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Old 27th of November 2007 (Tue)   #1
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Default 1st try at portrait lighting

Ok, so never had a go at proper portraits before, don't really have a clue about lighting either. So with that kind of expertise I took this with 1 light and 1 reflector. I dont think I could have done a worse job if I had just closed my eyes and guessed!!!
Can anyone give me some hints or better still help me make this look any better?
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Looks fine to me! Has a nice dramatic feel to it. Not a bad job IMO.
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I don't like the harsh shadow... Maybe the light was just a little to bright? Where was the reflector?
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Default Re: 1st try at portrait lighting

I completely agree, the shadow was so disappointing!
Here is another one from that fateful night. At least I know it can only get better! Can't it
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It looked a little red to me. I did a mild crop and did a color adjustment. I also did a B&W version just to see if it looked any better like that. Overall, though, I think the composition was good, just the lighting didn't really work. Maybe a fill on the left so the left side of her face isn't hidden in the shadows.



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Where is her other eye? You need that reflector on the other side of her face and some major softening of the primary light. Is that a strobe or a lamp?
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Where is her other eye? You need that reflector on the other side of her face and some major softening of the primary light. Is that a strobe or a lamp?
Its a simple Halogen lamp, unfortunately I am not in the same league as thos of you with proper lighting kits etc.
I really appreciate you helpful comments so far, though. Thanks.
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Default Re: 1st try at portrait lighting

Try bouncing the lamp off a white wall of a piece of foam core. Also, try to get the white balance right. she is all sorts of interesting colors. Shoot it in raw so you can tweak the color temp more easily.

I shoot with a canon flash into a silver umbrella - I got the umbrella and stand on ebay from china.
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