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Hanna Winner Shot

By chensuriashi
This is Hanna, her Brownies were very good, and she won the Bake off in our firms Bake Off Challenge.

Wonder if anyone would do a mod, and offer any tips for a better shot at the nationals if I get to go and take the shots there for Blackpool.

Cam shot is V2 ...see I did take the B/G down and worked on the Brownies a little.

Thanks for looking in again Chen.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
21 Oct 2013 9:08AM
A lovely capture - her winning effort looks delicious Smile

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
21 Oct 2013 1:05PM
Good work on toning down the background.
When photographing people, and particularly in dodgy light, I always stick to shutter priority to be sure of having a fast enough shutter speed to freeze any movement. Light can deteriorate without you noticing it... 1/125 second as here is fine.
One suggestion - I assume that you are using the camera's pop-up flash? Up close it produces quite a harsh effect. A very simple tip - try holding a sheet of Kleenex over the flash (being careful that it doesn't droop down over the lens...). It will act as a diffuser, soften the effect. And don't get any closer in than this.
I'll try a quick Mod - I would crop a bit off the top bit of balloon, and a sliver at the bottom below her elbow - simply to concentrate on the triangle of eyes / elbow / cakes; get rid of that little light dot top right because it's a distraction, and reduce the harshness of the flash. Mod to follow shortly...
Best of luck to Hanna for the nationals.
banehawi Plus
14 1.8k 3893 Canada
21 Oct 2013 3:53PM
Good work on this one.

Questions to ask yourself; will you get this close in the finals?; if not, do you have, or need a longer lens; is it possible to ask her to pose in a better lit location?

In this, you are quite close. In M mode, the camera will wait for you to tell the flash what to do, so it will fire on full power if its set to full power. Beware of this, and practice with setting the power or exposure levels on the flash. If you use the shutter priority mode, its likely the flash will automatically operate in fill-flash mode, which gives a better result. BUT, check it in both modes with some practice shots.

Take the piece of kleenex on, slightly bulging away from the flash, so you can use it all day.

Hope this also helps, and good luck to both of you.



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