09-08-2016 02:19 PM - edited 09-08-2016 02:22 PM
Ha, I'm certainly guilty of having done that as well!
OK, after taking all your tips into consideration, we used AP mode for the latest shoot. Since it was cloudy, I turned the ISO to 400 & played with the different f-stop settings you all had recommended. My face is looking a lot clearer. I am happy with this, but will still edit with the saturation & brightness. Any other recs? THANK YOU!
Hi Chloe, that is a gorgeous picture! Picassa apparently removed the exif info on this one so I can't tell what the settings were. I think the saturation and brightness are perfect as is.
Since you asked for recs, I would do a couple things differently.
1. I would use M mode and set the Av to a very low number (3.5 to 5.6), ISO to 100 and then adjust the shutter speed Tv so the meter would show the correct exposure. If Tv is lower than 1/100 then I would change the ISO to keep it at 1/100 or faster. The ground rule for Tv is 1 over the focal length. With the 18-55mm lens, 1/100 is quite OK per this rule (1/60 would have sufficed).
2. Before you go panicking on using M, my recommendation is to turn on Live View and via the menu enable Live View Simulation. With Simulation enabled, you will see on the LCD exactly what your picture will look like (except depth of field (DOF)...in order to see DOF you need to press the DOF button). So you can change Av, Tv, ISO and see exactly the effect of each change on Live View. It is a great learning tool, imho. Unless I shoot action shots, I always use Live View.
The reason for step 1 is that I think the background is too clear for this picture - the background is competing for my attention instead looking at the beautiful model's face and features. With a low Av, it will help blur the background more. Also I would shoot this at the highest Focal Length ( 55mm) as it will help blur the background more. Normally I always try to keep ISO as low as possible. ISO 400 might not be necessary here.
@Later you might want to experiment shooting the models slightly against the sun for the hairlight effect but that's a bit harder, taking more practice. Here is an example of shooting against the sun. Taken with a 5D Mark III, 85mm f/1.2L II lens @ 85mm; f/2.0, 1/2000, ISO 100
09-08-2016 07:40 PM
We are going to try and shoot on cloudy days (not difficult in Chicago) since it does seem a lot easier.
You guys are all great - I am sure I will be back, LOL!
Indeed, there's nothing wrong with shooting on cloudy or overcast days. It helps eliminate harsh shadows which can be a real plus for portraits. The exposure looks fine, skin tones look very natural. But if you feel it needs a bit more saturation, do it sparingly. If anythinng, to my eye the lighting looks maybe a little on the cool side. I'm guessing this was shot with Auto White Balance, which I find works surprisingly well on my 60D. But shooting with the Shade or Overcast setting might have produced a bit warmer lighting. The beauty of shooting in RAW is that you can change the W/B setting after the fact, but you don't need to worry about that for now.
As far as prepping shots to post here, you might want to go back to the software you used on your first picture. It is handy for us to have the EXIF data available to help sort out problems and some software will strip this info from your image file.