hey guys. i occasionally get some of my friends to pose and i take shots of them. however, some of my shots sometimes dont turn out too good. as i'm new to portrait photography, would appreciate if you guys could help me out with a few of my queries
1) i use mostly a 50mm f/1.8 on my 350D. not because everyone says it's a good portrait lens. but rather because i think it's easy to frame with the 50mm prime. it's bright as well. however, do any of you ever shoot at f/1.8? my experience with shooting at f/1.8 is mixed. generally, the face of my 'model' is sharp. but then her body is kinda soft. e.g. her face is sharp, but maybe from the neck downwards, can see some obvious softening. is it because i set it at f/1.8? or is there something that i missed out? what apertures do you all usually shoot at? i mostly shoot outdoors, late afternoon.
2) how do you use bounce flash outdoors? there's nothing to bounce on right? i have a bounce card. getting a stofen omnibounce soon. thinking of perhaps a eastgear orion softbox instead. anyone used the eastgear one? anyway, what kind of fill flash do you guys use in the daytime? bounce card with flash straight up 90deg? or omnibounce at 45 deg? i'm using sigma 500 super. i'd rahter not use a reflector cos i dont usually have an assistant. yah...so not that feasible for me.
3) whihc metering mode on 350D do you guys use? i notice there is no spot metering on 350D? there is partial, evaluative, and one more...can't rem. anyway, was thinking that if spot metering was used, and you meter the model's face, wouldn't then the face be nicely exposed, but then the background completely blown? especially in a backlit situation?