We photographed Seth during Halloween and his parents booked a session for Christmas. We went to a scenic location and had fun making Seth smile for the camera. Again… this little guy should be a post child for Gerber.
The End Result
More of an outtake than anything but I cracked up on his expression.
How it was shot
Being this was taken at almost 5pm the light was still a little harsh…and it needed taming. Sometimes less is more. In this situation we found an appealing background to place Seth and his family in front of. When you are out and about, try to find backgrounds which are not overly busy. I try to envision what the background will look like when it is blurred from shooting shallow.
The lighting is provided by the sun. We used a 4×6 diffusion panel to knock down the harsh light and it really did a great job here. The panel was simply placed between the subject and the sun. Nothing really amazing but I think the results are much nicer than if you were to shoot the scene without a diffusion panel. Nice soft light all around with the pane in place.
I did have to back up a ways to photograph them with the 200mm @ F/3.2 Distance to subjects would be about 20 feet… maybe a little less. ***Exif data in shot #2 reads wrong, I was not 44m from the subjects. About 5 meters at most.***
1/500th a sec
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