D300S + 85 1.4 = Portraits

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Roberto Peradotto
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D300S + 85 1.4 = Portraits

Carol, the daughter of a couple of friends, asked me if I could
take some pictures of her. It is a great pleasure to photograph
someone extremely photogenic and willing to collaborate.

I hope that she likes the photos. I can't blame neither the model
nor the gear, all the faults are mines...

C&C will be very welcome!

1. Nikon D300S - Nikkor 85 mm 1.4D - SB-900 - f/1.4 - 1/60 ISO: 200

2. Nikon D300S - Nikkor 85 mm 1.4D - SB-900 - f/1.4 - 1/250 ISO: 200

3. Nikon D300S - Nikkor 85 mm 1.4D - f/1.8 - 1/100 ISO: 200

4. Nikon D300S - Nikkor 85 mm 1.4D - f/1.8 - 1/125 ISO: 200

5. Nikon D300S - Nikkor 85 mm 1.4D - SB-900 - f/1.4 - 1/250 ISO: 200

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zakaria
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very nice shots to a pretty lady!!!!
Ilike #1,2 and the last one.seem more sharpen.

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sathish mantha Junior Member • Posts: 49
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I liked the outdoor ones more than the first two.3rd one is my fav though its lil soft. The light looks flat. HOw did u use the SB900??

Agree with you, she is a beautiful model.

Sathish

Novens2 Senior Member • Posts: 1,664
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Hi nice pics but look a little soft and overexposed wondered if you set your flash to fill flash and if you took it off camera? Also did you do any post processing a little touchup would make these shine.

beckmn1 Regular Member • Posts: 404
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Overall, a very nice series of shots.

The lighting/flash on the indoor ones seems a little harsh or overexposed.The outdoor ones are very nice, but could use a bit of sharpening and post-processing.

I think they'll be happy with your shots.

Dantum Regular Member • Posts: 257
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Got to say these portraits are not really that good. The subject is very nice and framing is not that bad, but you totally lost the focus. Photos look soft and actually couple of them are hard to look at because eye keeps looking for point of focus where there is none.

I say keep trying, you will get there.

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I think they just need some sharpening. As an example, I played around with the third one down in Photoshop and even though it wasn't the full sized image, it sharpened up pretty well.

(with apologies to OldPic for PP his pic!)

BIGGY Contributing Member • Posts: 729
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Agreed. Not saying it to be a total downer but these shots do not work for me. For me, I think that shooting that wide of an aperture will often throw the shots off. Now if you were above her and she's looking up so that you see her eyes perfectly and then everything else is cropped a bit or fading out then ok. The lighting in the first couple feels off because you have a very warm background that's lit well and then a more harsh flash on her face. I would possibly pull the flash off the camera and bounce it for a shot like that to get the lighting just right. The outdoor shots, nice poses, nice look, model looks very comfy, but the focus makes the photos unusable for me. Almost there though...couple corrections and you're good. Try shooting that same framing at f/5.6 or f/8 and see what happens.

Dantum wrote:

Got to say these portraits are not really that good. The subject is very nice and framing is not that bad, but you totally lost the focus. Photos look soft and actually couple of them are hard to look at because eye keeps looking for point of focus where there is none.

I say keep trying, you will get there.

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Michael Oersigh Senior Member • Posts: 2,098
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Lovely shots those, well worth the effort though I feel they will best be appreciated in print form. My D300 does lovely portraits too.

Thanks

Mike

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Thank you zakaria! (NT).
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Thank you Sathish,

I used the SB-900 in a Strobroframe QuickFlip Bracket and
the SC-29 Cable.
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Thank you Novens2,

I used the flash in a Strobroframe QuickFlip Bracket.
I did PP with CNX2.
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Thank you beckmn1,

first I did global sharpening and after
I did local sharpening in the eyes with
CNX2. I agree with you, it still is not
sharp enough.
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Thank you Dantum,

next time I will close a little more the diaphragm...
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beckmn1,

I really liked the processing that you did in this picture.

I used CNX2 to apply global sharpening and local sharpening in the eyes.

If it is not ask too much, could you tell me what did you do in Photoshop?
(I am giving my first steps in Photoshop)

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Thank you Biggy,

your detailed comments are really worthy for me.
This was one of the first times that I used this lens and
I agree that I exaggerated in the apperture. Next time I will close
a little more and to use the flash out of the camera in doors.
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Thank you Mike! (NT)
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Thank you Leigh,

I will transmit your praise for her.
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ShadowDiver
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congrats

Congrats to your images - for a first try with this combo these are nice images.
I have the same combo (D300s + 85/1.4) and love it.
Though the others are right, the lighting is somewhat flat and a bit too much.

I myself like the 85/1.4 for portraits at around f2.8 to f4 and the flash (i use 2x SB600) to the side of cam (either one to the side at full, or one to each side with one at full the other at -1.3fev) - maybe you can try it or get a cheap umbrella?

I think she will love the images enough to give you another try

Good luck,
Chris

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