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I ended up us­ing aper­ture-pri­or­ity mode, which al­lowed me to have com­plete con­trol over the aper­ture and the depth of field. Rather than rely on ma­trix me­ter­ing, Kate sug­gested I try spot me­ter­ing, tak­ing an ex­po­sure read­ing from the faces of the fam­ily to en­sure these ar­eas were cor­rectly ex­posed.

Although I don’t own a fast 70-200mm f/2.8 lens like Kate, my slower 70-300mm still gave a fast enough shut­ter speed for sharp hand­held shots with­out hav­ing to set the ISO too high. In this sit­u­a­tion, the flex­i­bil­ity of­fered by the zoom was handy, as I could quickly change from a full-length group por­trait to a close-up of mother and daugh­ter. Us­ing a com­bi­na­tion of the longer end of the range and a large aper­ture dif­fused the dap­pled back­ground beau­ti­fully.

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