sharp portraits

Discussion in 'Photography' started by oneThousand, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. oneThousand

    oneThousand Guest

    Folks,

    I have been having a problem w/sharp portraits.
    Any recommendation on my technique?

    I often use a Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5

    I also have a Nikkor 85mm fixed at f/1.8, should I be using this instead for
    less sharpness?

    Any other recommendations on technique would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks!
    one.
     
    oneThousand, Aug 16, 2003
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  2. Shoot wide open or as close to it as possible. Use soft lighting.
    Use some kind of diffuser on the lens to cut the sharpness.
     
    Randall Ainsworth, Aug 16, 2003
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  3. oneThousand

    J C Guest

    Aside from a diffusion filter, fog filters can work ok.

    If you're getting harsh contrasts, another reason could be that you
    are not aiming your studio lights at an umbrella and diffusing the
    light back to the subject.

    Another cause would be that you're using a camera-mounted flash -
    even with a diffusion attachment this can cause high contrast.


    -- JC
     
    J C, Aug 16, 2003
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