I just got back from my 3rd “I’ll shoot your photos for free” Craigslist shoot. It’s sunny today and the shoot was at 3:30pm so that was kind of bummer photo-wise to have to shoot in such harsh lighting. I was shooting a single mom and her two young kids.
Things I need to improve or learn
- Pay more attention to background lighting and it’s possible effects on metering. I shot for a while before realizing that the subjects were in the shade with a bright sky behind them which was causing them to be underexposed as the camera tried to balance out the lighting for the entire scene. Probably should have just switched metering modes.
- Come prepared with a list of shots I want (i.e. mom and daughter sitting, daughter alone etc.). I should have talked this through beforehand with the mom and come more prepared. It looks more professional and keeps me from forgetting anything.
- When shooting young children (in this case the one year old boy) I need to bring something to steer their attention back to the camera.
- Avoid harsh lighting. I really need to be stronger willed with people so they agree to shoot when the lighting is better.
- Using focus lock with large apertures is a poor idea . It’s also a bad idea to use large apertures when shooting group portraits that require some depth of field due to how people are situated. I lost a lot of shots to the trash bin because I would focus lock on an eye and then reframe the photo. During the short time between locking focus and releasing the shutter some small movement was made and because of the super shallow depth of field the photo is ruined. This happens a particular lot when shooting little kids who are always on the move. Not the best choice of apertures today for some of the shots. Bummer.
Overall it was a good shoot. I think one of my strengths is connecting with little kids and getting them to feel comfortable and have fun while shooting. This might be something I should pursue as a niche.