I spent two days shooting our neighborhood under harsh light. I was shooting straight, no tricks, and most of the frame was in focus. What a joy it was to then put on my 135 mm f2.0 lens and take some pictures in the front yard with pretty evening light. Here’s Ella under our birch tree. Notice how easy it is to make a pretty picture when you blur out the background with a wide aperture. It also helps having a super-cute six-year-old daughter.
When the backgound is fuzzy there isn’t much to look at besides the main subject. I’ve found that with this type of photo you must have a very interesting subject or else the picture is boring. Just because it’s pretty doesn’t mean it’s a good photo. I took a series of pics of Ella sitting with our dogs. They were OK but boring. I didn’t get a good shot until Gatsby got up and started licking Ella.
The same advice hold true for dog photos. I took a bunch of doggy portraits but none of them were as good as this action shot. Gatsby’d Pitt-bull/German Shepard teeth are sure to capture the viewer’s attention.
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