Join Erika Thornes for an in-depth discussion in this video Tell a story, part of Kids Photography: In Parks at Play.
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- Now, we've found this great little spot here.…Here, why don't we set the blanket down,…right about right here.…The reason we selected this spot…was because we've got some elements…of the trees behind, so it's not just…a nice backlit spot, it's got some texture…with the plants behind, more than just…one lone tree in a spot of shade…with a big bright swath behind.…We'll get some elements of the vineyard, some trees.…Especially since we're shooting with a wider angle lens,…we'll get the elements of the environment…that will not be fully blurred out.…If I was shooting with a longer portrait lens,…the background wouldn't matter as much.…
But since I chose the 35 millimeter lens to shoot him with,…some of the background will be in focus…while I'm shooting him.…When I'm shooting babies, I get down really, really, low…and I interact with him.…Hey, Sam.…So, I'm shooting with a really wide-angle lens right now.…It's at 17 millimeters.…So I can capture all of him, and the grass behind him.…Now, this is really, really fun,…
In this course, we join photographer Erika Thornes in a sun-dappled park for a look at the techniques she employs to shoot her beautiful, natural-light portraits. Watch as Erika engages with a little girl and adjusts her shooting approach based on what the child is doing. Erika also demonstrates tricks for dealing with high-energy kids. The course concludes with a review of the day's shoot and some post-processing tips.