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Kingnog
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Jun 19, 2010 23:48 |  #1

I am new to portrait photography, and have only have a 430ex w/umbrella. I shot this with the nifty fifty.

Here is my first portrait attempt that I liked. Any advice or criticisms (not the model, please!) are welcome.

I feel that the strong light from the side makes unflattering shadows, how can I make it look not as harsh without a softbox?




  
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Jun 20, 2010 00:02 |  #2

Kingnog wrote in post #10393204 (external link)
I feel that the strong light from the side makes unflattering shadows, how can I make it look not as harsh without a softbox?

Maybe someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but bringing the light slightly around to the front might be helpful with that? The lighting is still directional, just not as dramatically so. Also perhaps a little closer to the model.

When I study other people's lighting setups, I look for two things - shadows and the catchlights in the eyes. Yours seem to be way off to the left, whereas most I've seen are closer to center. Not dead center, of course, but a little bit closer to center. :)

I'm still working on lighting, myself, so I'll start experimenting a little, to see :)


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Jun 20, 2010 09:55 |  #3

You are slightly overexposed in my opinion.
Try using a reflector opposite the flash.


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Jun 20, 2010 16:24 |  #4

Thanks for the tips. I thought a reflector would just light up her hair, when I wanted the focus to be the face.

I was working in a very cramped location, so I didn't have much room to move the light up (or the model back) and still have the background blur.




  
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