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08-23-2013, 07:02 PM   #1
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Hello to everyone

I am new to this forum. I have a pentax k-5. I love to shoot sports, hummingbirds, landscapes and just about anything. My oldest asked me to take her senior pictures so any portrait tips would be greatly appreciated as well as any for photographing those quick little hummingbirds!!!!!

08-24-2013, 01:00 AM   #2
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Welcome NaNork!
I think the best tips to portrait ph. is to look at other's portraits! Here in the photogallery you can find many examples!
Once done, please share with us your pictures!

Have a good day!
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08-24-2013, 11:48 AM   #3
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Welcome to the forums!

Portraits? Depending on what lenses you have, putting some distance between the subject and the background will help you getting a nicely blurred background. And get her eyes in focus.

More artistical advice I'll leave to others

Happy shooting!
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Welcome to PF and bonjour from France ... enjoy the K-5 and hope to see an image or two soon ... J

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Welcome, at least seniors don't have the same wing speed as hummers.
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For portraits, most pros will tell you that you need a good flash even if it is just to fill in the shadows. Indoors, I bounce it off the celing or a wall and it gives me good results.
I haven't done outdoor portraits but I have just ordered a reflector/bouncer for my flash which should help. If I start getting a bit more serious I'm going to buy a shoot-through umbrella and a stand.

I can't give you advice on hummingbirds, so far I've only shot much slower birds, mostly ducks and geese
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