Discussion in 'People Photography' started by deannamb, Jul 7, 2010.
The girl loves a swing!
It looks like your subject was back lit... which in most situations doesn't work. Her face and body is underexposed with a bright background. This is composed nicely and is a good photo. I might try it again and use a fill flash or some type of front lighting.
Or you could have taken a spot reading off the girl's face and let the background burn up. The fill flash is a good idea, but it takes a lot of practice to get them to look natural.
Yeah, this was just a spontaneous portrait in the front yard, not a photo shoot or anything requiring that much effort.
You can probably use fill light on your camera raw and fix it.
Your camera has the meter built into it. It is just a matter of pointing the camera at the correct spot. You may want to read your owners manual cover to cover. Best book you will ever read!
If you have a recent version of Photoshop, try Shadow/Highlight with a +55 value on the shadows...that will lighten up the shadows. Then, boost the saturation by a value of 35 or so, which will counteract the "flattening" of the colors due to the original Shadow lift. That will create a fairly realistic look, almost as if you'd use fill-in flash to counteract the natural backlighting.
I have Elements 7 for now, I'm not sure it has that option?
Upgrading to CS3 at the end of the month. I'm gonna make a note to try that when I get it. Thanks, Derrel!
I'm new to a lot of this stuff. I've been practicing photography for 6 years but I've taught myself 95% of what I know. I just go with what looks nice and work off what doesn't.
Jason, I was referring to the fill flash comment. My niece was literally on the swing for all of 30 seconds because she got stung by a bee. I snapped it, she smiled, and that was the end of it. I plan on going back and doing more photos where these were taken-- The land there is absolutely gorgeous.
I take it back, I decided to attempt it anyway. Thoughts?
Adorable capture! In backlight situations I prefer to set my camera to expose for the face and let the background blow out. Although I might underexpose the skin very slightly (more than I would in a different lighting situation) in order to save some highlight detail. It's a delicate balance.
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