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MartyMcFly
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Jan 13, 2011 10:56 |  #1

Just got a 24" softbox in for my 430EX II and I had to beg my neighbor to let me do some portraits of him and his son

First portraits I have EVER done.... Please comment and critique. I need a good background I can tell already, the grey twin size bed sheet over hand made background holder just isn't going to cut it

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Canon 50D
Canon 24-70 f/2.8L USM
Canon 430 EXII
eBay special 24'' speedlight softbox
Linco 8ft light stand
Yongnuo RF-602 flash trigger set
eBay special 32" 5-in-1 reflector

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Jan 13, 2011 12:32 |  #2

I am a newbie myself, but I think these are great. I don't see anything wrong with the bedsheet, other than maybe a few wrinkles.
Nice work, Dave


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Jan 13, 2011 13:13 |  #3

nice work.
On the second I noticed that the son's eyes are too soft. a change in f stops will narrow or widen your depth of field and allow better contro; of this. However, you don't want the background in focus.


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Jan 13, 2011 14:24 |  #4

1. Bed sheets will work just make sure you hit it with a steamer or iron before hand and a little PP in the end with elimanate anything you need to worry about until you can get yourself a nice backdrop.
2. The DOF in the second one is off a little I won't go into detail as others have already stated it

But good job overall especially for a first time. Hope to see more work soon!


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Jan 13, 2011 15:48 |  #5

bmynbr wrote in post #11632877 (external link)
I am a newbie myself, but I think these are great. I don't see anything wrong with the bedsheet, other than maybe a few wrinkles.
Nice work, Dave


Thank you and sorry I should have clarified it more but most of my complaint with the background setup is the stands and that they only go to about 6' 6" or so.

kdvincent wrote in post #11633144 (external link)
nice work.
On the second I noticed that the son's eyes are too soft. a change in f stops will narrow or widen your depth of field and allow better contro; of this. However, you don't want the background in focus.

Thank you for the advice. It dawned on me a little bit after we got started to stop down the lens a little when shooting both of them. I wasn't paying attention when we first started because they were excited and all over the place, switching turns, changing distance from the light, etc and I was just firing away trying to keep up. After about 15 mins or so I regained control of the shoot, slowed things down a little and paid attention to my settings. There is a lot to pay attention to though and I can see where my inexperience kicks in. I was concentrating mostly on exposure and flash to subject distance while my subject to background distance was too close. Or that when I stopped down to f/8 I was bringing the BG into focus.

Freedom211 wrote in post #11633637 (external link)
1. Bed sheets will work just make sure you hit it with a steamer or iron before hand and a little PP in the end with elimanate anything you need to worry about until you can get yourself a nice backdrop.
2. The DOF in the second one is off a little I won't go into detail as others have already stated it

But good job overall especially for a first time. Hope to see more work soon!

Thank you, I was contemplating taking the iron too it but I threw it in the dryer for a bit instead. That's what I get for being lazy :D


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Jan 14, 2011 09:21 |  #6

Nice pictures. Although I may have put the reflector angled more at the subjects then to the sides of them. But for your first crack it they are very very nice!




  
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