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11/09/2012 10:30:19 PM · #1
ive been trying to take some portrait shots of myself and my girl but they always seem to come out fuzzy...whats the trick to taking sharp looking portrait photos?
11/10/2012 03:03:56 AM · #2
It is hard to say what missed without an example of what you are taking about, as there are so many ways of missing the great detail that make a good portrait.
But here goes; Light, lots and lots of light.
You really have to get that shutter at /60th or faster.
Get the aperture small enough that both of you are in focus.
Get that camera on a tripod or stable surface and use a remote release or use the timer to get rid of shutter wiggle.

Those are my top 3.
11/10/2012 08:36:02 AM · #3
Originally posted by BrennanOB:


Those are my top 3.


4

It's all good.
11/10/2012 11:59:21 AM · #4
i find self portraits to be amazingly difficult.

like Brennen says, really small aperture, lots and lots of light and tripod. it also helps if you takes test shots of your girl first in the correct spot to get the focus in the area and use a remote trigger so you don't have to keep running back and forth. try to keep a really good distance between you and your background to create a bokeh effect.
11/10/2012 06:30:03 PM · #5
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thanks for the advice guys....i guess my main problem would be my lighting situation...things always look kinda yellow...i did practice somemore today and had a little more sucess...i happen to be outside though where the lighting was extrordinary...beautiful day today...i posted some of the shots i took today...what do u think?
11/10/2012 06:33:04 PM · #6
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Good looking portraits.

Message edited by author 2012-11-10 18:34:16.
11/11/2012 12:54:51 AM · #7
Not a pro and been having trouble getting my own to look good, but a couple things I noticed.

1st pic the aperture is too large. It looks like the sleeve is in focus, making the face fuzzy. If you want a shallow DoF make sure to focus on the eyes. Or use a larger F number to get all of her in focus.

Other 2, with the harsh sunlight, the baseball cap causes some really harsh shadows. Some fill flash or a reflector to soften up those shadows should help.
11/11/2012 02:35:22 AM · #8
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

It is hard to say what missed without an example of what you are taking about, as there are so many ways of missing the great detail that make a good portrait.
But here goes; Light, lots and lots of light.
You really have to get that shutter at /60th or faster.
Get the aperture small enough that both of you are in focus.
Get that camera on a tripod or stable surface and use a remote release or use the timer to get rid of shutter wiggle.

Those are my top 3.


+ focus on the eyes.
10/25/2013 07:35:59 AM · #9
you just add some variety in your portrait do some experiment with eye contact. best to set a wide aperture to shallow depth of field

Message edited by author 2013-10-25 07:36:40.
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