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3825 SE 10th Ave.
Cape Coral FL 33904

All photographs copyright Harry Cutting. All rights reserved.

Two African American boys
Caption: Two African American boys

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Technical data: Photo taken with a Nikon SLR film camera and Nikkor 85mm f1.8 lens; hand held, available light. Approximate exposure 1/250 second at f8 - Fuji Sensia 100 transparency film. No lens filters were used.

Film was scanned using Minolta Dimage series film scanner. Photo file was routinely optimized using Photoshop; levels and curves, color balance, sharpening, cropping and dust spot removal using clone tool. I use a Mac for all photo processing.

Comments: This photo was taken outdoors on the shaded steps of a school using a plain stucco wall as background. I used a small fast-handling SLR to keep up with the procession of children who lined up for a "quick" picture. I was able to make perhaps three dozen portraits of children on this spot in less than an hour's time thanks to a fast and familiar camera, a carefully chosen location and pre-arranged camera exposure info.

African American skin needs quite a bit less exposure than a simple spot or center weighted meter reading would suggest. To get the right exposure just spot meter the skin and give 1 to 1 1/2 stops less exposure than indicated.

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