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Oct 13, 2008 11:56 |  #1

I will be doing some school pictures for a preschool this week. Here are 2 test shots. I am using a Genesis 200 light at 2/3 power, 45 degrees to the right of subject and a reflector to the left of subject. Shot at ISO 100, f8, 200 shutter. A slight WB adjustment and a little lightening of the eyes in pp, but that's all.

My intitial criticisms are that I got the background right this time (thanks to everyone's help on my previous attempts), the light is too close, the reflector too far away.

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Oct 13, 2008 18:53 |  #2

Wow, posted 6 hours ago and nothing so far. That's unusual. Must be a slow day here.

My first round of portraits is tomorrow. Guess I'm good to go.



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Oct 13, 2008 18:57 |  #3

Are you using center point focus? she seems a little soft.

Why f/8?


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Oct 13, 2008 19:00 |  #4

Looks a little hot on the one side to me (I guess the side with the light).




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Oct 13, 2008 21:40 |  #5

Use center focus, please don't put the lights very close to the children. I was a preschool director for many years and the best photos are the ones where the lighting was not so harsh. The best shots did have props, but ones the children could lean on like a chair, a rocking horse, a short stool, etc. Think about that. Also, farther away would intimidate the children less and you can always crop.


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Oct 13, 2008 21:53 |  #6

Not liking the shadows and highlights on number one.


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Oct 13, 2008 22:01 |  #7

the colour is off, the focus is soft and I'm not sure you've got what you want here at all...

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Oct 13, 2008 23:41 |  #8

Looks like there is some weird compression going on causing posterization.


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Oct 14, 2008 00:36 |  #9

There's some good advice goin' on here. From your description there's no cutting edge PP conversion here, but it looks like a distortion of colors, halos, and blur. Perhaps this is happening in your compression. Here's a few examples from a shoot I did last year at a local preschool. I was able to use several of the ideas that SuzyView had mentioned. Each child brought into the photo their favorite stuffed animal or toy, which really helped to make them feel comfortable.

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Oct 14, 2008 06:01 as a reply to Rascalphoto's post |  #10

Thank you some really excellent suggestions here. Yes the light is harsh and thanks for the suggestions on how to fix it.

I intend to use props but thanks a lot for the ideas. I like the teddy bear idea quite a lot. This test shot was a 6 month old so no props that he would hold on to for long.

As for compression, sorry but I don't know what that is. If I need to do something about it, then let me know.

I don't see OOF at all. I did a 100% look at each one in DPP and they appear good. Don't know if the soft is caused by making them jpeg and a lot smaller for posting or what. Both pictures look a lot different posted here than they do on my computer. Even the colors are a little different here.

I will fix the lighting issue for sure and make sure my focus point and custom WB are set up correctly. Thanks everyone your the best, I will post results soon.



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