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Old 02-14-2006, 10:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here are a couple of photos I took this past weekend using my recently purchased Alien Bees. It has been a while since I last used lights (15 years). I would appriciate some criticism and advice.


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Old 02-14-2006, 11:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've got a 400 and 800 myself...plenty of power for digital. I like your shots but right away thought to myself you need to warm them up a bit in Photoshop.

If they were mine, I would burn in the reflection on the wall and not crop the knee in half. It would also be nice to have your model look down at the baby for a less posed look next time.

As for the lighting pattern, almost at where there is two main lights. Go for some shadows on the face and a little less intensity for some "mood".

My theory now, on lights, is that the viewer should not "see" the lighting pattern you used and force them to go directly to your subject. When we go to a good movie, you never once think about what lighting patterns the director used.

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Re: Not Glamour...
Old 02-15-2006, 01:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Lighting seems a bit flat. I would try for a light ratio that casts a bit of a nose shadow (such as Rembrandt). This gives added dimensionality to the shot.



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Old 02-15-2006, 05:42 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Was the positioning of these lights.

(directly to either side, one in front, one to the side...)

I'm just not understanding 'fully' how this shot was lighted.

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Old 02-15-2006, 07:06 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for your comments and suggestions. I'm still experimenting on how to position the lights. I agree, the lighting should enhance the photo and not take away focus from the subject.
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Old 02-15-2006, 07:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks. I'm going to keep working on my lighting.
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I set up the lighting the way that I was shown in a photography class a number of years ago. The light on my right was set slightly to the side but mostly in front of the model. The light on my left was set a not quite to the side of the model.
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