For outdoor photographs, clear, sunny days aren't your best bet. To get the optimal results, shoot when it's cloudy, and take as many shot as your can.
"When you are shooting outdoors, try not to have the sun directly behind your child," says Arieanna Schweber, mother of 2-year-old Aiden. "Overcast days are actually perfect lighting for many photos. I like photos that really focus on the child, so I try to stay nice and tight for portraits. By doing so, I can usually preview if the lighting is OK and can adjust my height or my position to get the best shot. Then, I just take lots and hope for the best!" Schweber took about six photos of this special moment, but only one had the perfect smile.
Many photographers like to blur the background to put more emphasis on the subject.
To get maximum background blur:
When taking outdoor portraits, you can use a circular polarizing filter to bring out rich colors and reduce glare on your subject. Talk to your local camera shop about which filter is right for your needs.
"Shooting outdoors can be a little bit of a challenge at times, especially on those sunny days," says Erin Myers of Erin N. Myers Photography. "One of the hardest things is avoiding the harsh shadows that can occur -- particularly on the subject's face -- when shooting in direct sunlight. Myers offers these tips for minimizing such shadows:
Ever wondered what lens to use when buying a DSLR? Wonder no more. On this episode of SheKnows How To we take a look at the difference between a 16mm and 200mm lens and which one works best for portrait versus a beautiful landscape.
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