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Postby flipflop1117 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 8:23 am

I have done my own portraits for 3 months and 6 months. Are they decent?


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6 months

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I'd like to keep doing them rather then take him somewhere, but worry they look too amateur? Thanks for any feed back!
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Postby photofashionista » Thu Oct 14, 2010 11:54 am

Oh my gosh, he has the cutest little face!!!!

You need to work on your focus and try using a sheet or blanket as a backdrop. It looks like you have a pretty good natural light source which is always more flattering than a flash.

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Postby blessedmommy » Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:38 pm

What type of camera do you use?

I personally would ditch the props(stuff animals). I feel like they distract you from him cuteness. He is cute enough to need no props:wink:

In the 6 month pictures the focus seems to fall more on the backdrop leaving him a bit blurred. Your B&W's are a bit dark.

Also try backing up a bit. You are so close. If you print these and frame them, the frame will cut even more off the photo. I try to always leave a little extra space for that.
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Postby flipflop1117 » Thu Oct 14, 2010 2:36 pm

Thanks for the advice! It's a Nikon Cool Pix s80.

How do you keep them sitting well with no props? Jaxon usually wont sit still unless I give him something to hold.
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Postby victoria_1024 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 5:59 pm

#8 and #9 are so cute!!

You got good advice already, I think you're headed in the right direction but you definitely have some focus issues. Backing up a little bit will help the focus be more crisp.

As for getting him to sit up, try a bean bag. Cover it with a big blanket, drape the blanket up behind him over the back of a chair. Just make a big indent in the bean bag and he should be able to sit up on his own in that, and you've got yourself a "studio". :)

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Postby flipflop1117 » Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:41 pm

victoria_1024 wrote:#8 and #9 are so cute!!

You got good advice already, I think you're headed in the right direction but you definitely have some focus issues. Backing up a little bit will help the focus be more crisp.

As for getting him to sit up, try a bean bag. Cover it with a big blanket, drape the blanket up behind him over the back of a chair. Just make a big indent in the bean bag and he should be able to sit up on his own in that, and you've got yourself a "studio". :)

Just a quick example...
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Postby AmandaP » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:48 am

You do have a good handle on using natural light, so thats a plus. I agree with other that the focus is slighty off. If you are trying to get really close with that cam, there is a macro feature, dial it to the little flower symbol and you can get infocus and super close to his pretty eyes. What a cutie!
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Postby flipflop1117 » Sun Oct 17, 2010 12:55 pm

AmandaP wrote:You do have a good handle on using natural light, so thats a plus. I agree with other that the focus is slighty off. If you are trying to get really close with that cam, there is a macro feature, dial it to the little flower symbol and you can get infocus and super close to his pretty eyes. What a cutie!


Thanks, I will def. try the macro feature!

I had a film camera. It's a Nikon, too, I don't remember the model # but it's got a nice zoom lens and when I was in art school and took photography, I got really good with focusing. I have a harder time with the point-and-shoot digital cameras, but unfortunately something is off with my film cam (it takes a few pics and then it's almost like the battery is low. The shutter goes really slow and then the film starts rewinding on it's own)

I want to take it to get it fixed but it's not been priority #1 these days and I almost think it'll be cheaper to go out and get a good digi instead. It's 10 years old so probably hard to get parts if they are needing to get replaced :( sad because I loved that camera.
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