|You had the right idea here Jan - with the fire trucks there in the background your photo tells the story well. Classic environmental portrait technique. You caught a great expression on her face too.|
It's a shame the background is so over-exposed though, as that's really the main problem with this shot. Here's what to do the next time you find yourself in this kind of situation:
1. Put your camera into manual exposure mode.
2. Set your exposure for the bright background, making sure that your shutter speed is within the maximum flash-sync range of your camera (usually 1/125 to 1/250 sec, depending on the camera).
3. Use the flash on your camera to light your model (set the flash to under-expose a bit, -1 to -1.7 stops works well).
You will now have a perfectly exposed background with no burnt-out highlights and no featureless white skies, and your model will be well-lit too. With practice you'll know the best flash settings to use so that the use of flash isn't noticeable at all - ie. this technique is most successful when you can't tell that flash has been used.
I hope that helps.
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