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Jan 22, 2011 21:09 |  #1

Can't say I've done much strobist work, or portraits either.. Without anyone to take a photo of, I decided to use myself! Curious to see what you all have to think. C&C definitely encouraged, I'd like to get into portrait/strobist shots in the future.

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Side by side comparison. Right: Pretty much SOOC

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setup (external link) by Nick Gillham (external link), on Flickr

And then I opted to do a tighter crop:

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Tighter Crop (external link) by Nick Gillham (external link), on Flickr

edit: Yeah I need to shave...

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Jan 22, 2011 21:18 |  #2

Nice! The last one is my favorite. It seems to have the most even lighting & generally has good composition. I really like the newspaper on the wall thing, too... neat background!




  
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Jan 22, 2011 21:24 |  #3

Great idea with the newspaper. I'd try to get the flash higher. That would put the shadows on the wall lower, and less visible.....AND....as light in nature is usually coming from above, it's what we're used to seeing. In such a small room, I wonder if you could point the flash backwards and bounce it off the wall(s) behind the camera...? Or get farther away from the background, with the flash higher and possibly more to the side, and eliminate the shadow altogether.




  
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Jan 22, 2011 22:16 |  #4

The lighting seems flat, which robs dimension from the image.

I noticed the newspaper and see you are in Boston. Me too.


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Jan 24, 2011 12:49 |  #5

ootsk wrote in post #11695265 (external link)
Great idea with the newspaper. I'd try to get the flash higher. That would put the shadows on the wall lower, and less visible.....AND....as light in nature is usually coming from above, it's what we're used to seeing. In such a small room, I wonder if you could point the flash backwards and bounce it off the wall(s) behind the camera...? Or get farther away from the background, with the flash higher and possibly more to the side, and eliminate the shadow altogether.

I was going to say that.


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Jan 24, 2011 12:57 |  #6

Ditto on what the others said.

1. Get the flash higher.
2. Turn the flash to bounce of the upper wall and ceiling in FRONT of you (not over head).
And my suggestion
3. Take off the attachment on the flash.




  
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