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First try at a portrait photo shoot with my girlfriend

 
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May 06, 2010 21:30 |  #1

I was walking downtown with my girlfriend and it was such a beautiful day, such beautiful light, that I decided we needed to have a photo shoot. I really haven't done much with portraiture and would absolutely love some comments and critiques. Most of these shots of basically straight out of camera. They were shot all shot on my 450D with a 50 f/1.8 and some were shot with the addition of my 430ex II for some fill. Thanks!

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May 06, 2010 21:32 |  #2

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And here's the rest of the set on flickr if anyone is curious. Thanks for looking!

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May 06, 2010 21:37 |  #3

Overall not a bad start. I say, come back around golden hour and re take these shots. It'll take away those harsh shadows and allow her to stop squinting so much. That and bring a hair brush :) I'd have to say 10 is my choice of all these. 9 could be great, but needs more fill.




  
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May 06, 2010 21:42 |  #4

I really like 4. There is a great use of space, good negative space and weight in the picture. She is also really connecting through the image. The viewer can feel the eye contact, and that really adds something special.


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May 06, 2010 21:51 |  #5

I think 8 has the most potential--nice pose, very sharp, nothing distracting in the background. I'd have her take off the watch, though. You'll want to clone yourself out of the reflection in her glasses on some of the others, and I agree with previous posts about waiting for a later hour with light that is less harsh.


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May 06, 2010 22:48 |  #6

dude out of all the shots #10 has alllooooootttt of potential.


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May 06, 2010 23:16 |  #7

k-style wrote in post #10136325 (external link)
dude out of all the shots #10 has alllooooootttt of potential.

I agree, really diggin that shot.


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May 06, 2010 23:20 |  #8

i did an edit on it but cant post it since he has image edit ok turned off....lol

i liked it!


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May 07, 2010 03:05 |  #9

Looks like you had a lot of fun. Your model looks wonderful. Here's some C&C that might help.

#1 Lacks eye contact or a view of the model's face. The pose looks a little awkward in general with her legs/feet the way they are and the low wall dominating the lower left portion of the image is distracting.

#2 Similar comments about eye contact plus harsh shadows.

#3 Perhaps crop and/or clone some of the people in the background out.

#4 I like that we can see your model's face and eyes although the eyes look soft and she's squinting due to the light.

#5 Shadows again.

#6 Looks like she was caught blinking.

#7 Not a fan of the sunglasses personally and the background could have been thrown further OOF by a wider aperture. The right hand side of the image could be cropped out.

#8 I think this could have been nice in different light. As it is I think it may need more fill and her pose could shift her body to an angle to the camera rather then straight on. Perhaps shooting from a slightly lower position would help too.

#9 I like the light on her hair, also needs more fill.

#10 The pick of the set for me.

#11 Hair too blown, reflection in her sunglasses etc

I hope some of that is of some use.




  
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May 07, 2010 12:40 |  #10

Nice setting. Would recommend shooting in the early moring or evening to really bring out her skin tones and hair highlight. Watch the over exposure (blowouts) in some of the shots.

Number 2 my fav. You might consider backing up a little more to catch her reflection in the rail and narrowing the DOF.

Overall, good compositions.


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May 07, 2010 13:03 |  #11

Hey, these are great!!! I wishe my first portrait shot with my camera was as good as these. I am looking forward to see youre next post!!!


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May 07, 2010 21:38 |  #12

Thanks everyone for the kind words! I'll definitely take some of the advice into practice. I definitely need to work on getting better with using my 430ex II and should definitely shoot again in the "golden hour." Thanks!


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