Portraits are not my thing and I need some tips please :)

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  1. stone_family3

    stone_family3 TPF Noob!

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    My daughter really hates being photographed so it's hard to get her to sit still but these are some of the best ones I have. Any advice for making them look good next time I try this.

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    Based on your subject line, step one is this:
    Portrait Lighting - from here you'll learn basic classical lighting technique. Once you master it, improvising/modifying will come into play and you'll ROCK.

    Images you posted aren't really portraits, more like snapshots. Lighting, is a big factor in photography, it'll be one of the deciding factors b/n snapshots and portraits.
    For now, learn composition and learn lighting (from site above).

    Cute kid :)
     
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    thanks. I'll be taking a portrait class next quarter so that'll help out a lot.

    I try really hard but my subject never cooperates, but she's three...LOL.
     
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    Beautiful eyes :thumbup:
     
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    one of the things for protraits is that you are just wanting the person you are taking the photos of - so basically you want to step back, zoom in and open up

    That is use a zoom - step back but zoom in (this helps with DOF issues)
    Open up - open the aperture right up - this causes the background to be out of focus and therefore draws your attention to the in focus person.

    If you would like to see some samples let me know - i can show you some
     
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    That would be awesome. Unfortunately I only have a POS point and shot digital. Hoping to upgrade this year. Thanks for the advice.
     
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    Mine is 2, I know the feeling :)
     
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    Good luck with the upgrade! I need to do the same! [​IMG]
     
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    My 10 year old manages to blink in just about every picture, if he doesn't blink.. well then he isn't smiling. My 3 year old always gets his face right in front of the camera, then wants-- let me see me Mama--:lol:
     

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