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First Band Shoot... How did I do?

 
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Feb 06, 2011 16:10 |  #1

I just finished shooting my buddies band. How did I do?

Most of these are using my flashes, one umbrella sometimes), and a 10-22mm.

I have to still clone out the tripod in this one.

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Feb 06, 2011 19:34 |  #2

The images look a bit soft, but that could be due to the way they were saved, also the perspective looks distorted? Wide angle lens?

Other than that, good shots


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Feb 06, 2011 19:57 |  #3

Edit out the tripod as you mentioned and for first time band shots you did pretty well.


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Feb 07, 2011 02:36 |  #4

I think the first shot is the best of the bunch the others you can not see their faces. I think the first one still needs to be a bit brighter and the tripod needs to be removed. The second has some real distortion going on you can not see all their faces. The third also has the problem of only seeing a few faces and the darks are clipping so they are missing legs and such also.


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Feb 07, 2011 05:38 |  #5

siiilent wrote in post #11790633 (external link)
The images look a bit soft, but that could be due to the way they were saved, also the perspective looks distorted? Wide angle lens?

Other than that, good shots

The shots are super sharp. I also have a problem linking to Picasa uploads on this site. I don't know why.


Thanks for the thoughts guys!


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Feb 07, 2011 07:31 |  #6

Not bad, but don't resort to the typical band/group poses.

The V is over played and so is the one dude crouching down. The lighting is flat at best and it doesn't lend much to the band.

It's like they were lit up, just so that they could be seen, and that was the lights only purpose.

Get creative with your poses and lighting, and stray away from the norm!


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Feb 07, 2011 07:35 |  #7

I like the end product, but I think you may have been better with a longer focal length and a bit more creativity in the posing. Apart from that, I'd be happy for a first go!


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Feb 07, 2011 08:24 |  #8

Thanks again guys... I would have used more focal length, but we shot in some pretty crowded spaces. They could only shoo at 10:00 and shooting in open places was out of the question with my lights. I will keep that in mind in the future though.

Also, I was limited to using a 580 EX II and 430 EX II (my b800 is coming in soon) so even at full power, I didn't have much flexibility with the lighting.


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Feb 07, 2011 08:29 |  #9

It looks like you could have opened up a bit more to get the exposure a bit better.


I think learning to shoot wide is a valuable skill to have. Even more so with bands, it can help the feeling of a photo. A longer focal length can sometimes be boring with bands, IMO.

I started out with a Vivitar 283 and a Focal M500-T as my first flashes.


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Feb 07, 2011 15:51 |  #10

Good overall i think. In the first one It's cool that you have the back lighting but I have to say the front lighting feels neglected just a bit. It needs some work - if only to brighten the exposure. I see another problem with the first that I also see with the last.

The last photo is the best of all. My only issue is that I can see zero detail on the face of the guy standing on the left. That's unfortunate and should realy be fixed.

These things are fixable and you've got a really good foundation.


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Feb 08, 2011 05:39 |  #11

Thanks guys. I am still learning to use strobes. This was actually my first attempt at using light to shoot group portraits. The band loves the shots so far, but I am always looking for ways to make them much better.

My AB comes in today. Hopefully I will have another session with an appropriate light for lighting groups out doors, and I will take all your advice to get better shots.

Thanks again guys!

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Feb 08, 2011 20:59 |  #12

geniunie rolla is a force to be reckoned with. so keep practicing and trying new things


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Feb 08, 2011 21:51 |  #13

Here is my first edit.

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Feb 08, 2011 21:58 |  #14

Looks like you may have cut too deep in to his pant leg? The texture doesn't look quite natural either.


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Feb 08, 2011 22:09 |  #15

ThePwnyExpress wrote in post #11805815 (external link)
Looks like you may have cut too deep in to his pant leg? The texture doesn't look quite natural either.

I see what you mean about the pant leg, but if you look at the original, the pant falls like that. Not sure why...


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