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Let's Gear Up to Shot Wonderful Portraits in Autumn

Alyssa Zalabai

Photographer from England

Autumn Behind the Samyang AF 135mm F1.8 FE

Autumn is probably the most favourite season for photographers to take photos, and that statement is very true for me. The colours are changing from greens to shades of reds and yellows, it’s basically a splash of colour heaven. So, with all these changes, it’s time to gear up and take our camera outside and start shooting. Since I love the Autumn season very much, this is an article not only to showcase the amazing image quality the Samyang AF 135mm F1.8 FE can do but to give some useful tips when shooting in the Autumn season using this very lens.

TIP 1. Subject Placement Maximises the Bokeh Effect

First of all, this lens can produce such beautiful bokeh, so naturally, you are gonna want to use this in your images, but how do you maximise its bokeh and use it fully to make your subject stand out? It’s all about subject placement! If possible, always place your models with a long distant background, with this, this lens will definitely blast your image with bokeh-goodness. You can use this trick for close-ups and full-body shots, it always works!

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LENSES AF 135mm
F1.8 FE
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7RM3A
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/320 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 135mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
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LENSES AF 135mm
F1.8 FE
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7RM3A
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/320 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 135mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

TIP 2.

Fast Aperture f/1.8 and

Fast Shutter Speed Capture

All Movements of Children

Next, with its fast aperture f1.8, you are sure to get those movements to freeze in time! And since we’re talking about the autumn season, what better shots could you do than leaves tossing photos? This is a classic pose for all ages, it’s fun to do and the little kids definitely enjoy this the most, plus with some helping hand from their parents makes up all the fun. When shooting this type of photo, make sure your shutter speed is at least 1/250th of a second and set your camera to high-speed shooting. When we do this, normally, we would count to three before they throw the leaves and we press the shutter. So, if you are counting 1-2-3 shoot, you should start pressing the shutter button at count 2, this is to make sure that you capture all movements from the beginning, easily!

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LENSES AF 135mm
F1.8 FE
CAMERA ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/640 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 135mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment
zoom
LENSES AF 135mm
F1.8 FE
CAMERA ILCE-7M4
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/500 sec
ISO 200
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 135mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

TIP 3.

Incorporate the Autumn

Season into Your Shots

Now, this is the season of withering leaves on tree branches, so make sure to incorporate this into your shots. But how do you do this?
Well, there are two ways that you can do, at least for me, there are two ways. The first one is finding low-hanging branches, low enough for your models to stand next to. What this creates is it really shows your audience the essence of autumn. And you can use this as your natural framing to have your models stand out in your image. The second one is composite. This is adding the tree branches and leaves on editing if you can’t find low-hanging branches and your models are too short to stand next to them. What you should do is take photos of the leaves and tree branches separately on the same shoot to use for your composite. Why the same day? This is because to make sure that the lights are the same and the lens you’re using is also the same one, this is to make sure that the image quality, bokeh and colour are all uniformed.

TIP 4. Consider Autumn Colours

When Thinking about What to Wear

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LENSES AF 135mm
F1.8 FE
CAMERA SONY
ILCE-7RM3A
DIAPHRAGM F1.8
SPEED 1/320 sec
ISO 100
EXPOSURE Manual
PHOTOMETRY 135mm
BRIGHTNESS -
PHOTOMETRY Multi
segment

And one last thing, plan the outfit properly and consider autumn colours when doing so!
With all those information, you are set to create story-telling autumn portraits using Samyang AF 135mm F1.8 FE, definitely the perfect lens for this season!

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Samyang’s Guide to Achieving the Optimal Angle of View

The perfect spacing and distance are always necessary when shooting all kinds of subjects, including people, to give them a proper relationship with the beautiful space around them. So, what’s the exact distance that helps you best appreciate a work of art, or a photo?

The correct answer is the diagonal length of the full frame of a subject.

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The best standpoint from which to appreciate the full view of a subject is the distance of the diagonal length of the subject frame. This wider angle is superior to standing closer at a 50 degree angle to get a more detailed view. This notion of an ideal distance or view point is also applicable in the world of photography.

For still images, keeping a distance equal to the diagonal length of the full image surface is recommended. The full frame sensor of a digital camera is 36 x 24mm and the diagonal length is 43.26mm so any distance close to this number is nearer to the ideal than the currently accepted industry standard of 50mm.

Back when film cameras were common, 45mm was the industry standard and this continued as reflex cameras needed extra space to fit a mirror. However, as mirrorless cameras become more popular again, there has been a need to return to this industry standard…which is the impetus for the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE. With less distortion than a 35mm lens and wider angles than a 55mm lens, the Samyang AF 45mm F1.8 FE is a perfect lens for portraits, landscapes, architecture photography, and pictures of pets.

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