Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Some Cute Kids

A few weeks ago I shot these photos of my nieces and nephews. I am just now finally getting to editing them. Thought I would share a few. 

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Rachael said...

Cute pics! Just a few tips: I've been playing with spot metering lately (normal meter mode is usually evaluative). It sometimes makes a difference on the dark shadows you get on the face. Also, whenever you are taking pics in the shade, always turn your subject towards the light. You don't want their face to be in the sunlight, just facing it. Makes a huge difference. I've been asking for constructive criticism on my pictures & website lately, so feel free to return the favor :) Hope you don't mind the tips. Pics are cute though!

Melissa said...

Rachael, I have my camera set on Center weighted metering. Do you usually set it on Spot metering when doing portraits? Most of these photos were actually taken when the kids were just playing and I followed them around. Unfortunately the shade options in this park were not the greatest. I did experiment with their faces in pretty much every direction and it didn't really seem to matter. It was an early morning on a sunny day. I'm guessing I probably should have messed with my ISO a little more on some of them though.

Rachael said...

I just realized I never got back to you on your question. I've always shot in evaluative but recently learned it's best to use spot metering when your subject is backlit (light is coming from the back of your subject, although if possible you want to not be in the shade when doing this so you have some light on your subjects face - not direct light, just not shade behind you like a tree or building). Hope this makes sense. If you google "backlighting" or something along those lines there are a lot of tutorials on this. I believe the "Rock the shot" forum has a good one that explains it. Hope you find this helpful. Cute pics btw.