Today she's gonna show you how to use zoom to take a better portrait.
Take it away, Graci!
First...Here's an example of what NOT to do...
|In this picture I'm standing close to Patie's face with no zooming, and I'm also in direct sunlight. Note the dark around her eyes and the awkward shape of her face. It makes her nose look bigger.|
|In this one she's standing in the same exact spot, but I stepped back and zoomed up on her face. She still has the shadows around her face, but she isn't nearly as awkward as in the last one!|
|In this one I had her stand with the sun to her back. Note how the shadows are really strong and you can hardly make out her face/features.|
|I positioned her in the soft sunlight under a tree (my fav place to take a picture of somebody) and I stood far away (no zooming). It's still pretty shadowy, but look at the next picture...|
|In this one I zoomed up! We have hardly any shadows and she has a soft glow. :)|
|This one's Patie's favorite.|
Well, there ya go! This technique also works well for wrinkle reduction, which I (jen) greatly appreciate.
Go try it and tell me what you think!