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Shooting My Niece and Nephews

 
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Jun 12, 2019 08:16 |  #1

My sister-in-law asked me recently to shoot some impromptu photos of her kids at our last family get together and now she would like something more formal. I have never really shot any portrait type photos. I mainly have shot sports and airplanes, so this is a new area for me. Here are the pics from that day.

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I'd love to hear from those of you that shoot people on a more regular basis so I can learn to improve. I recently bought 2 off camera flashes and reading and watching videos on how to use them to help fill light etc... Just like some overall views and tips to improve on these to include editing and shot set up.

I currently have a 70-200 F2.8 lens and nifty 50 to use. Thanks for looking and for your time.

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Jun 12, 2019 08:37 |  #2

I'm only an amateur myself, but these are my thoughts:

The good ... tack sharp, well exposed, beautiful kids ... the technical side is all very well done.

The not as good ... That tree isn't doing you any favors. Background blur is what makes portraits "pop", but the tree is too close to your subjects and is starting to compete for attention. The crop on the first two might be a little too tight. Including a little more space around them might help to give context and anchor the subjects a bit. The last one just needs some better posing ... hugging or arms around each other, or even just the outside kids leaning in towards the center ... and maybe include all knees or none, you sliced thru a knee.

These are great, you're starting off very well.


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Jun 12, 2019 08:49 |  #3

kmilo wrote in post #18876501 (external link)
I'm only an amateur myself, but these are my thoughts:

The good ... tack sharp, well exposed, beautiful kids ... the technical side is all very well done.

The not as good ... That tree isn't doing you any favors. Background blur is what makes portraits "pop", but the tree is too close to your subjects and is starting to compete for attention. The crop on the first two might be a little too tight. Including a little more space around them might help to give context and anchor the subjects a bit. The last one just needs some better posing ... hugging or arms around each other, or even just the outside kids leaning in towards the center ... and maybe include all knees or none, you sliced thru a knee.

These are great, you're starting off very well.

Thanks for the information!

I didn't think about the posing much on the last one but that what I need to know for next time. I went back to all the original files, and no cropping was done, so I cut the knees out when framing the photo (have to remember that for next time for sure).

I see what you mean about the tree. Next time I will make sure to place my subject away from any background.

This is all part of the learning process. I appreciate your input!


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