Two ways to use shallow DOF when posing groups

posted on 6th of october, 2012

With eyes at or close to the same distance from camera to achieve equal focus on subjects. This gives each person equal importance to the image. Works well for families.

Allow one to be in focus and the others to be out of focus. Combined with the composition of your photo, using diagonals or rule of thirds, etc, you allow the one to become the primary focus while the others fade into the background.

So, there are my thoughts. Most of these images are not mine, but I thought they were great examples. I would love to hear more tips on using DoF in portraits! Feel free to post them with examples below. You have to delete the r or l after img for them to show up in comments....

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Posted by Dprogers on December 08, 2012
Good tips, thanks for this.
Posted by Chanevy on October 08, 2012
Good tip, thank you!
Posted by Freedomsfolio on October 08, 2012
One more trick is to get the top view while they are standing or sitting; mostly works for kids group. Use extreme shallow DOF, keep eyes or faces in focus and everything including the background out of focus. May be a f/2.8 with 20mm or 24mm. Even a 35mm with f/2.8 works good if you are at a good height than the group. This will draw attention to their expressions or eyes...

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Christmas is coming

posted on 25th of october, 2012

Are you working on your holiday images yet? I am just thinking about the new ones I will make, but have a couple from last year.

What are your plans?

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Posted by Chanevy on October 27, 2012
I do understand that. I hate that the stores pay next to no attention to Thanksgiving. We seem to go straight from trick or treat to Santa Claus, with no time to take a breath and be thankful....which gives me an idea for a whole series if I can just find time to shoot it :-)
Posted by Inyrdreams on October 27, 2012
not ready not ready! I know we have to think ahead.. but I dont want to see anything red and green or hear the words christmas till at least thanksgiving! I do enjoy the holiday emensly...Im just not ready!
Posted by Chanevy on October 26, 2012
Thank you Egomezta. I understand Dave, but it is better than not to have joy :-)

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Can this be true about Facebook? !

posted on 26th of october, 2012

My friend had this notice on her status, which I did put on my personal timeline. Doesn't seem like it could possibly true, but there have been so many people stealing IP that I thought it couldn't hurt.

"You are hereby notified that you are strictly prohibited from disclosing, copying, distributing, disseminating, or taking any other action against me with regard to this profile and the contents herein, including, but not limited to my photos, and/or the comments made about my photos or any other "picture" art posted on my profile. The foregoing prohibitions also apply to your employee, agent, student or any personnel under your direction or control. The contents of this profile are private and legally privileged and confidential information, and the violation of my personal privacy is punishable...

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Posted by Chanevy on October 29, 2012
What country are you in? lol
Posted by Elifranssens on October 29, 2012
I'm not sure which "influence" you're talking about there... is it something legal??

Posted by Chanevy on October 29, 2012
And don't forget that anything said by anybody you meet while under the influence is absolute truth :-)

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Three ways to find real people that will model for you

posted on 29th of october, 2012

Do you want to shoot stock shots of people? Can you afford to pay a model? Me neither! So I decided to try to think of ways to get people to model for free without relying too much on friends and family Here are some ideas I had.

1) Set up a joint make over party with an Avon or Mary Kay rep. Let her do facials and offer to take after pictures. The partiers can have free digital images in exchange for a model release .

2) Offer to set up in a small area of a local salon the day before a big high school dance and take pictures of interested salon clients. Same deal, a free set of digital images for a model release. They can advertise your service as an advantage to choosing them over a competitor.

3) Barter with a personal trainer in your area to take pictures for their website in exchange...

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Posted by Photobee on November 27, 2012
Thanks for sharing!Useful ideas.
Posted by Angelsimon on October 31, 2012
Yes, is a very good idea, I do the same sometimes, but with thing instead people.
Posted by Marquardt21 on October 31, 2012
Thank you for the great idea's.

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