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Unadulterated, pure, innocent, worry- free smile

By Jas2
I tried to take a few portraitures of my son , I kept clicking while telling him funny jokes and got a few good results- This is the Black and white version of one of them! It makes you fall in love with him instantly! I know 1/4 sec is definitely not ideal but still happy with what I got!

Tags: Innocence Portraits and people

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20 Aug 2019 7:15AM
Lovely high key portrait and beautiful
smiling eyes.
Maybe a lesser closer version would also work, just for a bit more lightness.

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capto Plus
9 6.7k 25 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2019 7:48AM
A lovely happy portrait, a must for the family album. Done a mod with lighter shadows.
mrswoolybill Plus
14 2.8k 2423 United Kingdom
20 Aug 2019 8:35AM
Well you know what the problem is, don't you...

It's a lovely moment but 1/4 second was recklessly slow. Too slow for safe hand-holding, too slow for a living subject. You were doing the right thing in keeping him animated, interested, and he performed beautifully for the camera. It's just that this would be so much better if the eyes were just that bit sharper to give sparkle. A case for increasing ISO!

But it's one for the album, to treasure.

I like Ivor's mod, a bit of discreet dodge and burn and localized sharpening on the eyes could also help.

banehawi Plus
17 2.5k 4247 Canada
20 Aug 2019 12:51PM
It works because of the expression and connection with the photographer..

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dudler Plus
17 1.6k 1861 England
20 Aug 2019 5:30PM
Moira's said it all.

Get prints done for everyone in the family.

And then, next time, think carefully before you shoot.

1600 ISO (the maximum on your camera, I think) would have given 1/60 second - still a VERY risky shutter speed with a long lens, but far better than 1/4 second.

A rescue measure might be to shoot in RAW, and dial in -1 or -2 exposure compensation, and adjust exposure in processing.

You'll get a lot of digital noise with a 2006 camera body: the modern equivalent would handle 6400 ISO much more easily, with a margin to spare. Some of your pictures are taken with a 6D - that would be a far better bet for a shot like this. Similarly, your 100mm macro lens would give you a much wider aperture, and the chance to use lower ISO and have a good shutter speed.

If there's no option for a family picture, make the best of equipment that's not ideal. But, given the choice, use the best you've got.

And, if you are going to shoot a lot of portraits, invest in a portrait lens - from the bargain that a secondhand Canon 85mm f/1.8 lens represents to a Sigma Art 105mm f/1.4, if you have plenty of money (and a strong left arm to lift it!)
paulbroad 13 131 1293 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2019 7:47AM
It is a fine family album shot. You already know the problem which makes it less than perfect technically and this is the critique section That problem, lack of sharpness anywhere, would preclude general use.


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