Originally Posted by kgphoto
I think you are comparing apples and oranges here. Your image has some top/back lighting and his is shot from under an over hang. If he exposed brighter and added more flash ( he already is using some flash fill) he would have overexposed the subject, especially her shirt.
Catch lights are there, they are just hard to see in such a small image. Selective dodging and burning along with a bump in contrast is probably needed more. What do you think about that analysis?
Thanks guys, I appreciate the input.
I actually didnt want to see the stairs that were directly behind the gate.
They were awful, and just above her head, out of the crop, was some construction tape. This individual was actually fussing that she doesnt have many shots with her eyes open. I found out that most of them she has her eyes open, but I think the EXTREMELY dark makeup around her eyes eats all the light!
Right now I am very minimalistic on gear. (based on funds trying to support this "hobby" that is easily becoming a passion) I am doing some portrait stuff for the people I work with, (to try to get some funds moving) but would really like to get a better grasp on lighting and what to really look for in my shots.
I purchased Monte Zuckers guide and have looked at some of Nigel Holmes stuff. I am also reading all I can online, etc.....anyone have any good recomendations for "budget" glamour? I have been trying to decide which or Rolando's books may fit my current needs, if you have any suggestions as well.
Just an idea on my gear:
Minolta 50mm 1.7
Minolta 100mm 2.8 Macro
Minolta 80-200mm 2.8 G
Zeiss 16-80mm 3.5-4.5
Sony 16mm 2.6 Fish
Sony 70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G
Sony F58 Flash
I also have access to a friends Alien Bees. (2xB800 and 1xB400)
Thanks again everyone, and I figure I will be coming to you guys for future advise. Trying not to be just another GWC, so thanks for all the information already posted on here!