Outdoor 50mm Portrait Photography Tutorial [ PART 1/3 ]

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  1. I'm kinda new into photography and I have no other equipments like that reflector, lightbox and what not.. I only have my dslr at my disposal. and is it possible to get good shots even without those equipments aside from your cam and your subject for shooting?

  2. Bright sunlight is always the last option, but if no choice tell your model to keep her eyes closed until the last second, cut down on squinting and makes the pupils look better. And fill flash is another option to reflector, but if using a reflector I would have used white or silver, much better quality of light for outdoors on a Summer's day.

  3. Jessica did you ever hear for the rule of thirds, your portraits are all centered. Do yourself a favor and remove this as it is rather embarrassing. You may want to put on something when you are video this that doesn't make is sound like your shooting in a hurricane.

  4. I wouldn't have used the gold reflector (or the 50mm prime – a 70-200mm for sweet bokeh). I'd probably use some portable strobes to control light. But, everyone's taste is different. P.S. Beautiful model. enjoy.

  5. Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed your videos. Very informative. I always tend to pick up new way of photography and mix it with my past experience of shooting. Keep it up!

  6. it's incredible to see how many people with negative comments make no money at all and yet telling her what to do. this is an old video, pay attention to the screen cap. also she does amazing tutorials, check her stuff out at least before jump the ship like an idiot. if you can do better, then walk the walk just don't talk the talk. I wondered if any of you idiots out there realized that now, and I say this because most comments are one month old. lmao y'all are stupid. BIG SHOUT OUT TO YOU JESSICA. You're amazing

  7. … again, I am not dissing or commenting on Jessica's body of work. She has some excellent images and some excellent videos.

    My comments are on THIS VIDEO! The presentation of THIS VIDEO! The content included in THIS VIDEO, which may be an earlier video, I don't know the what and why of it, I just made a comment based on an observation of the video before me.

    I suspect… cannot know, but suspect she is a Super Duper person and she does do some excellent work.

    This video is just not one of her best.

    Don't stop Jessica…

  8. no idea why everyone is being assholes, i learned a lot from this, thanks! Do you have any tips on doing outside portraits using a reflector without an assistant ?

  9. Jessica, Keep taking the photos you do AND keep posting them up along with your videos!

    While people make some discouraging comments you keep on doing what you do!

    As a new DSLR guy, I am simply amazed at your final product! How you do that is something that an artist can do!

    Some people can "TAKE" a picture….and that is fine for some….But what YOU do with what you have is really pleasing to the eye!

    Who cares if a photographer "takes" a shot…..
    Who cares if the "proper" settings are there and just how the photographer initially took the image….

    What happens, after the shutter release, is important to the people viewing the final image!

    You do what you need to do Jessica!!! Keep doing what you do!!!!


  10. I am absolutely certain Jessica is a wonderful person and has taken some excellent photos.

    I am not criticizing Jessica, just some of the information provided.

    I am equally certain it won't take her long to figure out and improve those issues I am about to address.

    I hate to comment on anyone's photography and I try to avoid doing so, but I continue to see these tutorials given by people who honestly have very little understanding of what it is they are doing.

    Now, that is fine as a photographer, everyone learns as they go and nobody starts out knowing everything, but… my issue is with novices doing tutorials.

    Very often they are sharing ignorance, which other novices run with and then share with other novices, so you end up with a village of ignorance.

    First, if Bokeh is what she is looking for, she is using the wrong lens.

    Depth of field and Bokeh are both controlled by the relationship between the focal length of the lens, the aperture of the lens and the distance from the lens to the subject.

    Variables of each element, result in a different Bokeh effect. The longer the focal length of the lens the more control over the Bokeh, which is why most of the fashion shots you see in Vogue, Town and Country which are shot outside with super Bokeh were shot with 300mm f2.8/400mm f2.8 or 600mm f4 lenses, which compress the distance between the subject and the background and when used at the proper distance and aperture produce the appropriate Bokeh for exterior fashion.

    Second, professionals do not buy f1.4 lenses so they can shoot at f1.4.

    In the case of Nikon, the sharpest and sharp is the key, you should always strive for the sharpest image you can during acquisition, you can always soften it later, but you can effectively/cleanly sharpen a soft image, you can only sharpen the pixels, not the same creature at all.

    But, on Nikons, the sharpest aperture is two stops down from wide open.

    So, professionals do not buy f1.4 lenses to use at f1.4 except in extreme cases, but instead we buy f1.4 lenses to use at f4.5 or f5.6 depending on the lens and focal length.

    Buy an f1.2 lens to shoot at f3.5 or f4.5 again depending on lens and focal length to get the sharpest image possible.

    The Bokeh would be controlled not solely by the aperture, but by the choice of focal length and distance from the subject.

    Third, sue your parents and/or your teachers for teaching you to say, "… I will higher the shutter speed." Nobody highers the shutter speed. You can make the shutter speed higher. But you do not higher the shutter speed. EVER!

    In fourth grade we learn to "increase" the shutter speed.

    Sue your teachers, you have a good solid case.

    You said if you shoot at f2.5, there's not going to be a lot of focus?

    I know it is easy to step all over your tongue when you are trying to think and talk for a camera, but train yourself to catch what you say and then correct it, so you don't leave people with the impression, well… a bad impression.

    Fact is, f2.5, f5.6 even are excellent apertures to get a soft Bokeh when using the right focal length lens for the job.

    As you can see in this photo, taken just before sun down, though the lens is a 24-70mm f2.8 Nikon lens, I chose the long end of the focal length, which was 70mm, but instead of shooting at f2.8, the max aperture, I chose to shoot at f5.6, not only the optically sharper aperture, but one that would also produce a Bokeh in my background, which was a mountain face in Red Rock/NV.


    f5.6 gave me a greater plane of focus, from the nose to the back of the skull, where f2.8 would have decreased my plane of focus so only one eye would be in focus, nose out, furthest eye out, rest of skull out and that is not what I wanted.

    I just wanted the background out of focus with some Bokeh.

    Even f8 will throw the background out of focus if you use the right focal length and distance from subject.

    Here is my Nikon 400mm f2.8 lens being used at f8, the background is soft, because of the distance between the lens and the subject which was about 30 feet, dist between subject and background about 50 feet.


    (Says 45mm lens, but that is a misread of the lens electronics. It is a 400mm f2.8 at f8.)

    So, please study up, spend a lot of time shooting before you attempt to do video tutorials.

    It is unfair to your novice viewers when you do otherwise.

    Yes! I have a clue, I've been formally trained, shot for 40 years professionally.





    Keep shooting, buy some longer lenses or rent them.


  11. OOO My thank you for showing how you used your camera and settings .. this is very helpful , more explanatory and show how too .. Thank You for sharing is important , experimenting is key ..

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