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Being the other side of the lens

By catgirl73
Went on a course today, very grey clouds and a lot of nervous beginner photographers. We went out in the afternoon to play around with aperture. This lady was extremely nervous in front of the camera and it took about 10 mins before she chilled out. I had to give some direction because she kept looking straight at my camera. i found when I gave clear instructions and I appeared confident with my camera she then started to calm down. Today was a great learning curve for me I already knew the basics about aperture but learnt a bit about dealing with people in front of my lens.

Tags: Portrait Lady Nervous model

Voters: Oleg_Lobzin, tigertimb, zebraboy and 4 more

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tigertimb 10 40 66 United Kingdom
6 Feb 2011 12:15AM
She could maybe either look a little happier or off to one side, and my preference would be a slightly narrower DOF to blur the background further, but I do like the composition, the detail and the warm soft tones
(and she has a great taste in camera Wink)

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zebraboy 13 197 Australia
6 Feb 2011 12:27AM
That's a brilliant portrait, it looks real and original.
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 7:39AM
I like this a lot. Agree about the DOF, I might have opened up a touch more to blur a little extra, but the almost "candid" feel, the emotion of her nerves comes through very much and I like that its "natural".......I might be tempted, as an alternative, to not touch the photo at all, but maybe actually crop it down from the top, making the whole image a bit more "letterbox"? It might bring in a bit more focus on your model and give it an alternative feel too....worth a go? I like this very much....
catgirl73 10 144 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 9:41AM
Hi thanks for the comments so far. I have a question I'd taken my Aperture down to the limit of the lens. So how would I increase the DOF other than use a different lens?
johnnyboy114 9 231 106 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2011 9:47AM
Ah, then you might struggle....I have the same lens and f4 is usally pretty good for most applications, but to get a shallower DOF you need a longer focal length (I tend to shoot right at the long end with that lens and wide open does help) or I am afraid, a different lens. I might have been tempted to maybe shoot this with a 50mm f1.8 or wouldn't compress the background so much, but you would make it much softer, even when at a distance. Would mean getting closer to the model and recomposing and so on, but then thats photography! Wink Hope this helps?

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