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Sep 29, 2011 17:13 |  #1
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Been taking lots of photos of friend to try and learn how to do senior portraits. Natural lighting only, and the two lenses I use are the 50mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.8. Any C&C apreciated:

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I'm DYING for a 28-35mm fast prime though!
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Sep 29, 2011 19:53 |  #2

They need more light. They look a little harsh and the eyes are dark. You might pick up a flash and learn how to use it. I don't mean to sound harsh, just trying to help.




  
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Sep 29, 2011 21:28 |  #3

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Pretty young lady!

General notes: the eye is drawn to bright spots on a photo, also when looking at a person, your eye is naturally drawn to the eyes.

Dappled light is difficult

#1 my eyes are continually drawn from her face to the bright bright house. her leading arm with the roled shoulder is not flattering. Also a womans hand should be shot open with fingers close together bent knuckles/fist generally looks mannish.

Now let's look at #8 I like the pose and light on her. How can we improve it a bit? Look into her eyes, now place your right hand over the bright area to her right and see how mch easier it is to focus your attention on her face. In my opinion, there is too much brick in the foreground.


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Sep 29, 2011 23:27 |  #4

your loosing your detail in the shadows and hair


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Sep 30, 2011 00:52 as a reply to  @ Bryan Grant Photography's post |  #5

Her eyes are too dark and without any catchlights they tend to look "dead". Plus you shouldn't see the dark "jowl lines" at the sides of he mouth in someone her age. A little fill flash would fix both problems


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Sep 30, 2011 06:34 as a reply to  @ Frugal's post |  #6

I find most 'soft' and underexposed...


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Sep 30, 2011 09:14 |  #7

With a 'lady' available light needs to be really flat, or use a little fill to soften the shadows.

Generally, straight arms are not as attractive as an elbow that is bent. Be careful about where you crop so that it seems like a natural place for the photo to stop.

PS: If you only take pictures of Heather, we'll get the idea that you REALLY like her. Haha.


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Sep 30, 2011 23:51 as a reply to  @ Jon C's post |  #8

I think #2 is the best one


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Oct 01, 2011 06:23 |  #9

Your exposures are pretty poor. You need to expose for the subject better, or add light. You need to add light so there aren't shadows under the eyes, and so the subject pops out from the background.

I see promise. Keep working on it.


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Oct 02, 2011 18:35 |  #10

Not a technical comment at all, but I really like the last one.


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Oct 03, 2011 11:51 |  #11

Need better lighting.. use a reflector.. select better background. :-)


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Dec 02, 2011 10:12 |  #12

SimpleJack wrote in post #13190086 (external link)
I think #2 is the best one

Here is another vote for #2.


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Dec 02, 2011 10:43 |  #13
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I agree, you lost important detail in the dark hair. She has beautiful hair, you should show it off a bit.


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Dec 02, 2011 14:25 as a reply to  @ Sunset1971's post |  #14

I'm going to focus on your backgrounds.

I'm not a big fan of the oblique brick walls. They are wonderful for depth of field studies, but I find the OOF, in focus, OOF pattern in the bricks to be distracting from your beautiful model's charm.

To fix this, just get her away from the brick wall. Get her to stand about 6 feet away from the wall. This will give you a soft focus background that blurs the brick detail.

When a model rests her head on bricks (# 2, 3, 5, and especially 7), I feel uncomfortable for the model. If she moves away from the wall, the blocks go out of focus and she doesn't have to lean into bricks.

[And, a light comment: A 5-in-1 reflector with an assistant or a stand could also help with the lighting. Take her away from the dappled lighting under the trees and use it to modify light to your advantage.]


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Dec 02, 2011 15:08 |  #15

My 2 cents -

All look soft/a little OOF.
Eyes are too dark - need fill from a reflector or flash,
Maybe underexposed overall - 1/2 stop or so would help.
Losing a lot of detail in her hair - need more light.

Focus on the eyes and recompose if necessary. Don't shoot too shallow a DOF - the entire face and especially eyes need to be sharp. MUST get more light on her - she looks a bit underexposed overall. If you can't do flash and don't have a reflector, slow down your shutter speed a 1/2 stop or so.


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