Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by NikonD40x@Denver, Aug 5, 2007.
Tell me your thoughts on this picture....... it was our first tripod and timer shot
here's another one
Both pictures look the same too me. Anyway, I like it, just maybe get in a little tighter. If it were a more interesting background I would leave it.
oop's your right....here
Not bad. Only thing I'd complain about are the heavy shadows on the body structure. In editing I'd try to lift up those shadows to look a little softer and more natural... kind of like this: http://jeffjassky.com/temp/park8042007011uw7.jpg
would fill flash work for that as well?
Yes you could use a flash to get the same or similar effect. You would want to mount a diffuser on the flash to decrease contrast. A remote flash is always the best choice. You have the option of mounting it to your camera and also having it remote from the camera. Normally (especially in portraits) an on-camera flash is very non-flattering. A big bright light coming from the same angle of the lens is usually gonna look very unnatural. If you have a remote flash you can hold the flash unit off to the side and get a much better more natural look and you have more control of what shadows you're able to fill in.
If you only have the built-in flash.. you can try it but it will likely not look too great. Experiment, experiment, experiment.
I would use fill flash on the second one. Crop tighter on the first one. Other than that I like what I am seeing!
So not so bad for a first timer, We will be taking classes also but I like the help you guys offer
Instead of a flash you could get something as inexpensive as a few sheets of white posterboard to reflect the sunlight in to the dark areas. White posterboard can work wonders. You can also back cardboard in aluminum foil but with direct sunlight you will often get a warm/orange cast. The white will also be softer and more diffused than aluminum foil.
I'd suggest trying some white posterboard for a few dollars before you go out and spend $200+ on a flash unit
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