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Apr 26, 2012 22:55 |  #1

What do you think? I'm kind of nervous about these.

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Apr 26, 2012 23:06 |  #2
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the lighting really isn't appealing to me..can't put my finger on exactly what it is but it doesn't really have appealing tones and has some harsh highlights on the face, might be alright for a non photographer though.




  
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Apr 26, 2012 23:09 |  #3

I think it looks good, but could be better with a little tweaking. Your "hair" light could be higher and further behind him and the picture could use a bit of warming up. What was WB set to?


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Apr 26, 2012 23:36 |  #4

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the lighting really isn't appealing to me..can't put my finger on exactly what it is but it doesn't really have appealing tones and has some harsh highlights on the face, might be alright for a non photographer though.

I agree exactly with all of this.

I think this is a little better:

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How do you adjust white balance in photoshop? I've moved from LR to there with this and am not having a lot of luck with color balance. Originally about 4069/-4 and closer to that in second pic and looking a little better.

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Apr 26, 2012 23:55 |  #5

i think the highlight on the left is to far forward making his face too flat instead of separating him from the BG


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Apr 30, 2012 14:54 as a reply to  @ Pixil Studio's post |  #6

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How about this one? Different image from the same disastrous shoot. I think it's much closer to being acceptable/mediocre rather than incompetent.

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Apr 30, 2012 15:09 |  #7
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lighting's better but the background really isn't helping.




  
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Apr 30, 2012 15:32 |  #8

First, having the background match the subject's clothing in both color and brightness will create contrast against the face. When the background is similar to the face, it just blends in. You want the viewer's attention on the face primarily.

Next, try to create a lighting pattern where the light intensity gradually increases from one side of the face to the other. This can be accomplished with two lights in most cases - a more powerful key light hitting the face at an angle and a less powerful fill light bringing the shadows up to the point where they are no longer clipped. This will create the illusion of depth and make the viewer feel like the person in the photo is real.




  
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May 01, 2012 13:34 as a reply to  @ frugivore's post |  #9

Thanks for feedback guys, much appreciated! The background here is less appealing I think, but less distracting. What do you think?

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May 01, 2012 14:13 |  #10

On the first one I think the kicker is hitting too much of the side of his face instead of just providing edge accent. Also the framing has too much space at the top and the color tone is a cool and pink. I think the shot is not bad just a little bit of work. Maybe something like this.

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May 01, 2012 21:46 as a reply to  @ Damian75's post |  #11

You're right about the kicker not working right. Here's the whole crew. I think I was able to edit them sort of okay and the smaller size makes them look deceptively better:

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May 02, 2012 17:38 |  #12

I think you have a good start. Just my .2 cents...

Kicker light feels bare. What kind of modifier do you have? Whichever it may be, you need to distance it from the subject.

The women are posed the other way promoting the kicker to really strong short lighting that overly accentuates their facial features with strong shadows.

Now that you made a contact sheet of 7 photos, I noticed your crops have all different ratios and positioning. Try to keep them all standardized which should help in presentation.


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May 03, 2012 10:34 |  #13

One thing I would say is key with headshots especially business headshots is consistency. If all of those are for the same business, as boring as it may seem they should all be very similar. In these there is quite a variance in background color, head position in the frame and as noted above the pose on the women is flipped from the men causing the kicker to act differently. A few things that should make your life easier, once the lights are setup and metered you should not need to change exposure, and any exposure change made in post should be applied to all images. Get a color checker or good gray card to set the white balance with and make sure the same white balance is applied to all the images. On the plus side all of the subjects (with the exception of the last lady) have nice expressions so you are doing a good job of getting you subjects to feel comfortable, which is not an easy task.


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May 04, 2012 17:32 |  #14

-1 for removing the pictures :confused: I guess it's OK if you no longer want any comments, but it pretty much makes the thread worthless now...


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