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Headshots 101: 3.10 Directing Into the expression — I didn't write it down, so I'm not sure what I said verbatim, but it was something... (show more)
Exif Data
  • CANON EOS 6D
  • EF85mm f/1.4L IS USM
  • f/2
  • 85mm
  • 1/200 seconds
  • 100

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  1. Alexandra Martinez

    I think you nailed expression! (and light, and composition)

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  2. Spencer Johnson

    Thanks!

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  3. Matthew Saville

    I like the expression, I think it’s subtle and captures the character/personality of the subject.

    Having said that, I don’t think that the ultra-shallow depth, or the softening effect applied in processing, is fitting this portrait situation in general. In other words, it seems odd to see such shallow DOF in a studio situation; I’d almost feel more comfortable seeing this type of DOF in an on-location, casual situation. Maybe here in the studio, I’d have preferred to see the DOF of f/4-5.5, that should still be enough to totally blur the background, while not having thins like the tip of his nose, and most of his hair, distractingly bokeh’d. 

    Honestly though, maybe this is just my “oldschool” ways shining through.  Don’t consider this to be an absolute rule, just a tendency of preference!

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  4. Spencer Johnson

    Thanks for the feedback, Matthew. I actually didn’t apply any post-softening. I agree that I’d like a little more depth of field. I was just following the advice from the course on this one: “In general, for headshots, we recommend shooting between f/2-f/2.8, and if you have the option, never really shoot wider than f/4.”

    Next time I’ll try stopping it down a bit and see how it looks.

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    • Matthew Saville

      Indeed, for on-location shooting where harsh lighting and background distractions can both be a concern, that is the best policy, however in-studio where you have complete control, DOF can start to seem a little /too/ shallow especially when you’re shooting so close up on a full-frame body. And again, it also comes down to personal preference; if you (and more importantly, the clients) like this look, then go for it!

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  5. Spencer Johnson

    Thanks again!

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