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09/14/2004 12:39:25 PM · #1
Here are some selections from a photo shoot I did with a friend of mine. She has *great* clothes- she showed up to the shoot in a beaver skin top hat that's easily over 100 years old.

I'd love some feedback if y'all have time!

Thanks in advance,
Amanda

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*oop- "Barbie" connection is in the titles...
09/14/2004 12:46:21 PM · #2
I love this one

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With the look, pose and soft focus it's screaming 1920's at me, please try it in B/W, Sepia or Duotone - I think it will work :)

Keep smiling

Darren
09/14/2004 12:48:45 PM · #3
The pics are fine...but I do not see the liaison with "barbie style" at all.
09/14/2004 12:50:55 PM · #4
Amanda, those are just fabulous! I love the sexy salsa pic and the lady of the night pic... great poses (IMH and uneducated O anyway)! I get the barbie connection...dressing her up in all the fun clothes! ;o)
09/14/2004 12:54:05 PM · #5
The focus or sharpness seems just a tad off, but I love the light, the poses and the cropping. You may want to experiment with getting closer, even very close, in addition to your 1/2 and 3/4 shots. My favorite is the high contrasty one. Fun stuff!
09/14/2004 12:57:16 PM · #6
Nice work, Amanda. I've left comments.
09/14/2004 12:59:11 PM · #7
This one is my favorite. I am not much for make up, so I think she is wearing to much. Can't really see her natural beauty and she does have very pretty eyes.

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09/14/2004 01:38:39 PM · #8
Finally: talent and creativity.

Nice work, I don't really like the top one, but all the others are great. I love that you utilized natural light.

Really: good work. The lost shot: wow.

I think the comments about focus and that sort of technical stuff, can basically be explained by your equipment.

Message edited by author 2004-09-14 13:39:57.
09/14/2004 01:48:04 PM · #9
Thanks guys!

I find I have a hard time with getting a very sharp focus. The Canon 50mm/1.8 wants to focus on the chest if left in autofocus, so I've been manually doing it. However, I have a terrible time telling when I have the shot fully focused as well! Any tips?
09/14/2004 01:55:28 PM · #10
Originally posted by Jesuispeure:

I find I have a hard time with getting a very sharp focus. The Canon 50mm/1.8 wants to focus on the chest if left in autofocus, so I've been manually doing it. However, I have a terrible time telling when I have the shot fully focused as well! Any tips?

What I did was to use auto focus in centre-focus mode and focus on the eye, then with my finger half down on the shutter button 'dragged' the camera to the composition I wanted. That way the focus was pretty near perfect on the eye, and composed as I wanted it.

Rest assured, the 300D and 50/1.8 are capable of near-perfect auto-focus.

Edit: Fixed quote

Message edited by author 2004-09-14 13:55:45.
09/14/2004 01:59:47 PM · #11
Originally posted by GoldBerry:

I think the comments about focus and that sort of technical stuff, can basically be explained by your equipment.


Not sure what you mean by this, the 300D and 50mm 1.8 is sufficient to provide fantastically sharp shots!

Message edited by author 2004-09-14 14:00:51.
09/14/2004 02:22:50 PM · #12
Originally posted by tomlewis1980:

Originally posted by GoldBerry:

I think the comments about focus and that sort of technical stuff, can basically be explained by your equipment.


Not sure what you mean by this, the 300D and 50mm 1.8 is sufficient to provide fantastically sharp shots!


Oh yeah, if it's in focus it's freeking incredible, if it's not, it's very much not.
09/14/2004 02:26:06 PM · #13
The square cropped one, and then the one with the brown dress are my favorites, and really awesome.

Great work!
09/14/2004 02:40:41 PM · #14
Lady of the night is beautiful. It's my favorite. All of them are excellent fashion photos. Unique and dramatic.
09/14/2004 02:49:07 PM · #15
Originally posted by PaulMdx:

Originally posted by Jesuispeure:

I find I have a hard time with getting a very sharp focus. The Canon 50mm/1.8 wants to focus on the chest if left in autofocus, so I've been manually doing it. However, I have a terrible time telling when I have the shot fully focused as well! Any tips?

What I did was to use auto focus in centre-focus mode and focus on the eye, then with my finger half down on the shutter button 'dragged' the camera to the composition I wanted. That way the focus was pretty near perfect on the eye, and composed as I wanted it.

Rest assured, the 300D and 50/1.8 are capable of near-perfect auto-focus.

Edit: Fixed quote


EXACTLY! You can set the centre focus by holding the 7-point focus button and using the shutter-speed-scroll to move the icon in the top view finder till it shows a line [or circle] in the middle. So it would essentially look like this:

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I've had the same issues - be sure to set this.
09/14/2004 02:49:46 PM · #16
Originally posted by Jesuispeure:

Originally posted by tomlewis1980:

Originally posted by GoldBerry:

I think the comments about focus and that sort of technical stuff, can basically be explained by your equipment.


Not sure what you mean by this, the 300D and 50mm 1.8 is sufficient to provide fantastically sharp shots!


Oh yeah, if it's in focus it's freeking incredible, if it's not, it's very much not.


Sorry, didn't see what lens you were using - thought it was probably the kit lens.
09/14/2004 04:28:44 PM · #17
3rd and 4th are my top picks... absolutely wonderful. Loved the use of natural light.

I think the second one feels like a snapshot to me (but that is totally personal opinion) and the last one feels too 'crowded'. I love the pose, look on her face, outfit and the top hat just finishes it wonderfully; I just wish there wasn't so much around her though...

09/14/2004 04:46:31 PM · #18
Originally posted by colda:

I love this one

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With the look, pose and soft focus it's screaming 1920's at me, please try it in B/W, Sepia or Duotone - I think it will work :)

Keep smiling

Darren


Hope you don't mind me trying it out (could not resist)

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Darren
09/14/2004 05:15:33 PM · #19
Originally posted by colda:

Originally posted by colda:

I love this one

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With the look, pose and soft focus it's screaming 1920's at me, please try it in B/W, Sepia or Duotone - I think it will work :)

Keep smiling

Darren


Hope you don't mind me trying it out (could not resist)

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Darren


Ooh, I like it, although I might crop in a bit. I'll play with a duotone here...
09/14/2004 06:00:40 PM · #20
Originally posted by Jesuispeure:


Oh yeah, if it's in focus it's freeking incredible, if it's not, it's very much not.


Sounds like you need to stop the lens down a bit! :)

When shooting portraits I always select a single AF point - normally the one to the left or right of centre - however Paulís system of focusing then 'dragging' the camera to compose the shot also works well, as long as you remain the same distance from the model.

Great shoot by the way! Not sure I could pick out any favourites, all good photos, although I'm not too keen on the high contrast B&W (probably more the style than the shot itself). You can clearly see lines down her arms where it goes from shades of grey to white, also the models left hand looks a little dark to me you may want to dodge it slightly?
09/14/2004 06:19:48 PM · #21
Originally posted by tomlewis1980:

When shooting portraits I always select a single AF point - normally the one to the left or right of centre - however Paulís system of focusing then 'dragging' the camera to compose the shot also works well, as long as you remain the same distance from the model.


For really shallow depth of field, this method is really inadvisable. Many people are under the misconception that maintaining camera-subject distance retains the focal plane, but it does not. The focal plane is exactly that: a plane of focus which is parallel to the film/sensor plane. When you rotate the camera you are also rotating the focal plane (your focal point moves along an arc). In the case of a vertical model, standing relatively straight, you'll probably end up pushing the focus back a few inches (depending on focal length, aperture, etc.).

While focus-recompose is a useful technique in some situations, you have to be careful with it, especially when shooting wide aperture portraits, macros, etc.
09/14/2004 11:17:11 PM · #22
Originally posted by dwoolridge:

Originally posted by tomlewis1980:

When shooting portraits I always select a single AF point - normally the one to the left or right of centre - however Paulís system of focusing then 'dragging' the camera to compose the shot also works well, as long as you remain the same distance from the model.


For really shallow depth of field, this method is really inadvisable. Many people are under the misconception that maintaining camera-subject distance retains the focal plane, but it does not. The focal plane is exactly that: a plane of focus which is parallel to the film/sensor plane. When you rotate the camera you are also rotating the focal plane (your focal point moves along an arc). In the case of a vertical model, standing relatively straight, you'll probably end up pushing the focus back a few inches (depending on focal length, aperture, etc.).

While focus-recompose is a useful technique in some situations, you have to be careful with it, especially when shooting wide aperture portraits, macros, etc.


Yeah, that also doesn't work because just holding down the shutter button half way, the lens freaks out trying to refocus itself along the way. So the best solution is to increase my focal plane?
09/14/2004 11:28:54 PM · #23
Best way is to move the focus point to be on the face of your subject. You just select the focus point with the wheel until the one on the face glows red then you press the shutter to select it. No problems in getting the right area focussed this way.
09/14/2004 11:31:21 PM · #24
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This one is my fav. The thumbnail image doesn't do it justice, but I love the framing, the expression on her face, the wind blowing, the colorful flowers and the big question of ... what is she doing way up there?!?
09/14/2004 11:59:45 PM · #25
Originally posted by colda:

I love this one

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With the look, pose and soft focus it's screaming 1920's at me, please try it in B/W, Sepia or Duotone - I think it will work :)

Keep smiling

Darren


I really like this one too.
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