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Old 02-25-2006, 09:45 AM   #1 (permalink)
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past critiques have suggested that I tend to light the subject too flatly. Well, I have been working on it, and basically try to use just one light instead of every flash I own.

Well here is one result.



Technically, I think the light was too low (in hieght), but I like the way it turned out. Also, for some reason, I think I had a polorizer filter on the lens for this one.

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Old 02-25-2006, 10:54 AM   #2 (permalink)
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She has an unfortunate shadow over her left eye, a effect probably from a reflector ( as you say you only use one light ). I also think the highlites on the nose comes out a little strong.
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Old 02-25-2006, 11:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Not sure how the reflector to her left is position, maybe if you rolled it around more to her front and a bit closer it would have lightened up her left side more. Not so much as to get rid of the dark line beside her nose, just to pump up both of those areas a bit. I've always liked the whole light|dark|medium light look across the face. I just haven't consciously tried it yet.

Here's my latest light experiment...


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Old 02-25-2006, 11:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Split lighting is probably not the best for this model...it tends to narrow the face. What expression did you ask of her for this capture?

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Old 02-25-2006, 01:50 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think I did eventually move the reflector forward and center a little. Those images are more even. There is also a large gloss white door to the right that is reflecting a lot of light back.

As far as emotion, this one is 'mona lisa' inspired. Most of the others from this session have more pronounced espressions.
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Keep practicing with your lights and move them to various angles until you get the desired look that you want to have. Nothing wrong with what you have posted here depending on the outcome you wanted. It looks more like an artistic type of light and shadow combination rather than a typical portrait shot.

Hot lights, a relector and a short depth of field was used for this one.



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