I am learning all about shooting in open shade and I am loving it.
If you do not know what open shade is, here's the definition I found on better-digital-photo-tips.com.
Open Shade is shade that is in the shadows of large buildings, under big trees or other area that still allows a large light source to illuminate your subject. Benefits of open shade: NO harsh highlights from the sun, no squinting, and an even light source.
No more flat light on my subjects!!! At least, I hope not. I still have a long way to go, but I have learned so much during the last few weeks and I am thrilled.
Nikon D90. Lens 50 mm-f/1.8
Settings: 1/640ss, f2.8, ISO 320.
I should have lowered my ISO, or at least I think I should have, allowing a slower SS.
Edited in PSE 8/ACR. Adjusted white balance, exposure (+0.05) , and brightness(+8). Used the clone tool to clean up his snotty nose (Gross...I know). Cropped it, just a little. Used the Unsharp Mask. Used healing brush tool to touch up his skin, a little. Added a levels adjustment layer. I increased the whites, before applying a soft light blending mode at 20% opacity.
I am so pleased to say that I did not touch his eyes!!
Learning to capture catch lights in the appropriate natural light situations has been fantastic.
If you are not a member of Clickin Moms, I hope you can join soon. For me, it has been money well spent.