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MacGrad 06-10-2015 12:06 AM

MacGrad's First "Project 52"
I keep challenging my daughter to practice (volleyball, photography, etc.), I figure I better follow my own advice.

Since getting my 7D, I don't think I've been using it to its potential or pushing its limits... this project will hopefully get me out of my comfort zone.

Unless I note otherwise, any PP will be done using Canon's software. (I only have DPP and Perfect Effects, and I know even less about the software than I do about taking photos.) ;-)

MacGrad 06-10-2015 12:24 AM

Re: MacGrad's First "Project 52"
Week 1: Natural Light Portrait (Candid)

Manual Mode, 1/1000 at f1.8, using 50mm f1.8.

We were near our house, watching the kids fool around, when I saw the opportunity to get a photo of the better half.

Improvements for next time:
* Close down to f2.2 or f2.5 to get her necklace in focus
* High shutter speed not necessary; need to determine whether to expose properly or ETTL/ETTR and adjust shutter accordingly

MacGrad 06-16-2015 12:23 AM

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Week 2: Portrait (Single Flash)

Manual, 1/250 @ f10, 70mm... single flash in mini-softbox to camera right... window on camera left.

Personal Thoughts:
* First attempt at using off-camera flash in portrait scenario

* Moving the subject away from the background (couch) should allow me to completely blackout the background; however, all subsequent attempts have resulted in too much light spillage behind the subject

* Raising the flash/softbox and pointing it downwards should provide a little more light on hair

Thoughts and comments welcome!

Tinstafl 06-18-2015 05:59 AM

Re: MacGrad's First "Project 52"
Welcome to the group. On the ocf, pulling the subject forward will help with the background. Also you need to either use a hair light or adjust your flash and reflector to separate the head from the background. I have been using my 52 to practice new things. It is a great way to learn a new thing a week or so. I have usually done it two or three weeks a month.

You are off to a great start.

MacGrad 07-05-2015 10:02 PM

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Week 3: Triptych

Personal Thoughts:
* Slight differences in composition could have been solved by using tripod
* Hotspot on truck in background on #3... removable in PP?
* Composition might have been stronger if subject was framed between green/yellow poles

As always, additional C&C welcome!

Taigen 07-15-2015 08:33 AM

Re: MacGrad's First "Project 52"
Welcome to the 52 :) Love the water shots....looks like he is having a blast!

MacGrad 09-03-2015 11:43 PM

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Week 4 (ish): Travel (Candid)

Personal Thoughts:
* Might be better if kids were looking at the coaster car at top (could have waited another second for it to move into approximate position)
* Raise camera slightly to improve composition angle

Should this be cropped slightly -- maybe to the top of the yellow fence?

MacGrad 09-03-2015 11:50 PM

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Week 5: Portrait (Single Flash w/ Silver Reflector CL)

Personal Thoughts:
* Should have done a better job at washing my face after eating rib dinner

* I think it's an improvement over Week 2 -- the fill from the reflector does add a bit more separation from the background, even though the subject was closer to the BG in this photo than in W2
* Reflector could have been positioned more in front of the subject to lighten the shadows around the subject's right eye

Thoughts, or C&C?

Taigen 09-07-2015 06:31 PM

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Ha the "sauce" shot ;) Glad to have you continuing on and I agree with your personal thoughts on it.

MacGrad 09-15-2015 09:52 PM

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Week 6: Still Life Experiment

As my kids grow up playing sports, I know the relatives are going to be requesting pictures of any awards they might receive. This was an experiment using 2 flashes to see how I could light a difficult object.

Ignore the stand / table -- I would use a different base for display photos.

Personal Thoughts:

* I think I managed to minimize the hotspots on the trophy from the flash
* Shadow on the right of the stand from the trophy might be problematic on a more reflective surface
* Used two light system (one high camera left, one low camera right), but I'm wondering using a reflector to replace a flash, and using the flash as a back / rim light would have added anything


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