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Oct 24, 2010 06:52 |  #1

I took a picture of my wife on a white background, single flash behind, a single flash in a reflector that is diffused.I want to know what people think.
Being that my meter seems to be out to my camera, ie they seem to give differing results .
I used a white balance card after metering then tried a little PP skin smoothing that was posted earlier. The pose is not the best, but just trying technique. I want to get that pop effect and a stronger image for when I try full body and other shots.

To be honest, losing confidence because what I meter and see are always different.:oops:

Thanks for looking. :D

1/200 ss, 100 iso, f/4, 50mm.


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Oct 24, 2010 13:01 |  #2

The lighting looks good I might have thrown a white bounce card in on the right to soften the shadows a bit. What kind of skin processing did you do? The skin seems to have lost texture though that could be from the compression for web, also what reading did you get from your meter for this shot and what meter are you using?


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Oct 24, 2010 13:40 as a reply to  @ Damian75's post |  #3

Hi, thanks for the feedback, loads of views and no C&C, I am a newbie like most of us and would like to contribute.

I saw that about a bounce but due to position and time I didn't place one.
I went here it was put up by some else
http://blog.epicedits.​com …chnique-digital-airbrush/ (external link)

Just might pull back on the numbers.
I was reading F/3.9 on my Kenko KFM1100(they are the Minolta IV). They always seem hot to me but that maybe down to taste.

It was bright when opened in photoshop and I used auto to see what it thought. and it darkened it, I shoot RAW and small JPEG, so post original jpg just to show.
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Oct 24, 2010 13:50 |  #4

I prefer the original.

ukcyberboy wrote in post #11154331 (external link)
Being that my meter seems to be out to my camera, ie they seem to give differing results .

Your camera meter only meters ambient.
(Unless you are referring to ETTL, in which case the flash meter will be useless)


On the lighting: I'd have preferred lighting from right. Now the "broad side" is lit. Less flattering in general.

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Oct 24, 2010 14:04 |  #5

You could bring the light more towards the camera to minimize the shadows on the other side of her face. Also maybe bring the light up a little higher if possible. IMO the shadow on the left side of her nostril isn't very flattering so you if you bring the light towards the camera and up it will help move the shadow to under the nose.




  
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Oct 24, 2010 14:04 as a reply to  @ René Damkot's post |  #6

Hi
Meter is here
http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …1100_Auto_Digi_​Meter.html (external link)
I was mistaken I thought I had a short light, I have two flashes at the moment, just getting funds for a third, may just get the yn 460.
Thanks for the link. I was doing a bit of diy modifiers. it is a 11" bowl mounted on flash head and a diffuser screen with flash behind her head, can't remember settings.
If the original is better how can I avoid hotspots apart from feathering.

emitecaps, thanks that would be more like a butterfly look?

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Oct 24, 2010 16:28 |  #7

I have to say I prefer the original but that is a bit to taste, if the original is what you got with the reading from the meter than I think the meter is ok, you don't seem to have blown out highlights and there is good detail in the shadows. If you haven't yet I would suggest calibrating your monitor. As for skin processing you might want to check out this http://abduzeedo.com/p​erfect-lie-photoshop-2 (external link) I am a big fan of using the curves method of dodge and burn, but this guys approach which is a better version of the highpass approach produces good results in less time while maintaining skin texture.


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Oct 25, 2010 02:26 as a reply to  @ Damian75's post |  #8

Thanks, I will abandon this method.
I thought it was me getting it to bright.

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