TIPS NEEDED! outdoor winter portraits-KIDS

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  1. sinjans

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    I have a shoot tomorrow afternoon. (keep in mind that it gets dark here at 4:00 this time of year) It's going to be a cloudy day with sunny breaks. There is snow on the ground. The kids will be wearing black coats with red scarves i think. I will mount my 580ex for use when necessary, but i think most of these shots will be from a distance, with some close portraits. Unfortunately i dont have quality glass yet and will be using my 18-200IS. Any exposure/white balancing tips, aperature or pose suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Any other tips or experiences are also value added. Thanks in advance
     
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    That about sums it up Instinct :lol:
     
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    Thanks Instinct. This is a free shoot but i want to do a good job. What do you think on using flash to brighten up those slightly underexposed areas?
     
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    When outside in the cold, bring extra batteries.
     
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    I'm a flash user 99% of the time. In doors or outdoors, still use it. It adds a bit of flavor to my images, they aren't flat by natural light and flash accents the subjects. Many others will disagree, but that's my style :)
     
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    Curious to hear/see how the shoot went...
     
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    Well thanks again folks. We had a sudden stormy day so far so we had to postpone :(
    I am still absorbing all of your comments and will repost as soon as we get a good day. cheers
     
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    Almost always use some form of fill flash at least for outdoor pictures.
    Set your blinkies to go off and ride your exposure compensation dial to keep your exposures at a point where they are not quite going off, makes it very simple to get the best brightest exposure you can.
    Of course sometimes the sky or background will blow out to get a decent exposure on your subject and that is fine.
     
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    thank you for this info! It was alot of help for me and I didn't even post the question lol
     
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    Today is the day. Yesterday threw amazing light my way after all, however i was committed to driving my father to costco while the sun broke through the dark clouds. Very disappointing.

    Thinking about setup. I will be positioning these children just below a bridge next to some trees. aiming for a longer than average exposure to smooth the water falls in the background. I did this with the inlaws a few years back and it worked wonders, however i am now using children and being 30-40 feet away accros a small duck pond with snow on the ground and i'm wondering if i am aiming too high here. I'm really aching for a St-e2 transmitter and a 70-200 2.8L today. Some day i guess.

    Any other tips and techniques will be appreciated.
    Also if i get blown out exposures today i was thinking on using a ND4 filter. Any advice on using these with portraits? Assuming i can get the kids to stand still
     

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