Lurkers Unite! - Assignment #3

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Lurkers Unite! - Assignment #3

Elizabeth - yellow.rose.of.canada
Marie - DrakePlusOne
Amanda - Muddee
Jill - Jillie Bean
Jess - Omrithekat
Marymoonu
Lynsey - RedCherry

Full body shots

With a head shot, it's fairly easy to make your subject to stand out. That's why it seems pretty easy to take those types of shots when you're starting out. One common mistake that early photographers make is not taking enough full body images. There's a lot more to work around, making it a bit harder to "make it work".

So lets go out and try some full body shots for this next assignment. Here are a few pointers:

- Watch your backgrounds. It's easy to get distractions in the image.
- Don't be afraid to use a long focal length, even if you have to stand pretty far away from your subject. A longer focal length will create background compression, and make your subject stand out better than a shorter focal length.
- Try for some with your subject standing, and some with your subject sitting.

I will be pretty much unplugged until the 1st. Feel free to go ahead and post your results, though. I'll CC them when I return! Have fun!

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Okay, these aren't great, but I'm going to post them in case I don't get a chance to get out and take more.

My SIL and her 6'8"! Boyfriend. So bummed I cut his feet off.
ISO 100 F5.6 SS 1/640

ISO 400 F4.0 SS 1/250

ISO 400 F 4.0 SS 1/200

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I hope you don't mind some CC from me, you did a great job of getting you subjects in focus and standing out, just noticed on all of them that you cropped the feet. Sad

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SOOC
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"Muddee" wrote:

I hope you don't mind some CC from me, you did a great job of getting you subjects in focus and standing out, just noticed on all of them that you cropped the feet. Sad

:rolleyes: I know! I am sooo bad about that! I am really tall so I think I have to make a concerted effort to point the camera downward. You have no idea how many pictures I've done this in lately. I've been focusing so much on having the right exposure and being in focus, but I'm definitely going to be paying more attention to this from now on. Smile

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Elizabeth -

Yes, I think that a common theme for you with these full body shots is to watch the foot chops. There's so much to think about isn't there??

#1 - When you have a super tall person, you need to get them on about the same level as the other person in the photo. Maybe having him sitting and her standing behind him wrapping her arms around him would have brought them more on the same level? The lighting is a bit harsh on this one. I think having them face the sun a bit more would have helped with the shadowing.

#2 - Love that pose!! I'd shoot down on him a bit to get some more light in the eyes.

#3 - Again, shoot down to get some more light in the eyes. When photographing more than one person, you want to make sure you have some kind of a connection between your subjects. In this one, they're just sitting side by side, not interacting with each other. So, I would have your son put his arm around your daughter to connect them together.

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Jess -

#1 - I love this! Looks great SOOC. Just to be a little nitpicky and to push you a bit more, I'd try to get a connection between all of them. See how mom is holding daughter's hand? I'd do the same with dad and the other daughter (which would mean switching the girl to the middle instead of the outside). Then have the girl in the middle hold hands as well. Kind of like the whole "act like you like each other" thing you always hear.

#2 - Again, nice job on your SOOC. I'm horrible with leading lines, but I think you want the stairs to go out the corner of the image. I might need to do a little research on the "rules" on that one though. I'd like it if he looked a bit more relaxed. He looks pretty stiff. Maybe them holding hands could have helped. I noticed it the most in his hand, since it's resting up front and in a fist. You caught a really sweet moment here.

The color on the edit looks good to me. I think you did a nice job Smile

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I'm hoping to get to this tomorrow, ladies. I've had a busy two weeks. :/

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Better late than never, right?

Here are some fall shots I took of DD2, taken a few weeks ago just got to looking over everything and processing it.

ISO 200 F/4 SS 1/500

Edited the socks to match the outfit.

ISO 200 F/4 SS 1/500

Edited undershirt to match outfit.

ISO 200 F/3.2 SS 1/800

Edited undershirt to match outfit.

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Aw, isn't she the cutest, Amanda??? That smile on the last one is killing me! Great job on getting these full body shots. It can be really hard to not chop feet or heads or hands. Exposure is almost there on these. I would maybe brighten them up just a bit when you edit these. I would also warm them up some. Did you shoot in RAW? You'll want to be careful brightening them because of her white pants. If you shot RAW, it will be easier to recover them in ACR or LR. If not, you may have a bit of trouble if they get close to blown.

I'm not too wowed by the location on these, unfortunately. It's fine, don't get me wrong! It's just a little plain, if that makes any sense. Nice even light, nothing dappled, which is good. But I think it's lacking a bit of interest. I think what could make this location a little better is some evening light. I would be perfect if the sun was setting behind her, creating little specks of light in the bokeh.

The other thing that I would have done differently, is not have her standing up on the stump. She's having to look down on you, which isn't usually the best angle. It's not too dramatic here, which is why it's not too bad, but you want to watch out for that the next time. Try shooting down on your subject just slightly (with a kid, it's easier. with an adult, you may have to get them to sit down for you, or you grab a step ladder or something). You can also get more light in the eyes that way.

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Hi ladies! I have been totally MIA lately. Lots going here, good and bad but I just have not had my camera out much at all. Here are some full body (sort of) shots from the pumpkin patch with my in-laws this weekend. They are rough...lots of feet cut off for some reason and I haven't had that problem before but here are some! Smile All are with my 50 mm.

f/6.3, 1/1250, ISO 1600
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f/6.3, 1/1000, ISO 1600
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f/6.3, 1/1600, ISO 1600
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f/5.6, 1/2000, ISO 1600
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It can be so hard to get full body shots at places like that, can't it? I struggled a lot with that on our trip to the pumpkin patch since it was so crowded!

I think that your exposure look really good one these, so great job there! Awesome on keeping that SS up, too. I know that can be really hard to do when you're first starting to get used to manual. It's the easiest to change, therefore usually goes unnoticed when it's getting too slow.

There are some unfortunate chops here, but that's ok. You weren't really going out to specifically shoot portraits, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. Best advice I can give for snaps of your kids are to pay attention to your stance. Get on their level or only slightly above. The other thing would be to look for the best light. Pay attention to where the sun is, and adjust accordingly. This drives my husband nuts, but even when I'm taking snaps, I'll either adjust them or myself to get the best light on their faces. If it's full sun and no shade, I'll try to put the sun behind their backs and spot meter off their faces. That way, you don't get a bunch of deep/harsh shadows on the face. (This doesn't look like much of a problem here, as it looked pretty overcast, providing you with some even lighting, but just thought I'd bring it up Smile )

Speaking of lighting, I think it's time for a new assignment Smile