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Portrait / Re: 50mm f1.4 group photo
« on: August 16, 2012, 07:37:41 AM »
I think the problem is that you are using a 5DIII, which if you read enough threads on CR, you'll learn is a terrible camera. And that you aren't using an L lens. All non L lenses are total rubbish an should only be used as doorstops. You need a 50mm f/1.2L and NEVER use it at any other setting besides f/1.2! Just focus on one person's most interesting eyelash- Who cares about the rest. I need to see some bokeh!

Um, just kidding. I think lots of people covered possible fixes. Shallow DOF + slow shutter speeds + moving subjects = tough.

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In terms of post processing critique: I'd say some of the techniques you used don't work well with the subjects. IE: harsh mid-tone contrast (extreme clarity/ sharpening) on the upclose female portraits. It is just emphasizing every pore, wrinkle, stray hair and imperfection in their complexion. Most women don't like that kind of effect ;)

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You are 6 months in. Just keep shooting and growing as a photographer and artist. I wouldnt even begin to think about getting paid for work until people start saying, "hey, your work is special, I want to give you my hard earned money in exchange for your talent."

Just focus on your craft and not the cash.

Bottom line: I wouldn't expect people to pay me for anything after just 6 months of practice.

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF135mm f/2L USM
« on: August 14, 2012, 05:12:54 PM »
Just picked up this lens off of Craigslist for 750. It is pretty cool.


Cafe Girls by Philip DiResta, on Flickr


The Gymnast by Philip DiResta, on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 10:13:17 AM »
Wow a lot of people are shooting with lenses that don't even exist!

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Lenses / Re: Which 3 Primes to go for. Your advice will be appreciated
« on: August 12, 2012, 09:12:42 AM »
IMO starting with 3 lenses is a bit crazy. Why not get one zoom (or prime) and see what focal lengths you prefer? Reading reviews is very different than actually shooting.

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Lenses / Re: lens recommendations for a vacation
« on: August 09, 2012, 12:05:59 PM »
I'd take as little gear as possible >> so you can enjoy the trip as much as possible!

24-105 as all day walk around. 50 for indoors/ low light.

24 is wide on FF. 5DIII's ISO capability also makes your 24-105 pretty powerful even though it's "only" f/4.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 30mm f/1.4 or Canon 35mm f/2?
« on: August 08, 2012, 11:34:59 PM »
The "vintage" EF 35 f/2 and the 24 f/2.8 are really great lenses and very affordable. The Sigma prime is APS-c only, so limiting to which bodies you can use it on.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Canon to announce medium format dslr?
« on: August 08, 2012, 08:06:44 AM »
I don't believe this rumor. Canon is moving "beyond the still" as the world evolves- their big ticket items seem to be in the cinema/ Hollywood realm. It just doesn't make sense with their brand position.

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Portrait / Re: Need some Photoshop/Editing help
« on: August 07, 2012, 11:12:49 PM »
This thread is becoming out of control with incredibly over-the-top post processing suggestions for really basic work.

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I've never looked at my camera's sensors. It would make me feel dirty.

Aren't they behind a shutter and mirror thingy? Maybe they wouldn't be dusty if you didn't get all touchy feely with your camera's private parts?

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Portrait / Re: Need some Photoshop/Editing help
« on: August 07, 2012, 02:30:44 PM »
A quick hair edit that took less than 1 min. It is actually the same technique that you can use to remove bags under eyes/ even skin tones:

Assuming Photohop:

1. Make a separate layer- so you don't damage pixels and you can always then reduce effect (opacity).
2. Select Clone Stamp tool- blend mode: lighten // sample: all layers // hardness: 0% // flow: 10%
3. Sample a part of the clean background & start painting over the wispy hair!

Since your blend mode is set to lighten, the cloning will only happen where there are darker pixels- his hair.
I wouldn't use any type of selection tools on a photo with shallow DOF and soft edges, it's too obvious. paint it on soft, then you can always adjust opacity and go back in and clean up edges if you paint over his jacket or beard.

This technique is perfect for lightening bags/ shadows too.

Also note- his right eye (camera left) needs to be adjusted. look at the whites. It is darker than his left. Besides that, I wouldn't do much!




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Another trick if it is a controlled portrait, is to shoot a few frames of them with their glasses off, then you can clone out the reflections in the glasses photos with the other images as source material.

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Portrait / Re: Portrait Feedback Please!
« on: August 07, 2012, 01:56:13 PM »
Not much more to add that hasn't been said. But in my opinion, the look of your model doesn't go with the background at all. She is smiling and posing as if she is taking a Senior portrait with her head tilted, hair to the side and bright smile... but then she is in front of this moody grungy background.

They just don't make sense together. If you are going for an environmental portrait (since it is all in focus I'm assuming you are), she needs to connect more to it. What is she doing there? What is the story you are trying to tell?

Or you can go to the other extreme and make her completely juxtaposed to the background by pumping up the bubblegum sweetness of her look. But she'd need a more extreme fashion choice for that.

Just my .02

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