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  1. #11
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    Re: Beach portrait

    Beach portrait
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    This intimate portrait has good potential. If I might make just a few suggestions and some of these may just be personal preference. Make the crop much tighter. You can still tighten up the crop without losing a sense of "place". This is an intimate moment between mother and child, so make the image itself more intimate as well. I know it is difficult to do sometimes with DX format because your focal lengths are shorter and often maximum apertures are slow, but try to minimize the depth of field to separate the subject from the foreground as much as possible. Especially here since the rock jetty behind them is going right through the middle of her head. Below is a very quick and dirty Photoshop of what I am talking about. This day seemed to be either overcast or cloudy, which is good because it does not produce harsh shadows, but the contrast is a little on the weak side. Using fill flash properly balanced with the ambient light (no more than maybe 25% contribution) would have really made them "pop". The point was also made about sand and snow complicating things and this is a very true statement. Down here on the FL panhandle, our sand is nearly as white as snow and it can be a real bear sometimes to balance, but on the other hand it does provide a good reflector to open up shadows under chins, etc.
    Thanks a ton, STM! I brought the photo back into LR and came up with this:

    Beach portrait-_dsc5243-2.jpg

    I did take a few using a flash, but not on the overcast day. Includes the original one I posted, now with (more) EXIF data!

    Beach portrait-_dsc4999.jpgBeach portrait-_dsc4954.jpg


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    Re: Beach portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by JPar View Post
    Thanks a ton, STM! I brought the photo back into LR and came up with this:

    Beach portrait-_dsc5243-2.jpg

    I did take a few using a flash, but not on the overcast day. Includes the original one I posted, now with (more) EXIF data!

    Beach portrait-_dsc4999.jpgBeach portrait-_dsc4954.jpg
    You are most welcome!

    Much better, but the background is still rather sharp, I am not at all familiar with LR but I am sure you should be able to blur the background somewhat. When shooting at the beach or in the snow, a set of neutral density filters is more of a necessity than a luxury because it lets you open up the aperture for shallower depth of field. I have a set of three; 2x, 4x, and 8x in my camera bag all the time and they get lots of use.

    Below is one of my favorite beach portraits and one that has been widely published both in color and black and white. I prefer the B&W version, but then again I think most things look better in B&W! It was shot with my 300mm f/2.8 Nikkor on a monopod and my wife walking beside her holding a strobe triggered remotely. It is a very long focal length but the lens is razor sharp even 1 stop down, which is what was used here, and the depth of field is very shallow, giving great separation without losing the sense of "place". Pay no attention to the EXIF data because I rarely put in the data in on the "Non-CPU" information when I shoot.

    Last edited by STM; 07-07-2014 at 07:18 PM.
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  3. #13
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    Re: Beach portrait

    JPar, it's great to learn better technique, but if that's your wife and baby, then you will love these photos more each year for the rest of your life no matter what.
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  4. #14
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    Re: Beach portrait

    Beach portrait
    Quote Originally Posted by STM View Post
    You are most welcome!

    Much better, but the background is still rather sharp, I am not at all familiar with LR but I am sure you should be able to blur the background somewhat. When shooting at the beach or in the snow, a set of neutral density filters is more of a necessity than a luxury because it lets you open up the aperture for shallower depth of field. I have a set of three; 2x, 4x, and 8x in my camera bag all the time and they get lots of use.
    Oh man. You just opened a Pandora's box for me... I never even thought to Google how to blur backgrounds in LR. That brought me to the "adjustment brush," which has all sorts of power!

    Added some blur, toned down the saturation and highlights in the background, added some color to her lips and some vignetting... here's the result:

    Beach portrait-_dsc5243-5.jpg
    Last edited by JPar; 07-07-2014 at 07:47 PM.

  5. #15
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    Re: Beach portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by JPar View Post
    Thanks, DraganDL.

    Is it by rule that all portraits should have a shallow depth of field?
    Nothing is ever set in stone, there are times when it works. In this case it was inevitable because I used a 16mm fisheye Nikkor and since I could not use a ND filter, I was down quite a bit on the aperture. Depth of field was probably 2 feet to ∞. Amber was maybe 4 feet from me. Again, fill flash opened up the shadows and evened out the exposures

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