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Discussion in 'Portrait' started by fractal, Jul 29, 2015.
Snapped a few impromptu portraits at a family gathering. NEX-7 + SEL 50mm 1.8.
Very nice. Last one has a bit of an orange glow though.
Very nice portraits! Lovely rendering from that lens.
Probably my favorite lens.
Great family shots!
Well done. Good captures of the folks.
This last weekend was a family wedding. A few more portraits with the NEX-7 + SEL 50mm 1.8 combo...
Very nice, @fractal !
Love the SEL 50mm 1.8
OP: They look a little soft, or OOF. Were you shooting @ 1.8? Be careful with portrait work @ 1.8 as the DOF is so shallow its has displeasing results. The first one shot of grandma if focused on the hair around the ears and her face is out of focus. I stick with 2.8 for candid/family portraits. You do loose that milky back ground a little bit, but you can make up for it by planing the shot with more distance between subject and background. I also like the sigma 60mm for this reason.. 2.8+10mm give me a little better balance with the DOF for this kind go work.
Thats a major portrait work benefit to a FF body... 2.8 on FF gives you excellent bokhen with better DOF to keep the entire subject in focus.
.. @ 1.8 at least focus on the eye
They look sharp with adequate DOF for the eyes to me. Just looks like they weren't sharpened much after resizing.
Just the first two I guess... I only see the hair in focus. I guess the unwires lies in the metadata I never like any portraits @ 1.8... Always seem to distract me when any part of the face is not in focus.
The very last one on the OPs second set in front of the red barn is excellent! Love the color, background, Focus, crop, smiles... good stuff.
Thanks for the feedback. Love to hear any constructive criticism.
The picture in question ( of my Mother ) was shot @ f/4 as for the most part I've long since given up trying to nail the eyes at f/1.8 - especially for casual shots.
In LR i moved the clarity slider to the left (negative) to give the shot a softer look and added some NR to smooth some of the skin. Perhaps that is what you are picking up.
Most older people I know are not exactly fans of super sharp portraits.
They should be well pleased.
Ahh I see, it is the clarity slider I see. cool bean Im not a fan, but to each you know.
I love the red barn shot (last one) great shot!