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Old 11-30-2005, 09:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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After attending a lighting workshop I shot a few pics of the wife who is looking to break into modeling. The lighting class supplied us with nice wireless flash setup. I on the other hand had to use "home made" lighting. Please give your review of what is good and bad.

The pics were shot with 50mm, f2.8, 1/100, ISO 100
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Old 11-30-2005, 12:18 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Gee... was hoping for some input. 20 views and not a word. Its ok, give me the good, the bad, the constructive.

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Re: Critique Please
Old 11-30-2005, 12:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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without knowing what your "homemade" lighting consists of, it's hard to comment on it. your wife looks comfortable in front of the camera. and she's certainly easy to look at. in the future, i would suggest you be on the lookout for details that detract from the image: things like that wristwatch which distracts from your model's face, especially in that sort of a pose.

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ahh yes, the watch. We both saw that after the shoot and commented on how we should have removed it. The lights used were 550w halogen lamps from Home Depot. Not the best to use but its what we had to work with. I was mainly working with a 2 light setup 45 degree key, with a bounce opposite the key and a hair light.
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Old 11-30-2005, 01:38 PM   #5 (permalink)
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you're right, home depot lights are difficult to control and modify. they're designed to throw a lot of light onto a broad area. here's some things you can do that are cheap ways of working with them more effectively. first, remove the the glass plates from in front of them and take them somewhere and get them sandblasted. the resulting rough texture will dramatically soften them. second, your use of bounce cards is great. i would also suggest you get some black foamcore to use as flags. you can set the black foamcore far enough in front of these (very) hot lights to keep them from becoming a fire hazard and it will allow you to keep the light more focused where you want it to go.
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Old 11-30-2005, 02:04 PM   #6 (permalink)
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jimmyd,
I'm sure glad you had input here. I've had to use home Depot lights and was thinking about using them again for a couple things, but couldn't come up with the softer affect. Sandblasting is perfect, Thank You.
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Beautiful wife, but she looks a bit guarded to me.
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Thanks fo the input, very helpful ideas. Hopefully in the VERY near future the discussion will revolve around stobes and the effective angles of my new Alien Bees [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I have been on this site for a few months. Thank you for all of your input. I try to read all of the posts for the day when I log on. It sure helps some of us to get over that learning curve a bit faster. I will continue to read your posts and admire your work.


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Old 12-02-2005, 10:09 PM   #10 (permalink)
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And if you can't find some place to sandblast the glass piece, Home Depot will sell you a couple pieces of frosted glass, cut to size, very cheaply. These will also help difuse the light from your halogens.

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