Digital SLR Portraiture Course 2

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Presentation slides by Alex Harvey-Brown for the Digital SLR: Portrait photography workshop at South Hill Park on 19 Oct 2013

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Digital SLR Portraiture Course 2

  1. 1.      INTRO WHY A DSLR & WHAT MAKES A GOOD PHOTO? THE HOLY TRINITY OF DSLR PHOTOGRAPHY COMPOSITION ISO Plan of the weekend
  2. 2. MOBILE Phone 8mpxl Camera NIKON DSLR with 50mm f/1.8 lens
  3. 3. What makes a good portrait?
  4. 4. YUSUF KARSH
  5. 5. CECIL BEATON
  6. 6. CHARLENE SHREUDER
  7. 7. The Exposure Triangle
  8. 8. Remember: The lower the ‘f-number’ or ‘f-stop’ the WIDER the aperture
  9. 9. SQUINTING gives you a larger depth of field. So does having a small aperture/high f-stop. The smaller the F-Number (therefore the wider the aperture) the shallower the depth of field.
  10. 10. LIGHT Wider apertures let more light into the camera, smaller apertures do the opposite. Great in dark situations and keeps the shutter speed FAST and ISO DOWN.
  11. 11. <-85mm f/1.8 Zooms with wide apertures, known as ‘fast zooms’ are VERY expensive. Fast prime lenses have a fixed focal length but are cheaper…and more creative! Wide aperture prime lenses: Perfect for portraits!
  12. 12. • SWITCH TO ‘A’ or ‘Ap’ – Mode / Keep ISO to 300/400 • The camera will manage your shutter speed, so you can manually adjust your aperture’s size. • Try shooting different objects close to you at your lowest f-number (widest aperture setting) and again at the highest f-number (smallest aperture). EXERCISE
  13. 13. The length of time that the camera’s film or sensor are exposed to light. Time, measured in fractions of a second that the shutter is OPEN. 1/8000 - 30 seconds / *Bulb *Bulb - an option that allows you to keep the shutter open indefinitely. Only usable with shutter release cable. SHUTTER SPEED
  14. 14. -Faster speeds give sharper images when hand holding. -No lower than 1/80 when hand holding. 1/400 1/60 1/30
  15. 15. • Set your camera to Shutter Priority Mode ‘S’ or ‘Sp’ – the camera will manage the aperture setting, allowing you control of the shutter speed and exposure time. • Experiment with different shutter speeds and capture the party popper’s motion, either freezing it – or capturing the movement. • Start by trying the following speeds 1/30, 1/100, 1/500 Exercise 2
  16. 16. • Dictates the camera sensor’s sensitivity to light. • The higher ISO number, the higher the sensitivity. • High sensitivity keeps the shutter speed higher, but increases grain/noise. ISO (international standards organisation)
  17. 17. The Photographer’s Juggling Act
  18. 18. The rule of thirds A solid guideline to discourage placement of the subject at the center, or prevent a horizon from appearing to divide the picture in half. COMPOSITION
  19. 19. The rule of thirds In portraits – try to align the eyes up with the line of the top third. COMPOSITION
  20. 20. • The classic rule of thumb: ‘Fill the frame’ • Zooming into a face will always give a feature to a photograph COMPOSITION
  21. 21. • The classic rule of thumb: ‘Fill the frame’ COMPOSITION
  22. 22.  http://vimeo.com/63602119 The Impact of Lighting
  23. 23.  Even lighting on the face is essential. Always try and shoot in the shade but avoid mottled light from leaves! Clouds are a natural diffuser – cloudy conditions usually provide perfect light. Portraiture Tips
  24. 24.  Get a vintage look – get creative and use sun flare to your advantage. Portraiture Tips
  25. 25. Ideal mix of wide aperture and long focal length.  Fast zooms and prime lenses are perfect.  Prime lenses much cheaper.  The best Lenses for portraits
  26. 26.  In bright sun? Turn the subject’s back to the it and light their face with flash or a reflector to balance. Portraiture Tips
  27. 27. 120mm Zoom lenses compress features, great for portraits! 200mm Tip: Focal length compression
  28. 28. Reflectors/diffusers Off camera flash / speedlight Useful Accessories

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