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D800 - Too much detail for close up portraits?

kolson

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"RE: D800 - Too much detail for close up portraits?"

kolson Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Dec 2009
Thu 23-Feb-12 12:41 AM

When models become aware of the razor sharp resolution of the D800, they may ask NOT to be photographed with it. I think the bride looks HARD. Nikon made a point to tell us to "open up" the aperture to make portraits look SOFT. (Of course this was only suggested so we would thereby be using a faster shutter speed to combat the tendency for the D800 to produce BLUR.) I think the model looks HARD. I was surprised that Nikon didn't recommend the use of electronic flash to effectively increase the sharpness due to the short time duration of the flash pulse. Does electronic flash make models look even HARDER? I know that this depends on the "softness" of the light created by the photographer, but how practical is soft light when shooting a bride? She moves around. You move around. You don't always have a white wall to bounce the light from your flash. I doubt that the diffuser that comes with the flash will be soft enough.

I can hear it all now:
Photographer to Model, "I just got a new D800 camera!"
Model to Photographer, "Don't point that thing at me!"

I saw some really nice shots of my grandaughter taken by Olin Mills. Naturally, I wondered about the camera they used.
It WAS A 5 MEGAPIXEL CAMERA!!!!!

I have some serious misgivings about EVER using my new D800E for portrature. Really, who would be that cruel? MY D700 IS ALREADY BORDERLINE FOR USE IN PORTRATURE. I won't be selling my D700. I need an FX camera for people pictures, AND THE D800E IS, IN MY HUMBLE OPINION, CRUEL OVERKILL.

By the way RRRoger, I always enjoy your posts!

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