Sunny garage morning with Samantha

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I did a little better today with Samantha in the garage. She wasn't too interested in having her photo taken, but the lighting was a little better and my wife's car was out of the garage!:rolleyes:

No time for a reflector. Just the D2Xs and the beast handheld.

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Mitch,

Excellent! #1 is Great; #2 is fantastic as the natural light is flowing across her whole face.
If you have a pool, have you tried shooting her with your back to the pool. Really sheds great light and best on overcast day! Sam is certainly growing fast and remains adorable:smile:
 
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Trish,
Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.

I do have a pool, and your thoughts are interesting. I've been frustrated with portraits around my pool because I find the pool enclosure so distracting. Even when I shoot wide open, the white aluminum beams tend to ruin my backgrounds.
 
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Oh these are lovely Mitch! She is growing up so quickly, and your garage photography continues to stun! :biggrin:

I'd love to give this a try (now that we have two garage bays). Any particular type of lighting (i.e. high sun) that one tries to avoid when shooting? My garage faces south, but we're hidden under heavy oak canapy, so rarely have hard sun. :smile:
 
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Oh these are lovely Mitch! She is growing up so quickly, and your garage photography continues to stun! :biggrin:

I'd love to give this a try (now that we have two garage bays). Any particular type of lighting (i.e. high sun) that one tries to avoid when shooting? My garage faces south, but we're hidden under heavy oak canapy, so rarely have hard sun. :smile:
Gretchen, I'd love to see shots of your daughter in your garage!!

Your setup sounds pretty good. The oak should help shade some harsh light from entering your garage with your southern exposure.

Down here in Florida, I do best with early morning sun (before 10). My garage faces south, and when the sun is too bright, my subjects wind up squinting even though they are in the shade!:cool: Shoot with your subject 8-10 feet inside the garage entry. A reflector down low can sometimes be helpful. My first few attempts did not work because I did not use a tripod. I underestimated how dark it actually is in the garage with that broad, diffuse light. I now shoot at higher ISO and almost always use a tripod.

Get your daughter in the garage before winter comes!
 
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Trish,
Thanks for looking and taking the time to comment.

I do have a pool, and your thoughts are interesting. I've been frustrated with portraits around my pool because I find the pool enclosure so distracting. Even when I shoot wide open, the white aluminum beams tend to ruin my backgrounds.
A tight shot, a simple backdrop hanging behind subject with DOF should take care of the beam issue. I can't show samples because I don't have releases from the parents to do so, but I have been playing with this great light and loving the results. I will post some pics of my "outdoor studio" soon; in the process of moving right now but I will once I get settled in.:smile:
 

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