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Comments: This photo was taken in the subject's home using a very simple set up. I positioned the father holding his baby son in front of a large north facing window, behind them was a light colored wall. Even though the natural light was very good I used a small amount of fill flash to open any shadows.
African American skin, and to a lesser extent Hispanic skin, needs about 1.5 to 2 stops less exposure than your camera's spot meter reading. This can vary depending on the particular skin tone of your subject. A hand-held meter (using ambient light mode) will give you the correct exposure; if using your camera's built-in meter simply take a spot reading on the skin and reduce exposure by 1.5 stops for starters.
Also, if using flash with this type of skin tone, it's crucial that you reduce the flash output, too - try a minus 2 stop flash setting. Otherwise the flash will be overpowering and could wash out the skin tone. HC