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Keep getting shadows -- need help

 
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May 18, 2013 14:11 |  #16

>> What can I do to get rid of the shadows?

Unless you like flat portraits, shadows are okay to have as they give relief (3D) to the image. Problem in this case is that you're getting wonky shadows because your main light is not positioned/bounced properly (light is coming from low angle) and your reflector is not properly setup (too close perhaps, main light should be 2-3 times stronger than fill light).

Google "Rembrandt Lighting", "Broad Light" and "Short Light". These should be your starting points. It doesn't matter if you're using continuous lighting, direct or bouncing flashes, principles are the same.

Quick example below of a portrait I did with a white background (wall):


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May 18, 2013 14:12 |  #17

have a 5 in 1 reflector? use the clear reflector and shoot your speedlights through there - you lose power but it spreads and softens the light

and the suggestion for foam boards are awesome - for headshots i typically just light them from one light source just about the person


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May 19, 2013 11:47 |  #18

musicmaster wrote in post #15931492 (external link)
I use the strobes for basketball and wrestling. This is my second time I've done portraits in 6 years. And unpaid (part of my job) to boot.

Thanks for the tips. I'll look at getting posterboard. Would a car sun shade work as a reflector as well?

Strobes are not allowed here during wrestling and basketball. Too many photographers were flashing in the eyes of the athletes.




  
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May 19, 2013 15:38 |  #19

spur wrote in post #15931072 (external link)
Don't use the white bounce card, it is giving you direct hard light from below.
Also go to this web site and learn how to get natural looking light from flash:
http://neilvn.com …h-photography-techniques/ (external link)

Thanks for the link; a lot of great information there!


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May 19, 2013 21:41 |  #20

Spats139 wrote in post #15947375 (external link)
Thanks for the link; a lot of great information there!

Thanks
Too bad the OP didn't go there and save himself a lot of aggravation.




  
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