Portraits at the Faire

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  1. vtf

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    So I went to the Renaissance Faire this weekend with the family and attempted to do potrait shots with my 50mm 1/8 (luv my lil lens). I left it on AV I believe through most of these shots. Some backgrounds might be alittle busy because after all tis a fair. My goal right now is get clear focused shots that are properly exposed. I'd like to know what you think. Thanks.
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    I love this set!!

    My only comments are, The guy's face in #1 is a bit dark, and #5 is oof, or so it seems to me.
     
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    I lightened #1 a tad. This area faire had a lot of shade.
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    In #5 I was shooting at f1.8 so the dof was really narrow and may have missed the focus on the center entertainer.
     
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    I agree that #1 was dark and the edit helped that :)

    I like shallow DoF myself but I think perhaps that is a bit to shallow, maybe this setting called for something in the f/4-f/6 range?
     
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    I Love their outfits. I always look forward to going to the Renn Fest every year :) Thanks for sharing!
     
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    Big guy in the purple cracks me up! Especially with his matching umbrella in a holster on his side haha
     
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    These are so fun!
     
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    This was the first chance I got to get out with a multitude of people and at Ren faires the street entertainers are always willing to pose. [​IMG]
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    On my computer at print size these are sharper than they appear here.
     
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    The background competes too much with the tree fairy in that last one. Try this quick and easy trick: Use curves, or the center slider in levels to make the whole image too dark. Then use the history brush to restore the fairy to how it is now.
     
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    I use PSE 8, not sure what you are referring to as far as history brush.
     
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    Any more?
     
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    Seems that you missed the focus on most of the images (or maybe i need more coffee). Not one of them comes off to me as a keeper, but definately a great opportunity to grow and learn

    1- the image is under exposed, even after adjustements. The focus point does not seem to be on his eyes, but somewhere on his stomach. Are you shooting wide open (ie f/1.8)?

    2- this image is better exposed, but I think your shutter was too slow as the entire image is blurry. Less blur in the face than in the hand, but still blur from movement.

    3- same issue with blur. Looks like the focus point might of been that silver corner on her dress and not her eyes. What shutter / ISO were you at?

    The last fairy one seems to have the focus point on her knee, not her eyes.

    Pretty much all the others suffer from motion blur and missed focus, but more the motion blur. None of them have sharp eyes.

    How are you shooting? Automatic? AV? TV? M?
    What focus method are you using? Automatic? Center recompose? Chose your own point?

    I do like the compositions you are pulling off. The fairy is cute and the head shot of the girl in green is nice as well. Doing good there. You need to focus on...focusing :)
     

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