Portraits in the back garden

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  1. kirif1

    kirif1 TPF Noob!

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    Ok so i did a little shoot for a little family hoping that if the pics were good enough, it would lead me to do some freelance work coming up to Christmas. So off i go with my Nikon D50, my flash gun and a white sheet. The house was really dark so i kicked them outside in the garden.

    Any comments, advice or crit more than welcome...be brutal if you must :eek:

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    ugh. White sheets are so tacky...

    The shots themselves aren't bad, but get these people outside, even a fence or green grass backs a better backdrop!
     
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    The flash is still attached to your camera?

    You've got a 1.8 lens ... give your subjects a bigger distance from the backdrop and use small DOF by picking a wide aperture. That will throw any blemishes on the backdrop way out of focus.
     
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    Thanks for commenting, the further back i went the more of the garden background was in the shot and less of the sheet. As much as a white sheet may be tacky, a terribly messy garden full of junk did nothing for a family shoot either.

    I agree entirely however that my DOF was too small, was a tad worried that i'd blur the subjects not only the background.

    The flash is indeed still on my camera as it is a Nikon D50 and it doesn't sync :(
     
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    I doubt that...get far enough away with a wide enough aperture and it'll be OOF...or get head shots and very little of the backgound will be visible.

    The least you could do when using a white sheet is iron it or PS out the wrinkles.

    You also don't have great light in their eyes. They are kinda squinty...perhaps a reflector would help.
     
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    what flash do you have? grab a sync cable for $20usd. i did, and it changed my photography :thumbup:
    if its a nikon, it should sync up to 1/250 if im not mistaken.
     

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