I shot this photo at my son’s baptism (with Grandma and Grandpa). It was a very sunny day and Malakhi’s white outfit was peaking in nearly every image. I needed another location. Here’s what I looked for…a shady location with a fair bit of distance between where the subjects would stand and the background elements. Using a 50mm, 1.8 blurred the background while the diffuse lighting created rich tones. Getting Malakhi to look at the camera didn’t quite work out but Grandma and Grandpa were quite happy…and that’s all that counts, right? The upshot is that in every location, there will be good places and bad places to take photos. Following the action is one part of the process but also look for places that will make your job easier. In this case, I was looking for diffuse lighting and blurred backgrounds. When you know the elements you are looking for, it’s easier to find. The more you shoot consciously, the more these elements will present themselves to you.
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