Photo Shoot on a budget!!

sebs_color

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So i have had my E-PM2 for about 9 months now, and have learned so much in that time. it literally consumed me. all i did was read and read about photography and M43 gear that i would want.

Any way, it led to me getting the PL25 1.4 and i have been doing little photo shoots with my new born daughter. Although i haven't bought anything else (unfortunately) i managed to use some clean sheets, a soft blanket, and some nice sunlight (controlled, to some extent, with the blinds).

Anyway, although i would love to eventually invest in maybe some cheap lighting gear, me and my wife managed to do all her shoots with little things around the house, and some timing of the sunlight.

Hope you guys enjoy and please comment/critique on how i can improve or even some light options that i can look into!

(all shot with E-PM2, PL25mm 1.4)

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Seb,
On my monitor, the images appear to be under-exposed. It may help to decrease your aperture to obtain more contrast and detail. Image P9010655 could benefit from more DOF. Detail of her left hand would greatly enhance the image. Of the thousands of portraits of children that I have done, the most common request of the client (the parents of the children) is that they wanted so see the details of every aspect of the image.
 

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Yeah, I agree. Most of these look good conceptually but I feel like you've missed focus on a few or maybe did some kind of soft focus post processing (e.g. #1 looks front focused) and in general uber shallow DOF for children's portraits is often not desirable. 2 and 3 are my favorites.
 

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Seb,
On my monitor, the images appear to be under-exposed. It may help to decrease your aperture to obtain more contrast and detail. Image P9010655 could benefit from more DOF. Detail of her left hand would greatly enhance the image. Of the thousands of portraits of children that I have done, the most common request of the client (the parents of the children) is that they wanted so see the details of every aspect of the image.
You know, I really was trying to bump up the exposure some, but felt like I may have gone too far. I'll push it a little further next time. And I see what you're saying about having her left hand more detailed.
Thank you! I will keep an eye on the exposure next time!


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sebs_color

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Yeah, I agree. Most of these look good conceptually but I feel like you've missed focus on a few or maybe did some kind of soft focus post processing (e.g. #1 looks front focused) and in general uber shallow DOF for children's portraits is often not desirable. 2 and 3 are my favorites.
Number is front focused :/ never really caught that. Honestly though, for some reason I felt that the softer feel to the image would give it that warm feeling to go with baby pictures. Maybe I went too soft? I will definitely pay more attention to the focusing! Thank you for feedback! Month 3 I can use these pointers!


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imahawki

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Again, keep in mind, its not all bad. I like the poses and composition. I find softness is better achieved with soft light vs. a soft photo. E.g. the photo below which admittedly isn't low budget, this was shot with two studio strobes, but the light is soft and even, even though the photo is very sharp (also this was shot with a 5DII).

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