New Workshop! Lighting 3 | Advanced Off Camera Flash

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What could I do differently to this photo to make this young lady's parents say "I want to buy a print!" ?
Exif Data
  • NIKON D3300
  • 50.0 MM F/1.8
  • f/2.8
  • 50mm
  • 1/200
  • 100

Q&A Discussions

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  1. A
    David Hill

    Are the eyes pin sharp on your computer at home? May just be upload issues but they look slightly out of focus. Dave

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  2. B
    David Hill

    Expression: Does this show the kid the way that the parents see her which is likely to be full of fun and laughs. Its quite a serious expression for a youngster. ACTION: Engage with her more, tell her a silly kids joke to get a laugh etc etc. Dave

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  3. C
    David Hill

    PATTERNS: Personal choice perhaps but for me (especially in B&W) the patterns on her top are quite dominating. Do they detract from her face? I except that may just be my interpretation of the image: SOLUTION: Give some guidance to parents as to what to dress their kids in for a shoot. Dave

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  4. Brian Knox

    Great thought and insight David!!!! Thank you!

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  5. Christopher Lin

    why not stay at 1.8?

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    • Brian Knox

      It might just be me, but it seems like I lose sharpness severely under 3 – 4. Even though the eyes are what’s in focus, when I zoom in, they will be soft in LR.

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    • David Hill

      Brian. Shooting at wide open apertures will mean a much more shallow depth of field i.e. how much of the image is acceptably sharp. If you havent already, download a ‘depth of field calculator’ to better understand the relationship between focal length, fstop and distance to subject. If you are shooting a subject that moves (a young child!) and/or you move after depressing the shutter to focus, you will find that at f1.8 you may end up with an image which isn’t pin sharp on the eyes. This is most likely the problem but to ensure that your lens isn’t miss focusing, set up a test using your tripod, a subject at a fixed distance away and then focus on that at various fstops checking for focus accuracy in each. That way, you should be able to determine if it is actually a focusing issue. Try that with different lenses too….Dave

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