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Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

Hey All

I am an avid fan of hi-key images, and regularly try to create aesthetic images, especially when I photograph chldren in portrait sessions.

Here's one I did 2 nights ago at someones home after I was asked to take photo's of 4 generations of the same family. What a wonderful experience this was; the family were fabulous people, they were very kind and considerate - given that I demolished their front room in setting up my studio gear!! I was very proud to have been asked to do this.

Anyway, here's one of my fav's from that shoot... I hope you like it:

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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

It's very nice indeed - and you say you are new to DSLR photography. Certainly seems like you have some talent there

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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

Thanks Ian.

Yep, I am new to DSLR's honestly... had my first one at the end of July this year. I purchased some home studio gear from a pro tog on another forum about 8 weeks ago, took some test shots of my daughter and her puppies, and have been very busy since the wife then sent out links to those images to all her friends.

I've done many portrait sessions now as well as a gig last weekend - which I admit was very difficult.

Incidentally Ian, I tried to upload some images to the gallery here and received the same error as another 'Ian' received when he tried the same thing. So, I will link mine to photobucket or my own public galleries for the time being.
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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

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Thanks Ian.

Yep, I am new to DSLR's honestly... had my first one at the end of July this year. I purchased some home studio gear from a pro tog on another forum about 8 weeks ago, took some test shots of my daughter and her puppies, and have been very busy since the wife then sent out links to those images to all her friends.

I've done many portrait sessions now as well as a gig last weekend - which I admit was very difficult.

Incidentally Ian, I tried to upload some images to the gallery here and received the same error as another 'Ian' received when he tried the same thing. So, I will link mine to photobucket or my own public galleries for the time being.
Argh - can you let me know what the error was when uploading?

You do need to resize to web resolution before uploading. I recommend 800 pixels wide and about 200K, or 700 pixels high for vertical shots.

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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

Sure thing Ian...

Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 1

Command:

"/usr/bin/mogrify" +profile "*" -size 117x124 -quality 60 -geometry 117x124 -unsharp 10 '/home/egroup/public_html/gallery/data/500/thumbs/molly3.jpg'
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Sure thing Ian...

Error creating thumbnail! Error code: 1

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"/usr/bin/mogrify" +profile "*" -size 117x124 -quality 60 -geometry 117x124 -unsharp 10 '/home/egroup/public_html/gallery/data/500/thumbs/molly3.jpg'
Thanks - I'll pass this on to the tecchies.

Others seem to be able to upload without problems though.

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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

That's the one I get too Ian - with files that uploaded successfully to the four-thirds gallery. Seems to pick on the select few

Jumping back to this thread - stunning photo indeed I think (forum boss-man) Ian is right in saying you have found something which you have a natural talent for.

Ian (t'other one, who the gallery doesn't like).
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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

Thank you Ian, I am flattered. I really love portraiture, and especially love hi-key portraits. I have taken a few of my daughter and her puppies, maybe I'll get around to posting those and some other client ones too if you like...?

Thanks for the encouragement, I do appreciate it.
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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

Hi John,

I don't know if you still follow this up, it's an old thread, but I guess it will pop to the top now, so you will notice my comment.

I think the image is nice, but I would prefer if she looked more into the camera and not out of the picture. I think it would have given more of a sense that she is with us, not wishing to be somewhere else. Generally, I am not a great fan of burned highlights and too much white, but that is a matter of taste. There is another person I know of who takes a lot of similar images, akrab (Alison K. Rab). She is a member of DPReview and fourthirds-user and probably some other forum as well, I think she probably could give some good advise as how to be perfect in high key portrature. She is definitely more qualified to do than than I am. Here is a link to her profile on fourthirds-user, and here is a link to her album. Have a look if you are interested.

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Re: Portrait shot: hi-key child portrait

A great portrait. Out of interest how much do you obtain from "as shot" and how much is later work in Photoshop or whatever?
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