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#1 Jaime Rodriguez

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 12:17 AM

Shot was taken with a canon 7d 50mm iso100 f/5.0 1/640

 

This was my first time ever taking portraits, My friend has 3 boys under the age of 5. I was using a tripod and my shot seems flat, What settings could have made this shot sharper, my guess is it could have been the shutter speed or aperture ? Which leads me to another question, how do you get 3 young kids to look into the camera without feeling like your setting up for a wildlife shoot. Also I forgot the reflector and only have an on camera flash, is on camera flash usable to pull shadows off of the face or would it have blown out the picture?  Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! 

 

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 03:10 AM

You set up a very nice scene, seems the child`s interest was taken by the flowers. You did not include your settings which can be handy if you are looking for advice on them, though it seems that your aperture choice provided enough depth of field to include the flowers and provide a measure of detail in the background location.. Your camera settings also handled the variation of lighting from the shadows to the bright areas on the skin..



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 03:19 AM

That's a nice photo!

The flowers add something to the portrait.  The background is also good.

You can't move the subject into the shade because of the flowers, so maybe pick a time when the sun is lower or when there's an overcast ?

Chelsea & Tony  have a vid about child portraits somewhere in the archive.  You need something to attract their attention like a toy or a whistle.



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Posted 29 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

It's well composed!  You need to go back when the Sun is just about ready to go below the horizon.  Or, have a diffuser between the Sun and the family.  Fill flash would have certainly helped, but going at the proverbial golden hour is the best solution.

 

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 03:46 PM

Very nice Jaime, good advice from the gang!  I love the 50 mm for shots like this, I wouldn't be afraid to try f 1.8 - 2.8, may have fewer flowers in focus but the soft color would still be there and your subjects would really pop, you need even light on your subjects, late day back lighting is awesome with fill flash or just try +1 exposure compensation (try a few combinations).  The patch of sky and the tall tree in your photo bothers me a bit, a spot with more of the the golden brown stalks or grasses in the background would be awesome, even though not much if any would be in focus, it would be a great earthy tone bokeh background, my 2 cents, hope to see more!

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Posted 29 March 2017 - 05:46 PM

Thank you everyone for your input, Doug you finally broke down and got that d500 i see. NICE!!!!!


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