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By smasha69
Here is a portrait I shot of my daughter using only natural light , a small crop and a few mods in Lightroom have I gone close to making a good shot?

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ErictheViking 5 124 102 Scotland
17 Dec 2012 10:29AM
I really like this shot, you have focussed on the eyes and they draw you into the image. I felt the shot overall was slightly underexposed with some loss of detail in the white areas and around the light reflections on the face. I have up loaded a mod with the levels tones down slightly to increase colour and contrast. I have cropped closer the shoulders side on for me add very little to the shot but I wanted to keep the eye position at roughly the upper third of the frame and add some space infront of her face. I hope you like the mod.

Overall a great portrait that for me just needs a slight adjustment.

Eric Grin

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banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
17 Dec 2012 12:53PM
Hi Mark, - you have done quite a lot of work on this, and to be fair, I would really have to see the original, out of camera shot to comment. if you do still have it, you can upload it here by clicking on modifications, and upload mod, then select the original shot. I can say that having the lens wide open at f/1.8 is not a good idea, - use f/5.6 or f/8 for a portrait with this lens.

Lets know if you have it, and if not I will come back to this.


paulbroad 10 123 1240 United Kingdom
17 Dec 2012 5:41PM
A nice pleasing image with happy content. The f1.8 aperture was not the way to go. I am on my tablet, so will not say tthe eyes could be a touch sharper, but the depth of field is just not enough. There seems to be a fad to use 50mm 1.8 lenses at 1.8 all the time and it is really just nice to have 1.8 IF you ever need it. The lens will not be at it's best at maximum aperture.

17 Dec 2012 9:52PM
Thanks guys I was lead to believe we all need a f1.8 for portraits goes to show dont listen to all you hear!!.I have uploaded the original in jpg banehawi lookong forward to seeing your result.
Eristheviking I do like your mod but it just doesnt look like her , the skin colours tones are too false but it is more a glamour makeover and thanks paulbroad I will be trying at different f stop later
Cheers Mark
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3877 Canada
18 Dec 2012 2:33AM
Ive uploaded a mod Mark. Shes a lovely girl with a great smile.

I think perhaps you were a little overenthusiastic with tweaks, as the original shot is very good. The eye detail is excellent, and the f/1.8 now looks quite good!

The 50mm f/1.8 lens is a great portrait lens, but the modification you made suggested that you needed a little more depth, with a smaller aperture. The key thing to get right at 1.8 is the eye closest to the camera should be sharp, and youve got that right.

Heres what I did:

Cropped to an 8 X 10 aspect ratio, - this places her eyes on a third; brightened a little, its slightly underexposed; used the healing brush on a few skin spots; sharpened; applied a very small amount of skin blur; lifted detail in her hair.

I hope both of you like it.


18 Dec 2012 2:48AM
Thankyou Willie, im glad I wasnt that far away as portraits are completely new to me. i appreciate everyones input and now I am armed with something else to work with.
Cheers for now Mark.
nikon Plus
14 146 1 England
1 Apr 2013 12:13AM
Just come across your image Mark, and as others have said it was not far away. I would also agree that f1.8 makes it difficult to get sharp reproduction of eyes nose and mouth. And usually stopping down two stops brings the best out of your lens. Took the liberty of tweeking your image to try and sharpen the eyes nose and mouth. (sorry about the double upload but having trouble uploading to the site)

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