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Sep 11, 2012 12:23 |  #9226

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You can't control parents, and you certainly can't control stupid people who may or may not be their friends.

My guess is that in almost all of these senior shoots, the parents are the ones paying, and they are the ones buying the larger prints and packages. I would also guess they aren't buying a 20x30 because it is a "senior portrait", they are buying your images because it is a shot of their child that is unlike anything else they have.

Agreed. Thankfully they sent me a private message (not on here) instead of asking publicly. I just never want someone else to think something like that and me to end up on MSN.com with millions of views because I took a bare shoulders image of an underage girl with none of her top showing. Though, perhaps all press is good press. :lol:


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Sep 11, 2012 13:05 |  #9227

phamster wrote in post #14976733 (external link)
Hi Mtn4Mike,

to me it looked like the speedlite did not have a gel on it..

the face looks cold and the surrounding looks warm.. color temp difference..

i would recommend you have 1/4 CTO gel loaded on the next run to get that better warmer colors.

Thank you Pham, lesson learned.


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Sep 11, 2012 13:08 |  #9228

JakAHearts wrote in post #14977043 (external link)
Agreed. Thankfully they sent me a private message (not on here) instead of asking publicly. I just never want someone else to think something like that and me to end up on MSN.com with millions of views because I took a bare shoulders image of an underage girl with none of her top showing. Though, perhaps all press is good press. :lol:

Perhaps pull the shot back out a bit to get the shirt, that way if there are any issues you can release the non cropped in version. :)


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Sep 11, 2012 13:09 |  #9229

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very nice shot max, looks more fashion than senior. :) something that I am trying to achieve now.


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Sep 11, 2012 21:36 |  #9230

Mtn4Mike wrote in post #14974700 (external link)
A few of Laura. C/C is welcome.]


EDIT: Added warmer versions of 1, 3, 5. I appreciate the feedback that the initial versions were too cool. I think these are better...agree?


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Sep 11, 2012 22:25 |  #9231

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One of the best I've seen on this thread.


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Sep 11, 2012 22:44 |  #9232

^^^
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Sep 11, 2012 22:57 |  #9233

So I don't do much portrait work - mostly sports, nature or anything else but portrait. :)
But I agreed to take senior photos for a friend's daughter... I'd appreciate some feedback, please. The last time I did senior portraits was 4 years ago when my 2 nieces were seniors.

I'm also not convinced that my color is OK. I still think it's slightly too warm. ETA the first photo below is intentionally desaturated.

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Thanks in advance.


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Sep 11, 2012 23:04 |  #9234

I got a studio lighting question for the masters here, what light adjustment tool do I need to get for my strobe to do the hair? Preferably something that will attach to my elinchrom dlite4's easily. :) right now im using a shoot through umbrella with the light on a stand, but I want to fix the strobe to the background stand to save space and I know the umbrella is not the right tool for the job although it does work for me. :)


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Sep 11, 2012 23:11 |  #9235

I would use a strip box with grids or a softbox with louvers (spelling).


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Sep 12, 2012 04:59 |  #9236

It has been quite some time since I have taken pictures and posted. Here is one shot that I like in particular of my niece. More to come soon!

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Sep 12, 2012 06:03 |  #9237

GerryDavid wrote in post #14979676 (external link)
I got a studio lighting question for the masters here, what light adjustment tool do I need to get for my strobe to do the hair? Preferably something that will attach to my elinchrom dlite4's easily. :) right now im using a shoot through umbrella with the light on a stand, but I want to fix the strobe to the background stand to save space and I know the umbrella is not the right tool for the job although it does work for me. :)

The small Rotolux strip and grid is a nice modifier. The aren't cheap, but really light weight.


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Sep 12, 2012 07:52 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #9238

I use a 10 grid from Alien bee


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Sep 12, 2012 09:05 |  #9239

MizzouMan_2000 wrote in post #14979650 (external link)
So I don't do much portrait work - mostly sports, nature or anything else but portrait. :)
But I agreed to take senior photos for a friend's daughter... I'd appreciate some feedback, please. The last time I did senior portraits was 4 years ago when my 2 nieces were seniors.

I'm also not convinced that my color is OK. I still think it's slightly too warm. ETA the first photo below is intentionally desaturated.

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Thanks in advance.

1. Somehow I am not seeing these as sharp even in this smaller size
2. Color seems bit off. I rarely play with color as I don't know nothing about it:)
3. Shoot with you being next to the wall so more if it is OOF like in your closeup shot.


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Sep 12, 2012 12:15 |  #9240

bobbyz wrote in post #14980872 (external link)
1. Somehow I am not seeing these as sharp even in this smaller size
2. Color seems bit off. I rarely play with color as I don't know nothing about it:)
3. Shoot with you being next to the wall so more if it is OOF like in your closeup shot.


Thanks for the feedback.

1. I used my 70-200 f/2.8L IS at ~f/4. I considered just using my 100 mm macro instead and wish I had.
2. Yeah, it's been a real struggle. I even had her hold a grey card in a photo so I would have a reference point to go back to and when I use that in LR3, the result looks a lot warmer/orange than what I have here. I dialed it back quite a bit.
3. I didn't shoot right up against the wall because there was a rain downspout behind her that was distracting.



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