Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Shannon & Ryan - Baby Shower -

I had the honor of shooting the baby shower for Shannon and Ryan on April 19th. They are a great young couple and her enthusiasm and joy shows in this photo. The shower was held at the Baden American Legion and the flag behind her made a great backdrop for most of the pictures. In fact, I used the flag as a backdrop for a few quick portraits rather than the brown paneling walls. Why? 1. Because the flag added some color and class to the image. 2. The paneling is very reflective and any amount of light glares off the surface causing an ugly glare and hot spot.
Congrats Shannon and Ryan - your daughter will be born soon! :-)
The main image was shot with the D300 @ ISO 1600, using the 70-200 @ 1/250th second with a fill flash. I used a bounce card on the flash which was pointed straight up to the ceiling. The flash filled the area and the card on the flash sent some light directly forward filling the area under her eyes and adding the twinkle.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Fill the frame

Image taken with Nikon D200, and Tamron 70-200 lens. Gary Fong Lightsphere used on SB800 flash. f/2.8, 1/250 second, ISO 400

Very fast tip. Remember to 'fill the frame'. It helps draw the viewer's attention to the most important part of the image [your subject] rather than distracting items in the scene.