Outdoor Portriat Tips

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Rich O
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Outdoor Portriat Tips
2 months ago

Recently took some outdoor portrait shots wasn't overly satisfied with the results. Racoon-eyes mostly were the issue.

I've read that you supposed to keep the sun at your back, and use fill-flash to fill-in shadows.

I've read to put the subject in the shade, but then it gets too dark and looks like a silhouette.

Problem is you have to stop way down to get to within flash sync range. When stopping down too much with some lens on Lens Turbo you get the blue spot problem and you loose the shallow DOF necessary for portraits.

I supposed using ND filters or stacking a CPL on top of the ND filter could get the shutter speed down to with flash range,  which I have done in the past.   ( I didn't bring any filters this time)

When attempting shoot outdoor portraits,  what camera settings do you use.

More importantly where you you place your subjects and the camera in relation to the sun.

Any tips would be appreciated.

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