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Jun 21, 2012 00:19 |  #1

Took these about 2 weeks ago with one of my friend's sisters and her fiance.

(Just a note these are not the actual crops, just for this collage.)

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Jun 21, 2012 05:49 |  #2

Great shots




  
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Jun 21, 2012 08:37 |  #3

very nice, look like a happy couple, like the first one best




  
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Jun 23, 2012 10:13 |  #4

looks good watch your focus


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Jun 23, 2012 18:57 |  #5

Pixil Studio wrote in post #14620632 (external link)
looks good watch your focus

A bit purple for me too. Cute pictures though.


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Jun 24, 2012 00:43 |  #6

A couple of things I notice. I understand that you chose to shoot this ambient only--I think this actually makes a lot of sense especially when starting out because it means you can focus on composition, posing, looking for moments. But if you're going to do this, try to shoot from a side that keeps the light a little bit more even on the face as opposed to light cutting through half of the face (see: picture 1 on the gent's face). The second is that whenever you have to make a choice about which of the couple has the better light falling on them, try to go mainly with the female. Note in shot 1 also that although the quality of light might be better on her face (not half lit), the quantity ends up bringing focus to the gent's face. Finally, it looks like you may have been struggling with color balance--or did you push to these colors in post-processing ?



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Jun 24, 2012 04:36 |  #7

Those are cool shots. I agree with the focus. Still looks good though




  
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Jun 24, 2012 10:56 |  #8

I don't think they're bad for a first time, I like the natural sweetness but the light is a bit hard and although you did a good job exposing for it, it means their faces look a bit under and dark and I don't love the processing either.


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Jun 25, 2012 22:49 |  #9

Christopher Steven b wrote in post #14623352 (external link)
Finally, it looks like you may have been struggling with color balance--or did you push to these colors in post-processing?

I used a vintage preset in Lightroom to change the coloring. I also used his shirt to set the white balance manually. So what you may be referring to may have been in post, I'm not clear what your getting at.

The lighting was hard because I had a vision for the field pictures. The background of the field I was using had stuff in the background so I really had 1 angle to shoot from which in hind site didn't work the best as far as lighting goes. I actually brought some lights with me but they didn't work on location when I got there. Stupid battery wouldn't power them anymore.

So in this shot I had my friend (who was the sister of the girl in the pictures) hold the big softbox as a makeshift shade to make the harsh light go away on their faces. Does the lighting look better in this shot?

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I agree with all the comments about them being soft, that was the one thing I noticed over and over while editing. Stupid me wanting the background blurred and using my 50mm F1.8.

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Jun 26, 2012 19:56 |  #10

I agree that the purple cast is not my favorite. Along with watching focus, shooting wide open with more than one person is tricky. They must be on the exact same plane to have both in focus. Plus the 50mm f/1.8 really shines at f/2.8 to f/5.6.


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Jun 27, 2012 02:25 |  #11

Ekean wrote in post #14636781 (external link)
I agree that the purple cast is not my favorite. Along with watching focus, shooting wide open with more than one person is tricky. They must be on the exact same plane to have both in focus. Plus the 50mm f/1.8 really shines at f/2.8 to f/5.6.

Hmm my monitors must not be calibrated correctly, I'm not seeing a purple cast. Weird

PS, I'll have to try using it at F2.8


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Jun 29, 2012 13:05 |  #12

nice t-shirt for the special occasion :)


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