Large family picture at Umstead Park in Raleigh

Large family picture at Umstead Park in Raleigh

When you are challenged to create an image of 13 family members, including 5 kids, on a chilly, rainy day in late December, you have your work cut out for you.  So, the first rule you follow is to make certain you take several images, just in case.

This where you have to trust your photographer's experience with their gear and lighting.  There's a couple different ways you could handle this situation to create a beautiful image. 

One you could run up your ISO to increase your shutter speed and depth of field, exposing for your clients faces and lose the back ground colors and, in this case, the stone details.  

Or you could expose for the background and use flash to light your clients naturally.  The key to using flash is to ensure that you feather it appropriately, meaning you make sure everyone is evenly lit.

I choose option 2.  With the flash just out of the frame on the right side , up high and pointed more towards the opposite end than the closest point ("feathered"), I kept the background colors while bringing the family out of the dark shadows.  The advantage to using flash is the low ISO you need to really be effective, thus reducing digital noise, preserving detail and creating a cleaner file.

With a great location to almost anyone in the Triangle area, Umstead is a beautiful setting for family, senior and engagement photography.  However, it is most beautiful in the fall, when the temperatures drop and the leaves make their yearly transition from greens to oranges and reds.  With loads of large mature trees, the park becomes a pallet of color, with gorgeous views and location around every corner.

And even into late December, the colors remain, giving warm tones to family photography images taken there - regardless of the weather!

Location: 8801 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh, NC 27617.

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