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My Boy

By wenzu78  
Alex is now 9 months. Am still trying to achieve a sublime Portrait of him. But I guess am still a little off. But am sure the introduction of a 50mm equivalent on my V1 will help me on that front.

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alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
25 Oct 2012 11:29AM
There's potential in this but I think you need to be more in control of lighting to get a better portrait.

Now, let me state from the outset that I have no portraits in my portfolio at all, but from what I remember, this would have looked better with diffused lighting, and taken with a much more plain background behind the baby.

Also, do you have off-camera flash guns? If so, use them to send diffuse-lighting on the baby's face as it will make the skin look softer, and the shadows wouldn't be as harsh as they are here. Of course, you need a soft-box in front of the flash, or a DIY diffuser so that the light source would be larger in comparison to the subject (hence getting nicer shadows).

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wenzu78 6 7 Malta
25 Oct 2012 11:47AM
Hey Alistair,

Nice to hear from you once again. Thank you for dropping by.

Yea regarding this pic, what I did fail to mention though is that I absolutely had no control on either light nor location.. that's what you get when you don't plan ahead I guess.

But having said that I also try and keep Alex at ease as possible. The natural look is what I crave. Light and settings for the time being come second.

In reply to whether am in a club or not, I have to sadly add 'no' for the time being.

My love towards photography was ignited a while back but have absolutely no formal tuition as yet.

I currently own a NIKON V1, and planning to get myself 55mm equivalent on 2.7 crop factor.

Cheers mate
alistairfarrugia 5 164 88 Malta
25 Oct 2012 1:15PM
If you love photography, I can recommend the course I took myself - it's really useful.

As regards control over lighting, in the above image I'm not sure if you could have maybe closed the curtain a bit, particularly if it was made of light fabric that was translucent enough to let in some diffuse light, you'd get a better result, though you'd need a higher ISO, wider aperture or slower shutter speed (all whilst keeping in mind their negative repurcussions) to get the same exposure (without using flash).
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
9 Nov 2012 5:51AM
What a beautiful boy - those eyes !! A hunk like his dad Smile

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