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First "studio" portrait session.

 
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Sep 06, 2014 19:09 |  #1

These are of my 6 mos old daughter. Did them today.

Ill include a pull back.

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So camera was 5d ... f 2.5 on 50 1.8 1/160 iso 100

and the pull back

one yongnuo in the umbrella on 1/64 and another yongnuo behind the curtain to hide wrinkles on 1/32.

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Sep 06, 2014 22:16 |  #2

She's ADORABLE, and I love the idea with the pearls and make-up brush... may have to borrow that if you don't mind a copy.

Nice shots, and as for constructive input, since she's so close to the floor (as opposed to being 6 feet tall and needing a high backdrop) I'd try some with the background stand lowered so you have more material on the floor and can get some more separation between her and the background.

That would also help with the wrinkles since they could fade into blurry background texture And maybe even leave you with another light to use on a lower setting for fill? But either way, I'd try some with more background separation and see if you like it.


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Sep 06, 2014 23:24 |  #3

Cute! I like the idea, but softer lighting would work better for me.


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Sep 07, 2014 13:39 |  #4

chight wrote in post #17139653 (external link)
She's ADORABLE, and I love the idea with the pearls and make-up brush... may have to borrow that if you don't mind a copy.

Nice shots, and as for constructive input, since she's so close to the floor (as opposed to being 6 feet tall and needing a high backdrop) I'd try some with the background stand lowered so you have more material on the floor and can get some more separation between her and the background.

That would also help with the wrinkles since they could fade into blurry background texture And maybe even leave you with another light to use on a lower setting for fill? But either way, I'd try some with more background separation and see if you like it.

Ah the little things. I was kind of annoyed yesterday because the background was just barely long enough. Never even crossed my mind that lowering it would let me have "more" of it haha.

Thanks!

And sure, steal away! My wife combined two ideas on Pinterest. Who am I to say no haha.

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Cute! I like the idea, but softer lighting would work better for me.

Ya, I need a shoot through umbrella!


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Sep 08, 2014 02:45 |  #5

Rolfe D. Wolfe wrote in post #17140525 (external link)
Ya, I need a shoot through umbrella!

No you don't! I mean, yeah, you should invest because they're dirt cheap and super useful. But just moving your light source closer to your subject will soften the light dramatically. Also, throw some diffusion on that box! You're getting the same effects of a bounce-back umbrella, but with a lot of specularity because of all of the silver. If your softbox didn't come with some diffusion and an interior baffle, you can just use a white sheet. Cut it up and stick it on with some velcro. Master the tools you have before you invest in more.


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Sep 08, 2014 08:18 |  #6

I think you should look into a TimeLine, they are awesome. With the room being as reflective as it is, I'd pull some of the mids back and turn the reverb way down Also some low range panels hung in the corners will let you turn up a surprising amount, saturating that little terror beautifully. Then work your volume nob to get great dynamics.


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Sep 08, 2014 20:38 |  #7

Clay Kerri wrote in post #17141611 (external link)
No you don't! I mean, yeah, you should invest because they're dirt cheap and super useful. But just moving your light source closer to your subject will soften the light dramatically. Also, throw some diffusion on that box! You're getting the same effects of a bounce-back umbrella, but with a lot of specularity because of all of the silver. If your softbox didn't come with some diffusion and an interior baffle, you can just use a white sheet. Cut it up and stick it on with some velcro. Master the tools you have before you invest in more.


Oh ya I have a diffuser that velcros on the front of that umbrella. I have used it before, but I wasn't thrilled with the light I was getting with it on. Also it is a PITA to adjust my power settings and having to keep opening it up haha. No ETTL for me!

Anyway, next time around ill close the distance and diffuse the light. I do agree, diffused light works better for this setting then bare bulb or the reflected.

travisvwright wrote in post #17141919 (external link)
I think you should look into a TimeLine, they are awesome. With the room being as reflective as it is, I'd pull some of the mids back and turn the reverb way down Also some low range panels hung in the corners will let you turn up a surprising amount, saturating that little terror beautifully. Then work your volume nob to get great dynamics.

I think you are referring to my Micro Terror amp......just no idea how....?


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Oct 28, 2014 22:55 as a reply to  @ Rolfe D. Wolfe's post |  #8

Well I finally finished editing the pictures from my daughters halloween shoots.

The first was with the pumpkin as a prop-

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then we carved the pumpkin, and my daughter became the prop-

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Give me some feedback if you will! I think I am starting to get the hang of this studio setup.

I brought the background lower to the ground to give me more slack for my seperation and I also brought the light in a little closer.

This time I had a single yongnuo mounted on the camera as bounce which triggered my one monolight which was thru an umbrella at camera left. triggered via flash, no triggers.

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Oct 29, 2014 00:14 |  #9

Yes, diffuse that light and get it right up on the subject, and not too high. Investing a couple of bucks in a big piece of foam core or poster board to be used camera right to give some fill would have helped #2.




  
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Oct 29, 2014 07:38 |  #10

Those are really cute Halloween shots. Agree with the comment above about using a reflector for fill.


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Oct 30, 2014 18:32 |  #11

Thanks guys!


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Oct 31, 2014 15:26 |  #12

I"m going to go out on a limb here and suggest something you might try. I'm seeing windows behind your backdrop that would provide amazing natural light, why not use those and supplement it if you need to with your strobes? What would happen is this: The brighter, indirect light coming from the large window would cause her pupils to constrict, which would show more of the colored iris. In this image you posted, because she is in dim light, her pupils are wide open and you don't get to see much color. Secondly, the large window would give amazing catchlights as they reflect in her eyes and they will sparkle. So I say, flip your backdrop to the other end of the room, raise the blinds up and shoot her facing the large window at a time of day when indirect light is present. Just a suggestion.


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Nov 01, 2014 12:28 as a reply to  @ suecassidy's post |  #13

Thanks sue!

I actually thought about that, the only issue is that directly across from those windows is a pull out couch so it limits my space, but i might have to make it happen because there is TONS of natural light. That middle window is just a huge plate of glass haha.

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