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Old 01-31-2007, 02:59 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Retha wanted something sexy for her fiance, I tried this using light from the window. This lovely lady is 31 years old and is a para-medic. Her passion is to save lives!

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Old 01-31-2007, 03:36 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I think it works pretty well. It has sort of a painterly glow to it that I like. I do think that a little more fill (using a reflector) would have helped put some detail into the black (or is it dark blue) clothing. The only other issue is the slight folds of flesh in the neck created by the twist of the head. These could be muted in Photoshop however.

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Old 01-31-2007, 03:51 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I love to use window light too.





This is actually in my studio. I have french doors at one end of the studio and bounce light from behind them onto the subjects. I can give the appearance of different times of the day by raising or lowering the light.
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I prefer more light to softer...



Wrap 'em up in it, I say!
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The amount of light really has little to do with whether the light is soft or hard. The quality that we call soft lighting is produced by a large light source close to the model. The closer a large light source is to the model, the softer is the light (and as a result the more diffuse the shadows).

So, when using window light, we try to get our model as close to the window as we can for a softer lighting and further away for harder lighting. We may choose to mute the light in various ways for a darker photo or we may add reflectors to bring even more light into the scene. Neither of these things will effect (very much) the softness or hardness of the light as that is still primarily a function of distance and size.

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Very nice and adds the other nice quality of window light which are the patterns that it can form on the subject.
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This is a very sexy image - her fiance should be pleased. I agree with RFS on the need for some additional fill. I tried a couple of adjustments to your image with Picassa (no PS at work) and you could really give this image more Pop with some post processing. I never post someone else's image without permission but if you'd like to see it, I will. Nice capture.
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Gawie,

Two little items. Her hand on the curtain is dark, which was probably the actual situation, since it is in a darker area.. sort of behind the curtain. The other is the little light area on the left (as viewed) of her mouth, and that is a very minor thing. If you have time, lighten or brighten the hand a little (very little); give it some "flesh color", and darken that one spot next to her mouth. I believe the other light spot is necessary to show the shape of her face, but the lower one gives an illusion of a heavier cheek. OK, a little fill light or reflector behind her would be nice.. but then we can't have everything we want all in one photograph. There is separation of her clothing , her hair and the background.

With that said, you created a nice portrait which she will be extremely happy with as will her fiance.

Most of the time, what is a nice saleable portrait looks entirely different than something shot for a model or even for yourself (as a portrait). And when photographing ladies who are "real - more robust - and natural", it is a different situation altogether.

The expression says a lot for the intended purpose. ...Nicely done.
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Retha wanted something sexy for her fiance, I tried this using light from the window. This lovely lady is 31 years old and is a para-medic. Her passion is to save lives!
Hmmm... if my partners had looked like that, I'd probably still be working as a medic!

Very nice image, by the way.
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Hi LSC,

You have my permission to show what you did with my image, I look forward to see it.

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