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Old 09-13-2005, 12:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been to Rolando's workshop in March and to several group shoots at SoCalProModels but this image represents my first attempt at a model shoot with no outside influences. I've been preping Lyndsey for months to be my MUA. She finally said, "I want to be the model!" So, here's an inexperienced glamour shooter and an inexperienced model.

I'd like some critiques but let's just say I'd like to get the 2-3 things that would make the most dramatic improvement. I'd rather go through a process of continued refinement than have someone give me 100 things I can't keep track of.

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P.S. Image is saved for web from photoshop but other than that no exposure, white balance or cropping changes.

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Old 09-13-2005, 06:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Since it appears to be an outdoor shot, I'd say the color balance is off. It seems to have a magenta cast. I'm not sure the outfit works very well for the setting. Usually a shot like this is better if there is a distinct catch light which can be provided by fill flash or a reflector. Small details often detract from a photo. In this case it appears there is something in her hair on the right, but perhaps its earrings (if so, they are distracting because the ear is not seen. There is a shaft of yellow light coming out of her head. The way the white wrap is positioned keeps the figure from having any impact in the shot.

So three things to do:

1. Watch the details of the shot and clean up those that you can before shooting the photo.
2. Set custom white balance.
3. Use a reflector or fill flash for catch lights and fill.



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Old 09-14-2005, 10:08 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input. Hopefully I can integrate your suggestions into my next shoot. I do have a couple of follow up questions if you don't mind.

1) Custom white balance - I suck at that. It was 1/2 hour before sunset, mostly clear sky, what would you have set it to?

2) Reflector/flash for fill and catchlights - I had a reflector to camera right and flash on a flash bracket. The flash was set to -1/2 stop because I didn't wan't to over power the reflector. What should I have done different? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

Regards and thanks again for taking the time to help me out. Now I've got stuff on my list to bug the instructors and mentors about at Supershoots Vegas. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

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I usually shoot in RAW, so that allows me to pick the exact white balance for the shot. But when I shoot the shot I still like to have the White balance as close as possible becuase that will effect the preview image imbedded with the RAW file and seen on the LCD screen. Each dSLR is different for setting custom white balance. On my Canon 20D, I shoot a reference shot of a gray or white card and then I set that as the reference for CWB and then set the camera to the Custom White Balance mode. The white balance will now be right on. If I'm in a hurry and the above isn't practical, then I set the camera to the K mode for WB (Kelvin settings) and use 5700K which usually gives a nice balance for daylight shooting.

If using fill flash or a reflector, the key is to make sure you get a catchlight in the eye.

Experiment with different settings to see which gives the best catch light. If all else fails, add the catch light in photoshop.



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I'm gonna work on these points next time.

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