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Old 09-25-2006, 04:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I had my first model shoot this past weekend. Brandon, a part-time model was kind enough to give me a little time so that I could try my hand at this. These are the first two that I've finished processing and I'm offering it up to you for C&C. Both were shot with available light and a home-made reflector using a Canon 350D and the 50mm 1.8 cheapie. I've also included B&W versions...if you would be so kind as to tell me whether you prefer the colour or B&W I'd appreciate it.







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In #1 he sort of melts into the background, especially the dark hair. You needed some light back there to give you some separation. I like the color better.

#2 is too close for me. I prefer to get the whole head for this type of portrait. Color is better. I don't like the conversion for either to B/W. Maybe a different technique would give better results there.


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Thank you sir, I appreciate the critique. Can you suggest a B/W conversion method that you think would give better results?

Once again thank you for you help.
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Old 09-25-2006, 04:43 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you sir, I appreciate the critique. Can you suggest a B/W conversion method that you think would give better results?

Once again thank you for you help.
Well there are many techniques that can be done right in Photoshop. Scott Kelby's books have a number of good methods.

There are many plugins. I use one called NIK Color Efex and there are several b/w conversion plugings within it. The Alien Skin Exposure plugin is another that is quite powerful.

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Old 09-25-2006, 05:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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You needed some light back there to give you some separation.
Since this sounds like it was a minimal equipment type shoot, how would someone get light behind a subject like this in order to get the separation? Or is it just better when using natural light to be more picky with backgrounds so they're lighter? I'm assuming the reflector was for fill in the front, correct?
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Old 09-25-2006, 05:25 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Since this sounds like it was a minimal equipment type shoot, how would someone get light behind a subject like this in order to get the separation? Or is it just better when using natural light to be more picky with backgrounds so they're lighter? I'm assuming the reflector was for fill in the front, correct?
It can sometimes be a challenge. Yes picking a different spot that has some sun on it to provide background is one option. Another is to use a wink light. I usually carry one in my camera bag. It is a tiny battery operated flash that fires if it sees another flash fire. I think the guide number is about 40. It has a little suction cup for its base and can be stuck just about anywhere. Then you would trigger it with the flash on the camera (set at its lowest power) so it has minimal impact on the photo but does fire the wink light (which in this case would be in the dark area behind the subject). Best of all, with digital, you can just do a few test shots to get the right amount of background separation.

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Or is it just better when using natural light to be more picky with backgrounds so they're lighter? I'm assuming the reflector was for fill in the front, correct?
Yes reflector was in front and I really got to learn (and pay attention) how to successfully choose a location.
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R_Fredrick_Smith, thank you for the suggestions and very helpful feedback...much appreciated
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Yes, thanks for the tips. There's so many little gadgets I know nothing about.
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