Discussion in 'Lifestyle' started by Sympathy, Dec 23, 2008.
early christmas dinner at the in laws.
i wish you could see some detail in the piano.
shallow DOF would of been nice
fair critique. but how could i have avoided the pic looking flat? I was thinking about psing the baby toy, but got lazy.
i agree, i had my 28mm at f2.8, but the there wasn't as much bokeh as i wanted (i was probably 8-10ft away from her). what gives? I wanted to use a longer lens, but the dining room table was obstructing me.
what do you mean by 'more dramatic'?
hmm i thought i would need more than 1 flash to get that effect. my shutter speed was at 1/80...should i have dropped it down to 1/200?
yes i did, but this pic was taken beforehand.
that vid gave me a lot insight and info, however, i think my relatives would give me the look if i bring lighting equipment to a family dinner.
You could always use an off camera flash and have someone hold it for a couple shots.
First let us know what equipment you have, alot of suggestions for Off cam flash, but if you dont have the necessary equipment then it would all be for nill. Its obvious you bounced your flash. Now maybe you could have done to add depth and shadow to your subject, instead of bouncing straight up maybe use the adjacent wall as your bounce, that way the light source comes from the left or right.
Or switch the flash to manual and still bounce up, but kill the ambient light more and use flash as the main light source. That way you can get a greater light fall off on the person. try all these things and see what you like.
However personally i think its a nice image, sometimes you dont need to get caught up in the technical stuff. Its a great family photo.
thx. i used my d80 w/ a 28mm lens. i have 2 sb600s. For this shot, i bounce flashed off the ceiling from on top of the camera. ill try turning off the other lights in the room next time...hopefully my inlaws won't think im some weirdo.
You dont have to shut off the ambient light kill it via shutter speed and iso. Does the D80 have CLS? You can def get those flashes off cam if you so wish. First try it with one.
d80 has cls. i guess i should at least carry a clap or 2.
what flash config/placement do you suggest?
It's not horrible. However the frame is very busy. The piano and especially the half of a chair in the background is very distracting. The DOF is huge and the lighting is pretty flat.
I do it all the time
i don't know why the background doesn't have more bokeh. i had the lens at f2.8
you are too far from your subject
distance to the subject also affects DOF
The closer you are to your subject (or focus point), the shallower the DOF.
i was probably about 7-8 feet away from her.
i'd say this gives me enough reason to get a d700...im going to complain to my wife.