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Jumping In... My first 2 models
Old 12-14-2005, 10:53 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'd like to request the opinions of the masters here on GG if you have a couple of minutes. I've been a lurker for some time now, and finally have my nerve up, and a couple of images that I feel are worth a few comments.

These are taken using 2 manual speedlights and one E-Bay AC strobe with various umbrellas to soften the flash output. It is my plan to acquire some monolights in the early part of 2006 (AB is looking likely at this point), but wanted to see what I could do with this basic setup. Your comments are welcomed (I can handle ALL criticisms... I even have a few of my own...) so fire away.

Many thanks for your input, and all the best for the holiday season.



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Re: Jumping In... My first 2 models
Old 12-14-2005, 11:40 PM   #2 (permalink)
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A couple of suggestions.
1. Hands - They always have to be watched out for. With both models they have their hands clenched. In this type of picture they shouldn't be clenched but rather follow the contour of the body or be out of sight.
2. The first two pictures, the models are very tense because of their weigth being on the one elbow. Try some different angles or pillows or something else to have them relax, so they don't show the tension in their pose.

Good first effort.
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Re: Jumping In... My first 2 models
Old 12-15-2005, 12:05 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I don't qualify as a master of anything , but what the heck

You said you bought 2 speedlights ? it seems that the images are a bit flat, so if you could increase one flash or dim one ( the first 2 images I think it would be the one camera right that should be dimmer (the fill light)
-- need the masters of light here to answer that one though --

as mentioned the clenched hands is bad ( blood flow to hands shows )
Imagine a pose where the head rests on the models hands , it would be better to have her just "touch" the hands than actually putting any weight on them
(pressure,distortion) -- you just want the impression of doing it

Was it cold in the studio ? the skin seems .. veiny ?? ( could be the models natural complexion.. how to fix , I don't know )
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Old 12-16-2005, 08:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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congrats on moving up from lurker status. I think everyone has hit the big points. On the first one, the model could touch her leg with her back hand. I know that will still leave a lot pressure on the other arm, but perhaps she could straighten the arm and rest her weight on the hand. With this pose, you should be able to get a 'vertical' composition. You said you had a 3rd light, what did you do with that one? With an umbrella, maybe you should just try one key light, a reflector, and a hair light. This might put some drama and depth in the shot.

great first post,

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