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    Quote Originally Posted by shashin
    thanks jnet6 and Ram,
    i will try more and harder with my 18-70mm and 55-200mm again

    btw guys and gals, normally wat lens are you using for the portrait shots?
    hard to say.. depends on people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seankyh
    Nothing wrong with the kit lens at all for portraiture. If you want the blur/bokeh effect, that is achievable with some play on distances between you, the subject and the bg. Bottomline is, enjoy your kit lens. It is very versatile.
    hi seankyh,
    haha just to share my personal experience, previously when i was using kit lens for portrait shots, someone around the area will give me a strange look, like something is wrong :P
    i m now more confident and definitely will enjoy more to take portrait with my kit lens after hearing your comment here...

    and shashin, let's try hard together
    Last edited by ivan; 7th August 2006 at 10:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivan
    hi seankyh,
    haha just to share my personal experience, previously when i was using kit lens for portrait shots, someone around the area will give me a strange look, like something is wrong :P
    i m now more confident and definitely will enjoy more to take portrait with my kit lens after hearing your comment here...

    and shashin, let's try hard together
    think they look at you nt becos you are using kit lens, but you are holding a dSLR while theirs are PnS with big screen

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExplorerZ
    think they look at you nt becos you are using kit lens, but you are holding a dSLR while theirs are PnS with big screen

    Yes I do agree...sometime I will feel paisay to shoot with dSLR too

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    Default Re: D70 Kit Lens for Portrait

    If can't get nice bokeh with kit lens, the other alternative is to find a nice clean background to shoot with.

    As a newbie myself, my main concern is not the bokeh but the composition itself. Bad composition, with nice bokeh also no use... which happens to me quite often.
    Last edited by superfly; 7th August 2006 at 04:57 PM.

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    Default Re: D70 Kit Lens for Portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by shashin
    thanks jnet6 and Ram,
    i will try more and harder with my 18-70mm and 55-200mm again

    btw guys and gals, normally wat lens are you using for the portrait shots?
    18-70, 50mm, 18-200, 70-200.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by shashin
    hi kcuf2,
    really thanks for your photo demo leh ... btw, wat's the aperture setting of this photo?
    i tried this b4 (with 18-70mm lens), if the subject is small, i could achieve the DOF as yours...
    however, when i try to use 18-70mm lens to take portrait of my friend (half to 3/4 body photo), but the DOF effect is not really as good as this...
    Maybe u try to move closer to ur friend [between]1m to 2m and try to use an apeture of between f3.5 to f4.5, by right u should be able to blur out the background of ur friend.. if u are too far away from ur friend, then the blurring effect will be lesser..

    the settings of the photo are as follows:
    Nikon D70s
    JPEG (8-bit) Fine
    Lens: 18-70mm F/3.5-4.5 G
    Focal Length: 56mm
    Exposure Mode: Manual
    Metering Mode: Center-Weighted
    1/1600 sec - F/4.5
    Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
    Sensitivity: ISO 200
    Optimize Image: Custom
    White Balance: Auto
    AF Mode: AF-S
    Flash Sync Mode: Not Attached
    Color Mode: Mode Ia (sRGB)
    Tone Comp.: Medium High
    Hue Adjustment: 0
    Saturation: Enhanced
    Sharpening: High
    Image Comment:
    Long Exposure NR: Off

    try again and see how
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    Hi guys and gals,

    Really thanks for your feedback and advices
    Your are really a pool of friendly buddies in CS

    I will try harder and to shoot more de, and ofcos will definitely need your
    advice again kekeke

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    Quote Originally Posted by kcuf2
    Maybe u try to move closer to ur friend [between]1m to 2m and try to use an apeture of between f3.5 to f4.5, by right u should be able to blur out the background of ur friend.. if u are too far away from ur friend, then the blurring effect will be lesser..

    try again and see how
    Opps... need to ask you again, kcuf2
    But if i more closer to 1m to 2m, then i can only get a very close-up photo of my friend le...
    If i need to at least take half of the body, any point that i should take note of to get a
    good DOF effect

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    Quote Originally Posted by shashin
    Opps... need to ask you again, kcuf2
    But if i more closer to 1m to 2m, then i can only get a very close-up photo of my friend le...
    If i need to at least take half of the body, any point that i should take note of to get a
    good DOF effect
    for this case i think using a longer focal length wif f2.8 would be better. and try to position ur friend further from the BG as well

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    Default Re: D70 Kit Lens for Portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by shashin
    Opps... need to ask you again, kcuf2
    But if i more closer to 1m to 2m, then i can only get a very close-up photo of my friend le...
    If i need to at least take half of the body, any point that i should take note of to get a
    good DOF effect
    use the longest focal length of the kit lens, find a background is less busy, and the sebjuct is far away from the backgound.
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    Hi ExplorerZ and catchlights, thanks for your pointers
    I will try the ideas next time...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ivan
    hi seankyh,
    haha just to share my personal experience, previously when i was using kit lens for portrait shots, someone around the area will give me a strange look, like something is wrong :P
    i m now more confident and definitely will enjoy more to take portrait with my kit lens after hearing your comment here...

    and shashin, let's try hard together
    One thing I learnt recently.. take photo cannot shy one. We already look very out of place with the gear on us, some have tripod, backpack like ready to go for war liddat. So, don't be alarmed if you get stared at.

    Personally, I am also quite afraid of the attention a photographer can draw. Can be daunting sometimes.

    I don't think that they are looking at you because of your lens. Maybe your subject is damn chio that's why...

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    Hi Shashin!

    I am sure & convinced that kit lens can be used for portrait shots.

    see here:


    http://www.pbase.com/luminous

    I'm inspired

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEX
    Hi Shashin!

    I am sure & convinced that kit lens can be used for portrait shots.

    see here:


    http://www.pbase.com/luminous

    I'm inspired

    wow...really inspiring pics... thanks for the link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DEX
    Hi Shashin!

    I am sure & convinced that kit lens can be used for portrait shots.

    see here:


    http://www.pbase.com/luminous

    I'm inspired

    Hi DEX,
    Thanks for the link, great photo taken
    I am convinced and more confident now too kekeke

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    Default Re: D70 Kit Lens for Portrait

    Quote Originally Posted by shashin
    Hi DEX,
    Thanks for the link, great photo taken
    I am convinced and more confident now too kekeke
    Post yr shots when you are done.

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    If you really really want the bokeh, you can create it using PS if your equipment doesn't allow you to get as creamy a bokeh as you want I'm serious about this btw. I know some people who do this and no one's the wiser. It actually looks quite good.

    Hint: Use the gaussian blur tool
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoned
    If you really really want the bokeh, you can create it using PS if your equipment doesn't allow you to get as creamy a bokeh as you want I'm serious about this btw. I know some people who do this and no one's the wiser. It actually looks quite good.

    Hint: Use the gaussian blur tool
    AGreed.

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    I did a quick portrait when i met a friend recently with the d70 kit lens : http://metallilan.multiply.com/photos/photo/28/99

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