Thanks, all. Sorry for the whining! Kristy - I always appreciate your feedback. In spite of your inferior equipment, you take pretty good pictures. hehehehe JUST kidding. I very nearly bought Canon when I got back into photography last year.
Steve, thanks for that detailed feedback. In my thinking, the shoot-thru would offer a softer, more uniform light, whereas the bounce is harder. I originally bought just the bounce, but decided to try the shoot-thru also to see what it looked like and thought the results were good. Anyways I have both so I'll try the bounce next time.
I might be able to sharpen up his face a bit more...if I edit the RAW this time instead of the basic JPEG. Doh!
I struggled with the crop. In order to get more of his legs in, I'd obviously have to pull back, and that would decrease the size of his torso and face. But I agree it would better if I hadn't chopped his legs off. Just not sure how to achieve the results I was looking for.
Thanks for the offer of the ABs. Let me guess, I won't get addicted if I try it just one time?
I'll check out that article.
JmprSteve wrote in post #8361123
I agree with Hatch to use a bounce umbrella instead of a shoot thru in this situation. You have a little more control over where the light is hitting with a bounce. In the first picture the face is not as sharp as I would like it (the sponsors logo is sharp but the face looks a little oof). You might want to stop down a bit and up the power of the lights (or move them closer). The crop is a bit off for me, the weights are cut off and you cropped at the knee (usually you shouldn't crop at a joint - knee, elbow, etc). But that's to taste.
I've been traveling between East Mesa and West Phoenix - my dad had knee replacement surgery and I've been helping my mom at home.
If you do a re-shoot let me know, I can bring the ab800's and use the modeling light to help see what the light is going to do.
here's a link to an article by Don Giannatti about using Bounce and shoot through umbrellas: http://www.lighting-essentials.com …ce-umbrella-a-comparison/