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Old 01-15-2013, 08:43 AM   #31
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Portrait photography and flash photography as whole is not my strong suit. I have been tryin to get it but just have not got consistent results
I've never worked to learn flash photography, so I try to avoid it in indoors in general. I'll use a bounce flash if necessary for decent results, and I'll use a fill flash outdoors.

But in terms of portraits in general, it's odd.. I find it in some ways to be the easiest type of photography, and in other ways, the hardest.
Easy --- In the sense that most laypeople are horrible at portraits. While a total amateur can frame a landscape, for example, they tend to horribly frame portraits. Zoomed way out, head in the dead center, tons of dead space.
So even with just a tiny bit of photography knowledge, you can create portraits much better than most amateurs. Throw in a decent lens, defocus your background, and you suddenly have a pretty fair portrait.

The hard.. for me... Is first off, having to deal with live subjects, and second.... taking that fair portrait, and finding ways to elevate it to the next level.

So I'm wowed by the stuff I'm seeing in this thread, and getting lots of ideas.
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Old 01-15-2013, 11:08 AM   #32
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I've never worked to learn flash photography, so I try to avoid it in indoors in general. I'll use a bounce flash if necessary for decent results, and I'll use a fill flash outdoors.

But in terms of portraits in general, it's odd.. I find it in some ways to be the easiest type of photography, and in other ways, the hardest.
Easy --- In the sense that most laypeople are horrible at portraits. While a total amateur can frame a landscape, for example, they tend to horribly frame portraits. Zoomed way out, head in the dead center, tons of dead space.
So even with just a tiny bit of photography knowledge, you can create portraits much better than most amateurs. Throw in a decent lens, defocus your background, and you suddenly have a pretty fair portrait.

The hard.. for me... Is first off, having to deal with live subjects, and second.... taking that fair portrait, and finding ways to elevate it to the next level.

So I'm wowed by the stuff I'm seeing in this thread, and getting lots of ideas.
See now I think Landscape is hard for me cause I always struggle with foreground. I can snap off a pic of some scenery but it's just bla. finding that right angle or height to get a good foreground for the eye is soooo hard for me!

Flash has been my challenge for the past 2 years now. I deff fell I have gotten better, but this xmas I got a little lesson form a fellow member here and I am deff heading in a great new direction with my portraits. I switched to manual only with flash compared to AV mode and it's a whole new world. Again I'm learning everyday so this was huge for me vs prob not so huge for others but it has given me soooo much more control. i can't get over how much easier it is to achieve proper exposure and how easy it is to get diff results on the fly. The other thing that has deff helped me with my portraits, and this is with composition, is using prime lens. you r stuck at that length and i find with zoom lens i always would not zoom in enough like you said, but with a prime you get what you see unless you move and i find i tend not to move as much and i'm seeing things very diff now. this is most true with my 85mm prime. it's been on my camera since after xmas and i have gotten some really cool pics of my son especially that i need to throw up here.

i like this thread. i think it would make a nice learning tool along with showing off work.

thanks everyone,

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Old 01-15-2013, 05:21 PM   #33
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Thought I would share a few of my son since I only put up my daughter the other day. . .don't want him to feel left out!





this one was last month so it's pretty recent. . . it wasn't even suppose to happen. I was waiting for my wife to change Kason. She went to grab some cloths so I was testing my exposure and I actually got this shot. I was pretty happy with it for what was suppose to be just a test shot.


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Old 01-16-2013, 08:52 AM   #35
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It's cool how you attached that guys head to my body!! Photoshop?

I love the lighting on this one....awesome
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Oh, don't feel bad. A lot of models start in their teen years and they are very beautiful. It's not uncommon to have their mom right behind me during the shoot - like in this shot below that has nearly 15K views on Flickr.


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It's cool how you attached that guys head to my body!! Photoshop?

I love the lighting on this one....awesome
Compositing is fun. Thanks for donating the body shot.
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