Discussion in 'People Photography' started by DGMPhotography, Mar 3, 2016.
See below for photos from my most recent shoot. C&C appreciated.
I'll be honest; something about this set isn't quite sitting right. I think it's mainly her expression which smacks of boredom and lack on interest. I think the lighting could be a little more dramatic.
Her face seems way too smooth to me. I would pull the retouching back a little bit.
Seems like these were shot with a wider lens? Maybe a 24-70 or even a 50mm?
I'd try getting a little longer lens, at least an 85.
I am not an expert but I had to really look at the pics for a minute because I thought it was a mannequin, then I seen #4 and I knew they were not. I have no idea if that is right or wrong but that is what I initially thought, not sure if that helps or not.
What's wrong with 50mm?
Nothing's wrong with the 50, but for work like this, you're better off in the 85 and up category. I would go for either the 85 or 135 for this sort of shot.
An 85 seems to compress the background a little, giving you more model and less background, without cropping. At least that's what I've noticed.
Hmm.. interesting idea I suppose. I do kinda like the background here though xD
It helps keep the body proportioned also. When using a wider angle lens, especially when shooting down on the person like you did. It makes the head and shoulders appear larger and then the legs really tiny.
Of course it works the other way around too, when shooting lower it makes the legs appear longer and the head smaller.
So this comes down to two things. Shooting at a neutral position (the waist) and using a longer lens (I prefer the 85mm).
Heres a great video to watch the explains everything.
I really only noticed distortion in the first image, though, and that was intentional.
Do the others have it too? I can't tell.
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