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Danelle #2 S.Africa.
Old 12-02-2006, 02:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, working on it! This young lady needed photo's taken for Miss Tienie competition, no sea here in Johannesburg, just the garden and taken in winter, couldn't have her in the pool.

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Old 12-02-2006, 04:07 PM   #2 (permalink)
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In my opinion, the backgrounds are overly obtrusive in all three shots. #1 also seems to have a strange crop and tilt. #2 has the proverbial pole growing out of her head (must pay attention to background elements and how they interact with the subject). I would try to find very simple backgrounds for shots for this purpose.

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Old 12-02-2006, 04:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Nice to see a fellow South African to the forum.

I agree with RFS. Which you lense were you shooting with? Consider getting the 50mm f/1.8 to isolate the subject from the background using DoF.
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I agree with RFS. Which you lense were you shooting with? Consider getting the 50mm f/1.8 to isolate the subject from the background using DoF.
While the 50mm will give you wonderful DOF, you are faced with several challenges for Glamour photography when using this lens. First, lack of compression and working distance from the model. Second, for outdoor shooting in bright light, it is often impossible to shoot at f1.8 without resorting to ND filters. But they do work well in the shade.

Where blurring out the background works best is for relatively simple backgrounds but it does not really solve the problem with "busy" backgrounds, since they just end up being out of focus "busy" backgrounds, whereas a simple background when blurred by good DOF if often unidentifiable, which is often desired in Glamour work.

When shooting outdoors Glamour I mostly use a 70-200 F2.8 zoom. The 2.8 will work in all but the brightness sunlight without NDs and I can shoot at between 100mm and 200mm for a good working distance from the model to give her a good comfort zone and also get that pleasant compression result that comes from the longer mm range.

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Old 12-02-2006, 09:10 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Agree on the cropping and backgrounds, the backgrounds could be okay, with more attn on the model. Generally speaking of lenses for normal 35mm sized film/digital sensors, used in people photography, you'll like your results better 85mm and up. I have a 135mm 2.8 that is wonderful. Th efaster the lens th eeasier it is to blur the background thus putting the total attn on the model. However the selective focus can be done later if req in PShop. Just be subtle.

Also, the last pose could be improved if the model's hips are tilted more towards the camera, (she rests on one hip) and the far leg is turned towards the camera more, top of foot showing. Also square her shoulders more toward the camera. If a pose feels uncomfortable, it will likely look great. Jeffrey
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O.k..... you're getting the lighting down, everyone else pretty well covered the "work on its", so I say, venture forth, shoot some more, and post again. I'm enjoying watching you learn from shoot to shoot.
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