I would like to ask some tips on shooting outdoor family portraits, specifically in the park.
I will try to describe the scenario and hope you can share how would you take the picture.
The only tool i have are camera and flash.
the scene looks like this: Its on a park, there's green grass all over, one big tree, bright skies, hard sunlight,
My specific question is, would the use of flash be better? - i haven't tried and would like to ask for your inputs to get good shot - coz i find my pictures, if taken on shade, background scene is over exposed.
and if i take directly under the sun - light falls on the face too bright - should I use flash and over power the sunlight?
I went to the park last week with my boy and brought along an optical umbrella (which folds down to nothing) and a speedlite in case a photo presented itself. Keep your setup simple. My wife held the umbrella while I took this quick snapshot.
I like to shoot with the sun in the back as a rim and use my flash to light the subject. Don't be afraid to use a bare speedlite to fill in for harsh midday sun. It doesn't necessarily look out of place or unnatural since the sun is hard light too afterall.
Do I need color gel for my flash, to balance color with sunlight.
I might need ND filter, to battle sunlight..?
No gels needed for daylight shooting, although I would consider a 1/2 CTO if you were shooting sunset so your skin tone matched the warm orange glow of the sky.
I used a 3stop ND so I could get my xsync to 1/250 while using a f2.0 aperture at ISO 100. I suppose one could use a 6stop to boost ISO to 800 to get much more power/faster recycle from the speedlite. I don't have time to play around with manual mode for child portraits so I shot ETTL +1. Based on how long it took to recycle the flash, I'm guessing it discharged at 1/2 to 2/3 power manual.