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"Andrew & Marina": my first Portrait shots

Discussion in 'Portrait' started by NickCyprus, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Following the advice of a fellow member here (thanks nianys ;)), I decided to "photograph things that matter to me/love".

    So here are some of my first portait attempts in photographing my 20-month old "naugtly" son Andrew and my beautiful niece Marina.

    Note: all shot with 18-55mm kit lens. Mostly jpegs so no PP.
    CC always welcomed ;)



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    My favoutite 3 shots:
    First time I've noticed how photogenic my niece is...
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    Using in-camera toy effect (but messed up with lighting)
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    Also tried some B&Ws but those didn't come so good as they initially looked in the Nex-5's LCD...
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    I'm somehow confused about the NEX-5 in-camera B&W effect - when in this mode can't you adjust apperture, shutter speed, ISO, WB and other parameters?
     
  2. Bimjo

    Bimjo Super Moderator

    Oct 28, 2011
    Washington State
    Jim
    Nice shots of some very cute kids. :)
     
  3. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Bravo !
    4,5,6,9,10 and 12 are the best. 5 & 12 fav's.
    One thing I would avoid, is to center your subjects. Look at all the shots with the kids dead in center : they're the least good of the set. You really should try a simple rule of third (divide your image in three thirds horizontally and vertically, and place your subject roughly at an intersection of the dividing lines. I'm not saying it's to be followed strictly, but generally it works pretty well.
    Regarding the black and white mode, I never had trouble with the 5N and manual mode, I could still set my ISO, shutter etc.. Overall a very nice start, keep at it !
     
  4. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Thanks ;)
     
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Looking nice, shooting with the sun through the window is tough to get consistent lighting.

    As to the B&W issue, I usually am shooting in "S" mode and all the features are there.
     
  6. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Yep, 5 (and 6) are my favourites too, and 12 my favourite from the B&Ws ;)
    Thanks for the kind words!!!

    Ah, the rule of thirds again :mad:..........lol J/K :D - thanks for the tip, it seems that I'll have to practise some more on this since it seems to be the critisism I get a lot ;)

    I'm still confused about the B&W mode...when I choose B&W I'm no longer in M-mode so I can't adjust anything really with the turn knob or other quick buttons - It chooses aperture, ISO and shutter speed by itself :?:?:? Mine is a 5 (not 5N), maybe that has something to do with it?
     
  7. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    618
    Sep 7, 2012
    The 2nd BW one of your son with the train set is lovely.
     
  8. Selten

    Selten TalkEmount Regular

    188
    Oct 22, 2012
    Rhineland, Germany
    Lusi
    lovely images :)
     
  9. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    that is true,look at this page, I am a fan of Steve and he has several daily inspirations that may improve your shots, by the way are very nice photos congratulations.
    Photographing your family with the BEST photo equipment you can afford by Peter | Prosophos | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS
     
  10. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Nick I agree with Teefin1, looking at them closely again, n°10 (second black and white shot with the train) is a winner. Print and frame quality ! As much as I love the kids when they look at the camera, I have often found the most touching pictures happen when they don't. Those little turned faces are precious. In this specific shot the way the (window ?) light comes bathing his face is just gorgeous. The uppoer part of his body and shoulders are dead center, but his lgs going to the right in a diagonal open a perspective (in French a "ligne de fuite", fleeting line) which allows the eyes to breathe out of the picture, instead of caging the viewer in the frame. Those are boring little technicalities, but that will always impact you viewer on an unconcouscious level, that's why it's important to learn to instinctively see and frame with them in mind.
    As an exercice I suggest you spend one hour shooting odds or tabletop items. Make them center, then use rule of third, then review your pictures. Come back tell us what you think.
    And don't forget to frame and hang n°10 !
     
  11. teefin1

    teefin1 TalkEmount Top Veteran

    618
    Sep 7, 2012
    I'm going to try that exercise too Nianys, thanks for the tip.
     
  12. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Thanks ;)

    Thanks for the kind words and for the link ;)


    Thanks for the tips and for the nice tech. review ;)

    My wife saw my shots yesterday and she actually asked me to print & frame No.12 and no.10


    PS. I also have another good B&W that I need to PP tonight and post it. Its one of my favourites cause the expression of my sons face is adorable...;)

    Btw, I'm still having trouble figuring out how you guys/girls can set apperture, ISO and shutter speed when in B&W mode :?:?:?
     
  13. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Ok, let's tackle that B&W question...
    What are you doing exactly ? Shooting in M (or A) mode, and Creative Style B&W ?
    If I try that on either the N or 6, I still can pick ISO, aperture (well, I wouldn't know, I use mf lenses, but that shoudln't be different with an AF one), shutter, and even WB !
    Now are you using any "scene" mode ?? Or "P" ??
    Just try in A or M mode, you should be in control of your settings in both ??
     
  14. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    edit:
    Nevermind, I figured it out....I'm an idiot :eek:
     
  15. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Don't leave us in the dark, what was wrong !? Auto mode ??
     
  16. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    For my B&Ws I was choosing the HC BW option from the "Picture Effect" from the Shoot Mode menu instead of the B&W from the "Creative style" menu, lol :D
     
  17. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Yep, sounds more like it ;)
     
  18. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Here's another 2 B&Ws
    I had to slightly PP those but the first one is probably my favourite (I just love the big laugh on my son's face :D)

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  19. NickCyprus

    NickCyprus Super Moderator

    Oct 11, 2012
    Cyprus
    Nick
    Ok these now are not my "first portrait shots" :) but I have some new photos to share and don't want to start a new thread so I'll just post them here ;)
    (for the record, all those were shot with the MD 50mm 1.7, stopped down @ 2.8, ISO 400-800, 1/160, Landscape with -1 contrast, jpegs, slight PP'd, using flash and with bouncer on white ceiling)

    (I could also post them to one of my other relevant threads too:
    https://www.talkemount.com/f17/playing-around-house-1618/index2.html
    https://www.talkemount.com/f12/im-love-1894/ )

    Marina, my favourite model (isn't she beautiful?) :D
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    Making a funny face :p
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    Andrew, "stealing" some chocolates while nobody's looking :p
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  20. nianys

    nianys TalkEmount All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    France
    Don't worry about cropping head tops. At least I don't worry about it, as long as the rest of the picture works. I love the first of Andrew first, his little profile while he's thinking "hmm, which one do I want ?", is precious !
    Nice set, and great to see you're having quality time with that Rokkor ;) Have you tried letting it sit between 1;7 and 2.8 ?