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Trying my hand at portrait's any advice welcome Wink
I have a baby shoot coming up any advice very welcome Grin

Camera:Canon EOS 60D
Lens:EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Date Taken:18 Feb 2014 - 8:45 PM
Focal Length:53mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.2
Shutter Speed:1/25sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
Exposure Mode:Manual
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:Daughter Portrait
Username:365Photography 365Photography
Uploaded:18 Feb 2014 - 10:28 PM
Tags:Daughter, Portraits / people
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Well done! Bravo.

Interesting lighting configuration and light control.
No camera flash, shadow on the right of the frame on the wall (caused by a lighting source) yet no strong shadow on the face from the light source that created the shadow on the wall. Reflection on the reyes from two straight-on light sources and aww. ...a beautiful girl posing. She looks at ease with the lighting so it seems she is either too patient or you worked really efficiently and effectively setting the lights up.

I am fine with the black and white conversion but I am tempted to ask to show us the colour version too. In regards to the framing I would also have opted for a square format. I hope you can make it look like as a pseudo-Polaroid also Smile


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Sooty_1 Critique Team 51430 forum posts United Kingdom216 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 1:13 AM

It looks like a bit of a mug shot. There were thousands like this chuntering out of the processor's machines up and down the country.

For a start, the shadow on the wall is a distraction...if you moved away a couple of feet, it would be gone, leaving a nice clean white background. The lighting isn't at all bad for high key portraits, proving that simple is often best.

Secondly, you've plonked her smack in the middle, square on to the camera, in a horizontal shot. No dynamism, no character. She obviously has character, and she's willing to pose, so you need to get her to do something other than just "say cheese". Move her round, drop her nearer shoulder and lean slightly towards you. As she has to lift her chin slightly, it will lengthen her neck and look more elegant.
You should know her, so get her animated about something she's interested in, you will get a better range of expressions, and her eyes will show it particularly.

There is plenty online about simple posing, so running through a few ideas will transform how the finished picture will look.

Re the baby shoot...if you can use light like this it should be fine. Lots of white towels and a white babygro on a white background is one possibility. Use the towels and cushions to position the baby safely, and make sure they are clean. Nothing worse than shooting only to find a runny nose or dribble spoils the shots!


Last Modified By Sooty_1 at 19 Feb 2014 - 1:14 AM

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paulbroad  8108 forum posts United Kingdom949 Constructive Critique Points
19 Feb 2014 - 9:01 AM

This is a passport photograph with a half smile. You need to crop in much closer and need a decent pose, not full on like this. Lighting is flat with a shadow on the wall. It does look very un-natural. 3/4 side, head tilted a bit, something to make it interesting. You need to think through poses, look at magazines, look at head and shoulder portraits on this site.

It is impossible to tell you what to do on a baby shoot. How old is the baby, does it react to movement yet etc. If it is very young, a white shawl and soft lighting. Get a parent to stand behid you and call or make funny noises to attract attention. Give it a toy if it's old enough.

Every session is different. At least, with baby shots, if you make a mess, you cn do it again.

Make sure you are the master of your camera and can adjust settings and use it without thought or fumble. It is a sign of the digital times that everyone with a digital SLR is an instant pro. Make sure you really are competaNT AT THE BASICS, AND BE VERY CAREFUL WITH LOW SHUTTER SPEEDS AND WIDE APERTURES. is DOES NOT GUARANTEE SHARP IMAGES, IT IMPROVES YOUR CHANCES.

Sorry about capitals. Caught caps lock.


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