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Please advise on first family portrait.

 
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Feb 25, 2012 01:40 |  #1

First attempt at family portrait. Canon 60D 70-200 f/2.8 IS 2 speedlites with high speed sync

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Feb 25, 2012 01:47 |  #2

I think it looks fine. If it were me I would have probably use a little more ambient light and let the green of the trees behind them show up a little. Maybe a tiny bit less flash too.




  
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Feb 25, 2012 02:34 |  #3

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Feb 25, 2012 03:09 |  #4

I think the lighting is better in #2, but the pose is more relaxed (and thus better ) in #1

I agree, a little less flash in both, but apart from that looks good


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Feb 25, 2012 09:35 |  #5

These are great! Everyone is happy, and the flash really gives a nice added effect. Out of curiosity, are these bare flash or did you CTO gel these. The quality of the light in terms of warmth is really nice and matches the late day sunlight.


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Feb 25, 2012 12:37 |  #6

I really like those too. The second being the nicer of the two imo.


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Feb 25, 2012 13:04 |  #7

2nd for me to. If you centered them in the middle of the two rocks that would have really pulled you eyes to the focal point of the pic. Also the faces look a tad hot. Try the flash down a step maybe? I like the blue shirt on the younger guy. Pops nice.


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Feb 25, 2012 13:39 as a reply to  @ toastyphoto's post |  #8

Hi thanks for the critique. These were bare flash no gels at high speed sync. I really wanted to dim the ambient and make them pop.


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Feb 25, 2012 13:40 as a reply to  @ RACINGHART03's post |  #9

I agree, I should have centered between the two rocks. I was so focusing on my slaves firing that I overlooked the background. Won't happen again.


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Feb 25, 2012 14:43 |  #10

I do it all the time lol. I get caught up in something..my ocd kicks in and I miss small things. I think as I get more confident I will overcome that. I also just looked and noticed you some conflicting shadows. You could always bracket the shot and PP the dif shots to balance out the levels of the dimension as you please.


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Feb 25, 2012 17:44 |  #11
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The first ones background was not the greatest and does not stand out, it makes me look around and loose focus on the portrait. The exposure may be a little high but I like it, the family really pops and the faces are clear.


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Feb 25, 2012 18:27 |  #12

I am a long way from being an expert but know what I like to see in an image. You have a nice relaxed group to shoot and that shows in the images. My first thought when I looked at the first image is that it was shot in direct sun which caused the rather harsh shadows on them. But that thought quickly left when I didn't see "people" shadows caused by the sun. The shadows were obviously caused by the flash which on second look became flashes. The second image has the shadow caused by the sun, but then shadows on faces and clothes caused by the flashes. While mild shadows help an image, the dark shadows along their noses are bothering me. From the directions of the shadows it would seem that the flashes were coming in more from the side than the front of the subjects. You might want to try bringing in the flashes a little more toward the camera so that the shadow is not as harsh. While I don't know what flashes you were using, if possible, you might want to drop one, or both, to a lower setting (or move them further away from the subjects) to get the light you want and lower the shadow. Hindsight or looking at an image is always easier than being there/doing that, but you might double check clothing just before you are ready to shoot. The beach shot would benefit from having: the girl on the left bringing the bottom of her top over her pant's top to eliminate the pucker just above the zipper, the blue shirt pulled forward (it looks like it was drawn back when he put his hand in his pocket), and the girl on the right needs to bring the bottom of her top down to eliminate the wrinkles.


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