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newbie- first lighting shoot
Old 11-03-2004, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have done alot of video and scenic/nature photos, but i am tryin to start up in glamour. i used a small strobe and a few 100watt light bulbs. Not super excited with the results, but when i get some decent lights i hope to do better



Using a canon rebel, used a 75-300 and a 18-55 for the shoot
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Re: newbie- first lighting shoot
Old 11-03-2004, 08:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well that is a pretty odd mix of lights. If you used the flash on camera, then it pretty much dominated the photo and made the lighting harsh and relatively flat and created several hot spots. The harsh lighting makes the model's skin look uneven and a bit oily. You need to bounce the flash off a large reflector to make the light source larger, and thus softer. The exposure on this one appears off also. It is a bit dark and without a background light, there is little seperation of subject from that background. Generally on headshots it is better not to be shooting up on the model but slightly down, so as not to be looking up the nostrils. Also the model appears to have very red eyes and that with her expression does not come off too well. You might want to get a basic book on portrait lighting and experiment.

Here is an example of a simple one light shot (the window) and one reflector using the Canon 10D which is the big brother of your 300D.



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Old 11-03-2004, 08:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Welcome to the budget end of Garage Glamour! Don't give up hope, you'll be astonished by what you can accomplish with what you've got. Heck, you've already got me beat; you're starting out with a very good camera.
The thing about hot lights is that they've gotta be pretty close (and hot!) to work, which tends to make bright spots. Those bright spots are pretty much my only real problem with the shot. See if you can get your model to powder heavily; that generally mutes the problem. Diffusing your light is even better, but it doesn't sound like you've got any to spare...
I'd lighten the whole thing up in PS, too, but it's a noble beginning!
Shot with a 2MP Olympus, lit with one 500w Halogen fixture diffused with a home-made diffusion panel:

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Old 11-04-2004, 10:24 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi filmends. I'm a video guy trying to learn glamour photography myself. I have purchased several light off of E-bay. You can pick up reflectors off of there pretty cheap. I have several that I use with 250 watt bulbs along with a little diffusion. It's gotten me started. You can try that for some additional light. Here is a link to some that are for sale right now.
http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...849428789&rd=1
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Not super excited with the results, but when i get some decent lights i hope to do better

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Not super excited? Post it over in the post-production forum...I'd like to take a stab at it. I think a lot could be done to sweeten this image. But, I wouldn't do it unless you wanted me to. You know, copyrights and all.
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when i get some decent lights i hope to do better

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I am getting ready to buy some dynalites. After using Rolando's I am sold.

This picture of lindsey was taken with a dynalite 1000wi w/ 3 2040 heads... main light 2040 head w/ 48" larson soffstrip/30 degree grid, hiarlight with 2040 head w/ 1/4 cto rosco gel, 2040 head behind louvered doors.


I know, I know...it's shooting up her nostrils....but I still like this image.
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