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Old 12-23-2006, 08:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Please let me know what you think I could have done better for this photo. Don't try to spare my feelings, I can take it!



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Old 12-23-2006, 08:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It's an interesting photo but it is very "unreal". You have the reflection of fire in the black surface but the candle is unlit (why an unlit candle at all - if the candle is going to be there to add atmosphere, then it should be lit). The reflected fire suggests that the model would not be lit by a set of strobes. The light should look appropriate to the scene. Normally people don't bath with large ear rings on. And they don't pose for a photographer either, while bathing. If this is supposed to be a real scene, then the pose should suggest reality (she could be washing herself, etc) Further there is no water on her body again suggesting that this is not a bath scene. So that is why I say the whole thing is unreal.

Now if you put a couple small candles around the tub, and make the lighting appear to come from then and the unseen fireplace and have the model obviously enjoying a sensuous bath, then you may have something.

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Old 12-23-2006, 09:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Thanks RFS! You were one of the people who I was looking forward to hearing from. You are right about everything you said about the photo. The candle wasn't lit because it wasn't mine or the models. But, we should have had one there to light anyways. The earrings are another thing I overlooked. As far as the strobes, this was created using a Gary Wong diffuser on my 580EX flash, and you are right I should have had the light come from the other direction, and turned down the flash. I shot this in raw, do you know any PS tricks to enhance the lighting at all? I did light the candle using PS2 below.

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Supposing that the light source is the candle and the fireplace and that the flames in the black area are the fireplace, then here is one way the lighting might look. Keep in mind that I only spent about 30 seconds on this example, so it is rough, but I think it begins to explore how the scene might be lit.



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