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Old Jul 27, 2011, 9:20 PM   #1
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Default Friends daughter Bday party

Was asked to photograph a friends daughters bday party. Didnt had a clue how am i gonna do this as this is the first time, I mounted flash on my camera.
Here are some shots. Any comments for improvements welcome.

This girl was never happy whenever i tried to turn camera on her face.


This one was the charming and happiest among every one.


What happened after this shot was really funny. She tried to rub her socks and smelled it and said "smelly" Me and my wife couldnt resist laughing. Kids are Kids.


He was one of my favorite.


This girl wanted to photograph her all time.


Overall the Birthday party went well and photography too.
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Old Jul 27, 2011, 9:45 PM   #2
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Hi Peru: You did well. The expression on each face makes the photos special. Your friend should be well pleased.
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Overall the Birthday party went well and photography too...............
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Excellent images of very photogenic children, well done.
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Precious! Thank you for sharing!
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Old Jul 28, 2011, 6:47 AM   #5
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Good photos, Peru. Since you asked, I do have a suggestion. Direct flash tends to be rather harsh lighting so folks tend to use a diffuser or reflector to get more natural lighting. One of the best was suggested by Greg C. here some time ago - the Demb reflector.

http://www.dembflashproducts.com/flipit/


When I have to use a flash, I use the Demb (the PJ one is fine) and it results in a much improved photo. In the film days all pros using a flash would add a 3x5" index card at a 45 angle. For some reason the Demb works a lot better than that.

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Hi Ted,

I still used the diffuser on my FL-50R. Still its harsh? I will try to see the demb stuff as well.
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Priceless....!
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Hi Ted,

I still used the diffuser on my FL-50R. Still its harsh? I will try to see the demb stuff as well.
As I look again, harsh isn't the right word. I think I'm reacting to the dark backgrounds - I'd prefer somewhat less contrast (more like your outdoors shot) which I think a Demb would fill in a little more. But maybe that's just me. Certainly the images of the children themselves are excellent!

I wonder what the rest of the folks here think.

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Yeah, now that Ted mentions it, the lighting is a bit strong (effect definitely enhanced by the dark backgrounds). But, the compositions are great and the kids are so cute, it's easy to overlook. The outdoor shot's white balance/contrast are spot on.
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I kinda like the way the kids stand out, for the same reason that a spotlight shines on a performer on the stage, to make the stage disappear and all eyes fall just on the person in the spotlight.
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