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OCF with a model - Critique please

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Oct 17, 2014 20:06 |  #1

24" softbox with a speedlight (maybe 1/8th power). Shot with a 5D3, 50mm @ 2.0 (?) at 1/160th.

It's a little hot on the skin, and the pose and framing aren't amazing, but I'm more interested in what I could improve in a similar situation.


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Oct 17, 2014 20:09 |  #2

Why so much trees? Doesn't look like f2 to me... not bad though. A little hot like you mention.

Prefer a closer crop myself. Try moving her right, cropping at out at the left side of the tree on the right. Or the opposite.

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Oct 18, 2014 07:36 |  #3

A little hot, but close. If you haven't already, read up on the difference between broad and short lighting. If you would have lit this from the opposite side (or had the model turn the other way) it would make the face appear much slimmer. Nice shot.

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Oct 19, 2014 10:30 |  #4

It can be f/2 and 50mm because the focus distance looks a bit far from the camera. F/2 and focusing at subjects 300 feet away would be huge DOF.

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Oct 21, 2014 23:03 |  #5

Agreed about the broad lighting. In general it's safe to have the model work toward the light. Also this is just my preference but I like to underexpose the background more than what you have there. She's not separated from the background much at all due to your depth of field and exposure.

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Oct 21, 2014 23:51 |  #6

By putting her in the trees you sort of lose any benefit of f2. From that fsr away you don't get any real blur on the trees and they form a dark mass behind her. Compositionally you have her making up only small part of the image, dead center in a horizontal shot. Make her more prominent, get the camera closer so you get the shallow DOF, and declutter the backgound so she stands out.

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