(Closed) First photoshoot??

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hmm, well the working depth of field on that lens actually depends on the type of camera back you have (how big the sensor is, full vs non-full frame). You may have noticed that your current lens doesn’t have a lot of flexibility in aperture settings (my prime lenses, for example, go from 1.4-22-ish). So, i’d say keep it stopped down if you have people in staggered depths.

If you want to get into this more seriously, i’d really recommend you purchase more prime lenses. The 50mm F1.4 for Canon is only around $350 – a real steal. And if you have a camera back that is not full frame, it’s actually a focal length that is closer to the ideal portrait length of 85mm.

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I have the 60D :-). I would really recommend upgrading your lenses, too. Lenses make much more of a difference in overall quality than a jump from a rebel to 60D body. If you end up wanting to make money on the side, or wanting to make this a career, you’ll really need to upgrade to L-series lenses. Hope you rock your photo shoot!!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2012

I can’t give you any technical help, since I know essentially nothing about lenses or film types or apertures or anything, but I can give you a few tips on the composition of your pieces.

I would recommend that you look a little more closely at the overall lines and movement of each photo.  I hope you don’t mind that I’ve done a very quick MS Paint edit to a couple of the photos to better demonstrate the lines.  For example, look at your first picture:

What you have here is a very centered, very bold, very RED triangle in the center, and then the little girl, still very centered, and then the woman, leaning in at an angle, and drawing the focus to the side and off the edge.  Focusing on something off center can be a great thing, but in this instance, the line of the mother’s body draws the eye away from the photo.  Because the mother and child essentially make a second triangle, I think the picture might have been much stronger if they were also centered.

In this one, there are two objects to really focus upon: the woman and the ornament.  However, if you look at the woman, your eye immediately follows her arm up to her hand and off the photo.  If you look at the ornament, you’re pointed to the woman’s arm, and again you end up looking above the picture.  The lines should instead point your eye around and around the composition.

I used these two photos because they stood out to me the most, but these sorts of problems are ones you should try to eliminate in all your work.  That being said, I’m quite impressed by the fact that this is your first photoshoot, and I hope to see more of your work.  These pictures are still pretty good.  I love the colors.  Just remember to look at the lines and movement in the future.  Good luck!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee

Not bad for your first shoot.  My comments:

 

1.  You are going to need a faster lens than the kit lens, so for your next investment consider the 50mm f1.4 or the 17-55 F2.8.  Both work well on cropped sensor and wll give you decent depth of field control.  Go for the 50D, the 60D is actually a step down (7D is a step up).

2.  Get a speedlight for fill.  You will be able to underexpose the background and get rid of that dreary white looking sky.  It will also separate your subjects a bit more from the background and add more depth to the images.

3.  You are shooting too low……aiming up the nose isn’t very flattering.  Have the subject lower the chin a bit, or shoots from about a foot higher.

4.  Your processing looks off.  The images look flat, with no pop on the colors.  Skin tones look off as does the white balance.  What are you using to edit?

5.  Clone out distracting things like the spotlights, they tend to draw the eye in the photos.

6.  Get onto a photography forum.  While you will get some advice here, you will get much more advice from seasoned pro’s on a dedictated photography forum.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

Are you from Hampton? I’m from VB- I did a shoot at that exact location a few weeks ago and have a wedding at the Marriot Saturday (and another in April) I’m shooting. During my shoot I was in the process of upgrading my lenses and had the same problem with blurriness. You may want to try renting a few lenses before you commit to buying.

I agree with the fact you’re shooting a bit low- the first image is wonderful- but you’re down too low. The composition is pretty great. My eye goes from the mother, to her lips, to her daughter. The rest of the people images are okay- they aren’t set up as well as the first (your scenery photos are lovely).

  I don’t agree with another poster about your processing- I think you’re going for a dreamy look and you’ve acheived that. It’s not for everyone, but it works for these photos.

 Overall, I think this is a great first shoot. 😀

As for composing four or five people you can always go with the traditional “stand next to each other” blahness (these photos are boring- but serve their purpose).. or you can incoporate a few pieces of furniture. Have one person sitting down, someone on the arm of the chair- another behind the chair. Play with it and have fun. What poses you’ll be able to pull off will depend on the group you’re working with.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

@kate169: Goes to show it’s ALL personal preference, as I am in LOVE with your post-processing. I like the subdued, vintage look a lot 🙂

Great job on your first shoot, I was honestly really impressed, and I see you’ve added some photos since then. You seem to have a good natural eye for angles which is priceless! GOOD LUCK!

Post # 13
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Newbee

You are going to have serious problems with only the kit lens. I don’t care how high the ISO on the 60D goes, if you don’t have a fast lens indoors will be a nightmare. Even with flash you are going to have people standing in blackness if you can’t drag.

Some personal tips, don’t ove-edit. Don’t put everything in sepia and selective color. Any other tech tips just come with the territory. You should have that down by now. One thing people tend to miss is they forget to take a picture of what they are trying to take a picture of. If you want to shoot the person, don’t shoot half the person’s face on a titled angle. Just shoot their face.

 

There is a link here that I think sums up what you need to know.

http://www.rokkorfiles.com/Wedding101-page1.html

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

@kate169: Work first as an assistant, and second as a second shooter

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

@kate169: PM me if you’re planning on upgrading your equipment and would like to second shoot/assist at a wedding one of these days.

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