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Old Apr 26, 2005, 1:22 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I am a newbie to photography and I am still trying to figure out my D70,lol. I am new to digital photogaphy completely but have been interested and taking pics for about a year now. I had my sister out with me last week and let her be my model for a few shots. She isn't very comfortable in front of the camera so she wouldn't lose the glasses,lol. Any advice on how this photo could have been better would be appreciated. thanks in advance,

Regards, Jules.
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 8:27 AM   #2
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Jules,

You have a good focus on the face with the background out of focus. That is a fine place to start, but here are some suggestions/comments:

1) Direct sun light is harsh for portraits. The shadows are usually unattractive. Get under a tree or some other shade so that the shadows are more diffuse.

2) The sunglasses can be OK if they are part of the personís character, but the eyes are usually the central focus of a portrait.

3) Having the out of focus tree directly beside her head is distracting. Try for a more neutral background near the head.

There are lots of things to think about when trying to deliberately take a complimentary portrait. Youíve made a start.

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Old Apr 27, 2005, 8:47 AM   #3
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Thanks for the tips there Gordon, I need all the help I can get.

Regards, Jules.
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Old Apr 27, 2005, 4:11 PM   #4
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When shooting people outside, like Gordon said, direct light is harsh and you wantthe background as out of focus as possible; unless it's an important part of the picture. Here you can make out whats in the background even though they are out of focus.
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Old Apr 28, 2005, 4:08 AM   #5
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A few thoughts

1. The glasses are a problem in this photo as i can see your reflection. Buy a polorizing filter and a UV filter so that you get saturated photos without the reflections.

2. When taking portraits, take the ISO down as much as possible. I think the d70 goes down to 50.

3. Bring the top of the frame down to just above the head, and zoom in slightly. If done well, you will get perfect face detail, which is important.

4. Even though its sunny, use fill flash to smooth shadows.

Hope they helped.
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Old Apr 28, 2005, 12:48 PM   #6
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Hi Jules,

Welcome to the forum.

What a great pic of your sister Congrats!

Attached is a "tweak" of your photo.

Personally, in this type of outdoor portrait, I like seeing you reflected in the sunglasses. It hints at the relationship between you and your sis.

Have fun with that D70 :-)
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Old Apr 29, 2005, 8:25 PM   #7
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Thanks for "tweaking" it but unfortunately I can't see it. All I get is a little red ex in the box. Does that mean the photo is no longer there?

Thanks, Jules.:?
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I think its a very good photo but would have been a great photo if you would have included a little more of the girl's torso to balance out the shot a bit.
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Old Apr 29, 2005, 11:58 PM   #9
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Hi Jules,

You may need to clear your 'net cache.

Tools, Internet Options, Delete Files, check box for offline content.

Also, you could try right click on the red x, left click on copy

then paste the URL into your Explorer URL locator line
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Old Apr 30, 2005, 8:36 PM   #10
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I think I agree Terry when you say to add a bit of her torso to balance it out a little more. I see that now. I can also see the "tweaking" now of the pic as well there "digcamfan" thank you. I see you added a bit of a colour boost there. Looks good!

Cheers, jules.
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