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Jan 18, 2014 22:50 |  #1

These are my girls, and they love to play princess dress up. The two youngest typically change in/out of at lest 3 princess outfits each day.

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Jan 19, 2014 07:09 |  #2

Nice potrait. Cute little girls.


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Jan 19, 2014 07:12 |  #3

Wow! Absolutely beautiful girls Brian.

Great lighting on this. What is your setup? Did you do their makeup yourself?




  
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Jan 19, 2014 07:15 |  #4

Lovely lighting and beautiful subjects. I even like your backdrop. Nicely done.


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Jan 19, 2014 12:08 |  #5

That's a keeper and belongs on the wall. I've shot kids this age before and could never get them to pose as well. The highlights look a bit bright to me. You have Image Editing permission turned on so I gave it a tweak. Hope you don't mind.

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Jan 19, 2014 17:48 |  #6

Very, very beautiful!




  
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Jan 19, 2014 19:02 |  #7

Super nice! Make some wall space for this one ;)


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Jan 21, 2014 10:55 |  #8

Thanks, everyone. This one is definitely going on the wall. I've already ordered a 30" print.

Frugivore,

Lighting setup is pretty standard 4 light (key, fill, hair, background), using 4 Hensel strobes. I did partly gobo the key light to ensure even lighting across the group. This was especially important as the girl closest to the key light is extremely fair skinned.

Their mom did their hair, but there was no makeup. I did go over their skin with a Nik Software Glamor Glow filter, though.


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Thanks for the input on the highlights. I'll double check the edit to make sure everything is in the right range. As for posing, I guess I got lucky. The girls were in a good mood and excited for their picture. Often, it seems like trying to herd cats to get the pose where I want it. In this case, they were doing great at following directions.


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Jan 21, 2014 13:12 |  #9

BrianAZ wrote in post #16623965 (external link)
I did partly gobo the key light to ensure even lighting across the group.

this really goes unmentioned in any of the lighting stuff I've read over the last few years. I'd love to see a BTS of this shoot. I've been working with skrimming as of late trying to control my lighting gradient when shooting with the light in close to get the exposure more even from forehead to chin.


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Jan 21, 2014 13:23 |  #10

Sorry. I don't have any images with the lighting setup visible.

I did want a nice soft light, so that meant I needed the lighting source close relative to the size of the light. Of course, the closer you get, the more quickly you get falloff. Meaning, I could correctly expose for the subject nearest the light, but the farthest subject could be 2/3 of a stop or more underexposed.

I had basically two options. Move the light back to even out the amount of light that fell across all of the subjects (making the lighting more harsh and less "soft), or gobo the light that fell on the subject closest to the key light until the light that hit the far subject was the same as the light that hit the near subject. I went with the second option, and used a 1/2 stop diffusion panel.

It's one of the reasons I use a light meter. It is the quickest and easiest way to determine exactly how much light is hitting in any specific spot. I just moved the diffusion panel until I blocked just enough light, and the meter gave me f/8 from near subject to far subject.


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Jan 21, 2014 14:56 |  #11

I'm totally with you on that. What was/is your diffusion panel material/maker?
What sort of grip gear to hold/adjust?

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Jan 21, 2014 15:30 |  #12

just a photoflex lightform panel with a translucent material (really thin stuff I found at a fabric store). The panel is free standing, so nothing to hold/adjust. However, I have used one of those 5/1 reflectors with a reflector holder mounted to a light stand before and that works just as well.


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Jan 21, 2014 15:47 |  #13

Thanks.


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Jan 22, 2014 12:28 |  #14

BRAVOOOOOOOOOOOOO:)




  
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