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DavidSR
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Dec 19, 2012 08:53 |  #1

Hello,

These pictures composition wise they aren't great. I was just trying to learn on how to balance flash with ambient. These were both shot with a bare Vivitar 285hv handheld. I have a shoot this weekend and I will be using my flashes bare, so I'm trying to practice. I took more, but internet isn't very fast where I am and I can't upload them. I only adjusted curves and sharpened them in Photoshop.

Thank you!!!

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Dustin ­ Mustangs
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Dec 19, 2012 09:38 |  #2

Your subject exposure and quality of light look great but I am not a fan of the ambient. Of course this is a creative decision, but I would of either increased it for more detail in the trees or dropped it down to bring out detail and saturation in the sky. You could of also dropped it down for the sky and then brought the trees up with the same or another flash.

Your skin tone seems a bit off too. That is a really hard thing to get consistently right imo unless you always shoot under the same light (and who would want to do that!). I can't tell what wb setting you were using, but cloudy is a great one to try for flash lit portraits if you don't want to go through the trouble of a target and custom wb.

Overall great job for someone that is 'learning'.


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jrafael
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Dec 19, 2012 09:58 |  #3

Dustin Mustangs wrote in post #15385223 (external link)
Your subject exposure and quality of light look great but I am not a fan of the ambient. Of course this is a creative decision, but I would of either increased it for more detail in the trees or dropped it down to bring out detail and saturation in the sky. You could of also dropped it down for the sky and then brought the trees up with the same or another flash.

Your skin tone seems a bit off too. That is a really hard thing to get consistently right imo unless you always shoot under the same light (and who would want to do that!). I can't tell what wb setting you were using, but cloudy is a great one to try for flash lit portraits if you don't want to go through the trouble of a target and custom wb.

Overall great job for someone that is 'learning'.


^^^^ This will make your pics look less flash-in-your-face point and shoot.

Great start, keep on shooting !!!




  
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