Same subject: Using positive/negative space to emphasize shape- Day 11 by chejja

Same subject: Using positive/negative space to emphasize shape- Day 11

Day 11 of the "Flash of Red" challenge- Black and white photography for the month of February with a flash of red on February 14. The theme for days 11-17 is "Same Subject (Shape, Positive and Negative Space)." My grandson graciously agreed to be my one subject this week. This week is likely to be a challenge to me. I usually catch candid shots of people as they are going about living life, rather than posed shots, plus we have the challenge of a flash of red on the 14th. I haven't done anything with select color since just a few attempts several years ago. But, I am looking forward to being stretched a bit, and I plan on having some fun with this. Can anybody help me though with suggestions of how to avoid shadows behind my subject. I've seen so many beautiful portraits on this site, even against light backgrounds, with no shadows at all. Are you all processing them out afterwards or is there a trick to avoiding them in the first place?
Looks like your using direct flash. If its in camera flash maybe put a bit of tissue over it (trial and error with the amount), you can also bring the subject away from the wall that will soften the shadow. I rarely use flash, I always turn it off in settings.
February 12th, 2019  
Lovely ...
February 12th, 2019  
How great is your grandson! I am like you- most of my portraits are candids using whatever light is available. What I do know from friends in my photo club who do know about is that they will often use more than one light. They would shoot one on the background to erase any shadow and also on to the subject. But as far as how they set that all up I'm at a loss to tell you. Dave seems to have a much simpler solution. This is a good shot- he's got attitude and the shadow seems to enhance that a bit. Good for you in trying new things!
February 12th, 2019  
@dave1947 @pdulis @olivetreeann Thank you for taking the time to comment on my photo. I really do appreciate each comment. Dave and Ann, thanks for the flash/shadow tips. I'll have to try the tissue paper. Dave, when you mention "direct flash," I have just been using the in camera flash. It makes me wonder if investing in a mounted flash that tilts would make a difference. I love that I am challenged to learn and grow through this project, and I appreciate people like the three of you who encourage and help me along the way. Thanks again!
February 13th, 2019  
@chejja when I saw that you were using a D610 I guessed that you were using the internal flash. You can turn the flash power down in settings. I have an old D200 gathering dust in the uk and I always turned the flash down at least -7. With external flash you have much more control, my sb800 has a small bounce card built in and you can also get a diffuser that fits on the flash head but tissue paper is a lot cheaperšŸ˜‰
February 13th, 2019  
@chejja Google strobist101 there is a mine of information on there, I found it a great help when I wanted to use on camera fill flash for photographing motocross.
February 13th, 2019  
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