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Jan 13, 2018 22:21 |  #1

Minus the mild lens flare (I like it in this one), how can I improve my lighting?

Please comment on lighting, not the pose.

Thanks!

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Jan 14, 2018 12:50 |  #2

Nothing?... -?


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Jan 14, 2018 13:28 |  #3

What don't you like about the lighting? It looks fine to me. If you wanted more of a dramatic look you can always lose the modifier on the key light and go with a hard light.


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Jan 14, 2018 14:37 |  #4

jcolman wrote in post #18540743 (external link)
What don't you like about the lighting? It looks fine to me. If you wanted more of a dramatic look you can always lose the modifier on the key light and go with a hard light.

I didn't say it's bad, but there's usually room for improvement.


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Jan 14, 2018 14:44 |  #5

icor1031 wrote in post #18540789 (external link)
I didn't say it's bad, but there's usually room for improvement.

Well it all depends on what you wanted the final result to look like. If this "look" is what you wanted, you nailed it. If you want to try something different, next time go with a smaller modifier on your key light and see if you like the results.


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Jan 14, 2018 15:21 |  #6

jcolman wrote in post #18540794 (external link)
Well it all depends on what you wanted the final result to look like. If this "look" is what you wanted, you nailed it. If you want to try something different, next time go with a smaller modifier on your key light and see if you like the results.

Mostly I wondered if anyone would tell me to move my hair light, modify my kicker, add another light somewhere, etc.

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I've been using a 4ft shoot-through umbrella, but this one is basically a 6ft softbox.
I'm torn on which I like more, for head shots. I imagine most clients would prefer this one, and this one is easier to work with.


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Jan 15, 2018 04:02 |  #7

I think the overall lighting is excellent, the only thing I would find fault with is the shiny highlights on her fingers.




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Jan 17, 2018 17:56 |  #8

I like impressive statement in the watermark. Due to this I don't feel confident to say anything not overwhelmly positive about this picture.


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Jan 17, 2018 19:19 |  #9

Ramon-uk wrote in post #18541193 (external link)
...the only thing I would find fault with is the shiny highlights on her fingers.

Really the only critique I could see as well; overall, the lighting is quite well done with a pleasing result.


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Jan 17, 2018 19:37 |  #10

Nice photo. I really like the lighting.


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Jan 19, 2018 10:29 |  #11

icor1031 wrote in post #18540420 (external link)
Minus the mild lens flare (I like it in this one), how can I improve my lighting?

Please comment on lighting, not the pose.

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Overall the lighting looks really good. The colours look clean and natural.

Personal Opinion here:
I would have placed the hair light pointing downwards and diagonally from above towards HER left shoulder(with a snoot & grid) just to get the richness from her natural hair colour.
I would turn the background light fractionally down 1/3 or 1/2 stop. And, I would direct this same light more towards the background to reduce the highlights.
Your model has tremendous hair that I would prefer to see more of and clearly.
(In a nutshell: I would have swapped the lighting emphasis from the rear of her hair/head and more to the front)


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Jan 22, 2018 08:01 |  #12

Cham_001 wrote in post #18544406 (external link)
Overall the lighting looks really good. The colours look clean and natural.

Personal Opinion here:
I would have placed the hair light pointing downwards and diagonally from above towards HER left shoulder(with a snoot & grid) just to get the richness from her natural hair colour.
I would turn the background light fractionally down 1/3 or 1/2 stop. And, I would direct this same light more towards the background to reduce the highlights.
Your model has tremendous hair that I would prefer to see more of and clearly.
(In a nutshell: I would have swapped the lighting emphasis from the rear of her hair/head and more to the front)

Direct the background light more toward the background?...

Also, you're saying to place the hair light in front of her, instead of behind?


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Jan 22, 2018 10:14 |  #13

icor1031 wrote in post #18546387 (external link)
Direct the background light more toward the background?...

Also, you're saying to place the hair light in front of her, instead of behind?

1.> yes, lessen the highlights at the rear of her head/hair
2.> try and get the light to 'run-off' her hair "camera-right" so that this main-body-of-hair is illuminated and thus appreciated!
to do this, if you have a snoot and grid available, you will see the magic happen!
Try and add a modifier to a light source positioned camera-right at a height of 7'+ pointing down towards her left-side

For me, your original photo was more than good enough!
It is just my preference to illuminate the main body of hair always.
a.) you capture the shape of the head better
b.) the hair is a significant part of the overall portrait and should be prominent
c.) the model has really lush hair that should be exposed a bit more


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Jan 23, 2018 23:10 |  #14

I really like this lighting a lot. . I wouldn't want to change it at all.

It is very nice and even, which works great with this kind of background.

Very nicely done.


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Jan 23, 2018 23:49 |  #15

I didn't find any lighting missing. It's good overall.


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