, originally uploaded by Ryan Smith Photography.
It’s not often I get a shot that is basically perfect out of the camera. There is nothing particularly great about this picture, except that I think it’s a good example of combining things in camera to get a perfect exposure. Normally I’m always tweaking exposure, fill light, etc in Lightroom after taking a shot, especially one that is backlit by the sun. I keep getting better at doing it right the first time. I like this shot because the sun is acting as a hair light, giving that nice glow. I used +.5 exposure compensation on my D300 because it will underexpose a bit in this situation. I used some fill flash from my D900 set I believe to around -2.5 exposure compensation to fill in the face and give a catch light in the eyes which you should be able to see in the close up. Also the focus is spot on, many times I tend to shoot wide open f2.8, but here I’m shooting f4.8, I think it’s a nice balance between background blur and nice sharp focus. Anyway, I just blogged this because I like the fact I’m having to do less and less in software the better I get. By the way, these kids were a little trouble, but they were still nice kids. I’ve had some real monsters a couple times lately.