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nature as a backdrop

Discussion in 'Formal Portraits and Weddings' started by hudsongirl, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. my best friend was visiting recently from her now-home in the big city (toronto). she asked me to take some photos of her to take back to her city friends that showcased her wild-country roots - of course i was happy to oblige. we headed down to a place we used to swim as kids, here are a few of the results. i did play with the colour a little, just for fun.


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    thanks for looking!
     
  2. Malania

    Malania

    337
    Jun 6, 2009
    Oklahoma
    Very nicely done!
     
  3. Paintguru

    Paintguru

    336
    Dec 28, 2006
    Detroit, MI
    I like #4. #1 to me has too blown out of a backlight for me.
     
  4. SCRacer

    SCRacer

    267
    Apr 12, 2006
    Iowa
    I like #2 & #4. I agree with pp on #1. The color looks off.
     
  5. thanks for the comments, #4 is my favourite too. i agree with the comments on the blown out background in #1, the sun was just beginning to set and definitely caused some difficulties. SO much to learn!
     
  6. the Pond

    the Pond

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    Jan 5, 2007
    Canada
    Nice job Nicole. In terms of the first shot you could have also utilized your pop up flash to kill some of the ambient and/or it would look really good with a curves adjustment in p.shop to de-emphasize the highlights.
     
  7. Longshanks

    Longshanks

    701
    May 16, 2007
    Netherlands
    When I saw the first pic I knew it was shot with a D80.

    Tip: Turn exposure down to -1 as soon you walk out the door and shoot in raw.
    Settings: colour 1a and saturation +

    The shots are great but the camera overexposes.
     
  8. could you really tell right away they were taken with a d80? i usually under expose to compensate, i know there is a way to turn down the exposure but i can't figure out how to do it. i also did use a flash but i must've had it turned down too low to balance out the backlighting (sb-600). thanks for the tips everyone.
     
  9. Longshanks

    Longshanks

    701
    May 16, 2007
    Netherlands
    Usually in this situation I put the camera in A-mode, set camera at -0.7 or -1.0.
    Set the flash in TTL mode and also underexpose -1.0.

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    This way the camera takes care of the background and the flash takes care of the model.
     
  10. shtarka1

    shtarka1

    Feb 1, 2008
    Boston
    Pretty shots!
     
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