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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.

Post #2, Nov 27, 2007 13:37:13


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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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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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Post #5, Nov 27, 2007 14:30:57 as a reply to Spiderfitz's post 36 minutes earlier.


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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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elader wrote in post #4395593external link
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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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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