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    i'm a newbie wanna have a ask,my question is wanna shoot portrait for (outdoor/indoor)what the setting i should used?

    shulter speed=?
    apeture=?
    iso=?
    w/b=?
    metering=?
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    this may come as a suprise to you, but there is really no "magic settings" for portraits or any other sort of photography for that matter.. all these technical stuff helps to create the picture, but its not a means to end all.. you need to know how each function affects your pictures and ultimately what do you want to achieve.. though generally portraits tend to use larger apertures..

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    Maybe you want to start reading here...
    If you don't know what these settings will do to your image no advice can be of any help to you. You could switch your camera to Portrait Mode (most cams have it) and just watch what the camera is doing. Together with reading up the very basics of photography you might see the reason behind.
    Last edited by Octarine; 25th September 2009 at 08:36 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J-Chan View Post
    this may come as a suprise to you, but there is really no "magic settings" for portraits or any other sort of photography for that matter.. all these technical stuff helps to create the picture, but its not a means to end all.. you need to know how each function affects your pictures and ultimately what do you want to achieve.. though generally portraits tend to use larger apertures..
    thank you...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Maybe you want to start reading here...
    If you don't know what these settings will do to your image no advice can be of any help to you. You could switch your camera to Portrait Mode (most cams have it) and just watch what the camera is doing. Together with reading up the very basics of photography you might see the reason behind.
    thank you...i reading it now
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaellee2222 View Post
    i'm a newbie wanna have a ask,my question is wanna shoot portrait for (outdoor/indoor)what the setting i should used?

    shulter speed=?
    apeture=?
    iso=?
    w/b=?
    metering=?
    Just remember, in shooting portraits, you can get everything out of focus, BUT the eyes must be tact sharp!
    Photography is about seeing without a camera.
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    eyes sharp? like this? Or is it too extreme...

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    Quote Originally Posted by dennisc View Post
    eyes sharp? like this? Or is it too extreme...
    And why not? I like it. It's artistic, the way you captured it.

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    different time of the day... light condition... etc can affect the settings. there is no fix rules on the settings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaellee2222 View Post
    i'm a newbie wanna have a ask,my question is wanna shoot portrait for (outdoor/indoor)what the setting i should used?

    shulter speed=?
    apeture=?
    iso=?
    w/b=?
    metering=?
    Shutter speed - Anything between 1/20 to 1/4000
    Aperture - f/1.2 to f/8
    ISO - 50 to 800
    WB - Auto, custom, daylight, cloudy and flash.
    Metering - Evaluative and Spot.

    That's my settings lah.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianhyk View Post
    Just remember, in shooting portraits, you can get everything out of focus, BUT the eyes must be tact sharp!
    i really have facing this pro....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snoweagle View Post
    Shutter speed - Anything between 1/20 to 1/4000
    Aperture - f/1.2 to f/8
    ISO - 50 to 800
    WB - Auto, custom, daylight, cloudy and flash.
    Metering - Evaluative and Spot.

    That's my settings lah.
    hi..thanx for your setting
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    Strange question. Anyway here are my "normal"settings...

    Shutter speed - 5s ( For night shadowy portraits. Usually the faces are not lit up) to 1/8000(Broad daylight)
    Aperture - f1.2 to f4
    ISO - 50 to 3200
    WB - Either Auto or manual (trial and error esp. for jpeg)
    Metering - Spot

    These setting are just a rough guide depending on what I shoot.

    I don't always shoot "normal" portraits so the settings above may not be entirely useful to you. The photos below are the type of portraits I shoot fyi.







    The best way is to experiment and shoot more. Do upload your pictures and share them on CS to get feed back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PrimePhotog View Post
    Strange question. Anyway here are my "normal"settings...

    Shutter speed - 5s ( For night shadowy portraits. Usually the faces are not lit up) to 1/8000(Broad daylight)
    Aperture - f1.2 to f4
    ISO - 50 to 3200
    WB - Either Auto or manual (trial and error esp. for jpeg)
    Metering - Spot

    These setting are just a rough guide depending on what I shoot.

    I don't always shoot "normal" portraits so the settings above may not be entirely useful to you. The photos below are the type of portraits I shoot fyi.







    The best way is to experiment and shoot more. Do upload your pictures and share them on CS to get feed back.
    hi.....really thanx for your setting and show me the photo...
    i will learn more and shoot more and will post soon....
    normally shoot in night portrait the metering will using spot?
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    Actually for portraiture shots or any other photography, there is no "default" settings.
    The setting you need varies from the different angle, different lighting and different situations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by michaellee2222 View Post
    hi.....really thanx for your setting and show me the photo...
    i will learn more and shoot more and will post soon....
    normally shoot in night portrait the metering will using spot?
    it's good to see that you're really inquisitive, and wanting to learn more about photography.
    However, I seriously caution you against learning photgraphy this way, by asking what kind of settings used for ______ situation.

    In essence photography is something like painting with light, albeit with a fairly complicated set of "paintbrushes".

    The #1 step is to understand your equipment really well, like the difference between spot, center-weighted, and evaluative (or matrix) metering, and how these settings affect the shot you're gonna take.

    Once you're fairly familiar, it's time to experiment. When the shot you take isn't captured the way you want, you must deduce the 'mistake' you've made based on your knowledge of your equipment.
    For example i've taken shots with flash, and when I see the review on my LCD is super-blue, straight away I go "oh, damn... forgot to set the WB correctly", and then I make the necesary correction.

    Nobody can give you the "magic settings". You can see that bro PrimePhotog gave you a range of shutter speeds from 5s to 1/8000s, which pretty much covers all the available shutter speeds except the long exposures and 'bulb'...
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by shaoken View Post
    Actually for portraiture shots or any other photography, there is no "default" settings.
    The setting you need varies from the different angle, different lighting and different situations.
    hi,ya..i know now...so i will keep learning......thanx
    Last edited by michaellee2222; 26th September 2009 at 08:23 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZerocoolAstra View Post
    it's good to see that you're really inquisitive, and wanting to learn more about photography.
    However, I seriously caution you against learning photgraphy this way, by asking what kind of settings used for ______ situation.

    In essence photography is something like painting with light, albeit with a fairly complicated set of "paintbrushes".

    The #1 step is to understand your equipment really well, like the difference between spot, center-weighted, and evaluative (or matrix) metering, and how these settings affect the shot you're gonna take.

    Once you're fairly familiar, it's time to experiment. When the shot you take isn't captured the way you want, you must deduce the 'mistake' you've made based on your knowledge of your equipment.
    For example i've taken shots with flash, and when I see the review on my LCD is super-blue, straight away I go "oh, damn... forgot to set the WB correctly", and then I make the necesary correction.

    Nobody can give you the "magic settings". You can see that bro PrimePhotog gave you a range of shutter speeds from 5s to 1/8000s, which pretty much covers all the available shutter speeds except the long exposures and 'bulb'...
    thank you for your advice.....i will keep learning.....thank you
    i will learning what is the basic thing 1st
    sony alpha
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    Quote Originally Posted by michaellee2222 View Post
    hi.....really thanx for your setting and show me the photo...
    i will learn more and shoot more and will post soon....
    normally shoot in night portrait the metering will using spot?
    Start with daylight, for your own better. Light at night is a challenge on its own and you will not get far without enough daylight experience and understanding of light.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    Start with daylight, for your own better. Light at night is a challenge on its own and you will not get far without enough daylight experience and understanding of light.
    ya,thanx...shoot at night really a big different..
    i will learn at daylight
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