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Posted By: OrenMc, 05-12-2009, 04:50 PM

I am kind of looking for some critique on the background mainly.










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05-12-2009, 05:08 PM   #2
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OrenMc... I really like the first and third one. Where we using a telephoto lens and if so which one? JIM
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Thanks Jimbo, the first three I believe are from Fa 77 and the last two are Tamron 28-75.
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if u want to blur the background...use your telephoto lens then stand the subject away from the background then you will get some blur with it

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Thanks rjburgos,
I'm not wanting blurred background in these, I am just wondering how the old doors and fence work for background.
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I'm not sure the backdrop is all that interesting but these photos could have definitely benefited from some different angles.
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Me I like the first and last not a fan of the fence. Well done.
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QuoteOriginally posted by fractal Quote
I'm not sure the backdrop is all that interesting but these photos could have definitely benefited from some different angles.

Thats why I wanted focus on background
Oh well, it was a learning experience

Thanks daacon

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The smaller the aperture, the more blurred the background becomes. These all look like larger f stops. Shoot your lens near wide open and also have the subject stand further from the backgrounds, especially if you don't have a fast lens. When they are too close, even lenses wide open won't blur them to a pleasing portrait background.

The brown door and gray wall are fine as a backgrounds (although the painted "B3" could be left out) without having to have the blur focus effect. The fence picture really needs to be blurred, as it's too busy behind her. Also, I like to stick to the "no lines" behind the subject's head rule. In other words, never have linear objects intersect their heads if you can help it. That horizontal bar on the fence goes right "through" the top of her head. So, watch out for poles, wires, and weird linear things. Linear patterns in woodwork and doors can be ok.

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number 4 would be my pick of the bunch
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Thanks axl,
I guess opinions will vary. I have seen a number of professional photographers use this area to shoot. While I was there someone came and and set up for a bike and girl shot.

I haven't had much of a chance to do much portrait work but I would like to learn it.
Thank for all the replies
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