NO FLASH + OVERHEAD LIGHT
FLASH + NATURAL LIGHT
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When I used only flash, my subject created a cast shadow that is easily visible on the white door. The bright flash and no backlight, caused a harsh exposure on my subject and drowns out the background. While this does bring immediate attention to my subject, this would be unflattering to actual people.
NO FLASH + OVERHEAD LIGHT:
There is a slight shadow on the subjects left cheekbone, but overall, the subject is easily visible as is the background. If you were not wanting the background to be as visible, you could adjust lighting or move your object further away to increase the depth of field.
FLASH + NATURAL LIGHT:
If I had better flash, this would be my favorite lighting situation. Maybe it’s because with the door opened, I was able to achieve a nice bokeh effect. The increased depth of field, keeps my focus on my subject while blurring my background to drown out any unnecessary background “noise.” If I had been able to acquire a decent flash, I could have lit my subjects face while using the natural light and increased depth of field to separate my foreground from my background.
I enjoyed experimenting with various lighting situations and look forward to applying this knowledge to future endeavors. Special thanks to my daughter for letting me borrow her favorite baby for this assignment! 🙂