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Old May 31, 2005, 4:25 PM   #1
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Don't do many portrait shots as I don't like doing them, prefer sports photography.

I did this on Monday and I'd like some help in improving the quality. I did this manually but don't think I properly focused her eyes, guess it was a bit lower down!!!!!! :G

Exif data is:-

Color Representation: Uncalibrated
Shutter Speed 1/500 sec
Lens Aperture F/4.5
Focal Length 70mm
F-Number F/4.5
Exposure Time 1/500 sec
ISA Speed 200
Metering Mode Pattern
Exposure Program Manual
Exposure Compensation 0 step

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Old May 31, 2005, 5:02 PM   #2
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Hey CarlsPhotos,
What do you mean you "did this manually?" Are you meaning you focused manually? If so, I really don't see anything actually in focus (even below her eyes)!

Your camera has a great autofocus system...if it were me, I would select the center focus point and half-press the shutter button while focusing on her closest eye. Then you can reframe & take the shot.
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Old May 31, 2005, 5:29 PM   #3
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I'd have to agree with you...looks like I'll have to practice a whole lot more!

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Old Jun 1, 2005, 2:38 AM   #4
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I like the pose and the lady.
But the focus is indeed of, rely on the AF.
When getting close use the focus point on the eyes (not center), because when reframing focus can be off.
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Old Jun 1, 2005, 6:23 AM   #5
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Try this, im guessing there was a fair bit of sunlight..

a slower shutter... maybe 1/125 ish, ISO 100, and take as many shots as you can in a burst. I take about 6 per subject and usually manage to get the right look i want. Also, watch the lighting (umbrella shading top half), this will affect your cameras thinking and may result in too much contrast.

Try portrait mode, or auto mode until your comfortable taking shots of people. I still use auto, as its so much easy to focus on the subjects pose, rather than your cameras settings.

Keep at it.
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