Originally Posted by ogpro
Hey guys, I posted this on the critiques forum but I'm barely getting any feedback hehe.
The story is, I had gotten this last minute request to shoot a model for a mag, and all I had on me was my 20D and a 580EX flash. I thought I'd be able to shoot with some daylight but it ended up being a night time shoot in a hotel room. I didn't want the effect of a point and shoot cam with direct light, and the ceiling was a really bad reflector, so I went and got some white cardboard and bounced the flash off of that to get the shots you see below. The ones sitting on the bed were taken in almost total darkness with my flash pointing up at the board that was angled toward the subject.
My question is, was there anything I could have done to get better shots with what little equipment I had? Thanks for looking =)
Probably not a lot more you could do with that lighting except using the room lights and some strategic posing. You can improve the results with some post processing though. Here's one I did very quick during lunch. I just did some levels adjustment and it makes it "less flat" on my non calibrated work monitor. Also, creative cropping might give them a little more interest as well.
One thing on technique that would improve these shots, IMO. My Dad used to look at my early shots like these and ask, " Son, is your left leg shorter than your right one" meaning I screwed up the horizons.
Unless you were going for that sliding off the bed concept, you should pay a little more attention to camera level as you're shooting.