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Old 26-11-2006, 09:19   #1 (permalink)
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portrait advice?

I have a portrait shoot next month and I would like to use my daughter as the model, the photo below is the kind of thing I'm aiming for. Does anyone have any advice or comments that might help me?

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Old 26-11-2006, 18:23   #2 (permalink)
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Re: portrait advice?

Lighting is the problem here. Looks like you used the on-board flash that is very flat and unflattering. Flash is difficult to work with because you only see the result after the picture is taken. Also, flash light is very harsh, so a diffuser might be worth using. Depending on the power of your flash, a tissue or handkerchief over the flash will diffuse the light nicely. you can try different thicknesses to see the effect of more or less diffusion.

Suggest you try a couple of set poses, one a close up like the one here, and maybe another, say full length. Try each pose with flash on camera, flash to one side, (about 45 degrees) then flash to one side with a white reflector (sheet/towel) on the other side. so you can see the differences these simple changes make.

Better might be to use available light because you can see what the light is doing before you take the shot. Using the set poses as above, use the light from a window at the main light with and without a reflector. You'll see the differences in the shadows and how well or badly the face/subject is lit. You may even be able to use a couple of nicely diffused domestic lamps to tweak the lighting.

From memory, Skipper has some good shots using window light, and there are probably others around too. Check out Cotter's excellent portraits too.
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Re: portrait advice?

Not an expert on portraits, but I am a big fan of natural light for shots vs flash. Try using newspaper as a reflector to bounce light back onto deep shadows. Have a play near a window to see how the reflection of light changes the overall shot.

One of the best lenses for this, is the 50mm f/1.8....about 75 ....worth every penny.

That aside it's good to see you're not afraid of a tight crop ....great I've heard judges at competitions praise portraits where the eyes are not on a level, so you've done that correct also
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Re: portrait advice?

problem with using natural light up here at this time of year is that there isnt a lot of it for long!

i think maybe an off camera flash would help a huge amount. But then im no expert in portraiture! lol

great shot tho. and brave to go for such a close up!

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Re: portrait advice?

Thanks Fiona, one of the bonuses of not knowing much about portraiture is being able to try things that people that know more might not.(does that make sense)
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Re: portrait advice?

One trick is to get the person to angle their face down slightly and then look up so that there is white showing below their iris. This seems to make for a more appealing picture.
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Re: portrait advice?

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One trick is to get the person to angle their face down slightly and then look up so that there is white showing below their iris. This seems to make for a more appealing picture.
Known in the trade as 'canoe eyes' because of the shape formed by the white of the eye in that position. Doesn't look good with everyone but sometimes looks gorgeous.

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