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Jun 13, 2010 05:08 |  #1

I have been trying to take portraits and was wondering if you fill the frame or go for a crop afterwards. I am finding that I have a lot of soft focusing too.
I was wondering if I should use a tripod, but get stuck with focusing on the eyes, has anyone got any advice?
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Jun 13, 2010 06:00 |  #2

I personally always shoot a little wide, which gives more flexibility when cropping for different sizes and straightening the image. Not too wide, just a little. Not everyone does though so its really a personal preference.

Most people can't shoot in available light at less than 1/60 handholding, and many people can't shoot that. The general rule is that your shutter speed should be equal or greater to your focal length for sharp pics.

Absolutely try a tripod, as that may help with your soft focusing issues. I don't see getting stuck focusing on the eyes as a problem? Most people (including me) always want the focus point on the eyes so they are sharp.


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Jun 13, 2010 06:49 |  #3

+1 on grewbek's post. Much of what you think is poor focusing could be just camera shake. A tripod is indispensable for me. It's also much easier to manually focus with your camera on a tripod, since you can concentrate on that and not on holding the camera still.


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Jun 13, 2010 07:03 |  #4

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Thanks for that. I am also thinking about remote trigger as a test. I will try that and let you know.

I know what you mean as I use the multiplication method for my speed, just get annoyed when you see so many great photos at low speed.

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Jun 13, 2010 07:18 |  #5

I always shoot wide. I took a quick example


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Jun 13, 2010 10:37 |  #6

Agree with grewbek shoot just a little loose because the more you crop the more resolution you use, I try to squeeze as much resolution out of the sensor as possible. You never know when you are going to need to make a large print. If you are having trouble with soft focus due to low shutter speeds you can work on improving how you hold the camera and stand and even breathe. Check out this example http://www.youtube.com​/watch?v=EDsx3-FWfwk (external link) this is not the only way but is one way. As for a tripod it is great to have but you may find it a bit slow and restrictive if your model is moving around allot, you might want to check into a monopod as well.


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Jun 14, 2010 02:03 |  #7

I shoot about 75% loose and 25% tight w/o any room for cropping.


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Jun 14, 2010 02:56 |  #8

i shoot tight. i tend to longer lens in studio and try to stay further from the model. i crop my shots very seldom




  
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Jun 15, 2010 05:11 |  #9

I used to shoot very loose but have since changed. I shoot with the negative space already in mind. I find that by doing this It forces me to move my eyes around and get a better angle.


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Jun 15, 2010 05:30 |  #10

If for anything, depends how you are going to crop, later... 3:4, 2:3 or some non standard size. I tend to frame more loosely these days but will mix it up.


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Jun 15, 2010 08:55 |  #11

In post processing, say in LR, is it wise to make a copy, and crop each photo to different ratios? This way when they are printed, it is more likely to meet the size of print wanted?


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Jun 15, 2010 12:57 as a reply to  @ Rsuslow's post |  #12

Thanks everybody, I just wanted to know so when using a tripod I don't have to worry too much that it is framed correct.
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Jun 17, 2010 10:44 |  #13

ukcyberboy for me it depends on the final usage of the image. A lot of times I will end up cropping the image becasue the final usage will be as a 4x5, 6x6 ect. Having said that though I shoot each image with the crop in mind. I do not want to be to tight or to loose for a specific image to work for the crop required. During a 3 look shoot I will generally shoot a series of tight headshots, loose headshots, 3/4 and full length shots. Each set up and look is specifically designed for an intended layout.

Shooting with a tripod is an excellent idea. It allows you to free up your hands and to get your face away from the camera and interact with the subject. Framing is still important. You do not want to have a full length portrait and then crop it to be a headshot, because you will loose a lot of quality.




  
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Jun 24, 2010 20:31 as a reply to  @ Bumgardnern's post |  #14

I hardly ever crop unless a few pixels here or there but other than that no, unless it needs to be fitted to a A size paper, I want the best image I can get, If I know what I want in camera don't need to crop in the PP.


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Jun 26, 2010 23:07 as a reply to  @ Tlee05's post |  #15

I agree with bohdank. You many not want to keep the ratio of the sensor. So you have to leave extra space here or there to prepare for the change.


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