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Old Apr 10, 2011, 3:46 PM   #1
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Well, it was very nice weather today and we (me and my wife) "babysat" my wifes little sisters/brother, so what made a better opportunity than taking some pictures.

Picture 1: I wonder what is on his mind?

Picture 2: This is the family dog, he is 9 years old and got into our lives a couple of months ago...difficult to photograph btw.

Picture 3: This is my wifes little sister, I think she is very photogenic

Picture 4: Tried a different composition

Picture 5: My wifes youngest sister, I like the hair
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Old Apr 10, 2011, 7:52 PM   #2
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Great looking children, and wonderful facial expressions. You did a great job capturing those expressions. Very nice photos.
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Old Apr 11, 2011, 5:02 AM   #3
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Very nice shots - but be careful shooting into the sun (or with the sun at an acute angle like that). Maybe try some fill flash (dial it back to maybe -1). #4 is a lovely portrait !
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Hi Michael,

Nice work!

I'd call these candids, and I'd rather shoot people this way by a long shot. They're more demanding to the photographer than snapshots, as it forces you to pick the right moment to capture character, emotion, and/or personality. It's a dynamic genre, while portraiture is more static in my perspective.

It's anthropomorphizing, but I try to do this with my bird photography, and I think it's pretty effective. Every time I get a comment like "That guy looks angry", or annoyed, or even just happy, I'm gratified.

I'm not knocking portraiture, as it takes a deep understanding of people, how they convey these same qualities, and requires the photographer to create the mood and direct the subject to demonstrate them. This is a discipline that I've really not had much motivation to learn, but definitely admire.

Another possible solution for fill light is a collapsible portable reflector. You can get a 21" two-sided from a number of ebay dealers. They're pretty inexpensive and easy to carry, and you can rig up a wire stand so you don't have to hold it. Another technique would be to hang it from your neck on a string so it hangs to just above your knees, and manipulate the angles with your legs -- looks geeky, but it can work.

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thanks all I always enjoy getting your ideas, comments and tips. It makes me rethink what I could do different and more important how to perhaps do it better next time.

Kevin: What do you mean be more careful about shooting with the angles of the sun? is it because of blown out areas or something that might hurt the camera physically? Just curious

Scott: Thanks, never really thought of it that way, but candids might be a better description.

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