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Nov 08, 2011 21:02 |  #1

what do you think on lighting, post?

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Nov 08, 2011 21:13 |  #2

You might want to try crop to a portrait orientation- too much dead space around the subject. That will also allow you to post larger so that people can see some more details about the processing.
The light seems a little harsh. Did you use any modifier or just the bare flash from camera right?


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Nov 08, 2011 21:15 |  #3

i used a softbox.


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Nov 08, 2011 21:36 |  #4

Maybe too far away from the subject?
It doesn't look diffused.


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Nov 08, 2011 22:15 |  #5

so the closer the softbox the softer the light?


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Nov 08, 2011 22:30 |  #6

Yes. Plus your specular highlights will diminish.


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Nov 08, 2011 22:36 |  #7

By speculat highlights you mean the hot spots on the face?


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Nov 09, 2011 05:53 |  #8

Look at it this way:
A really big softbox next to the subject spills light everywhere making very soft shadows. If you put the same softbox far away, so far away that it looks like the same size of the head of a flash, then you are going to have a point instead of a surface area where the light is coming from. The best example of this is the sun. It is huge but since it is so far away it acts like a single point thus giving those horrible light. On a cloudy day the same light is hitting the atmosphere but the clouds act as a giant diffuser making it a huge softbox.


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Nov 09, 2011 07:03 |  #9

jerr6 wrote in post #13373914 (external link)
By speculat highlights you mean the hot spots on the face?

Yes.

Do a search for Lightingman. He posted a bit a few years ago. Incredible information like this:

https://photography-on-the.net …php?p=7898887&p​ostcount=3


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Nov 09, 2011 13:33 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #10

I agree, move the box closer. Then I reckon the next step would be to use some kind of hair light to give some dimension/separation.

Disclaimer: This is coming from a lighting noob who's struggling with the same learning process...




  
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Nov 09, 2011 15:57 |  #11

thanks everyone! i will move it closer next time. just have to get my wife to let me practice on her more : ) also i messed up and had the zoom to 105mm i thought it was at 24mm. do you guys put the difuser over a strobe when in a softbox?


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Nov 09, 2011 16:37 |  #12

put your flash head wide angle lens down if your head has one.


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Nov 09, 2011 17:18 as a reply to  @ windpig's post |  #13

im a noob as well. could you post a setup pic of what you did. or explain. i need a visual!!!!


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Nov 09, 2011 17:41 as a reply to  @ pickledmidget's post |  #14

How big is your softbox?


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Nov 09, 2011 17:58 |  #15

Frugal wrote in post #13377823 (external link)
How big is your softbox?

Good point. That makes all the difference.


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