More daughter portraits. please critique

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  1. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hey guys, I was playing with my daughter and a new 50mm 1.4 pentax lens yesterday. I am really trying to improve my portrait skills. These I think are so-so. I guess I'm most unhappy with the lighting that I am using. Basically, it consists of overhead room lighting and 2 work lamps w/ 75w bulbs. So, I know I could benefit from actual portrait lights, however, the budget doesn't allow for that. So, I would appreciate it if you guys could critique the composition, contrast, focus, etc. and just general feel. I learned with this shoot that when my daughter is being photographed, I will need at least a shutter speed of 90-125. I had some really great shots, but hand/foot blur really hurt them. Post-processing included slightly desaturating, decreasing the red tint slightly, and that's about it. Anyway, any critique would be beneficial to me.

    1) 50mm, 1/30, f2.4, iso-200
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    2) 50mm, 1/125, f2.4, iso-800
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    3) 50mm, 1/60, f4.5, iso-800
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    4) 50mm, 1/60, f4.5, iso-800
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  2. Rob

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    You're right on the money... it's all light. Alienbees man - go buy some!!

    Anyway, here's a really rough, quick and dirty PS job on my favourite. You may like it or not, but it's what I'm thinking when I see the shot.

    That yellow light has got to go - it's ruining the skin tone desatting it. Possibly try upping the wattage or getting a darker coloured bg.

    Here's a quick effort:

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    Excuse the quick PS work and the clumsy edges, but hopefully you see what I mean??

    Rob
     
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    Rob, actually the background was a tan bedsheet. I did a custom wb and the bg is pretty accurate in color.
     
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    Rob LOVE the edit with the background... I was going to post awhile ago that the background I didnt care for at all.. Just to chicken to post it. sorry! But the edit the background looks fabulous with her picture!
     
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    cute pics... i want both the lights and the studio too!! greedy hey xx I think you've done well but agree that the background colour doesn't do much for the shot. I just posted some recent portraits '1st attempt @ reflective lighting' (have a look if you like :)... I am sticking to this method and good old natural light till i have the real deal lights... One pointer Christie Photo gave me... was to move the subject further from the background to blur the wrinkles in the sheet... i had no idea why i couldnt get it to blur on such a wide ap..... what can i say - "i am a learner!" xx
     
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    your daughter is lovely. this is my daughter, sharing

    Taken the year before, late autum, when she was only 6 month. using Reflect board .
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    last christmas, taken by my friend.
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  9. offroading_fans

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    May i give you 2 small sugestions if you can read my Chinglish(Chinese English):))

    1. Keeping focus clearly, #1 is a little bur, I believe It's not out of focus,you should avoid using lower shutter speed unless you have a tripod.
    2.keeping the subject a certain distance from the background. Usually, backgound should not be clear, so I think 4-6 feet and f4 aperture would be better when you use 50mm lense.
     

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