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March Challenge: Outdoor Portrait

March 5, 2012

We’re excited to share out first MWAC photography challenge!  This month we’re challenging you to take a great outdoor portrait of your child.  Email your photo to by March 13.

Tips & Tricks:

-Get close up!

-Think about aperture.  Go wide open with your lens to try to get that pretty blurry background, also known as bokeh.  Try to make your subject pop! Remember that going wide open means making your aperture number low (aprox 1.8-3).  If you’re new to photography, one of the easiest ways to do this is to put your camera into aperture priority mode (A on Nikon, or Av on Canon) and change to a low aperture/f-stop number.

-Try different angles.  Ever tried getting a little high up, making your subject look up at you?  What about getting down low and/ or at the same level as your child?

-Where’s the light?  Try to have your child facing the light to get a sparkle in their eyes.

-Think about the background.  Does the background distract from your photo or really make the photo all about your subject?

Have fun, and remember to bring a printed 5 by 7 of your challenge photo to our meeting on March 15th!


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