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Old March 31st, 2008, 01:32 PM   #1
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Bling! Bling!


Should have maybe turned on the SB-400 for this one.


Definately should have used the SB-400 for the face, but not sure how it would have affected the rest of the photo.


A generic window shot while we were waiting for Jenny to get washed, but I forgot to use the polarizer. ARGH!


There was an XLR in the showroom at the "Pedders Day" event we went to at a dealership. They let her play with it.

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Old March 31st, 2008, 01:44 PM   #2
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pics look good... 2nd pic need more light so yeah the flash would have been better.. and the 3rd pic had to much noise i think.. but looks good
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Old March 31st, 2008, 02:10 PM   #3
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Is it me or are you using a soft filter? It seems kind of like your colors are "bleeding" out or soft to me.



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Either its a soft filter or he's processing them way too soft. I recall him saying his lady likes the soft look, but...shrug, to each his own.
I personally like my pictures sharp and that's the way I process them as well. Razor sharp pictures of my 4 year old, Disney, landscaping, Paris, etc... But that's just me.
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Old March 31st, 2008, 02:32 PM   #5
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Same here dude. Sharpness FTMFW.



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yea.. needs more sharpness
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Old April 1st, 2008, 05:28 AM   #7
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I soften portraits, because I see that's how portrait studios do them. But I don't soften all my pictures (as you've seen on my other threads). Here are some I snapped of her while she wasn't paying attention to me because she was trying to take pictures of Jenny... but don't tell her I showed them. She's very self conscious about herself when she doesn't wear all her make-up (just lipstick and mascara this day we went to Pedders Day and some orchard). It's a Russian culture thing. The women put on make-up and dress up just when they need to go grocery shopping, and even just to take out the garbage.






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Old April 1st, 2008, 12:54 PM   #8
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i've been following all your practice shots kuya and i must say...you're getting better n better. keep taking notes from the pros on this forum and you'll be a pro by the end of the year.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:05 PM   #9
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Thank you. It's nice to know that I'm getting a little better bit by bit. But the pros here are able to take anything and make it into art. They can just find something, and compose it and somehow turn it into something beautiful. Your words really do help though, and I feel a little good about myself.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 01:33 PM   #10
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looking good Kuya, Rex is right, you're defintely progressing into a professional.
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Old April 1st, 2008, 03:25 PM   #11
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I'm diggin the trees shot. stick to the trees yo!
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Old April 1st, 2008, 08:50 PM   #12
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Some studios like to over soften their portraits....Asian ones are notorious for this. Their glamour shots and wedding photos almost always are overly soft, but that's just that style. I like my shots Maxim Girl Sharp
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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:02 PM   #13
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I love being colorblind, I have just about no idea what anyone is talking about.
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Nice shots Kuya, especially the linear perspective on those trees there =) I need to start doing some portraits as well.. I have a couple of girls that would like me to do some shoots for them but classes are raping me in the a$$ right now! I'd probably be all nervous trying to work the camera haha.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 03:30 AM   #15
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Here's one of the tree shots as well that hasn't been "portrait hazed". I managed to crack a joke and got her to laugh and not have a pose. Before anyone comments about it, no she didn't gain the sixty pounds I lost. Since she's not rich either, her clothes aren't all tailored and stuff, so lately her shirts and sweaters hang loose and fold after going over... them. I tell her to tuck them in or wear a smaller size or we can go halfsies on more tailor fit clothes for her, but she refuses... just like she refuses to see the beauty of using flash.



And Unique (I have no idea why I still don't remember you by name by now... with all the help you've given me), you had better share those portraits you take!

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Old April 2nd, 2008, 03:49 AM   #16
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i like that last candid pic, but i think it would have been a better shot if "jenny" was in the frame too.

did you take those with the 55-200VR?
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 04:25 AM   #17
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Yeah, Steve was right when he said it makes a decent portrait lens.
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Haha, of course man. My name is Kevin as well, like Doc X so that should be easy to remember. What's yours?
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Nice! I like the soft look. This is very nice work, Kuya.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 08:20 PM   #20
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Yeah the 55-200VR is a great budget portrait lens too. It actually had easily the nicest bokeh among the consumer level lenses, even better than my 70-300VR in that comparison.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 11:45 PM   #21
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My name is Kuya.
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Old April 2nd, 2008, 11:53 PM   #22
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^^hes kuya master
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Pics are lookin great Kuya, but I think your softening technique could use some work. Most of the "soft-focus" effect you are looking for comes from highlights being blurred, not the shadows.

Give this tutorial a shot and see how it goes: http://forrestcroce.com/Articles/DigitalSoftFocus.html

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Old May 8th, 2008, 01:28 AM   #24
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After we did our walking around Old Sacramento (other thread), we went back to the trees place so I can try some stuff again. Flash was used, but she refused to climb up into a tree again, because she knew I was going to go for upskirt shots. Some of them were portrait hazed at her request, but some weren't. Anyway, this is why I'm somewhat concerned about getting the 105mm f/2.8 Nikkor rather than the 60mm f/2.8 Nikkor. In all of these I shot with the SB-400 flash on and at 55mm or less, and gave it enough time for thte "ready" light to be on, but in some her face is still too dark (just like in the bridge on in the other thread). If it were indoors, I could just take off the diffuser box and bounce it off the ceiling... but these are outside shots.









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Very nice bro. I'm really diggin' the two arms in the air shot.

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Old May 31st, 2008, 01:36 AM   #26
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Some softened, and some not. I've found that I am really really uncomfortable shooting with the camera turned sideways for some reason. I know it's the proper way to take a portrait, but for some reason it feels odd to me.

I totally wish I saw that damn sprig that sticks out too far toward her face while taking the pictures... but my photographer eye just isn't at that level yet. I'm too busy worrying about light and stuff still!

Pics were taken with her 30mm f/1.4 Sigma. Wasn't able to pack her 105mm f/2.8 Nikkor because of my damn lack of non-AF-S focus ability.







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Old May 31st, 2008, 03:32 AM   #27
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I know it's the proper way to take a portrait, but for some reason it feels odd to me.
thats where a battery grip usually comes in, but the D40 doesnt have any grips available. at least not any "real" ones with a direct shutter button and command dial.
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