Will it be possible to take excellent portraits with the RX1?

Started Nov 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
ericN2 Forum Pro • Posts: 16,827
Re: Examples...

Moti wrote:

ericN2 wrote:

I find the photos to be good as a sort of 'Portrait' example.. but in the circumstances you mention. I have to say in my own belief (.. and excuse the word used here - only in a descriptive manner..) I suspect that these are perhaps a little 'contrived' and mostly...if indeed shot with 24mm and 35mm lenses... is it the case that they are in fact highly cropped from an original - or surely the field of view would be much more than shown...and if NOT cropped.. then I do not see how you would get that sort of image at what LOOKS like a short distance..and of course they are with backdrops that I'm sure give the added appearance which belies the real situation at the time of shooting.
Yes - you CAN of course do Portrait type pics with shorter FL lenses.. but you cannot do it very often in totally natural surroundings where you may have to shoot at fairly close distance AND have to contend with 'natural' surroundings and background.

I am not sure that i understand what you are trying to say here. Your arguments are very weirded and this may be because you are missing a very important point - there is something called photography.

Yes the photos were post processed so they can look the way they look and the workflow, among other things, also included cropping. There is nothing wrong with it, on the contrary, post recessing is an integral part of photography,giving you the tools to enhance things that the camera or the lens can not do by themselves. This is the beauty of photography and the only thing that counts is the way the photos look like.

So coming back to the OP's questions, it can be done, very successfuly, more often than you think but it requires skills in shooting and in post processing that should be developed. Complaining about others who use such skills is always easier...



I'm sorry but I think we have a definite case of some misunderstang here...   My comments were based entirely on what you had actualy said in your original post on this matter..  reading it literally you had said that in your view , Portraits could be produced even by a 24mm or 35mm FL lens.. there was no mention really of doing any cropping to acheive this and reading exactly as you wrote it, the implication surely was that you could do this even with the quite inappropriate FL lenses you referred to. Of course you can do that...IF you shoot what you want THEN crop out a lot of excess which is bound to be obtained.  I think the whole  basis of whatever post started this, was that for what should be GOOD Portraits.. the longer FL lenses of at least 90mm are used..and of course that is so - it was established way back in time and I certainly have clear memories of myself finally being able to buy an excellent 90mm Leica Elmarit lens to do it.  Unless you make the necessary references to the need to crop (possibly quite strongly) if using such 'wides' as 24/35mm then it is a slightly false impression and it was that which I meant to convey.
As I also said - the two photos you submited ARE good.. but not Portraits in the generally accepted sense I think.

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