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Mar 11, 2007 18:10 |  #1

Im trying to get into portraits, but I get so frustrated I end up deleting everything. My setup is horrible as far as lighting (500W halogen through a homade defuser, set infront and just to the side of subject) and my backdrop is just a black sheet, although you cant tell that so that is ok. I guess I just dont know what the basic settings would be to start with. Oh yeah and I have a 430ex. shooting with a 30d. Alot of the beautiful portraits i see on here have wonderful solid black backgrounds, where if you look close you could see them but for the most part they just dissappear into nothingness-i love that. Mine however, doesnt look black....well it looks black but it looks lit up and you can see any wrinkles and I cant get it to just "vanish into almost nothing." Maybe its my distance? Subject is only about 3 feet from back drop and lighting about about 5 feet from subject. See, I dont know anything about this stuff but I want to sooo badly. Sorry for rambling. Thank you all for your time.


Happy shooting! Joe

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Mar 11, 2007 18:27 |  #2

I have a Canon 50mm f/1.8 on the way and would also be very interested in a bit of know how regarding portraits as I am hoping to start taking a few very soon once I get my lens and Canon 580EX.

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Mar 11, 2007 19:01 |  #3

HI Joe,

It is not settings issue. Not trying to be rude but you need to learn the properties of light and how it effects the human face. Your frustration is understandable though. Many folks think that a camera is going to do most of the heavy lifting, not so.

You need to study how light works, how it reflects, diffuses, and use that new knowledge to shape the mug in front of your eyes.

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Mar 11, 2007 21:51 as a reply to LBaldwin's post |  #4

LBaldwin,
Your not being rude at all. I do need to learn that stuff. There is just so much I don't know, I never know where to begin. What I am trying to get a grip on is that the camera doesn't record an image the way your eye sees it without a little extra effort and tweaking which I am more than happy to do, when I know what it is that needs to be done. Thats one of the things I love about photography-the challenge and the satisfaction of great results, Yet when I run into a dead end I cant help but get frustrated.


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Mar 11, 2007 22:08 |  #5

Joe - the first thing I would suggest that you change is the subject-to-background distance. Six feet or more would help you quite a bit, as the light aimed at the subject would fall off more before it hits the background.

Also, you will need to do something to keep stray light from illuminating the background. Opaque panels between the lighting and the background might be part of the answer.


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Mar 12, 2007 00:01 |  #6

Do you have any shots from this session that we can look at?




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Mar 12, 2007 15:42 as a reply to timbernet's post |  #7

I dont have any shots because I deleted them all in my frustration, however I will take more using the good advise from this forum and see what happens and post. Thanks guys for your help and your patience with a newbe.


Happy shooting! Joe

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Mar 12, 2007 18:11 |  #8

Don't Delete Anything!
That is one thing about film that still stands as one of the great learning tools. You had to look at the bad with the good. You won't be able to know what to do right if you don't know what you did wrong.
Save the ones you felt weren't what you were looking for, post them here and some great teacher will help you to get it the way you want.
Happy Shooting! Joe:)


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Mar 13, 2007 11:09 |  #9

Joe - the first thing I would suggest that you change is the subject-to-background distance. Six feet or more would help you quite a bit, as the light aimed at the subject would fall off more before it hits the background.

Also, you will need to do something to keep stray light from illuminating the background. Opaque panels between the lighting and the background might be part of the answer.

Plus, try the Canon 75-300mm at about f/5.6-f/8 & see how it works out. Maybe outdoors would be better for that.

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