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March 3rd, 2010 - Day Twenty Two

My first bit of portrait work and I'm happy with the way it turned out. The model is, of course, my lovely and beautiful wife who happily sat around while I played with hair, lined up shots and said things to make her smile.

Portrait shots are surprisingly difficult to do. It's not "Smile *click* lay here *click* hold this *click* kthxbai" but all about engaging your model and making the shoot as informal as you possibly can. That's when the great shots start to show up.

This wasn't taken with my new flash diffuser. It doesn't diffuse as much light as I thought so shots are still rather bright, but with less of a blue tone and more of a natural orange tone. Should be good for general run of the mill portraits. And when it only cost me $0.99, who can argue? So instead I did the ol' mirror trick to bounce the light off the wardrobes at the back of the room and scatter down onto the gorgeous subject ♥
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justducky1 Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
I love this capture, portrait work with half faces is some of my favourite and the tone is fantastic. Beautiful work, and a lovely model (wife) helps too 8-)
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Grayda Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much! Her skin tone makes for some great shots, as you can see in day five of the challenge. You can shoot portraits with any model, but someone close (partner, best friend etc.) really makes the shots stand out, as you can make them laugh and smile and catch what you see every time you look at them.

Thanks for the comments, I'm glad you liked the shots :)
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photographygrl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I love this so much. Holly is so beautiful!
I really like the composition. :heart:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2010  Professional Photographer
I rather like the composition too. At first I wasn't 100% happy with it, but the more I see it and the more feedback I get, the more and more I like it. Would love to see how a photoshoot by you would turn out!

Cheers for the comment!
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photographygrl Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Psh. I'm no better than you. The results would be nearly the same.
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photographygrl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh, and not to mention all your fancy mirror stuff. I'm glad you have the patience for that kind of stuff. I know I don't...:XD:
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Grayda Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
haha there's not that much "patience" involved. You just grab a small mirror, pop up your in-built flash then aim the mirror towards the roof or behind you ;D

Thanks for the comment! It means much to me :)
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photographygrl Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh. I'll have to try that sometime!
Usually, I just never use flash. Avoid it at all costs. I've gotten to the point where I'd just rather not take the picture if I have to use flash.
I need like a flash diffuser...or a better flash besides the built in one. :P
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Grayda Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
Depends on what sort of diffuser you get. I got one off eBay the other day and it sort of works. It's great for getting even light in a big room but for closeup shots it's rather useless.

I'd love a remote flash. That way I can set it up to the side of a subject and get the really nice harsh light on one side of the face. Plus you can use those gel covers to colour the light. Two flashes would be even better but I'm not that rich :bucktooth:
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