Just on a personal note: I am very happy with this image, and that's because of the endresult and the learning process. I would gladly take you through it:
This frame looks better than other images I shot at that moment, and ofcourse I gladly take this result and run, but it's the 'Why' I'm interested in. First (ie the shot 'Sitting on the bed') I placed the flash on the side of the room, tilted upward (75dgrs) to the ceiling. For reasons I do not yet fully understand, the pictures didn't have that pop to them'. They're nice, but I think that it needed more light from the flash. I could have opened up my aperture to let more flash get in, but I didn't.
Then, I took the flash in my left hand and just handheld it. I had it at around 45dgrs from the subject, pointed it to the ceiling. I have done this technique before (on the shot 'Blossom!') and it seems to give nice light.
I really like the colors, the sharpness, the fresh crispy light, the composition. It tells me I have the tools and the possibilities for great shots; now as to squeeze it out by experimenting and practicing! I still have lots of learning to do when it comes to lighting. And, also important; handling kids! These suckers don't sit still :)
I could have cloned out the wallpiece from his head (it's better without) but it doesn't distract me. What do you guys think, is the grey thing on the wall distracting?
Strobist info: Yongnuo YN460II at 1/2 power, handheld at camera left tilted upward and bounced via white ceiling in appr. 45degree angle to the subject. Synced via Cactus V5 radio triggers.
Have a great day, thanks for watching!