jmphotocraft wrote: »
Hey that's neat, what a bargain! Nice shot, love the lashes. Would you mind sharing your skin smoothing technique?
Tim Kamppinen wrote: »
Shooting at 1.4! The skin was mostly out of focus in this shot out of the camera. I did use Imagenomic's Portraiture plugin as well though. It works wonders for skin smoothing and it's very adjustable as to how much detail and texture you want to retain. This shot does look really smooth at web resolution but if you saw the original file up close there is still skin texture visible on the in-focus areas of her face.
Qarik wrote: »
tim, it is a stunning shot but it totally looks like mannequin
Meuryc wrote: »
This may be the single best thread I have found to date. I have always preferred wildlife and landscape photography. My daughter refused to face the light so I gave up and turned her around. I can't complain too much as she is usually a very willing model. I see the potential in this style/pose and plan to work at it a bit more.
No cropping. I over exposed her eyes a bit in LR so they had color again.
D3Sshooter wrote: »
I currently shoot a Canon crop body (50d). I have found on shots of this type it is best to shoot them at least at a 50mm focal legth. For you full framers that equates to 80mm. The problem with using a wider lens...or shorter focal length is that it tends to distort the facial features. Of course a longer focal length can be use, if you have room to put it to use."
Jeff, I think you have it wrong. Lenses are always marked on the real focus length based on a full frame or 35mm film. So , a 50mm lens on a FF is 50mm. A 50mm lens on a camera with NO full-frame needs to be multiplied by its crop factor . In most cases a 1.5 value will close, hence the 50mm becomes 75mm.
M38A1 wrote: »
This has been a great learning thread....
Now, go away rain and bring on the sunshine! I want to try this!!!!
LilyJack wrote: »
I love this thread and these types of shots. I llike this angle and often try it with kids too, although it's not usually a complete frame filler. (First image of child) But the second one is as shot with no cropping for a HS senior and another two of seniors (citizens - Slight cropping) but in portrait orientations. Do you think that orientation works too? The tips on getting both eyes in focus are very helpful. The first of the child is a little soft on the eyes methinks.
Tim Kamppinen wrote: »
Jeff was just saying that since he's on a crop body shooting a 50mm, to get the same results on a full frame camera you would have to use an 80mm (because of the 1.6 crop factor pointed out above... the Nikon crop factor is 1.5) or something close (like an 85).
jmphotocraft wrote: »
Very nice. Tough to nail these shots at f/1.4, and you did it. Great light too.
jeffreaux2 wrote: »
This is a shot that I often try to include in my senior portfolios. These show super well in wallet sized prints. Heatherfeather suggested I fess up on exactly how I do them. So....
I currently shoot a Canon crop body (50d). I have found on shots of this type it is best to shoot them at least at a 50mm focal legth. For you full framers that equates to 80mm. The problem with using a wider lens...or shorter focal length is that it tends to distort the facial features. Of course a longer focal length can be use, if you have room to put it to use.
Both of these shot with the Canon 17-55F2.8IS lens and 50D camera at 50mm F3.5.
Posing / Camera angle:
The easiest way to do the shot is to have the subject seated on the ground. If you remain standing for the shot, the angle allows the ground to be used as a backdrop. This is a super simple way to get an uncluttered backdrop. Brick pavers, concrete, grass, and even asphalt look great as a backdrop.
This first shot was with the Canon 50D and Canon 50mm F1.4 lens at F1.8. The second uses the Canon 17-55 F2.8IS lens.
This is the super easy part. I have never added any artificial light to shots of this type. To get great lighting all that is needed is the proper location. In late afternoon or early morning, get on the shaded side of a wall or building. With the subject looking up at you that big blue sky provides all the needed light. Midday? Get under a porch, overhang, or garage. Seat the subject near the edge of where the sunlit and shadowed area on the ground are adjacent to one another. Keep your subject in the shade but again...have them looking up at the bright blue sky.
Both shot with the Canon 50d and Canon 17-55 F2.8IS.
You will have to shoot a few of these before you get comfortable with what works for you. I try to avoid centering and usually weigh my subject to one side or the other of the frame. I prefer it when I have lined up so that the head takes up roughly 2/3 of the width of the frame and the eyes are located roughly 1/3 from the top edge of the frame. Yes. The rule of thirds applies to portraiture.
This one takes a slightly different approach. Here, to use the blooming azalea shrubs as a backdrop the subject is standing and I have elevated myself on a step ladder. I recommend always having a 3 step ladder on hand for location shooting.
Canon 50d and Canon 50mm F1.4 lens at F2.0. Note the slither of white showing just under the iris of her eyes...shaped like a canoe.
The right subject:
This isn't for everyone. It takes a special sort of person to feel comfortable with a DSLR and a 77mm diameter lens just a few short feet from their face. Reserve these types of shots for those folks who are comfortable in front of the camera. Getting this close to a subject who is camera shy can onle make them more so. Don't be pushy!
Again, another variation. In this shot the subject is standing just inside an open garage door. The open shade, and light reflecting from the concrete apron in front of her act as a huge softbox. I have located myself on a step ladder at quite a distance away in order to utilize a long focal length. A nice compromise if you have a "camera shy" subject.
Canon 50d and Canon 70-200 F2.8 L IS at 200mm and F4.0.
I have found that the Canon 17-55 F2.8IS can give me reliably crisp images at any aperture at the distances required for these shots. It is THE lens to own for a Canon crop sensor camera. However, you don't have to own expensive gear to get the shot. This last shot was taken with a Canon 400d XTi and the Canon "nifty-fifty F1.8 lens.
It's all in the eyes:
Be aware that at least half of the subjects I have used this method with have had sensitive eyes. Asking them to keep looking at the sky (even though the sun is not in sight) while you fidget with lenses or camera settings is asking too much. Instead, get everyone in position and have them close their eyes until you are ready. Give them a three count to open their eyes and shoot the image on 4. Big WIDE open eyes look much better than a case of the squints. Also. experiment with tilting the chin to get the iris to just rest on the bottom eyelid...or go for the "canoe eyes" for that super feminine look.
Lets hear 'em....