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Apr 21, 2013 22:18 |  #1

First time ever using a flash through an umbrella. First time using a flash for that matter. I'm still trying to figure out all the best positions, angles, etc. CC welcome and desired. I know I have a lot to learn :D Thanks!

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Apr 22, 2013 05:13 |  #2

Doesn't look too bad. Decent I think. Where was the flash position?




  
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Apr 22, 2013 08:04 |  #3

About 45 degrees to my left. You can see in the catchlights.


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Apr 22, 2013 08:48 |  #4

I RARELY ever use a single light from below. It casts shadows upwards and just doesn't look as good. Sun is always above us so it looks more natural with a light source up high.


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Apr 22, 2013 08:58 |  #5

It looks a little too harsh. A little too "flashy". I think you need to lower the power on your flash. Also, raise the light to point down a little more. The shadow from her nose should be going down slightly and should be not so prominent. The catch light should be higher in the eye. What you are working on is "Loop" lighting.


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Apr 22, 2013 10:49 |  #6

Ok thanks guys. The reason I had it low is bc there was a ceiling light that was lighting up the top of her head, so I thought I should put it down low to get rid of the shadow underneath her chin.

I'll get it up higher next time!


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Apr 22, 2013 18:59 |  #7

Your flash is going to be your main light, it will over power the room light. You could use a reflector or 2nd flash to fill in shadows.


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Apr 23, 2013 22:03 |  #8

Looks a little hot,


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Apr 24, 2013 02:30 |  #9

But,not bad.U look like very well.I like ur photo...............:D


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Apr 24, 2013 14:37 as a reply to  @ mkhirale's post |  #10

Raise it a little, its a little bit overexposed, like 1/4 stop for my taste, and a bit warm too for my taste, probably due to the yellow walls.


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Apr 24, 2013 14:56 |  #11

Try using a different modifier (softbox perhaps) or back it up a bit. A little harsh IMO


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Apr 24, 2013 21:01 |  #12

Tiller wrote in post #15854737 (external link)
Ok thanks guys. The reason I had it low is bc there was a ceiling light that was lighting up the top of her head, so I thought I should put it down low to get rid of the shadow underneath her chin.

I'll get it up higher next time!

In a case like this, you WANT a shadow under the chin; it'll give her a more defined jawline.. which just about all ladies want.

Right now she has no defined jawline on her left (camera right) side of the face; the cheek flows down over the side of the chin and into the neck. Not very flattering.


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Apr 24, 2013 21:25 |  #13

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Right now she has no defined jawline on her left (camera right) side of the face; the cheek flows down over the side of the chin and into the neck. Not very flattering.

I think that's head position more than lighting. The feminine head tilt bunches the skin up on her left side. Tilting the other way and stretching the neck a bit would probably help with that.


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Apr 24, 2013 21:36 |  #14

Agreed - but you can still get a bit of shadow down there if the light is raised, which would probably give a bit more jaw definition.


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Apr 24, 2013 21:43 |  #15

I should read closer before posting. I see what you were saying now and agree that a shadow would help as well.


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