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    Posted: 27 May 2007 at 13:18
There didn't seem to be any threads for just portraits, and since the discipline has really grabbed my interest I thought I start one. The pic below is my first result using strobes, so a first attempt at lighting using a large softbox to the left of the pic, and a fill softbox umbrella to the right.



I won't claim it's great, but since it's my son I think it's pretty good. If I had more time, or rather a more patient son, I'd work on shortening the DoF to blur the background. And try and get a catchlight to ping the eyes out a bit. Actually looking at it now, I'd also crop the right a little. (It's a big temptation to do the above in Photoshop, but that defeats the purpose of learning to control the light somewhat.)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2007 at 13:53
i think its dark overall and not sharp enough.

another light source from the right side would really help. and the softness looks like from JPEG artifacts. Try to choose less compression next time:)

thanks for posting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2007 at 20:46
Hallo Angusdog, working with light is something else, ain't it. Just one good advice. Try to work it out with the camerasettings and your lightning sets. You can always do some work at the computer, but everything you can manage with the camera is better (IMHO). For the rest..keep on shooting. (ok..another suggestion, use a doll or a mannequin doll (right word ?!?)to try some lightning settings, they won't run away and also will be still for a long lime LOL!!)

Here are two portraits I took, one with studio lighting (just 2 Minolta 5600HS wireless, an umbrella and a reflector)and the other one outsite with a 5600 HS mounted on a tripod with a small softbox attached to it, also used wireless. And as you can see, still learning every day !! Greatings Theo


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 May 2007 at 21:02
some bounce experiments as well ;-)





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2007 at 02:29
Thanks for the advice, and as it was my first image posting I'm very open to suggestions. The image as posted was saved out of Photoshop as JPG with lower quality than I'd use for non-online stuff. However, it was shot as JPG and I had to pull the midpoints up more than I'd like, I'll shoot only as RAW from now on(Which means I'm off to buy some more CF cards). I've also got a flash meter on the way which will help, no doubt.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2007 at 02:58
This topic has perfect timing so I hope you don't mind if I join in. I have always been poor at shooting portraits. My daughter wants me to shoot her graduatuion portraits next month. These two little girls came into our world last night and I think they are going to be perfect subjects to practice on. Both were taking right after delivery so I softened them up a little bit to make them a bit more pleasing to look at. Both shot with KM 5D, 50mm 1.7 and Sony 56 flash camera mounted and bounced off the ceiling. Any advise on how to improve under these conditions is very welcome since I'll be returning to the hospital tomorrow to have another go at them.

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This one F1.7


This one f4

 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2007 at 04:14
Here are a few portraits that I've done - all taken with the 7D.

1. Glamour Portrait:



2. Family Portrait:



3. Child Portrait



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 May 2007 at 04:40
Originally posted by Angusdog Angusdog wrote:

Thanks for the advice, and as it was my first image posting I'm very open to suggestions. The image as posted was saved out of Photoshop as JPG with lower quality than I'd use for non-online stuff. However, it was shot as JPG and I had to pull the midpoints up more than I'd like, I'll shoot only as RAW from now on(Which means I'm off to buy some more CF cards). I've also got a flash meter on the way which will help, no doubt.


Simon

RAW+jpg is even better if you can get it on the A100 (I'm a 7D owner so don't know all the specs off the top of my head.) Reason is that often the jpg will be fine and all you need, but if you want to do some serious processing stuff done and the best file possible the RAW gives you that.

I also think the left of Sean's face is a bit too dark -- it has suggestions of a black eye. Having good lighting and mastering it will keep you busy for while.

Just had a look through your Flikr pics and many of the Wellington scenes bring back memories of my 21 years there.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2007 at 21:53
A spontaneous one from last week.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2007 at 22:21
eddyizm - I love that first shot of yours. A really striking portrait.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29 May 2007 at 23:37

A100 + Tamron 90SP

over exposed intentionally, any comments?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2007 at 00:14
This isn't really my forte, but I've been working on it. Here's a few of me and my kids, since I can't afford real models. I usually do my self-portraits late at night after my wife and kids have gone to bed. My wife thinks I'm nuts LOL. Hope you enjoy them.











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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 30 May 2007 at 11:28
Do candid shots count also, or should it be a "formal" portrait?
If the former, here's my entry - "Oh, that terrible Sun!":
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 July 2007 at 23:54
This thread I totaly missed!
There must be shots out there to fill 4 threads like this one!

One from the day before "One prime challenge"

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