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Splashing About

By WeeGeordieLass    
Another shot of Freyja, my granddaughter, having fun in the sea.

I just wanted to capture what a great time she was having.

I've never tried portrait photography before, so am not sure of the best way to approach this type of shot.

I'd appreciate any comments on how this could be improved.

I'm off out for the day walking in the Lake District so will reply to any advice, comments later this evening.



Tags: Portraits and people Humour and fun

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aeras 5 6 Cyprus
4 Jun 2012 9:59AM
Lovely subject !!!
What I would do to improve on your picture is ..

Get even lower. Of course being a grandfather it may sound easier in theory than in practice Smile
Use your flash. Since contrast is high using the flash as a fill in would make those eyes shine Smile
There is vignetting suggesting you used some kind of filter ? you can rectify this if your adept in Photoshop or if your camera provides you image improvements after you shoot.

Over all I like it a lot Smile


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aeras 5 6 Cyprus
4 Jun 2012 10:15AM
I meant Grandmother Smile Smile
ams99 Junior Member 6 65 9 England
4 Jun 2012 10:24AM
Great happy picture.

As suggested above i would have a go with fill flash to lift the face and make those eyes sparkle.

Not sure about the inclusion of the vignette though; i'm assuming this was introduced during post processing.


chensuriashi Plus
11 270 17 England
4 Jun 2012 3:17PM
Nice shot...I would have used spot metering here, the dot one as that gets the very center of the shot in focus, the fill flash is also a good idea too, its just remembering to put it on in daylight, but it is good, I have used it last time out, worked fine for me. Chen.
banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3779 Canada
4 Jun 2012 4:01PM
Fill flash is the unanimous choice! Just force your built in flash up when in Aperture Priority mode and thats it.

be careful with spot metering, - you need to try it a few times to see how accurate it is, - use it as a guide, you would usually have to modify it in my experience.

banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3779 Canada
4 Jun 2012 4:30PM
Forgot to mention, loaded a mod to show what fill flash would have done for you.

4 Jun 2012 10:03PM
Hi Charles,

Thanks for your advice. I'll definately use fill-in flash next time - I've seen the effect in Willies mod.

I added the vignette in Elements as I thought it would concetrate attention on Freyja.

Quote:Get even lower. Of course being a grandfather it may sound easier in theory than in practice

Quote:I meant Grandmother

Thanks for the advice about getting even lower..............I did try but my zimmer frame was getting in the way!!Wink

Seriously though Charles, I got down as low as I could - without getting a wet bum!

Thanks for taking the time to comment on my shot - I'll take your tips on board (even the cheeky one!).


4 Jun 2012 10:10PM
Hi Alan,

Thanks for your advice on the fill-in flash - will definately use it next time.

Yes, I added the vignette in Elements - I wasn't sure myself, but the more I look at it, I think it adds to the shot.....but thanks for your honesty.


4 Jun 2012 10:13PM
Hi Chen,

I've never tried spot metering yet. I'll practice with it - thanks for your advice.

Thanks for taking the time to help me.


4 Jun 2012 10:16PM
Hi Willie,

That mod is fantastic.

I'm amazed at the difference fill-in flash makes.

I'll practice with spot metering - I haven't tried using it yet!

Thanks for giving your time to help me again. It's very good of you.


banehawi Plus
13 1.7k 3779 Canada
4 Jun 2012 11:07PM
Dont use spot metering if you can avoid it Elaine, - it can be really off, so you need to know when to trust it, and when not.

4 Jun 2012 11:11PM
Thanks Willie.

I usually have my camera set on matrix metering - and it seems to do a good job.


paulbroad 10 123 1198 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2012 12:17PM
Nice image and the flash fill is all that is required. shoot one with and one without - that's always best. Not sure about the vignette.

Spot metering is the most accurate method providing it is correctly used. Never use it until you have practiced and know what to meter off to get the correct tones.

5 Jun 2012 2:09PM
Hi Paul,

The vignette is not proving very popular - I think I'll remove it.

Thanks for your advice on spot metering - I'll try it out before I rely on it.

Thanks for your helpful feedback.



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