Auditioning with the 85/1.4

Started Apr 15, 2007 | Discussions thread
Paul.R.Lindqvist
Paul.R.Lindqvist Veteran Member • Posts: 4,536
Re: not your best, Frank...

lmpmd wrote:

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.
--
Larry

Please post an example of what you mean.

Kindest
--
Regards
Paul L.

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