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Mar 13, 2012 20:59 |  #3916

I think that the image is soft. It could be focus or PostProcessing... You may like the softness of the portrait, and there is nothing wrong with this.

But if you want to have sharpness in the eye, you might wish to check the AF for front focusing, your technique if you focus/recompose or your PP.


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Mar 13, 2012 21:08 |  #3917

MakisM1 wrote in post #14081841 (external link)
I think that the image is soft. It could be focus or PostProcessing... You may like the softness of the portrait, and there is nothing wrong with this.

But if you want to have sharpness in the eye, you might wish to check the AF for front focusing, your technique if you focus/recompose or your PP.

Photobucket, a less than 200kb image and the internet is rarely a great place to judge critical sharpness.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 21:10 |  #3918

I was doing some sharpness tests with my 18-200, the photo is nothing special

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Mar 13, 2012 21:11 |  #3919

airfrogusmc wrote in post #14081906 (external link)
Photobucket, a less than 200kb image and the internet is rarely a great place to judge critical sharpness.

Ok! I was thinking about compression of the photo as well... but the crop?


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Mar 13, 2012 21:13 |  #3920

MakisM1 wrote in post #14081920 (external link)
Ok! I was thinking about compression of the photo as well... but the crop?

Are you using photobucket?

The crop is less than 100kb.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 21:14 |  #3921

JakAHearts wrote in post #14081312 (external link)
the human eye would never produce such shallow depth of focus at the distance the portrait is taken and it makes the image look unnatural to me.

Actually I think the human eye does have this shallow DOF at this distance, you just don't notice it because our eyes auto-focus so fast we're just not aware of it. But if you focus on a specific point like they eyes of the subject and then place a piece of paper with text on it behind the ears you can notice it more prominently. Of course you will need to be closer than a camera with an 85mm lens since we see more closely to 50mm.


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Mar 13, 2012 21:16 |  #3922

I uploaded the images directly at POTN

Normally I use Photobucket.

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And agreed, they loose a little in compression...

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Mar 13, 2012 21:19 as a reply to  @ MakisM1's post |  #3923

Photobucket is not kindest and less than a 100kb jpg is not the greatest either. Its not how clients see the work anyway and this was to show lighting.




  
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Mar 13, 2012 21:23 as a reply to  @ airfrogusmc's post |  #3924

Not to many woman would like that kinda sharpness. ;)




  
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Mar 13, 2012 21:35 |  #3925

airfrogusmc wrote in post #14081987 (external link)
Not to many woman would like that kinda sharpness. ;)

That's where PostProcessing comes in!;)


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Mar 14, 2012 05:45 |  #3926

airfrogusmc wrote in post #14081469 (external link)
This is the way I shoot formal portraits. Photography does a ton of things the human eye doesn't do. Thats what makes it interesting. The way you describe is exactly the way 80% would shoot it. I'm not, nor have I ever wanted to be the 80%.

I agree with you. Also, some very good portrait photographers shoot portraits just like this. They seem to do alright shooting presidents (of the US), etc. and nobody seems to complain. ;)

I shoot mine similar to this. Never had a complaint.




  
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Mar 14, 2012 06:50 |  #3927

Im subscribing to this thread... Amazing work. Gave me so many ideas.


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Mar 14, 2012 07:40 |  #3928

I have just gone through 262 pages of this thread. You people are so creative. I would have never thought of any of these shots, well maybe some of the nature ones. It is simply amazing at how much you can do. My mother already wants me to try a few because she wants to put them into her craft work she does.


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Mar 14, 2012 10:23 as a reply to  @ post 14081801 |  #3929

benesotor wrote in post #14081190 (external link)
The background is lovely and soft, but I still think you should stop the lens down a bit more for this formal type of portrait. Her ears and shoulders are starting to go OOF, which I don't think suits.

Lighting is great though.

airfrogusmc wrote in post #14081231 (external link)
This is where I will respectfully disagree. Most folks ears are not that attractive. For me its about the eyes and the expression and the ears are just not important to me.

JakAHearts wrote in post #14081312 (external link)
I guess this is a subject for a separate thread but I agree with benesotor. Obviously, not saying you are wrong Allen, just opening a small discussion. For me, the human eye would never produce such shallow depth of focus at the distance the portrait is taken and it makes the image look unnatural to me. Just my .02. :D

I honestly thing it's great. :)
It has this "dreamy gloom" around her. Though formal, it's a bit of a charming portrait too.
/me likes! :)

But I must agree... seeing the 100% crop, it is a bit soft.
What Picture Style settings did you use? Did you sharpen it on PP?


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Mar 14, 2012 11:50 |  #3930

airfrogusmc wrote in post #14081906 (external link)
Photobucket, a less than 200kb image and the internet is rarely a great place to judge critical sharpness.

your shot is very nice and I don't think it's lacking in sharpness OOC. Maybe some additional sharpening could have helped but I highly doubt it's a focus issue by looking at where the focus plane appears to be. If anything, it's a tiny bit behind the eyes, but well within the acceptable DOF.




  
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