Family Photo Tips All This Week. Day 4: Move Your Subject Into the Shade

I am have fun getting my pictures and photo tips together for my talk on family photography at the Upper West Side Apple store on February 26th in NYC. 

While I am in the family photo mood, I thought I'd post some of my favorite family photos and tips here on my blog - along with some of my travel photographs that illustrate the same basic techniques.

Today's Tip: Move the subject into the shade.

On bright, sunny days, simply moving your subject into the shade reduces the contrast range in a scene, therefore eliminating harsh and unflattering shadows on a subject's face.

To lighten the subject's face, use a reflector to bounce sunlight onto the subject. 

Reflector info:

Two more tips: 
• The subject does not always need to be looking at the camera.
• Shoot as fast as you can. Know your camera controls inside and out so you can basically point-and-shoot on site.

These techniques also works when traveling, as illustrated by the photographs below, which I took during the Carnival of Venice in Italy, also known as Carnivale.

I am putting together a photo workshop to Venice for Carnivale in 2012. Shoot me an email if you are interested in joining the photo fun:

Explore the light,
P.S. When I travel, I store my pictures on my laptop and on a Mini G-Drive. And here is another tip: Keep your hard drive with you at all times. That way, if your laptop "walks away" from your hotel room, your pictures are still safe. Click below for info.