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Jul 27, 2014 19:07 |  #1

I am new to taking portraits, and photography in general. Would appreciate any and all input. Thanks, Jon

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Jul 27, 2014 19:09 |  #2

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Jul 27, 2014 20:26 |  #3

Hey Jon, nice capture of the expression. 2 things. First it's easily fixable--color, white balance is off and too much saturation. Two, she is out of focus. I do love the expression, framing and background separation. You did 99% right. Just nailing the razor thin focus is the big thing.



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Jul 27, 2014 20:39 |  #4

losangelino wrote in post #17060239 (external link)
Hey Jon, nice capture of the expression. 2 things. First it's easily fixable--color, white balance is off and too much saturation. Two, she is out of focus. I do love the expression, framing and background separation. You did 99% right. Just nailing the razor thin focus is the big thing.

Thank you for the input I really appreciate it. I had the camera set to auto selection on the focus point as I have not learned to use the manual selection quickly enough when taking photos of children. I hope that explains the focus issue. Gives me an insight on what to work on, thanks again. Jon




  
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Jul 28, 2014 01:45 |  #5

I find it easier to use the center point only. Use it to get focus and then quickly re-compose and take the shot.


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Jul 28, 2014 03:25 |  #6

losangelino wrote in post #17060239 (external link)
Hey Jon, nice capture of the expression. 2 things. First it's easily fixable--color, white balance is off and too much saturation. Two, she is out of focus.

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Jul 28, 2014 11:25 |  #7

As above.

V good for 1st go!

A couple more:

looks like you have added vignette. I wouldn't.

It's a bit hot (bright) on her chest I'd tone that done a notch.


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Jul 28, 2014 20:24 |  #8

Where is the focus on this shot? Is it on the braid on the right side of her head? What do you guys think?




  
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Jul 29, 2014 19:50 |  #9

Thanks everyone for the input. I appreciate it.




  
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Jul 29, 2014 20:48 |  #10

Apart from being out of focus, I personally really like the PP on this photo :) I think if you had a whole series of this day, playing under the sprinkler(or whatever it is you're doing lol) with this same theme going it would be great!


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Jul 30, 2014 09:06 |  #11

jon1977 wrote in post #17060266 (external link)
Thank you for the input I really appreciate it. I had the camera set to auto selection on the focus point as I have not learned to use the manual selection quickly enough when taking photos of children. I hope that explains the focus issue. Gives me an insight on what to work on, thanks again. Jon

If you have to do that, step back & shoot wider so that you have room to crop some of that empty headroom off the top. Or shoot a vertical. There's nothing outside of her that I find interesting enough to include it.
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Jul 30, 2014 09:16 |  #12

I actually like the slightly warmer tones and the heavy saturation for this image, although that's not normally my style. As far as PP goes the only thing I would do differently is pull the contrast back a bit.

The bigger issue as has already been pointed out is that she is a bit out of focus. Shoot a bit wider or stop down a bit to give you some more DOF to work with. Other than that very nice first go.


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Jul 30, 2014 09:30 |  #13

Great shot but as everyone says, the focus. With the 50mm you don't have to always shoot at the lowest aperture. I find it pretty hard to get good focused portraits using my 50 at 1.4. Probably because I'm not ninja enough yet but yea =P.


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Jul 30, 2014 11:33 |  #14

It's out of focus. Over saturated. Very green (maybe it's my monitor, but I don't think so). And maybe 1/2 a stop overexposed.


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Jul 30, 2014 12:23 |  #15

Spot focus with kids since they are always moving. Think of the canvas first, what is behind and around. Does it make sense for the child to be a third to the left of frame or right. Dead center? And then spot focus. This would be a nicer shot if the spot focusing was on the face. Due to wide open aperture, her shirt is focused but not the pretty face.

And yes, careful on colors and saturations. This probably would have worked with softening since her face is out of focus....could go for that soft effect and it would come out a little better.


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