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Scapula Memory
3rd July 2008, 02:10 PM
Been asked to do some portrait pics for friends children, this is the kind of thing they have asked for, so was practicing today on this ameniable little girl. Plenty of time to get this done as well so would appreciate comments/criticisms or ideas for improvements! I know some of you are good portrait takers so would be great to hear your views.

So was shot with E1 14-54 FL36 bounced of ceiling 1/100 sec, at F3.5 centre weighted metering then adjusted in PE6. WB set to flash and +40 of a stop exposure and only very minor tweaks to shadows, . No colour enhancement or saturation done. Sharpening and NR at PE6 defaults ( small amount )

After that I layered a rectangular vigneting effect and a soft focus using Tdfx.

Not posted in LFP before so comments welcome.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/538/Kid_A.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/6542)

Nick Temple-Fry
3rd July 2008, 02:38 PM
Well I'm more of a looker at portraits than a portrait taker and I'd have to be extremely lucky to take a shot as good as this. But I'll kick off the comments and let some of our better qualified members follow on.

I like the pose, the gap toothed expression and the overall composition. But I'm not grabbed by the overall picture, I think the face and eyes are a bit too soft and maybe a bit dark (especially the eyes). It just seems to lack a point to start the eyes viewing on.

Just my thoughts.

Nick

B.P.S Studios
3rd July 2008, 04:01 PM
Hi John,

I think the subject is good and the facial expression is good also but the whole image is too dark and lacks punch. I think the FL36 doesn't have enough poke for bounce flash unless the ceiling is low and you would probably be better of with the FL50 which has a higher gn number. In this case with the FL36 it might have worked better aiming the flash just above the subjects head and shooting low down. Using natural light coming from a window to light the subject would probably work a lot better provide you meter it right, and use a reflector to fill out any shadows. Another technique would be to mount your flash behind a brolly and diffuse the light that way. I have attached an edit of the photo to give you an idea what to aim for. Hope you don't mind.

Scapula Memory
3rd July 2008, 07:30 PM
Thanks for the info, BPS good advice and I certainly do not mind the alterations. I hadnt quite realised how dark that image was. From the same set and conditions a similar file but with bigger changes to exposure and brightness. I guess having raw files has helped.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/538/Kid_A_v2_4.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/6557)

B.P.S Studios
3rd July 2008, 08:02 PM
Thats much better John.

Regards,

Ian

Andrew Riddell
3rd July 2008, 11:15 PM
As others have said, I'm not a portrait shooter, but I'd have preferred the image with less softness at the edge. I've no problem with the romper suit, but I'd rather have the whole of the head and hair sharp. I appreciate that the softer look is what you wanted, but that's just my 1p worth (and probably overvalued anyway).

Andrew