Tiny dancer

Melissa M. Hizer 3/26/2007 6:45:07 PM

I am just starting out and would welcome any comments or feedback! Thank you for looking! #627027

Doug Elliott 3/28/2007 12:36:25 PM

Melissa,
You have a nice snap shot of your daughter. It is flat and need some contrast.
Here are some suggestions about photographing children.
Get down on their level.
Have them doing something. You did a great job in having her distracted.
Put her about six to eight feet from the back drop. Again you had the right idea about the backdrop you just had her too close.
Use an off camera flash and point it at the ceiling or a white card to reflect light back into your subject.
If you don't have an off camera flash use a large (36 x 48) foamcore card from Hobby Lobby and reflect light from a window on to here.
Have her standing at a window looking out. Please remember you need to control the light. If you are wanting an image with your daughter get your husband or a friend to be right behind you on the same level and use some thing like a peacock feather, a ball on a string, something you can capture her attention and be looking at you an the camera.
As you know she has a very very very short attention span. Work quickly and then let her play. Stay with her, she will surprise you with what she does and you will be surprised at your images.
If you have a way to do electronic corrections, darken the background and let her stockings become white. You might even play with coloring her TUTU a little darker. See how you like those corrections.
Keep smiling and Keep Shooting.
Doug
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Melissa M. Hizer 3/30/2007 5:36:40 PM

Doug,
Thank you very much for replying and your comments and suggestions. You have been very helpful. This is all new to me and I am learning as I go. I plan on taking a few classes, but just don't have the time right now.
Again, I really appreciate your comments and suggestions and will try some of them. Thanks!
Melissa #4114061

Doug Elliott 3/30/2007 8:40:52 PM

Melissa,
Glad I could be of help. Just a thought, use your library. Order books through the lending library system. When I walk into our library they know I going to order a book they don't have on hand. Good luck
Doug #4114329

Doug Elliott 3/30/2007 8:40:53 PM

Melissa,
Glad I could be of help. Just a thought, use your library. Order books through the lending library system. When I walk into our library they know I going to order a book they don't have on hand. Good luck
Doug #4114330

Megan Smith 3/31/2007 5:40:00 PM

You are doing great!!! I am just trying to learn as I go lol. Sometimes my pictures turn out awesome and other times they stink lol.

My biggest tip for you would be to PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE! I know it sounds like common sense, but that is what a Better Photo photographer once told me as well. It has turned out to be the best peice of photography advice I have ever recieved. I literally pull out my camera atleast once everyday now! #4117042


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