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Old 01-17-2007, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I do not post too many photos because I'm big amateur but I'm regular day-visitor on this forum in order to learn.
Here are some of the first photos that I show since I've started to use flashes instead of constant light.
I would like to have all C&C and suggestions about light set-up and everything that you could tell me about this photos.
Some of my friend told me that her left side is with too bright light and it is distruction... what should I change
Thanks

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Re: 2 photos for Light set-up C&C
Old 01-17-2007, 06:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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#1 has several small problems. Here is a screen capture and markup to show some of these problems:



a. The light hitting the model on the right side of the photo is too far to side or back to provide a catch light in the eye on the left. This makes the eye look too dark. Also note the hot spot below that eye.
b. The fill or rim light was too bright and caused these and other hot spots and throws the lighting ratio off.
c. The position of the above mentioned light casts a shadow of the ear ring that is distracting. You must always watch where the shadows fall and adjust accordingly.
d. Lack of sufficient fill in front has cause a harsh shadow of the necklace which is also distracting.

Overall the shot has merit, but you just need to pay a little more attention to light placement.

#2 is better, but still has the earring shadow problem and a bit too harsh rim light on the right of the photo.

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Re: 2 photos for Light set-up C&C
Old 01-18-2007, 10:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Zakd, In addition to the comments that Roger made, (and I agree), the kicker or (hair light or accent) light needs to have some more control such as barn doors or a snoot. Not only too bright, but too broad.

In my opinion the lighting is good as it is without the light, so don't change it too much except for the movement as stated. But you have the right idea of some sort of accent light when you have a dark background and dark hair. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.
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Re: 2 photos for Light set-up C&C
Old 01-19-2007, 01:54 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thank you very much very concrete input about this interest of mine.
Only additional question is about light high position. I mean does it supose to be higher or lower.
Thanks once again for your support.
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Re: 2 photos for Light set-up C&C
Old 01-19-2007, 02:24 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Zak,
Here is a link to an article in Rangefinder Magazine, which explains some basic lighting techniques. However, keep in mind that this is written for "portrait" photography, and will probably vary depending on what, who and how the image is used.

Nowadays, there are so many modified lighting patterns that are seen, and many of them are by very successful photographers. I still use these "tried and true" setups for some of my photography, and even though I have been a professional photographer for 37 years, I am changing my thoughts about what lighting is all about.

For glamour it might be the very high contrast, Hurrell style (not that I have achieved that degree of success with my lighting), or some other style.

Fashion has few rules it seems, and I am all for breaking rules (finally).
But the basic are always a place to start, and for general portraiture will always be "saleable".

One last comment(s).. Take this lovely girl and photograph her again without the kicker, or at least reduce the intensity, and control the amount with barn doors or a snoot. I think you are on the right track with the other lighting.. just modify it a little.

To me., the second one (last one on the original post) has a lot going for it, just watch the hot kicker. If you notice, you have almost achieved a "Rembrandt" lighting pattern on both of them (the triangle on the cheek is the key)
http://www.rangefindermag.com/magazi...05/kencook.tml
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Re: 2 photos for Light set-up C&C
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One PS to my comments.. Here left eye (viewer's right) is slightly smaller than the other. Try to keep that side toward the camera and/or light that side of her face.
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Re: 2 photos for Light set-up C&C
Old 01-19-2007, 04:35 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for suggestions and your time to reply....
Will do as you told me to and come back with new photos....improved I hope ...
Thankx once again....
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