First 'people' photo

7 months 19 hours ago #726569 by Esseff
I don't normally photograph people, just landscapes and buildings and stuff. Anyway I was out and about today and a young couple asked me to take their photo and email it to them. I did but I think the light was not too great i.e. too bright in the sun and too dark in the shadows. Would appreciate some feedback and maybe some tips to get better results should I get asked again. The image has been cropped as the sunlight in the trees was just too much.



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7 months 19 hours ago #726570 by Nikon Shooter
There was a good enough light available but you did not take full
advantage of it Sebastian. Of course, I did the same thing the first
time (loooong time ago!) passersby ask me to portrait them.

My solution then was to ask the neighbour and his dog to pose. I
learned a lot that day. :P

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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7 months 20 minutes ago #726612 by Joshua Atkins
I agree with NS! Always take advantage of the ambient light. 


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6 months 4 weeks ago #726698 by Sarit Kevesh
Good suggestion. Cute couple. 


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6 months 4 weeks ago #726707 by Esseff
Thank you to all that replied...

... but...

I really don't know what to adjust/do differently. 'Take advantage of ambient light'... not sure what to do differently tbh.

I have done what has been suggested on this forum previously:
1) Set ISO to 100
2) Aperture set to between 8 and 9
3) Use shutter speed to control exposure
4) Cross check using histogram

If that sounds amateurish it because it is. I really don't know any different. The light on that day was very bright but blocked out here and there by trees so I have areas that look way over exposed and others under exposed. Help.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #728539 by Suni Park
Both the sunlight and the shadow in their faces are not complimenting well. It is a bit distracting. The camera setting seems to be fine but look for a light that is not so harsh. You may place them under the shade and adjust the exposure. I don't think putting them under the sun would make a good shot since the sunlight seems to be harsh. 


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5 months 2 weeks ago #728793 by Monica Martinez
They look so in love. Nice. 


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