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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #45 on: December 22, 2011, 10:17:30 AM »
Watch out for too shallow DOF ( #3 )

I actually like the shallow DOF on #3...

I think the keyword here is "too"--the shallow DoF is nice, but a half inch to an inch so deeper might be a little better effect, IMHO.  Hard to say for sure without comparing directly.  When I'm uncertain with this kind of shot, I'll just shoot 2 frames with the second one stopped down a bit and then I can decide which is better after the fact.  Of course this could just be do to my lack of experience.

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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #46 on: December 22, 2011, 12:54:33 PM »
Watch out for too shallow DOF ( #3 )

I actually like the shallow DOF on #3...

I think the keyword here is "too"--the shallow DoF is nice, but a half inch to an inch so deeper might be a little better effect, IMHO.  Hard to say for sure without comparing directly.  When I'm uncertain with this kind of shot, I'll just shoot 2 frames with the second one stopped down a bit and then I can decide which is better after the fact.  Of course this could just be do to my lack of experience.

An eye is in focus, what more do you need?  ;D

Anyway, as Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "Sharpness is a Bourgeois concept."  8)
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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #47 on: December 22, 2011, 02:41:15 PM »


An eye is in focus, what more do you need?  ;D

Anyway, as Henri Cartier-Bresson said, "Sharpness is a Bourgeois concept."  8)
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Two eyes is normal :D

H C-B didn't believe in a really shallow DOF. As H C-B was a rich man for him to speak of Bourgeois concepts is rather amusing
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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2011, 04:57:45 PM »
your pics are fine -- which makes me wonder about your screen or printer having issues???

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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #49 on: December 22, 2011, 05:58:45 PM »
I'm a fan of shallow depth of field too, but there are certain images where it works and some it doesn't, it's all down to overall style. Personally, I like the idea of a single eye in focus. A different angle and it might not work, but I think it works in #3, based on the overall processing and style. It's very easy to have all wedding photos looking the same, but it's good to see a little more creativity. In fact someone recently asked if I did weddings, as they didn't like traditional wedding photos, but I usually run away from people if I can get away with it :P. If anything, I find that the colours in #1 are a little oversaturated, based on the green in particular, as it draws the eye too much. However, the skin tones are a little washed out, but that is down to the harsh lighting rather than any deficiency in technique or equipment and you can't exactly postpone the wedding until a day when there are overcast conditions. While in some ways a full frame is a better choice for weddings, I don't think it makes a huge difference, you simply frame differently or make a different lens choice. Of course, the best of both worlds would be to have both full frame and crop.
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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #50 on: December 23, 2011, 08:42:08 AM »
Indeed... Depends on whether the goal is a more literal representation or a more artistic rendering...
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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #51 on: December 23, 2011, 09:55:37 AM »
For weddings you have to go with the clients wishes not your own

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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #52 on: December 23, 2011, 04:13:09 PM »
True at times, but then there are wedding photographers hired expresssly for their look...
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Re: Do I need a better camera or a better pair of hands?
« Reply #53 on: December 23, 2011, 08:27:59 PM »
I am good looking but am hired for my photos  ;D ;D ;D ;D

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« Reply #53 on: December 23, 2011, 08:27:59 PM »