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What aperture do you shoot studio portraits at?

 
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Apr 05, 2012 00:25 |  #1

Do you shoot wide open according to lense or other?

Im asking because i was just shooting at 2.8 on my 70-200 and always shot with that till right now i shot with f8 and its sooooooooooo sharp! i never new my lens was this sharp!




  
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Apr 05, 2012 00:45 |  #2

mo5751 wrote in post #14212504 (external link)
Do you shoot wide open according to lense or other?

The title of your posts asks about shutter speed but your post refers to aperture.

What are you asking ?




  
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Apr 05, 2012 00:48 |  #3

HAHA sorry i meant aperture




  
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Apr 05, 2012 01:23 |  #4

It sounds like you should do some testing. Try some shots at F/2.8, F/4, F/5.6 and compare them to F/8.

IF you really want to get accurate results I'd suggest putting the camera on a tripod and use a cable release. Work with a model that can hold the same post for the duration of your test.

Myself I shoot with my Canon 70-200 L IS at F/4 - F/5.6 for most portraits.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 01:28 |  #5

:I generally shoot at f 5.6 to f 11, unless I'm trying for shallow DOF.
My 70-200 2.8 is sharp at f 2.8, but the additional DOF at f 8 keeps the whole subject crisp and covers slight forward-back movements by the subject (or me):).


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Apr 05, 2012 01:39 |  #6

ELT_Photo wrote in post #14212795 (external link)
:I generally shoot at f 5.6 to f 11, unless I'm trying for shallow DOF.
My 70-200 2.8 is sharp at f 2.8, but the additional DOF at f 8 keeps the whole subject crisp and covers slight forward-back movements by the subject (or me):).

Could i see an example at 2.8 i have the non IS




  
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Apr 05, 2012 02:07 |  #7

I think you need to research and study how Aperture and Shutter speeds affect your DOF .


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Apr 05, 2012 02:11 |  #8

PhilF wrote in post #14212905 (external link)
I think you need to research and study how Aperture and Shutter speeds affect your DOF .

I know how they do. My question is not regarding DOF its about sharpness and what people USUALLY shoot studio photos at. Im asking because my 70-200 is sharper at F8 compared to f2.8 in studio type shooting.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 02:20 |  #9

PhilF wrote in post #14212905 (external link)
I think you need to research and study how Aperture and Shutter speeds affect your DOF .

And how camera movement and flash duration affect sharpness.

mo5751 wrote in post #14212923 (external link)
My question is not regarding DOF its about sharpness ..

You can't discuss one without the other.




  
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Apr 05, 2012 02:35 |  #10

mo5751 wrote in post #14212923 (external link)
I know how they do. My question is not regarding DOF its about sharpness and what people USUALLY shoot studio photos at. Im asking because my 70-200 is sharper at F8 compared to f2.8 in studio type shooting.

that is precisely it... you get good focus and sharpness if you have a wider DOF. (reason why you got a sharper picture when you stopped down to F/8) Now let me ask you, how far are you from your subject when you do studio portraits? and what is your reason why you opted to use a 70-200 F/2.8 lens? Did you know (in general) with prime lens... you can get sharper images and you don't need L lens to do it...especially in studio, since you can control lighting?


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Apr 05, 2012 04:38 |  #11

mo5751 wrote in post #14212923 (external link)
I know how they do. My question is not regarding DOF its about sharpness and what people USUALLY shoot studio photos at. Im asking because my 70-200 is sharper at F8 compared to f2.8 in studio type shooting.

At 2.8 some other things to consider, i've added a few links for grins...




  
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Apr 05, 2012 08:44 |  #12

If you not getting sharp shots at f2.8 in studio env something wrong with your lens, IMHO. Now f8 will defnitely be much sharper but f2.8 should be still very good. What aperture I use is for DOF not how sharp I am looking the final shot to be.


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Apr 05, 2012 08:58 |  #13

I have recently researched some lenses I am considering to buy. Majority mention sharper images when your not using the limits of the lens.

What I mean is even though a lens has a f/2.8 throughout its zoom range, using f/8 in a studio means that the lens in most test produces sharper images across the FOV. In some cases changing the f/stop to the middle range limits vignetting and produces consistent light across the image.

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Apr 05, 2012 10:47 |  #14

Usually f/11, but it varies. I can't think of many instances where I shot a studio portrait at an aperture wider than f/5.6 (at least not since I gave up hotlights and bought four Alien Bees strobes). Outside, I use wide apertures often to remove background distractions.


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Apr 05, 2012 10:51 |  #15

Player9 wrote in post #14214464 (external link)
Usually f/11, but it varies. I can't think of many instances where I shot a studio portrait at an aperture wider than f/5.6 (at least not since I gave up hotlights and bought four Alien Bees strobes). Outside, I use wide apertures often to remove background distractions.

Interesting, If i was using strobes outside and its a sunny day id most like have to stop down since the flash sync is reach on my 60d at 1/250 right? But if i wanted to be wider lets say 2.8 id have to use a neutral density filter right?




  
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