However, there are other contributing factors involved.
McKenna is one of my favorite subjects. She’s not a professional model but she’s comfortable in front of the camera and requires little or no directing, meaning, she’s a natural.
I chose a public park and time of day, mid-afternoon, because I wanted the sun on an angle.
* I told my subject in advance to wear casual clothes, but nothing white or printed with words, a logo, or artwork.
* My subject never wears harsh or garish makeup and that’s what I wanted.
* I had McK sit on a slightly elevated rock, so the sun would backlight her hair. I had her turn her head and shoulders slightly away from me.
* Her look was natural and perfect, so I didn’t ask for a big smile.
* I shot several photos, adjusted her pose and my distance to her to include more of her body. When I exhausted the location and pose, we move on.
When I got back to my studio, I immediately downloaded the photos. I never wait because I want to see my creations immediately. I always say there are no bad picture of McKenna, but some are incrementally better than others. The example I chose jumped out.
I cropped the shot, did a minor blip of retouching and it was finished. I could have used any name brand camera and the shot would have looked the same.
Of course, there are several other things I could have done but it’s my photo and I only had to please me. Other professionals, photos snobs, and purists can rag on me, but no one can deny that it’s a good picture, and that was my goal.
The following different style photos were recently taken with my camera set on the same exposure.
Quick and easy outdoor portrait
Jeff stopped by and we chatted a bit on the front porch. As he was leaving I asked to take his picture and he said yes. I’m always ready to shoot and my camera is always handy and set on my most used settings. All I had to do was flip it on.
I told Jeff where to stand and to turn his body slightly away from me at a three-quarter angle, look at my camera, and not smile. I used an 80 – 200 mm zoom lens and took four exposures with my camera set on P (Program), ISO 400, and with the built-in flash popped up.
I choose front porch shade because it was a sunny day and shooting in the sun would have created harsh shadows and caused my subject to squint. Brightness reflected off the white wall a few feet to my left and added extra highlights to the man’s eyes. I moved in close and flipped the camera horizontal because I found the design on his T-shirt to be distracting. That’s it.