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I think I\'m getting the hang of this lighting thing.
Old 10-02-2005, 11:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I volunteered to be a PA on a shoot with another photographer (who actually has much less experience than me.) She was shooting a model I've worked with several times in a Forest Preserve. I brought my camera along and snapped a few as well.

The ironic part was, as I was explaining to her how I'd expose the image, it occurred to me that it was like talking to myself a year ago. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] The sun was setting, we had only on-camera strobes, and we were in a forest. So I wanted to drag the shutter (to expose the background,) and use a little fill (the model was wearing a dark dress,) but not too much (because the model's exposed skin was extremely pale.)

Now, I'm not saying that I got it exactly right. I didn't. But I was actually pretty proud of myself for integrating the lighting situation and making a call that was fairly close to the best I think my equipment could do in the circumstances. Here's one of the images.



50mm prime, f3.0, 1/30, on camera strobe (angled away and with diffuser,) handheld.

Another year or two, I may actually start hitting on all cylinders. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] So all you novices out there, take heart. If I can do it, you can do it.

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Old 10-02-2005, 12:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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This is a very nice shot. The contrast between her skin tone, the dress and the forrest works for me. I am probably two years behind you and look forward to improving. Please keep posting. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Yeah, you are coming along nicely!
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That's a damn nice photo! The pose, lighing, and contrast are great. What kind of camera were you using?


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Thank you. I shoot with a Canon EOS 300D (aka the Digital Rebel.) I was using a Canon 50mm prime lens and an on-camera 420EX Speedlite with a Sto-Fen Omnibounce. The image was slighly level-enhanced in Photoshop, as well has having a touch of contrast increase.

Although the image straight from the camera is a bit darker, it otherwise looks the same. A few people have asked me if I adjusted the saturation or otherwise did something to the greens: I did not. The lighting was just very good and, as I said, I made the right call on the exposure. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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