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Opinions and advice please!
I did a quick once over on your website, and I think you have a lot of the technical skill down. You seem to have a good connection with the subjects and are able to capture their emotions pretty well.
You might want to play a with the rule of thirds a little to make them a little more interesting, even more so on the horizontal portraits. Also I'd suggest that you may try playing with some fill light, either a reflector or a basic off camera flash. I started out with a YongNuo 460mkII and a cheap stand with shoot through umbrella, with my Rebel t2i. (I'm sure the gear police will be here in a few to tell you that only name brands are allowable). But I think your photos would really benefit from some lighting on the subject to make them pop, and give you better color.
Worry about the knowledge of your gear and your technical skill first.
Rebel t2i, 50mm 1.4, and a cheapo flash with cheapo stand and cheapo umbrella
I like your site and a lot of your photos. Just go ahead, you´re on the right path, I think. If I want to try something new, I look at pictures of professional photographers and then I try to produce something similiar. That´s a lot of fun and instructive.
Nikon D700, Nikkor 24mm 1.4, 50mm 1.4, 70-200mm 2.8
Bonnie wrote: Thank you guys so much! I appreciate the feedback and will gladly take your advice. Eric, shooting with a Rebel, how did you get that picture some crystal clear and "creamy". Is that from your 1.4 lens??
Yes, I shot this at f1.8 so that helped blur out the background a bit, but the real sharpness comes in from the flash. Getting the subject lit up really makes the difference. I love how you use the sun as a back light and hair light in a lot of your photos, but if you give it some front light to balance the colors and make the subject pop out from the background even more! Just a little bit helps so much.
I have to agree with the other comments - it seems to me that you are already a good way down the track to getting great looking photos. The posing of your subects and the positioning in relation to the light is great! I especially like the back-lit by the sun images.
Right now the camera is not the main issue - you can still get great images from it. It's now about the light and in particular the fill light.
But I have to say you're doing great and you just need to keep at it and accumulate the right gear for you as you go.
You need to continue soaking up how the pros like Greg and others do it. Try Neil van Niekerk too as he specialises in flash and in particular bounce flash. www.neilvn.com/tangents
For the back lit, outside shots, you can use a reflector to bounce light from the sun back on your subjects. And on indoor shots, can be a great companion with a flash to bounce additional light where needed.
One thing missing that I think is important, is catch light in your subjects' eyes - can make a big difference.
and if the gear police are watching.. Joe McNally and Zack Arias told me that.
Lance Armstrong always said "it's not about the bike..." and well now we really know about that... but i digress...
Lance and I could swap blood and bikes and he'd still kick my arse..
point is.. the gear isn't what makes it.. like others have said (and I"m working on) get good first, the gear will resolve itself over time.
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