First go at portrait

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  1. Carman

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    Ok so I got a new 50mm 1.8 lens yesterday, primarily for me to do some portraits. This is pretty much my first go ever at portraits with a DSLR.

    This is a shot of my sister. I wanted to go for something really natural..she is looking at herself in the mirror. I desaturated it down to about -80% which I think is nicer than pure B&W because it keeps the photo looking a little warmer. I think the door frame on the right works well because it gives it an almost candid feel, making it appear more natural.

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    With hindsight I think it should have possibly been taken the other side, regarding to the window behind her.

    THis second one was a little more contrived. She was just messing around whilst I took lots of photos. I like this one the best, becasuse the shallow DOF really highlights the eyes. This one is pure B&W.

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    I'm loving the 50mm lens...for the price it is so good. I love the shallow DOF you can get.


    Comments & constructive criticism very welcome as always.
     
  2. GeorgeUK

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    I bought the same lens for the same purpose! :)

    #1 - I like the effect of -80% desat, works well.

    I think #2 needs to be a touch sharper.

    Keep up the good work :thumbup:
     
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    I agree with the comments above. I bet she liked both of them. Nice job :)

    I bought this lens a few weeks ago to do some new born pics (she's due in a couple of days!) I've practiced with it around the house and love it! I have some wonderful natural lit pictures of my boxer, so I can't wait to use it again.
     
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    I like the lighting on #1, but I think it needs to be re-cropped getting the model to slightly left of center. The pic is also tilted.
     

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