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Getting Started with Portraits 1 year 9 months ago #6397

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Hey all, I've been away for a while due to some crazy life changes (my wife and I had twins!) and I'm excited to be back and learning.

Recently I've embarked on a project that I designed to force me to take photographs of people. I feel that it's my weakest area, but also an area where I see the most potential for growth (and possible future business opportunities).

To that end, I've started a blog about my journey. If you all have a moment, please stop on over at dcjazzphotog.wordpress.com and have a look around. Opinions, feedback, and criticism are very much welcome! See a sample image below (Nikon D200, 50mm f/1.8 AF, ISO 100, f/2.5, 1/30sec).

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Getting Started with Portraits 1 year 9 months ago #6398

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1st off congrats on the youngens. Nice job on the lighting I think, but there mite be to much space on the left and whats that gray stuff on the right? I think that needs to go bye bye.
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Getting Started with Portraits 1 year 9 months ago #6399

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Jerry, thanks for your comments. I was thinking the same thing about the gray wall on the right, but I was trying to keep a sense of place as opposed to total black.

I do think it is a bit distracting in this image though; perhaps because you can't see it on the left as well. I think some of the other photos in the set were more successful in this regard but I best liked the expression and lighting on the face in the shot above.
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Getting Started with Portraits 1 year 9 months ago #6400

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For me the space around the subject implies action, attention or motion. I think the black empty space almost makes it look like a screen grab from a movie because it implies the character in the shot moved from left to right and engaged the camera.

Also the grey stuff in the background adds a bit of life to what would be a flat background. but of course again, i'm thinking of this photo as a screen grab of a close up in a movie

here is an example of a shot from a tv show with the empty space behind the character to imply motion
photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2048/193/1600/jack_bauer.jpg
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Getting Started with Portraits 1 year 9 months ago #6403

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Here's a little behind the scenes post I wrote about the above photo shoot.

dcjazzphotog.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/ho...ndon-artist-profile/
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