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May 17, 2016 18:27 |  #1

Looking for some CC on my first attempt at senior photography. Sony a6000, 50mm 1.8 off camera flash camera right using hss. Nissan di700a + air commander.


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May 17, 2016 20:38 |  #2

It's very well exposed. The pose and background are odd. Also, aren't "Senior" (I presume high school) pictures typically more formal.


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May 17, 2016 20:55 |  #3

You normally want your flash to be placed higher than your subject's head to mimic the direction of light from the sun. Judging from the shadows, it looks like your light was placed too low.


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May 17, 2016 21:42 as a reply to  @ Larry Johnson's post |  #4

Thanks for the reply. Around here we shoot our senior casuals just that. Pretty casual. I do need to work on posing , I pretty much let him pose naturally in this shoot.




  
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May 17, 2016 21:43 as a reply to  @ bob_r's post |  #5

Thanks for the reply, you are exactly right. After thinking about it I did have my ocf too low. I appreciate the advice.




  
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May 18, 2016 04:46 |  #6

A soft light would help. I like the location and pose.




  
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May 19, 2016 13:32 |  #7

The harsh shadow on the wall is the issues for me. Usually you want HSS to create a darker background. But with the disparity between the background light and what is on the wall, it looks like a Flash photo (which it is) but that kind of ruins the shot for me. I would have done something a little darker behind, like a street light shining down on him as lighting. This lighting just ruins reality and that is why it just looks "odd" to my eye. If you raised it higher as mentioned above and really darkened the background more using HSS, I think it would be a more dynamic shot.


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May 19, 2016 16:33 as a reply to  @ sirquack's post |  #8

Thank you for the advice. I really appreciate it.




  
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May 20, 2016 07:48 |  #9

the flash is to powerful. you need to expose for the background more. your goal should be to use the flash for fill not the main lighting. also use a large modifier so you don't get strong shadows.


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May 20, 2016 10:45 as a reply to  @ Larry Johnson's post |  #10

I don't think it is too casual for senior pics at all, that is the dominant trend in Senior pics. Guys are especially likely to prefer something casual like this, perhaps because they are too cool to want to pose for the more formal pics their moms might prefer. (Because that's how senior pics were in HER day...) And so it goes.


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