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Old 29th of March 2010 (Mon)   #1
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Default C&C on using OCF

I was playing around with the Cyber Commander and AB Beauty Dish the other day and would like some input/advice. I bought the CC as a controller and as a light meter so I can finally stop guessing at the correct settings for my camera.

2 flash setup, 1 AB B800 with AB White Beauty dish (key - camera left) and 1 vivitar 285hv with a Westcott shoot through umbrella (fill - camera right).

I know about the stray hair and I am trying to learn how to remove them with Photoshop.
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Old 29th of March 2010 (Mon)   #2
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I like it. I like the rembrandt shadows but it is a little soft around the eyes. She has way too beautiful eyes to have them look soft... IMHO
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Old 29th of March 2010 (Mon)   #3
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So you want them to look hard? WTF
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So you want them to look hard? WTF
What he is saying is the eyes could be sharpened a touch..... I agree
Nice Image and cute subject!
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Old 29th of March 2010 (Mon)   #5
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Default Re: C&C on using OCF

Thanks for the kind words.

How can I sharpen just the eyes?
How else can I improve this picture?

I will be doing a small shoot within a week or 2 and want to be ready. I have the following to use: 2 B800s, 1 580ex, 1 285hv, 1 AB BD, 1 white shoot through umbrella and a small Photoflex softbox. I have a 50mm 1.8 and should have a 70-200 f4 in 2 days.
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Old 29th of March 2010 (Mon)   #6
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I think it's very slightly overexposed, and i'd make it warmer. Hair is really hard to deal with in photoshop, it's WAY easier to do it in real life.

To sharpen just eyes roughly lasso them, feather 2-5 pixels, copy to a new layer, and sharpen that layer. There are a few different ways but that one's easy, and you can use adjustment layers for things like saturation and contrast that way - alt click between layers to make the adjustment layer apply only to the layer immediately underneath it.
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Tim thank you. I thought it might be a little overexposed also. I metered right at her chin and set the camera to the reading on the CC. I guess I could back down the key light 1 stop?
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I agree on both counts - sharpen and a tad bright.

I like the hair - it fits in this case. Lovely young lady.
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Tim thank you. I thought it might be a little overexposed also. I metered right at her chin and set the camera to the reading on the CC. I guess I could back down the key light 1 stop?
Not sure, I trust my histogram more than my light meter since cameras iso's and shutter speeds aren't always accurate.
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I don't see 2nd flash in the catch light?
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