Portrait Photography Sony 85mm 1.8

Its been a while since i did some portrait photography so this morning i set up the A7r4 with the S0ny 85mm lens. I used the self timer and i wanted to test the lens with natural light so i positioned myself in the widow and let the light pass through the window. I was Using f3.5 ISO 160 and a shutter speed of 1/20. I used a remote trigger for both images.

Then i got my Beautiful wife Ruth to pose for me with a USB soft light i purchased from Amazon. My settings stayed the same. I used a black backdrop and but i am so rusty it was not positioned right so i have to do another session Sunday, but these images should give yo a good idea of what the Sony 85mm can produce.

A tip to remember is when you look at the LCD screen make sure the Brightness is not set to Summer as it gives you a false reading of what the image looks like, so when i loaded the images from today they were all dark and under exposed so i had to brighten them a little or should i have increased the shadow i am not sure.

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I am 63 years old and and since a boy have had an interest in wildlife and in particular birds. I help my Dad with the rearing of young finches and other birds. I had many small birds as pets and as i got older and joined the Military i purchsed my first Camera, and fold out Kodak. Over a 22 year period i enjoyed many countries outside the uk and observed many species of birds. When i left the military in 2000, i bought my first digital camera a Canon 450D with a Tamron 70-300 and started my journey on capturing images of birds and animals. I quickly learned that there was a lot more to getting a good image of a bird, so i started to research the best settings for my camera in order to capture a better image. Over a 12 month period i realised that needed to invest in a better camera and lens and after research bought a Canon 50D and a 100-400 Lens. It was 2013 when i really got to grips with the setup and came across a lovely Short Eared Owl. From that meeting i started to concentrate on Owls as they fasinated me. From Canon to Olympus i recently jumped ship again to Sony. The variety of birds i have captured over a 10 year period is vast and at present i have a wildlife hide in lancashire where most of my images are captured.

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