model and the sun. I use a white umbrella. You could also use a large piece of white card in front of the model to bounce some light back up. Hope this helps.
Squirrel 15 471 7 England
13 Jul 2008 11:09PM
Sorry didn't scroll down to see the extra info. What setting were you using on the camera?
vickik 14 15 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2008 1:22PM
Thanks very much for your advice and the mod. I had it on aperture priority setting to ensure a blurred background...I hope that's what you mean?!
Squirrel 15 471 7 England
19 Jul 2008 8:14PM
Aperture priority is the answer to the question. With AP camera sets the exposure automatically. at f1.6 you have a large aperture that lets in lots of light so to compensate it gives a short shutter speed, in your case 1/4000.

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