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By kibp
Any advice most welcome, thankyou.

Tags: General Portraits and people Nikita


banehawi Plus
15 2.2k 4083 Canada
8 Aug 2010 11:59PM
What are you trying to achieve?

I read you last post and if this is another in that series, your struggling to take a good indoor portrait?

This clearly has problems, - the subject isnt looking at the camera, and her face is not visible, - major issues taking a shot of a person!

theres a lot of overblown white from her cardigan that may be a result of direct flash.

The best indoor shots are taken near a bright window, - with NO sunlight coming in, just a bright overcast sky. Sit the person looking towards the camera so shes at 45 degrees to the light (most but not all the face if lit) and then take the shot. Fill the frame with the face, placing the eyes 1/3 down from the top, and in from an edge.

Flash can work, but I would recommend you tape some tissue paper over the on camera flash to soften the light. All this needs a cooperative subject, and if the person doesnt want to be involved, it wont work well!



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pamelajean Plus
14 1.3k 2106 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 3:24PM
Don't be so hard on yourself. I read what you had to say on your last picture, which I didn't think was too bad, except for the apparent disinterest of your model, as is also the case with this one. You may have been going for a moody look, but the eyes are important in portraiture, and they should be your main focus. Willie has given you some good advice. If your subject is co-operative, suggest that she wears something darker, perhaps something that echoes the colour of her eyes or her hair. Try not to have the nose in too much profile because it will always look bigger like that. Here, because you are shooting downwards on the head and also have the nose in profile, I am afraid that it does look large. The flash or light from a window should give you some catchlights in her eyes, which make them come alive. For me, the colour of the face look good and you have detail, so your camera settings are probably fine, it's just getting the other little bits right.
NEWMANP 12 1.6k 574 United Kingdom
9 Aug 2010 10:49PM
in many ways your last upload was more sucessful. in that one you had one clear view of a single eye and this is used quite often to good effect, the eye was really sharp too and that is fundemental in all portrait work. the angular positioning of the body in both examples is quite good too but on this upload, the hair is over dominant in the picture and there is no view of the eyes. the hair is attracting the attention of the autofocus and the face is softer.

comments above about diffused light, bounced light etc are all dead true and please dont think good portraits are just good fortune because they need planning and control over light to work.

if you dont have flash, then work with natural light but not harsh light, if needed use tracing paper or similar over the window, bounce light back in with a card reflector.

with the last upload, try changing tom monochrome and it will instantly look like a serious portrait.

keepplaying, and enjoy your camera, have a laugh with the model and she will become more com fotable
James_C 10 36 56 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 7:03AM
I'm so glad you've put one in for pro critique. They are much the best to help and it is informative for the rest of us too.
I first spotted your last upload but as I don't do portaiture didn't respond, however, I've had a quick look through the rest of your portfolio and I think that many of your pictures are almost there but look to be not quite in focus. I suspect that you are using a very small aperture - f/2 may be - which means that you have a very shallow depth of field so try using f/8. If you are using auto focus it isn't neccessarily focussing on the right bit (mushrooms) or is struggling to fucus at all (pear). . I personnally virtually never use flash unless thereis a very particular effect that I am after - it can produce a very harsh look. Lastly, it would be very helpful 8if you post with your picture the settings you have used. and remember to tick the allow modifications button.

All the best, and enjoy Smile

kibp 10 United Kingdom
10 Aug 2010 11:44PM
Once again thankyou to you all for the tips and advise given, it is taking a while for it all to sink in but i am hoping in time with all the help i am given from the very kind people on here and all the reading up i do on photography one day i might just get a really good shot, until then though i am having great fun trying. Thankyou again to you all Katrina.

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