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First time portrait
Posted By: telly0050, 09-08-2011, 08:33 PM

This is my first time portrait photography.
Model is my lovely friend. Thanks her that she's willing to take off her coat under icy days
A lot of head/feet cutting photos :/
CC is welcome.

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09-08-2011, 09:45 PM   #2
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It is very nice to have such a pretty friend for your portraits, but I am not sure why you would crop the top of her hair/head off in 3 of the photos. Several of the photos are very sweet, keep shooting, thank you Bob

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09-08-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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Since you ask for CC. The good looks of the model alone is not everything but whatever/whoever you shoot ought to be in harmony.
The broad checkered coat and the floral dress don't hang together well. It makes me want to look away. There are exceptions but this here is not one of them.

The second last "leaf inspection" shot looks like you run out of ideas for a pose and you say, lets try this. It looks like she really doesn't want to look at the leave and doing it only because you told her to. The second shot, not sure what I was supposed to look at, the dome ceiling? The most natural looking to me is the 3rd last, but again, the coat and the dress, no.
These are my thoughts, but again you ask for CC and I can only speak for my self.

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09-08-2011, 10:59 PM   #4
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Good start.
Number 4 is my favourite.

Pay attention to avoid distracting areas like the snow in the background to the left of her chin in #7.

Which lens did you use?

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She's a lovely girl, agree with most of the comments here, my only comment would be maybe a little more makeup to give more definition to her facial features. But, then again, to each his own. Just my thoughts.

Take more pictures of her!
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thanks guys for your input.

And thanks Schraubstock for your detail explanation, i guess inexperience is not an excuse for bad photos :/
a lot of mistakes that i found afterward to be really stupid.
haven't think about the outfit, i was like "wear your favorite suit and let's go shoot sth".
I will be careful with that next time.
and yes after shooting a few hundred photo i was really running out of idea and end up taking photos of whatever in the environment.

to class A, it was the 18-55mm and 55-200mm kit.
09-11-2011, 03:56 AM   #7
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Great set, i love nr 4, thats a great picture
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QuoteOriginally posted by telly0050 Quote
to class A, it was the 18-55mm and 55-200mm kit.

The DOF is never really super shallow (to be expected) but the bokeh looks very decent!

09-11-2011, 05:40 AM   #9
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I really like the first, third and last shots. In the sixth one, the lighting makes it look a bit like she has a bruise under her left eye. That's where a friend with a white reflector would have helped, or maybe a subtle bit of fill flash. I agree with Schraubstock that the jacket and the dress don't match very well, but also the jacket looks like winter clothing and the dress like summer! The clothes work ok in 1, 3 and 5 but not so well in the others. Having said all that, you have a lovely model and opportunity to practice! I'd call it a great result for a first effort at portraiture.
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to swede: thanks, that one is my most favorite amount the whole album too

to class A: the 55-200 does give very decent dof

to RobG: thanks for your input, i'll have to take note of clothes next time!

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