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Old 06-15-2011, 01:54
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I'm trying to take some good quality pictures, but am struggling with taking the in the bright sunlight. When taking them outside on our back deck, the pictures are nice and bright, but it's almost impossible to keep my shadow out of the picture. I have to take them from one angle in order to not have the shadow of my arm, camera, etc. in the picture. Also, sometimes they look too bright. Does anyone have any recommendations for taking good quality pics outside? I tried taking them in the shade, but then they're not bright enough... so frustrating! I have the very basic Photoshop and have tried to brighten up the ones that were taken in the shade, but they're still not bright enough and end up looking funny. Any help would be great! Thanks soooooooo much!
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Take them in the morning before the sun is too high, or in the evening when the sun is going down. When the sun is at its highest the shadows are the darkest. I always shoot in the shade and edit the lighting.
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Take them in the morning before the sun is too high, or in the evening when the sun is going down. When the sun is at its highest the shadows are the darkest. I always shoot in the shade and edit the lighting.
Thanks for the tip! Will try it tonight!
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:30
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yes, overcast skies or some shade is great. I usually just do mine by the window so I don't have to go outside.
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yep we do ours at 7 at night here!
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What types of backgrounds do you all use? I've been using a piece of white posterboard and I took some tonight about 6 in the shade and they still didn't seem bright enough.. I tried taking them in the sun again and the shadow was still there.. So frustrating! Some days are better than others.
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Old 06-15-2011, 10:14
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for the most part I use a white poster board, do you have a pic lets see what your talking about, and I usually take mine around 7pm or after 3 in my back yard once the suns on the other side of my house.

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What types of backgrounds do you all use? I've been using a piece of white posterboard and I took some tonight about 6 in the shade and they still didn't seem bright enough.. I tried taking them in the sun again and the shadow was still there.. So frustrating! Some days are better than others.
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Well alot of us use photoshop and picnik lightroom. I just shoot when it is getting dark. The pics seem to not have shadows at that time. Inside lighting is the worst for me!!! I have trouble with that. My baby isn't sitting up either so I have to have her propped in a carriage for outside shots so I haven't done a lot outside. I hope to get out soon! She is balancing for half a second sitting up. My husband said she was like a playing card that you build the houses with!
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Old 06-15-2011, 11:44
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I've attached an example of a picture I took earlier and what it looks like after I photoshopped it... I use the basic version of photoshop and use the basic functions on the right side of the screen. It improves the picture sometimes and sometimes it doesn't.. just depends!
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Are you talking about to the right of the trunk? Are you using a flash?
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