My very good friends, Thom and Heather, are expecting their first baby this coming November. Congrats you guys! I can’t wait to meet baby Logan! This obviously called for a photo shoot since Heather is so cute pregnant! It was beautiful outside this weekend so we decided to go to a park nearby and take some pictures of the mom and dad to be.
The one down fall about shooting on a gorgeous day is the sun! It can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It’s challenging but also a really great crash course if you need to learn how to manage the settings on your camera. It is best to take pictures in the morning or late afternoon as the sun starts to set but if you must go midday here are some tips to help you out:
- Increase your aperture! It’s better to underexpose your picture than to overexpose. It’s very difficult, if not impossible, to correct a blown out photo than to increase the exposure in your post-processing in Photoshop or Lightroom for instance.
- Don’t be afraid of the shade! Use what’s around you; a tall tree, a covered bridge or a pretty gazebo. Not only will these diffuse the intense sunlight but they will also add another element or background against your subject.
- Low ISO! I leave my camera on the lowest ISO setting, which is 100. Some cameras can get down to 50…I will one day own one of them. But for now, just think, as low as you can go!
- Use your flash. This will diffuse some of the dark shadows on their faces or under their eyes.
Pat also got some great shots in his studio last night. Take a look at his blog!
Here’s what we came up with yesterday. Such a happy couple. I can’t wait to spoil your kid.