Auditioning with the 85/1.4

Started Apr 15, 2007 | Discussions thread
lmpmd Veteran Member • Posts: 3,080
Re: not your best, Frank...

Well I'm going to give an honest thought and hope I dont get killed for it. First I'm no pro and dont know much about weddings. But maybe my opinion is worth something?

I think part of the reason the OP's photos are not as good as they could be is that this forum is on occasion biased a bit towards low light, large fstop photos with thin DOF. It's fine to have blurred background and all but one shouldn't get too obscessed. The flash expert ?SamStern argues for a smaller fstop and gets good results. I've taken some flash photos - maybe I'll post one and they look fine with small fstop.

So one sees these incredible shots some post here with large fstop, creamy bokey (truly great photos) and goes out and buys these f1.4 lenses with can produce fabulous photos, but then thinks they'll get a ton of keepers and f1.4 - when some of the poster probably took 400 shots of their baby to get 1 keeper (I'm exagerating obviously).

So maybe OP fell into this trap somewhat. Maybe blurring background is great but one could stop down to 2.8 or more and still bur it and get blur, but have more DOF. And client will be plenty happy as they aren't obscessed with blurred background like we are.
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Larry

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