First Portrait Attempts

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  1. ShootHoops

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    I took these around late June and I'm finally getting around to posting them. I wanted to make sure it was okay with her first. We've known eachother for about 10 years and I knew she'd be okay with it, but I just had to make sure. These may seem kind of normal, simple, and/or plain to all you semi-pros out there. I have to say I'm actually somewhat pleased with my first efforts. All of these were taken with my Quantaray 28-90mm. I'm trying really hard to get the Nikkor 50mm 1.8 :(.

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    After I took this last one...I realized I could've went about it a different way and it would've been more interesting. I could've captured her from the side and still make it obvious that she's looking out the window. Well, at least I'll know next time.

    P.S. - I didn't have a backdrop or any other equipment besides my tripod. I just wanted a little practice on capturing the subject.

    Comments and constructive criticism are more than welcome. Thanks! :D
     
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    Are they that bad?
     
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    My favourites of this set are 6,7, and 8, mostly due to the fact that she looks the most relaxed in those pictures. Now, I know pretty much nothing about portraiture, but the lighting might look a little flat, but at least there are no harsh shadows. Perhaps a tiny boost in contrast might help. Maybe next time you take portraits try it vertically. She makes a wonderful model :)
     
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    I agree with your comment about the lighting. All we had to work with was daylight.
     
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    I agree with the contrast/lighting comment made earlier. My favorite is #8 because it seems to have the most depth to it lighting wise. What I like in this series is how natural your model looks, that's not easy to do! I also agree with Peanuts that framing vertically would be helpful.
     
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    I don't know much about lighting. I'm sure I could learn a thing or two from you guys and girls here. #8 is also my favorite. I used it the first time I printed on photo paper. It came out great. But that's beside the point lol. Thanks for your help!
     
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    yeah #8 is my favorite. i think number 2 could be great if you bumped up the color in photoshop.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Would you mind if I "adjust" it a bit?

    Pete
     
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    Not at all. Give it a go. Sorry I took so long to respond.
     
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    OK... here it is.
     

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    Nice job on that.
     

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