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Old Oct 11, 2010, 6:26 PM   #1
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Default People portraits - A few random shots of people.. Take 2

It just so happens I wasn't happy earlier with 1 aspect of the FZ35.. taking people portraits.. or I was a total noob.

Today I happened to be at the airport and the flight was delayed so I tried Take 2 of people portraits, so please feel free to criticize...

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I tried jpeg (contrast +1, saturation +1) in camera processing.
No post processing besides resizing.
All pictures taken with spot focus and face detection auto focus and obviously heavy zoom use.

Edit: I know they won't make good prints but I'm more curious about did I use camera in the right manner? Since I'm usually struggling with portraits, I'd appreciate feedback.

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Old Oct 11, 2010, 8:51 PM   #2
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Jake-

Your photos are good "street photography" samples. In a portrait situation, the subject is aware of the photographer, and sitting still, with a much tighter crop.

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My apologies on the misnomer Sarah, I stand corrected! Perhaps a mod can correct the title.

But I'm glad I got the exposure, settings, and colors close to right unlike the first time around when even photoshop took 3 days to fix.. Street photography and portraits scare me.. I feel quite nervous when I attempt it!
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Jake-

I agree color and exposure are really improving. Here is a portrait that my husband took of me. Notice how tight the crop is on a portrait.

http://anchorse.smugmug.com/Other/So...9_6fATG-X3.jpg

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Very nice! Almost feels like a professional shot on a tripod.

Was that a prime lens Sarah?
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Jake, the first image immediately reminded me of an image of Janis Joplin !

Candid people snaps are one of my favourites and I used to take heaps of images in the old black & white days, my favourite lens was 200mm F2.8 Sigma lens and I still have many negatives filed away.

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words and if you study yours for a few minutes they do start to "talk" to you.

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Old Oct 12, 2010, 11:57 AM   #7
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My husband is handicapped, but he did manage to take that photo hand held. I make the A500 lighter by using a Sigma 18-125mm lens.

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My condolences Sarah. I hope his condition improves. But that really is an awesome portrait - hope he's proud of it!
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