June 2021 // The Children Edition

How I Got the Shot | Barbara Macferrin


I chose image #8533 from this collection because I felt like her expression was the most intense along with her head facing the camera straight on. Culling and selecting that “perfect” image takes practice and really is a selective process. Choosing the image that feels right for me may not be the same image someone else would have chosen. I trust my gut during this process.


As you can see, the SOOC image is lit very softly with a subtle shadow on her right side and I prefer a slightly underexposed image to start with. This allows for the most dynamic range in the final image after I perform my post processing, and it’s what works the best for my editing workflow.

Settings for this shot: • 50mm at f/2.8 • Shutter speed: 1/200 • ISO100

For fine art portraits I often shoot at a low aperture for a shallower depth of field and softer overall look.

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