YOUR GUIDE TO CHILD PHOTOGRAPHY
Shooting in full light (if you must)
Putting the light directly behind your subject is not a good idea unless you are trying to create a silhouette. When the sun is behind you, have your subject look off camera (away from the sun) and you can get some nice results. A good trick is to wait for a cloud to come over and shoot then. You will still have a bright light but it won’t be as harsh. Try and avoid photographing your subject when their face is in half sun & half shade.
If you want to use back lighting, you will have to do a bit of trial and error. Best way to check if you are happy with the image is to check on the back of your LCD screen when creating sun flare. You have to be careful that your subject matter is not too washed out if the sun is too strong. If the sun flare also hits the wrong spot, it will be quite obvious and very distracting. Here is an example of bad sun flare that had the subject blow out completely. One slight move can change the image dramatically when playing with this type of lighting.
Sun flare is one of those things that depend on the subjects position, its surroundings, how low the sun is and what angle you are shooting from. I quite like using backlight if I want to give the image an overly soft glow and yellow radiance.
Here are a couple of examples of sun flare that looks beautiful in an image:
ASSIGNMENT: Take a photo of your child/ren at sunset and practice sun flare! See what the smallest movement by you or them makes to the way that the light affects your image.
What to do next? I would love for you to share your photos from this assignment on my Facebook Page.
Would you love to learn more about photographing your children and how to use your Digital SLR? Come and join one of my workshops! I will teach you everything from the basic theory on how an image is captured to using natural light and how to compose an image. More information about my workshops can be found here.
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