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Old 11-30-2005, 03:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hows the light on this one, hopefully not to flat, not every subject can stand very directionl lighting. Just dont tell my wife I said that. I used a large stripbox for the main and a medium softbox for rim.

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Old 12-01-2005, 03:10 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Hello Ken,

I saw you had 292 views and no responses and knowing how that feels I decided to jump in and provide my two cents worth (probably isn't worth that much).

It looks to me from the lighting that you are attempting a "classical" type lighting scenario. If that is the case you are off to a good start. The image on my work LCD monitor looks a little blown out, that could just be my monitor though. The lighting pattern itself could use a little adjusting. As it is her left eye is a bit dark in contrast to that side of her face for my taste and the highlight on the left side of her nose is a bit distracting.

I am far from an expert on this, but I will provide you a link to a set of lessons by Zeltsman who many do consider an expert on classical portraiture lighting. Hopefully you can get something useful from it.

Zeltsman's Lessons

I hope this helps,

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Re: 2 light portrait
Old 12-01-2005, 04:20 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks Daryl
Thanks for taking the time to critique. I wasn’t sure about the darkness of her left eye but I was pondering that very issue. The brightness on the side of her nose I missed but now that you mention it it's painfully obvious. I'm pretty sure I can make adjustments to the light setup to fix both of those problems. In the original file the highest reading I can find using the eye dropper is a reading of r235 green and blue values were lower so I don’t think it's blown out but it definitely looses detail in the conversion for web. Thanks again for the reply it is a tremendous help.
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Old 12-01-2005, 05:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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The other comments are right on the money, but I thought I'd give some examples of what you could do to remedy the problems that were noted. The highlight on the nose is coming from the hair light. To keep that light off the nose, you could aim the light further back on her head, or use a grid to narrow the spread, or use a well placed flag. To deal with her left eye, try moving your main light closer to the center...and you might consider raising it a bit, too. Or you could use reflector to fill that side of her face a bit.
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Old 12-01-2005, 06:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You could try swapping the two lights. Soft box for the main and the strip for the kicker. Just a thought. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smirk.gif[/img]

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Old 12-01-2005, 06:14 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Daryl,

Although the photos are quite dated the lighting section of this link has good information.
All newbies should bookmark this.

Thanks for the link.

Joe

PS If it's free, it's for me. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for the idea to swap the two lights which I did today. I was shooting with the strip as key because of space constraints but after moving things around it will work behind the subject, I should have put it there in the first place but was to lazy to move the junk out of the way. Don’t sweat not having a post, good advice is still good advice even without a pic.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:38 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I agree with all your suggestions. Some of them I have already tried {moving, raising and using a grid} but it is clear to me that I am going to have to come up with something to hold reflectors @ flags, or spend some money a buy another light. PVC will probably be my short-term solution. Thanks for taking the time to rely. Until I can light a face properly it's probably a waste of time trying to light a whole body.
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