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Feb 01, 2010 09:53 |  #1

Sports Photography is usually my thing but the Wife and I are toying with the idea of doing studio work. So I ordered a Genesis 200 Single Light Kit and a collapsible background to start off.

I had the strobe Camera Left, and obviously a hair light, and another light is probably needed, but would this shot have been better if I just saved money and bought a Reflector instead and put it to her right side? I also have a 580EXII that Could maybe be used as a hair light? any ideas.


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Feb 01, 2010 09:59 |  #2

It seems like you know what you need. The first is hair separation against the black background. Thats pretty easily done with your speedlite. A reflector would help soften the shadows and get a little light in her eyes. I would probably bring the main light a little closer to the axis of the lens to shorten the side shadows if I were only using one light source and no reflectors.




  
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Feb 01, 2010 10:33 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #3

As gonzo mentioned a hair light and reflector would be beneficial.. It appears there is a bit of distortion between the model's hand and her face.. A slightly longer focal length would help here.. I'd move your main light back a metre or so as her hand is hot compaired to her face..


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Feb 01, 2010 10:41 |  #4

I think a hair light would be the single biggest improvement. Put some shine on that hair to pop her from the dark background and it's a pretty darn good portrait.


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Feb 01, 2010 11:35 |  #5

Jurge, the Distortion is probably because I used the Siggy 30 F1.4


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Feb 01, 2010 21:27 |  #6

AzzKicker wrote in post #9517857 (external link)
Jurge, the Distortion is probably because I used the Siggy 30 F1.4

OK Mate,,that explains it.. On a crop sensor body a lens of 50mm to 100mm will give more pleasing result when shooting portraits..


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Feb 02, 2010 00:41 |  #7

Yes, hair light. Plus maybe a reflector panel to fill in the dark shadows a bit.


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Feb 02, 2010 10:23 |  #8

Thanks everyone!


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