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Old 08-10-2005, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Greetings to all. I shot this last week on the Baltimore harborfront. I would love to hear any tips and tricks I could use to make this type of shot better. That said I am pleased with how things turned out, just want to push it further.

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Re: Night shooting - more help please
Old 08-10-2005, 04:51 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I like the DOF in this shot...

First thing I would di with THIS image in its present state is to clone out the bright orange light to her right and the crane?? in the back ground to her left...I think that will only help this image...

For future shoots...and I do not have much experience at night...I would try and bounce that flash rather than hitting her head on...seems a bit harsh...

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Re: Night shooting - more help please
Old 08-10-2005, 07:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Draq that shutter and change the camera angle a little so you can get that nice colored light on the water in the background. All in all a nice shot. A shot like that takes a lot of effort on your part and it shows.
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Re: Night shooting - more help please
Old 08-10-2005, 08:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Bobby, very nice image BTW.
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Old 08-10-2005, 08:56 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Adding an orange gel to your flash would warm her up some without affecting your background. Try different strengths to get the look you want. Your other option is to use an assistant who would hold a gold reflector off to one side at the correct angle for you to bounce your flash off of. This would be highly preferable since it would soften the light and add extra dimension to your model since the light isn't hitting her staight on. Of course, that reminds me of a third option. Ringlight (sorry JimmyD[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]) would be a nice effect also and still preferable to the standard (unbounced) hot-shoe mounted flash. Sorry I don't have an actual glamour example for you but here is a wedding shot of mine where I bounced my on-camera flash off a beige-colored wall. You can see how much softer (and warmer) it is. Only contrast and sharpening were done in PS.

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Re: Night shooting - more help please
Old 08-11-2005, 07:35 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Instead of using a hard light source (portable flash unit) I would have used a softer light. I don't think I would have used an orange gel but maybe an amber gel. Of course I would have bracketed my shots (with and without gel). I think that the only problem is that you have a night shot lit with light that seems to come from the sun. And also because of the nature of small flash units this is a very flat light.
Do not touch the background.
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Re: Night shooting - more help please
Old 08-11-2005, 06:08 PM   #7 (permalink)
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If your shooting digital, you should be able to change the white balance on the camera to warm her skin up a bit. You should also consider taking the flash off of the hot shoe and hold it in your hand or mount it on a stand. It will give you more flexibilty with you angles. Maybe add another flash with a slave to give you a little more control over the exposure. My .02
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i shoot a lot of night shots. first during your prep time before the shoot. make sure you have wipes or something to get anything reflective like grease off the model's face. that'll allow you to use harsher lighting. the thing with night shots is that you have to try to make your model blend in with the scene. when i shoot night, i constantly ask myself: what's the point of shooting night if you're model looks like she's lit from sun (as in now shadow play)? you have to use shadows effectively. this is why i never try to soften my light more than just an umbrella. be creative and take risks.
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One suggestion - put the model in darker clothes. That way you don't have the high contrast between the model and the background.

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Great tip - I will keep this in mind when I go night shooting.
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