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Winter Maternity Shoot

kdotaylorkdotaylor Registered Users Posts: 1,280 Major grins
edited December 31, 2015 in People
I was asked to take photos of a couple expecting their first child after several miscarriages. They wanted to incorporate city lights, which meant taking pictures at dusk, which I've never done. So, I dialed up the ISO, and here's what we got. Any feedback is appreciated!

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Also, what do you think about adding snow where there is none? What do you think of these two:?

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    FoquesFoques Registered Users Posts: 1,951 Major grins
    edited December 29, 2015
    I think these would benefit greatly from a wide open aperture.
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    kdotaylorkdotaylor Registered Users Posts: 1,280 Major grins
    edited December 29, 2015
    These were shot with my 35-70 mm f 2.8 lens, shot open at 2.8 (I just noticed some were shot at 3.5)
    I have a 50 mm 1.4 lens, but I've noticed my photos aren't as sharp with that one--not sure why. I'm wondering if I should invest in an 85 mm 1.8 portrait lens. Any thoughts?
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    FoquesFoques Registered Users Posts: 1,951 Major grins
    edited December 30, 2015
    i'm guessing most were shot at 35-50mm?
    I find that the background is absolutely way too focused.
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    kdotaylorkdotaylor Registered Users Posts: 1,280 Major grins
    edited December 31, 2015
    Foques wrote: »
    i'm guessing most were shot at 35-50mm?
    I find that the background is absolutely way too focused.

    Thanks...I guess I'd have to agree.
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    jonh68jonh68 Registered Users Posts: 2,711 Major grins
    edited December 31, 2015
    The backgrounds don't bother me as much as not taking advantage of the lights. You shot in a way that doesn't make the lights pop. To do this justice you need to shoot off camera flash and dial down the iso. This way you can underexpose the background so only the lights show up and the use flash to expose the subjects. Later in the shoot when it gets darker you will have to bump up iso but not much. I have done a few portrait shoots at night downtown around Christmas lights and clients like this as it gives a different look.

    And the fake snowflakes don't add anything other than make more distractions.
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