One of the main reasons we moved to Illinois was to be closer to family. Since my wife's sister planned a birthday party on Labor Day weekend for our nephew Braeden, we were able go. I thought this a great opportunity to take a ton of pictures and get extra practice doing portrait style shots. I shot all of these using my Canon Rebel T3i and an 18-55mm f/3.5 lens.
Once I began taking pics in the covered area of the party, I found the automatic settings struggling with the lower light level combined with the bright sun at the edges. It would often take a very dark photo, so I switched to Manual mode and shot the rest of the day with just the ISO running auto.
I'm really pleased with how the shots turned out, but its still just me going off my gut and what I like. I'm still learning what is involved in getting a correct and creative shot. One thing I am finding is that I almost always prefer to shoot from below what i'm photographing. That somehow feels most right to me. Thought or opinions?