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Just looking for a little CC

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Jan 29, 2018 00:35 |  #1


Just like the title says, I’m simply looking for a little CC. Haven’t posted on here in quite a while, for CC. Mostly lurk and shoot/archive. POTN has helped me grow so much over the years. Never too old to learn though.

One light setup. Real quick! Walked in the garage and grabbed a c-stand, rolled down the grey backdrop, setup an XPLOR 600 in a PCB 47” octabox with both layers of diffusion. Pulled it a few feet away, ever so slightly camera left, boomed above on a 45. Put the kids on a stool a few feet from the bg, shot in TTL with FEC -1 2/3 stop. Took a custom WB reading off of a collapsible 20” lastolite grey card/reflector.

The light just seemed to wrap around them beautifully. I shot at f/8 with the 50 and did my best to get both of their faces the same distance away without actually posing them; but just suggesting they get close, cheeks together. That usually works and proved to work well here. I rattled off a series of stills while talking with them and bringing out a series of expressions. This candid one really spoke to me though. It probably took less than 2 mins total from the time they sat down until they were done and running back in the house to play.

Open to any aspect of CC pertaining to what I could’ve done better with the gear used; not what I have. I was going for speed, as kids are like celebrities - you only get a moment of their time before they’re gone.

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Jan 29, 2018 09:29 |  #2

looks a little hot on the girl's face, possibly from going too contrasty on the processing. a little fill from below never hurts.

grey on grey on grey is kinda boring.

but you are absolutely right that you have to work quick with kids, and the pose looks good.

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Feb 01, 2018 18:19 |  #3

I kind of like it, just need a little hair light but I fully understand, hard to do all that setup for quick shots.

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Feb 05, 2018 09:00 |  #4

Considering your description of the circumstances, I think this is a nice portrait of the two kids.
The hot spots on the kid's cheeks and foreheads can be fixed in processing quite easily.
The hair light Bobby mentioned would have been nice, but the hair can be lightened up a bit in processing as well.

I agree that mid-tone contrast is kind of high. Never the best thing in portraits unless you're going for drama.

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