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am I on the right track? First portraits

 
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Feb 25, 2010 18:17 |  #1

I dont post my work much, mainly look at what others do and read the feedback there. Its time to start learning more though so here we go :oops:

Picked up my first set of monolights and quickly set them up in my basement till the weather is a little better (warmer) where I can use the garage.

This was my first shot with the new gear and with the midi octa (way too big for the basement, gonna be fun when I get more room though), light looks a little flat to me which im guessing is due to the octa being so close? Lack of space is a pain. Overall though I thought it was ok but looking for some feedback. Ive already picked up on some things I did wrong this first time.

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This is my most recent experiment with a smaller softbox for some more selective lighting against a black background.
This was shot with a 600RX low power out of a 27x27 softbox and another 600 on the backside with a reflector and grid. I think there is a little more dead space then is needed but thought it came out ok.

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Right now im finding the posing part quite hard to get right. That I assume will come with time and practice assuming my family don't get bored of it too quick :D

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oh, and how do you normally deal with folks that have contacts? Cant see it much in the second photo. But in the first, the contact is wider then the eye and looks odd (wouldn't see in print I guess unless poster size though)

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Feb 25, 2010 19:54 |  #2

Im not great with lighting, or which lights to use of whatnot. it may not mean much to most, but i really like how the 2nd one turned out. Keep at it.




  
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Feb 25, 2010 21:06 |  #3

Pretty good start...watch your white balance as they look a little to red on my monitor. Lighting looks pretty good and hair light is nice! Maybe a bit soft but not too bad....could be from compression or a slightly missed focus, but not bad at all!


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Feb 25, 2010 21:18 |  #4

thanks for the replies and feedback

I noticed it looked red on my monitor as well, I used a grey/black/white card but must be doing something wrong with it... I think almost every photo turns a bit on the redish side when sing the card. Basically been just taking a photo with the card in the frame in front of the face then shoot away without it. In lightroom I white balance off that then sync the rest.

I used lightroom to adjust the colors then exported to portraiture to soften the skin up - may have pushed it a little far.


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Feb 25, 2010 21:48 |  #5

Why don't you use lightroom as well for the skin softening? These are pretty good for a start.


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Feb 25, 2010 21:57 |  #6

SubliM3 wrote in post #9684288 (external link)
Why don't you use lightroom as well for the skin softening? These are pretty good for a start.

Ive toyed with lightroom to soften skin but also seen threads on portraiture (specifically im using the plugin for lightroom). Got the trial, liked how it worked - need to practice some more with it though.


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Feb 25, 2010 22:10 |  #7

The first one is a little flat, but understandable if you have to keep your light so close. The skin is too smooth but if you back off a little and get a bit of detail in there it will be nice. I like the lighting on the second shot.




  
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