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Jen Lopes
 

Shooting Outdoor Portraits with Sun Overhead


Does anyone have any suggestions for shooting portraits (family or singles) with the sun directly over the subjects (pretty much 1 pm). The people want photos taken in that exact spot, so I can't move them into the shade and they don't want shadows on their faces. I appreciate any advice! Thanks in advance for your help!


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6/9/2004 9:58:25 PM

 
John Wright   A couple of suggestions: 1) Pray for clouds; 2) Use a large diffusion panel (rip-stop nylon - will need an assistant); 3) Fill flash. 4) A reflector to help remove the shadows. I hope that helps.


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6/9/2004 10:31:28 PM

 
Gregg Vieregge   Turn the group so the sun is behind them as much as possible. It should create a pleasing hair light. Shoot at a slight angle so you are not going to get sun glare. Explain the shadow situation so they know what to expect.


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6/15/2004 2:58:07 PM

 
Rhonda Kramer   Ultimately, open shade is the best - however, that doesn't always happen. Do you have a good flash that you can do high sync speeds on? I can press a button on my flash Canon 550EX, and when it is set to ETTL, it then has more output to match the bright sunlight.


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6/16/2004 9:27:28 PM

 
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