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Old Oct 23, 2011, 10:12 PM   #1
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Had a chance this weekend to do a pleasant outdoor portrait shoot (actually teaching the young lady's mom a few tips on making the most of her DSLR) with one of the cheerleaders at our school. Only the second time I've used the K-5 on portraits. I used two lenses in the shoot.... the 50mm f/1.4 and the 18-135 that I use as a walk-around lens. The shoot was at a spot I hadn't been, and I wished for my 70-200 f/2.8. First shot was on a rock bridge. I used multiple layers in Photoshop and desaturated the background layer to draw attention to her face...



The next two were shot about a minute apart ..... which do you like best?.... in the second, she's looking to her mom, who was also shooting....
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Finally, we moved on to an old mill building, complete with water wheel....
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A few others from the shoot....
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All shots with the K5 and one of the two lenses mentioned above.....Pentax 540 flash used on high speed sync for fill flash...

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Old Oct 24, 2011, 7:01 AM   #2
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Some of these are great Paul (wish you had numbered them ) ... you seem to be progressing in leaps and bounds.

I love #1 - the desat work is perfect.
#2 & #3 - I prefer the pose in #3 but the eyes in #2.
#4 looks a tad under-exposed.
#5 (or #6 as it looks like one shot hasn't loaded) the one with her hands in her pockets and leaning on the water-wheel - great, this could be a magazine clothing shot.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 8:54 AM   #3
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Very nicely done, Paul. You caught her personality as well as her beauty. Like them all, but my favorites are the first one and the last one.
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 7:15 PM   #4
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Some wonderful photos from the hands of a master! Great expressions, wonderful tone & composition on all of these!
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Old Oct 24, 2011, 9:32 PM   #5
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Since I'm completely clueless when it comes to portrait photography, all of them look awesome to me. What a pretty model! I love the first one, but she is just so pretty and looks like she's having a good time that all of them are charming. I do agree that the 4th one looks a bit dark, compared to the rest which are all awesome.

What type of lighting did you use - an off-camera flash or something else? It looks so natural in most of the pictures.
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Paul, these are all awesome! I'm a bit jealous of your technique on the first one, because I haven't gotten "brave" enough to try layers, maybe soon...

As for portraits, I like the model to be looking at me. I'm funny that way, but years down the road when I look at a portrait, eye contact always gives me a warm feeling. Looking away from the camera seems a bit formal to me.

By the way, ya gotta love that high speed sync.
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Thanks for all the nice comments. I went back and numbered the shots. Frog, I agree with you on 2 & 3. On 2 I used the dodge tool with about a 50% opacity to give a little push to the whites of her eyes, but their natural beauty came from her parents. You and Harriet both agreed that #4 looked a little dark. That was deliberate. I handheld the Pentax 540 slightly to the side and pointed up at a 45. This put light on her face but not so much anywhere else. I was going for sort of a film noire look... darkness all around the edges with light on her central face. I contemplated converting to black and white and darkening the shadows, while dodging the light up on the water.... does this effect work better?



I really like the one with her hands in her pocket, too.

Harriet, I used the Pentax 540 on all of these shots. In most cases, I was using it to overcome shadowing in the presence of strong sun. I had it mounted on a bracket about two inches above the camera for most shots, although in the shot above, I loosed it from the bracket to bring the light in a little from the side.

I normally always want the model's eyes on me, even if the face is pointed slightly off, however, in this shoot, mom was also shooting and she often got the eyes. That freed the young lady to not be so conscious of me and let more of her natural personality come through.

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I think I'd dodge her clothing/hat just a little as there is no outline - just a face in a black background - though maybe that is your intention !
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All of them are very nicely done, Paul, thanks for posting them as I can use the pose ideas on my granddaughters. My daughter in law is asking for some new shots. I really like the last 2

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I really like the black and white version better, I just wasn't crazy about the first one. The b&w one is nice.
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