I am starting to poke around at this. I got an 85mm f2 from KEH that give me decent DOF and/but is fairly soft. Do you all think this is too soft? I am also looking at borders with mixed results.
Welcome to the wonderful world of portrait shooting! :biggrin: To me the image doesn't look soft, look at her sunglasses. To me, it just looks like your focus point was her glasses and not her face. I'm not feeling the choice of border...
85 f/2 huh?? Sounds like a nice piece of glass...any pics of the lens? Is that an auto or manual focus lens??
Thanks for all the comments!I think it's a nice image, and I like the DOF. IMO it's sharp enough just a bit dark - maybe in need of a levels adjustment. I agree with Keith on the frame.
Thanks. Don't worry about the borders - they are SOOOOOOOOOO not necessary. If you're actually framing any of the images to hang, the frame is going to cancel out that border anyway.It is a simple AIS manual focus 85mm (KEH $150). Frits got me started on the AI lenses and I am having some fun for little money.
I am just not artistic enough in border choice. Plus it was a pain to do.
Thanks for all the comments!
Nice adjustments JBL! Just what this lovely shot need to go the next level.
Awesome start! Seriously, it's the little niggles that can really make a portrait, as a wise old man once told me (who will probably be around any sec now).
Totally excellent, thanks. I am pretty good adjusting bugs and landscapes but this lower contrast just eluded me. I will give this a try, thanks so much.Of course, you mean a wise *OLDER* man...there is a distinct difference between being called an *OLDER* man versus being called an *OLD* man...while I resemble the former, I will fight the latter till the end :biggrin:
No problem. Levels are the first thing I always adjust on my photos...it makes a lot of difference for a very little amount of work.Totally excellent, thanks. I am pretty good adjusting bugs and landscapes but this lower contrast just eluded me. I will give this a try, thanks so much.
Thanks to you all!That's a sweet lens. I got rid of my 85mm f1.4 and kept my 105mm f2.5 AIS... there's something to be said about all that IQ for pennies on the dollar... and I've owned some pretty expensive glass.
Here's two tutorials you may find helpful in processing your portraits.
The old man