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Help with portraits

I've been very quiet on here lately - just been crazily busy. The last couple of months has been a constant battle against the clock. I've still found time to take some photos, though, and I'll try to post some of them on here.

One of my goals for this year is to shake myself out of my comfort zone and take more people photos and at a wedding we went to a couple of weeks ago I was asked to take some photos of the groom's family. It wasn't a very inspiring location for photos. I decided to go for the unconventional approach and put them in front of a window with white blinds to get diffused back lighting. I was using the E-M5 and 45mm with a Nissin Di466 flash on manual pointing upwards with bounce diffuser.


The proud parents


The groom's sister and her fiancé


Mother and daughter

Did I get away with using the back lighting? Any comments/hints/tips gratefully received. Anything I could have done differently? Apart from getting the fiancé to do up his tie (doh! didn't notice that at the time).
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Re: Help with portraits

They seem a bit washed out to me, overexposed? Not sure if this is the effect desired.

Bringing it back reintroduces some distracting detail in the background, this was the best I could do without major work on the background

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Re: Help with portraits

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They seem a bit washed out to me, overexposed? Not sure if this is the effect desired.

Bringing it back reintroduces some distracting detail in the background, this was the best I could do without major work on the background
OK, thanks. I was going for a 'high-key' look but maybe it was too much.
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Re: Help with portraits

I like the use of shadows in portraits.
I found this video tutorial on youtube very informative:


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Re: Help with portraits

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OK, thanks. I was going for a 'high-key' look but maybe it was too much.
I tend not to "get" the high key effect, in general I just see overexposed, so take my comments with a pinch of salt.
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Thanks Rutwij, that's interesting.

Sponner, it's good to get a different perspective and I think you're right, it was way overdone. I've had another go:



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Re: Help with portraits

I think that the 2nd one of the original set works the best for me, lovely shadow detail to define character, just a little work with Airbrush on the background, and I would print that.
Interested to know what exposure mode you chose, ESP, Centre or Spot ?
And did you use any exposure adjustment?
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Re: Help with portraits

Thanks David. It was pattern metering 1/250th f1.8. I had the camera in aperture priority and then adjusted the flash manually.
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If you try again, I would try Spot metering, that way you get best exposure for the subject. Very useful for faces under hats in bright sunlight too.
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