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Old 01-19-2006, 12:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Appreciate the feedback. This photo doesn't really grab me, but I am sure I can learn from it.

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Old 01-19-2006, 01:15 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Cute girl, but it looks like you've got a pretty straightforward 2-light setup going (with a 3rd as a hair light). Looks to be one light on each side of the camera, at the same distance from the camera, and putting out the same amount of power. The result is flat lighting devoid of any shadows that might define her features or add interest.

The other thing I'd say is she's not flattered with her shoulders square to the camera. Have her turn a bit to narrow the shoulders up some.

I'm kind of a fan of using one key light with a fill. Maybe I'm in a rut, but it's a happy rut. Shadows are your friend, make them work for you. My suggestion would be to eliminate one of the lights and play with that for a while. Find whatever is making that little highlight on her chin and get rid of that too. The pic as is could probably benefit from a boost to contrast, but I'd still re-shoot it.

I don't have anything on line that illustrates my point very well. Here's one with a single light as main though. It's not a head shot, but maybe it helps.

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Old 01-19-2006, 01:36 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hello dmann

I agree with LarryB's comments. I addition, for some reason my attention goes right to the wrinkles in the backdrop. I would blur the background either by moving her forward or by wider apature.

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Old 01-19-2006, 02:11 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with what's been said already too, but I had an example of a shot composed similarly to yours, so I thought I'd post it as an example:



My image has it's flaws, of course, but I thought it illustrated well enough using one light to define someone's features. In this case it was just one light high above the model, angled down, butterfly style (although now that I look at it the light coulda been moved just a wee bit camera right, probably). It's kind of an extreme example (I was going for a fashion look, hence the deep shadows -- I used no fill here), but anyways, just thought it might help. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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It could just be a pet peeve of mine, but I think almost always, photos of one person standing or sitting should be shot or cropped in "portraiture" - not "Landscape."

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