Getting Into Portrait Photography.

b08rsab08rsa Major grinsAmelia, OHPosts: 207Registered Users Major grins
edited October 23, 2018 in People

I have been away from this forum for a long time. I have recently getting the hankering to get back into photography. A few years ago, I used to shoot sports as a serious hobby. Now that my daughter no longer plays sports, I have moved on to shooting landscape, and now trying my hand a portrait.
Here is one of my first shots. Constructive criticism is appreciated.

Regards,
Ron A.

Sony A7ii, Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, Sony FE85mm f/1.8 Lens, Sony FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens, Godox 860iiS Flash.

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  • KellyCKellyC Major grins Posts: 127Registered Users Major grins
    edited October 24, 2018

    Watch the glare in the glasses. The bra strap in the second one. I will let others chime in on the rest.

  • puzzledpaulpuzzledpaul low down bum Posts: 1,620Registered Users Major grins

    I'm not a people shooter, but the 'mantra' that I generally try to have in mind and essentially sums up my approach was seen in this forum* some time ago.

    Light
    Background
    Composition
    Pose

    For me, the background is way too busy in both shots - ie an 'eye pull'

    pp

    • by Zoomer.
  • b08rsab08rsa Major grins Amelia, OHPosts: 207Registered Users Major grins

    @KellyC said:
    Watch the glare in the glasses. The bra strap in the second one. I will let others chime in on the rest.

    Good Catch on the bra strap. I completely overlooked it.

    Sony A7ii, Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, Sony FE85mm f/1.8 Lens, Sony FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens, Godox 860iiS Flash.
  • b08rsab08rsa Major grins Amelia, OHPosts: 207Registered Users Major grins

    @puzzledpaul said:
    I'm not a people shooter, but the 'mantra' that I generally try to have in mind and essentially sums up my approach was seen in this forum* some time ago.

    Light
    Background
    Composition
    Pose

    For me, the background is way too busy in both shots - ie an 'eye pull'

    pp

    • by Zoomer.

    Thank you for the insight.

    Sony A7ii, Sigma 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens, Sony FE85mm f/1.8 Lens, Sony FE 28-70 mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens, Godox 860iiS Flash.
  • joshhuntnmjoshhuntnm Las Cruces, NM Posts: 1,814Registered Users Major grins

    2. Get the subjects away from the wall. Try to get some separation from the background -- either through bokeh or different lighting conditions in the background.

  • mongoose330mongoose330 South AfricaPosts: 175Registered Users Major grins

    I always try and capture the persons personality when doing Portraits . , so these ladies been in the armed forces , I would have tried to show them near , or by tools of their trade , Even if its a reflection of plane or tank.
    or maybe even try an Informal / formal portrait.. Imagine a photo from above , the two looking up grinning while they are marching as if in Parde. , Or both ladies throwing paper airplanes , fun , informal but not just a plane portrait , something that shows them as been fun , and their jobs as they have on the uniforms.

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