View Full Version : Portrait practice....how did I do?
13th of December 2008 (Sat), 10:52
Here's a practice portrait shot of my daughter. I'm fairly new to this, and looking to improve, so C/C is welcome. I'm fairly thick skinned too, so let me have it. The lighting is a single strobe (580 EXII) camera left @ 1/16 on manual mode. Camera is 5D w/ 24-105 f4L.
13th of December 2008 (Sat), 11:05
The first thing that jumped out to me was how blurred her left hand looks, especially the pinky, compaired to how sharp the pinky on her right hand is.
Cute daughter btw! Its so nice to have models inhome!!!
13th of December 2008 (Sat), 11:22
A couple tips... fists look aggressive. Bump the ISO up to get Christmas Lights to glow.
22nd of December 2008 (Mon), 01:24
Thanks guys. Thanks for the compliment, Armywife.
I'm not really sure why the left pinky looks blurry, but to me the rest of the hand looks ok.
The fist thingy...I'm fairly new to this, and when I went to shoot the pic, I couldn't come up with a pose. So, my daughter opened one of her magazines, and found this one. I'll keep the aggressive look of fists in mind for next time. I have been doing some research on different portrait poses, it's just hard to keep them in mind with all the other million factoids that you have to consider when taking the shot.
The lights on the tree were turned off at the time. Didn't think about having them in the shot. Maybe I'll redo it before we take the tree down.
My main issue right now is working on a monitor that is not calibrated. Then, I look at the image from work (another non calibrated monitor), and the image looks way too contrasty. Much more different than at home where it looks perfect of course. :)
I know I need to look at getting my monitor calibrated, but I'm sorta saving up for the 35mm, f1.4L :)
Thanks again for your input, I'm trying to get better.
24th of December 2008 (Wed), 21:19
A portrait of a female should have soft lighting.A direct flash will give it a harsh and contrasty look. Try putting a diffuser
over the flash [ white plastic bag ]shoot again and compare.
25th of December 2008 (Thu), 03:08
The right side appears a little dark to me. It's hard to separate the shadows in the background from her hair. I would try to bounce some light from the right by using a white foam board. I picked a few (4 whites, 2 blacks) up at my local arts and crafts store.
1st of January 2009 (Thu), 00:28
Thanks for the help, guys.
MrGooch>>> Thanks, I'll give the plastic bag a try. I actually had a Gary Fong diffuser on the flash when i took this shot. I was thinking about getting a shoot through umbrella in the future. Thanks again for stopping by.
Leonard Wong>> You're right. The right side does look a little dark. I also have some white foam board. We'll use it next time.
Thanks again guys.
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