Caffrey123 wrote in post #15457241
Thank you for your reply.
1)I am currently working on my focusing issue and think the soft focus may be because I often shoot at low f-stops 2.0 or below. With my 50mm f/1.8, I seemed to get away with keeping the low f-stop when the subject moved further into the background (working with kids, I am learning that my settings need to change at lightning speed to get the killer shots. Sometimes, I am too slow and snap a shot I fall in love with but it's a little soft focused because the child moved a little too fast.) But with my 50mm 1.4, I don't seem to have as much leeway. I did a little research and it seems common that it can be less sharp than the 1.8 with moving objects (children) at below 2. In my recent sessions, the problem has bee occurring less when keeping it at f/2.8 and only going to 2 or below for beauty shots and close ups. When looking at the soft focus images, do you think that the low f-stop is the problem or is there something else I should be looking at? They don't seem noisy, just soft.
2) Thank you for this. I often don't put my more quirky or unique shots in my portfolio (sounds kind of ridiculous when typing that out now). I love them but often find that negative space etc can put some parents off. However, as you said, I guess centered shots can too. This is a favourite shot of mine - http://www.facebook.com …1357588945&type=3&theater
- I know it is still centered at the bottom but I love the negative space at the top. I'm not sure why I try to keep it 'safe' sometimes but thank you for the kick up the butt I needed.
3) http://www.facebook.com …1357589145&type=3&theater
- I don't have any professional pictures of myself. Do you think it would be fun to have a snapshot taken of me during a shoot like this?
Or a silly picture of me taken by my husband during an Easter mini-session day I was hosting. http://www.facebook.com …1357589783&type=3&theater
I don't want to come across as unprofessional but at the same time, I am a child photographer, so being silly is a plus!
1) I think the issue for the softness of your pictures is due to a couple of things. One, the 50mm (1.8 and 1.4) are known to have poor focusing abilities. They tend to focus REALLY slow. Couple that with shots between f/1.8-2.8 and a kid running around and you're bound to have shots that are off focus. Of course, as you close down your aperture, you'll have more depth of field and will have more play in the focus, since even if you miss the focus, it may still be acceptable. Also, the body you're shooting it with will also affect your focusing. For your still shots, I think it's a technique/user error thing. You should be able to get sharp, in focus shots. Are you letting the camera choose your focus for you or are you focusing and recomposing?
3) I think that picture from your Easter mini-session works perfectly fine. Like you said, you're a child photographer. If I was looking for a child photographer for my kid (even though I don't have one), I'd prefer someone who's goofy and giddy over someone who's more serious. But that's just me. Well, whatever picture you decide, I think it's good to have at least one so that when you go to meet clients, they already know what you look like.
Hope this helps.