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Another b/w, sugestions please
Old 05-08-2005, 01:00 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Couple more black and white shots, really like b/w over color. I would have liked her a bit further from the bg but the living room only has so much space. What is your take on the lighting, pose, etc. I think I like #2 better, I know the shoulder looks a bit hot. Moving up to using 2 lights instead of one. One soft box, other bounce umbrella. Need to work a lil more on getting the shadows to blend more. Appreciate any comments you have, good or bad, tis the only way I can learn. Thanks in advance.





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Re: Another b/w, sugestions please
Old 05-08-2005, 01:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It definitely needs more contrast and, on both, some de-centering....
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Re: Another b/w, sugestions please
Old 05-08-2005, 01:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks, I can work on the contrast, but what is de-centering? Moving the subject to one side or the other?

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Re: Another b/w, sugestions please
Old 05-08-2005, 01:25 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Yes...A picture takes more strenght when you force the eye to travel from one point to the other. If the subject is dead centered, the eye goes there and doesn't move elsewhere. Thus giving the impression is plain and simple.

If the one thing there is to see is on one side or one corner, and if you manage to create a secondary attraction point elsewhere in the photo (a hand with a particular pose, for instance), then the eye will travel from one point to the other and back, creating an impression of "plenty", sophistication and complexity.

Attention, though, you must maintain a clear hierarchy between what is important and what is less important, otherwise the image is not "rich" any more, its "fuzzy". Also you can indulge into one or two seocndary point no more, cause if there are too many, the image becomes "messy"....

Good luck in your future attempts....
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Re: Another b/w, sugestions please
Old 05-08-2005, 08:50 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Hi Dean...have you read about the Rule of the Thirds?
In this image I wanted her left eye be the center of attention because of the attitude in this image and her expression...so using the rule of the thirds I centered that eye along a vertical and horizontal third of the entire image
forces you to see her attitude first..then the rest of the image.
for what is worth. Try shooting this again with one light source..slighty underexposed..you can adjust your levels and contrast better if its underexposed rather than over exposed.
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Old 05-08-2005, 09:48 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Dean found this link on rules of the thirds in another thread.
might be worth a read to you.
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Old 05-08-2005, 11:59 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Ok, that makes sense. Will try to do this shot again, and will try underexposing a bit. I tried adjusting the contrast in PS but couldnt get quite what I wanted, most likely as you say, needed to be underexposed.
So to get an image right there are around 4754 things to do, and I'm at about #6 [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img] Really do appreciate the comments, only way I can improve.
Thanks again,
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On a side note, I really like that image Don, great attitude conveyed in that shot.
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Re: Another b/w, sugestions please
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Thanks Don, appreciate it

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Hey Dean, I do also like #2 better. The one thing that I notice is her hair blending into the background. I think a lighter colored backdrop would have worked better giving you more contrast.

Looking forward to seeing more!
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Re: Another b/w, sugestions please
Old 05-08-2005, 12:24 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Thanks, I'm hoping this summer to have the funds to purchase some new backdrops. Wanting to get some lighter colored ones this time [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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