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Apr 30, 2013 14:55 |  #16

Hey Lisa, I tried to pm you with a question, but you don't accept PMs nor e-mail ;-( I will be photographing an African/American girl who will be wearing a bright hot pink prom dress; the contrast is very high between her face and the dress, what do you recommend to properly lit her face wothout blown out the dress detail? I thought of a small reflector just to the face or using a snoot, but I fear that the snoot light may be too harsh.




  
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Apr 30, 2013 17:31 |  #17

I would use a white reflector to kick a little more light onto her face, and make sure you are shooting RAW...it will give you a LOT more leeway to recover areas that might suffer because of the high contrast. :)


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Apr 30, 2013 17:33 |  #18

HOLY SMOKES!!! Sorry, excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor. Amazing shots!


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Apr 30, 2013 17:44 |  #19

LisaJH wrote in post #15884264 (external link)
I would use a white reflector to kick a little more light onto her face, and make sure you are shooting RAW...it will give you a LOT more leeway to recover areas that might suffer because of the high contrast. :)

I hate RAW ;-( But I may have to try it and learn how to manage them better in LR3 that I have but rarely used. Thanks for the advice, Lisa.




  
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Apr 30, 2013 17:46 |  #20

Buckeye1 wrote in post #15884299 (external link)
I hate RAW ;-( But I may have to try it and learn how to manage them better in LR3 that I have but rarely used. Thanks for the advice, Lisa.

Why do you hate RAW?


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Apr 30, 2013 17:49 as a reply to  @ JeremyKPhoto's post |  #21

Because I am limited as far as my knowledge of how to manage them in LR. I tried to always capture them correctly in JPEG so less time in LR...time is money ;-)a




  
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Apr 30, 2013 18:00 |  #22

Buckeye1 wrote in post #15884324 (external link)
time is money ;-)a

So are great results.

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Apr 30, 2013 18:16 |  #23

Sorry to bunny trail, but I too feared RAW until the past 2 weeks. I'm fairly new to the Digital realm and LR4. I simply imported the RAW files, and made adjustments just like when I shot JPEGS. I was able to select WB as either "As Shot" "Auto" or "Tungsten" or whatever looked best. My High School daughter is helping to remind me of the drop down drop up and drop sideways menus in LR. When all done, just select and Export as JPEG. it is simplier than I thought it would be. The main problem I had in JPEG, was dark facial shadows in concert shots would look like dirt in their faces! Never happens in RAW. It is working out much nicer and I am so much quicker now. All in a few days. The "Previous" button was a nice surprise. I'm not doing any Presets during Import, not yet.

BTW, very nice images. I dropped by to study up on Senior Portraits as my daughter wants me to do hers. Great relationship builder we've found in photography. Thank you for what you've posted up! :)


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Apr 30, 2013 18:31 |  #24

RAW is SO much easier than jpeg. I was a stubborn jpeg shooter myself up until about 3 years ago. The only regret I have is that it took me that long to make the switch. Fixing things like white balance/color tint, exposure, noise removal, etc etc are SO simple in raw. I use LR4...it's really just a bunch of sliders. You start at the top and work your way down. I don't touch most of them. Once you get the hang of it, you can whip through your raw edits in seconds. The option of using adjustment brushes in LR is a huge bonus too. I can go in there and fix color casts, selectively change exposure on certain areas, add saturation, etc etc. I could go on and on about the benefits. Since I'm on a soap box now, here is a before & after from a recent 'Sweet 16' shoot I did that not many photogs are going to show you, because who likes admitting that they totally flubbed their settings? I KNOW this happens to everyone though. We had just switched locations and I fired off 5 or 6 shots (forgot to adjust my settings), quickly realized my error and fixed it, but of course, my *favorite* from the series was one of the first ones before I realized my exposure error. Thankfully, RAW is very forgiving and this turned out to be a beautiful image. Fixing the exposure mishap literally took seconds in LR4. If this had been a jpeg, I would have been forced to trash it. :)

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Apr 30, 2013 18:36 |  #25

LisaJH wrote in post #15884446 (external link)
RAW is SO much easier than jpeg. I was a stubborn jpeg shooter myself up until about 3 years ago. The only regret I have is that it took me that long to make the switch. Fixing things like white balance/color tint, exposure, noise removal, etc etc are SO simple in raw. I use LR4...it's really just a bunch of sliders. You start at the top and work your way down. I don't touch most of them. Once you get the hang of it, you can whip through your raw edits in seconds. The option of using adjustment brushes in LR is a huge bonus too. I can go in there and fix color casts, selectively change exposure on certain areas, add saturation, etc etc. I could go on and on about the benefits. Since I'm on a soap box now, here is a before & after from a recent 'Sweet 16' shoot I did that not many photogs are going to show you, because who likes admitting that they totally flubbed their settings? I KNOW this happens to everyone though. We had just switched locations and I fired off 5 or 6 shots (forgot to adjust my settings), quickly realized my error and fixed it, but of course, my *favorite* from the series was one of the first ones before I realized my exposure error. Thankfully, RAW is very forgiving and this turned out to be a beautiful image. Fixing the exposure mishap literally took seconds in LR4. If this had been a jpeg, I would have been forced to trash it. :)

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I am sold :p I am going to get a good book - raw conversion for dummies :D and dive in soon....and thanks for being honest about our flaws.




  
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Apr 30, 2013 19:24 |  #26

They all look Great Lisa! (per usual) :)


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Apr 30, 2013 20:13 |  #27

Lisa, really like your work. Top notch. Just a nit, the OOF bushes in the foreground I think detract from the image quality in images 1,2 and 4. Seems like the eye is drawn to that area and away from the subject. JMHO.




  
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Apr 30, 2013 20:45 |  #28

Thanks guys! RE the OOF bushes...I shot through them purposefully on those...I like it but I realize not everyone is going to have the same 'likes' I do. :D


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Apr 30, 2013 22:05 |  #29

Buckeye1 wrote in post #15884299 (external link)
I hate RAW ;-( But I may have to try it and learn how to manage them better in LR3 that I have but rarely used. Thanks for the advice, Lisa.

The great thing about LR is that you edit your RAW files and JPEG files in exactly the same way. You have the same sliders, etc, so if you can edit in JPEG, you can edit in RAW. The difference comes in white balance (easier to correct and more options) and the amount of adjustment head room you have.


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May 01, 2013 04:09 |  #30

Great job, love the location and processing on these, good work with light, very nice style with clothing, make up and hair. Congrats!


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