So, my latest quest is to learn how to capture portraits of people with my Pentax K10D dSLR. It was so easy with the Canon S3 IS, which is a sophisticated point-and-shoot, but having to A) set the correct aperture, correct shutter speed and not introduce any motion blur using a telephoto lens makes it easier said than done. Today, I put my father's borrowed 50-200 mm zoom lens on and took some pictures of my nephew, niece and daughter with natural light only, since I still don't have a real flash, nor do I understand how to use one correctly yet. . . I set the camera at f/5.6, left it at 95 mm, and the camera took the best picture at 1/20 sec. Unfortunately, in order to be able to take blur-free (reasonably) images, I had to set the ISO at 800! Grain-city, but easily removed with denoising software. Also--I had to use Auto White Balance in order to get color approaching normal as opposed to other custom white balances. . . The picture on the bottom is Maya, climbing her loft bed ladder. On the top, she's looking surprised and this one is quite soft-focus, not my intention! Below is a version I desaturated. . .
And THIS one on the left is how good it can look with the portraiture denoising used to smooth out skintones. I like! Butterscotch pudding heaven, while on belay on the loft bed!
The Entertainer? This is my nephew, Miles, showing me how well he plays the piano. He's quite the character! I took the picture in color, but desaturated it, using Photoshop (hereafter to be known as PS, for ease of moiself!)
My niece Eve, and Maya, smiling preetty for the camera! I used the portraiture denoising on them, too, to smooth out the old skintones. . . Maya was disappointed to see that her freckles kind of faded away with that process, because she really likes them. . .
And last but not least, this headshot of Maya--my beautiful girl!