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Old Aug 7, 2005, 3:20 AM   #1
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I tried to take a snap of my daughter with sunlight directlyhitting her face on one side. I liked the result. Any comments on how to improve or what more to explore?
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Old Aug 7, 2005, 3:55 AM   #2
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5 more degrees to the sun would have exposed the eye. Remember, the eyesare the mirror of the soul, so in a situation like this one of the eyes should be in the light.

If you like experimenting, try the same effect with controlled lighting. You can use a light bulb,natural window light (as you've done), or you can use a flash with a diffuser for softer shadows. You would need to operate the flash off of the camera to one side. This can be accomplished by buying a hot shoe cable that will attach to the base of your flash and the other end to your camera hot shoe.

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Nice shoot, but I sugest to turn the face a little bit more toward the ligth, so you elimminate some shadows on the lighted "half" face and have the eye illuminated.
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Thanks, Hiroshi and Msantos, for pointing out the importance of eye. I will bear that in mind.
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Like film, the sensor is limited in its exposure latitude from dark to light scenes in the photo and the ability to capture details in both. If you use a Panasonic with an EVF and spot metering capability,you can use the spot meter and viewfinder to check how the photo may look as you meter different parts of the scene. I do this often. You may find an overall exposure you like best this way.
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