1st time portraits

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  1. Dan28607

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    Hello. Here are a couple of portrait shots of my wife. These were shot with the D70 kit lens. The shadow over her right eye in the first one really bugs me. What do you guys think?


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    Not to bad, could a flash have helped?
     
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    Thats a good question. Im not sure. Maybe a fill flash? The flash is something that I really havent played with yet. I guess I have kindof stayed away from it after seeing the results with my last camera. Thanks for the reply!
     
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    It's a nice shot, but yeah, I think some fill would have helped. Some whiteboard off to the left to reflect the sun would have evened out the light a bit. Reflectors can be really handy.
     
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    Aside from what was mentioned it looks really good. I like the first a bit more
     
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    A bounce card always come in handy. It will keep the warmth of the light and open those pesky shadow areas. I think a fill flash would kill the mood.
     
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    I like the first photo a lot. A bit fill-flash (can be a strong, external one), with -1 stopped down, could have helped a bit. A step down is also needed, not to destroy the nice ambient light. As markc said, a whiteboard on her left or a Nikon wireless flash* (stepped down -2 or more).

    The second photo is also nice, but it would be nice to see your wife's eyes. The second photo doesn't needs a fill-flash in my oppinion. I like the composition here.

    Generally, you have very nice colors. Catched the "golden minutes"...


    *haha, I'm saying this, because I just bought the SB-600 and it's really great.
     
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    It may just be the shadow over her right eye but I think this shot could also be better if her right had was positioned differently. Maybe lower or not touching the face at all.
     
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    Personally, I think your portraits are being over-analyzed here.

    I think fill flash would have taken out some of the dramatic color.

    It wouldn't have worked at all on the second one, as it would've reflected off of the sunglasses.

    They are A1 shots, and any client would happily pay you for them and refer their friends to you.
     

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