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Advice on lightning. First try.

 
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Aug 29, 2010 18:27 |  #1

Hi, guys :)

I just received my off-camera flash triggers, the Yongnuo RF-602. I am completly new to studio lightning, reading and learning as much as possible. The setup I had was 430ex to my left, bounce off the ceiling in the middle between the model and the flash on 1:1 power. I also had a big construction light more to the left, in direction of the model. I did my WB adjustment on camera. My settings were mainly ISO 400, 1/100 and F6.3 - F5/6 using my 70-200 F4. What can I improve on this picture? I find that the background turned out much greyer than I thought. Any advice, comment or critique. Don't hesitate don't be hars if you need to. Thanks for taking your time :)

Edit: After uploading, that picture is way softer than it is in reality. Also, I could get more pics of that photoshot if you want. If the girlfriend don't mind ;)

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Aug 29, 2010 19:00 |  #2
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I actually like the grey here as opposed to pure white as most people new to this end up with some of the image white and the area near the subject is grey, but here the image looks uniform.

If you want to blow it to pure white, you need to light the background separately from both sides and use a white reflective material to act as a mirror under the subject (search tileboard) and 'reflect' the background colour. You don't want to use a matte surface and simply try to blow it to white as you won't be able to do it without over exposing your subject.

Edit: also why don't you shoot at F4 around ISO200 instead, is the lens not sharp?




  
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Aug 29, 2010 19:08 |  #3

Thanks for taking your time to answer my questions. I will think of that next time for sure. I might swell invest in a cheap umbrella/stand/bracket setup. I do not plan to do this proffesionnaly anytime soon, simply for fun. Apart from that any tips to improve the overall picture? Maybe settings or light placement or equipment anything? Thanks again, I appreciate that :)


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Aug 29, 2010 19:30 |  #4

Whenever i worked with 2 different lights (tungsten and flash) i got weird red colors... my models skin was way off and when i corrected it her shirt and eyes changed colors. just watch your colors when lighting. if i can suggest something, pick up a Yongnuo flash, their about $70 and they work in manual and E-TTL. either that or use daylight and your 1 fill flash, or even reflectors. Westcott makes one on B+H for $10. I'm Assuming your work light is Tungsten like mine was.

I also like the Gray background, it matches the shadows and the fact that there are shadows underneath her give it depth, not like the poster models where everything is blown out for an infinite background. Great work!


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Aug 29, 2010 19:46 |  #5

Thanks for that. Will post more later to give you a better idea of the overall shoot. Keep on the tips :)


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Aug 29, 2010 23:22 |  #6

Finally had the chance to PP them a bit. What do you think for a first try at studio lighting?

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Aug 30, 2010 01:21 |  #7

Here's what my setup looked like. Not ideal as I can't put any light form (flash, fill light, key light) on my right because I'm right next to a wall :( So I had to put both on my left. Do you like my results. I need critique from the outside, not only family members ;)

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Be careful not to overdo vignettes, the first and the last are a little overdone in my opinion.
If working in lightroom I also prefer to increase the feathering to they look seamless.




  
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