Perfectly Frank wrote in post #18574894
I like the lighting on these. A+
FarmerTed1971 wrote in post #18574897
A bit too much pancake. Perhaps PS could even that out a bit?
My wife mentioned the same thing, but I wasn't sure what to do in PS? Maybe just decrease the sharpness a bit?
olafs osh wrote in post #18574951
Very, very harsh light, man. It would surely be better, if the light would be way softer and less strong in order to blend in at least a little with the ambient. Also cold as hell.
Harsh light is for drama, there is no drama
Just contrasty AF.
I believe #2 and #4 were taken with a large (32x40) softbox. The wind starting blowing shortly thereafter making it near impossible to use the softbox. Since I don't have a ton of modifiers, I was relegated to the standard 7" reflector that came with my Alienbee strobe, which definitely wasn't the ideal choice for shot #3. I also do tend to underexpose backgrounds more than I should. My wife always complains about that in my photos.
One thing I wasn't a fan of, particularly in #3 is how harsh (and long) the shadow is below the nose (and neck). I wish I had another strobe or reflector to add some fill and tame those shadows a bit. I have to admit I'm a bit torn between buying more lights/modifiers for the Buff products and switching brands (Godox). I'll probably stick with my single Alienbee for the time being, but I struggle to justify buying a beauty dish/small octobox/etc for the Buff equipment when there's a decent chance I'll eventually switch to another brand of lighting.
A few questions for those more experienced with photographing people:
1. How much do you fix the hair in post? It was a windy day, so I did need to removed a fair number of stray hairs, but felt I needed to leave some in (the photos looked unnatural without them).
2. In a couple of the photos, the roots of the hair with her natural color were somewhat visible. Is there a good way to touch these up? I tried using the clone stamp tool, and that seemed to tone it down a bit to make it less obvious.
Constructive criticism is always appreciated.