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Yet More from Philly
Old 04-20-2007, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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All right, I’ll wade into the waters. The workshop was my first experience shooting “real” models, although I do shoot actors’ head shots occasionally. In order to attract more of that business, I shot a lot tighter than some of the folks. I didn’t really do much directing, something I need to become more comfortable with – I kind of let the models do what they do.

Thanks to RG, Steve, Tony, and the “veterans" who gave great advice. I’ll be returning.



I wanted to use this as a headshot sample, but it’s cropped out of a larger shot, so there aren’t enough pixels to take it up very much. The two that I shot close are too soft. That’ll teach me to be in a hurry. It was done in the fluorescent box.






Similar to others, but Holley is more in the light here, due more to luck than any skill on my part.









One note on the workshop. I was afraid we’d all have the same images. While technically we do, I’m surprised (and happy) that there are so many different takes on similar setups.

I’m working on the “cowboy” set with both Kayti and Chealsie Ann. I’ll post them later.

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Old 04-20-2007, 10:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Excellent!

I always find it amazing when you put a group together with same models, etc and everyone has a different style or look to their shots.
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Old 04-20-2007, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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TCprod,

What lens are you using to make the tight head shots? As I understand your post, you are shooting wide and then cropping to make these?

I like the second and third ones the best, but I would have liked to have a looser crop. I don't want the hands trimmed at the wrist for example. I think I prefer cropping just below the hips for a 3/4. It helps to complete the line.

The first image skin tone is off, compared to the others. It is probably due to the color of her foundation make up. I am thinking pulling her hair back and then lowering her chin would be more flattering. She has pretty eyes and you got light in them, but I don't feel the depth in them. Not sure why.

Lights a little high on the second one which is bad for her eyes. Hers are deep set, so a bottom reflector may fix this in the future.
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Steve, thanks. It really did help having you and the others walking around and looking over our shoulders.

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In that shot I was using an 18-70, but a tight head shot was not my intent. I just thought that it looked better that way after the fact. Here's the original, untouched except for color temp.



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The first image skin tone is off, compared to the others. It is probably due to the color of her foundation make up. I am thinking pulling her hair back and then lowering her chin would be more flattering. She has pretty eyes and you got light in them, but I don't feel the depth in them. Not sure why.
That's with the fluorescents, and left as shot (Nikon Cloudy). I may have over adjusted the catch lights, trying to eliminate the square.

Here it is untouched, except for adjusting to 5000K in PS and cropped just a tad wider. One other thing I noticed (an error on my part) is that the camera data shows 1/100 sec. The flicker may have affected the color.



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so a bottom reflector may fix this in the future.
I like Steve's idea better. We're nailing her feet to the floor.

Thanks for the comments.

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Hey Tom,
Nice captures! I love the last one of Holley. She was beautiful, but I felt a little intimidated trying to direct her as I felt she was the pro and I was but the student. The second day was a little different and since I had a chance to absorb what I saw the first day.

I misunderstood RG's direction with the flourescent box as I was shooting at 1/160th not 1/60th of a second - that may have caused a slight color shift in my images as well...

I would seriouosly recommend that you invest ina couple of lenses if you do alot of headshots - at the minimum a 50/1.4 and if you have the $$$ an 85/1.4. The 18-70 is nice lens, but IMHO if you look at the shots I did of Kimberly you will see a marked difference in the cleanliness and sharpness of the image. Most of my shooting was done with the 85/1.4 lens.

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Hey Tom,
Nice captures! I love the last one of Holley. She was beautiful, but I felt a little intimidated trying to direct her as I felt she was the pro and I was but the student. The second day was a little different and since I had a chance to absorb what I saw the first day.

I misunderstood RG's direction with the flourescent box as I was shooting at 1/160th not 1/60th of a second - that may have caused a slight color shift in my images as well...

I would seriouosly recommend that you invest ina couple of lenses if you do alot of headshots - at the minimum a 50/1.4 and if you have the $$$ an 85/1.4. The 18-70 is nice lens, but IMHO if you look at the shots I did of Kimberly you will see a marked difference in the cleanliness and sharpness of the image. Most of my shooting was done with the 85/1.4 lens.

Jeff G
What you will usually notice when shooting with the shop light rig and at greater than 1/60th is color balance and exposure jumping all over the place. In other words in a sequence of images you see all sorts of different results. That normally should not be the case. They should all be about the same color balance and same exposure. I usually use a tripod when shooting with this particular type of shop light set.

Here is an outtake example of Liz. I've left it pretty much has it came out of the camera.



As you can see, this is also a more heavy duty example of the shop light setup. Notice two banks of shop lights for the top bank. The above shot was at 1/80th at 5.6 at ISO 400.

And here is another in the same set:

http://www.glamour1.com/photoplog/index.php?n=1776

which shows you how much the color balance can change (I shot this one at 1/80th at 5.6 at ISO 400).

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