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Old 06-06-2007, 02:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
Here is one photo directly from camera without any PSD work but size changing.
This is my test shot with new flashes and me beeing big amateur. Would like to learn about light as much as possible.
I'm not satisfied with how my image appears to be, it is too flat in face specialy.
As I recall I had umbrella light left from the model, fill flash from the camera and one back light.
In what direction should I go to improve light set up. Which light should be stronger and which one lighter.
Those flashe does not have any adjustment, they are with fixed strenght so I use light paper to reduce the strenght of the light.
All of the comments are very appriciated.....

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Old 06-06-2007, 03:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I'm in a similar situation-wanting to learn as much as possible about lighting. Have you read the book "Light Science and Magic", it is very helpfull. I was just wondering if you took any photos other than ones with a red backround? Did you use any reflectors to bounce light up into her face? Sometimes that really lights up the face nicely. Good luck!
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Re: Need Help with model light-one photo
Old 06-07-2007, 03:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi,
I have more photos but I choose this one as this photo is suitable to see what is the major problem that I have in light adjustment.
The back light seams to work OK on this photo but the main light (that is 1 umbrella left from model and fill in from falsh on camera) appears to be totally flat. And if I try to use PSD work with more of the contrast the photo become more and more oversaturated......
SO, the botom line is to change and adjust the light better...
How?
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Re: Need Help with model light-one photo
Old 06-07-2007, 10:31 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Your lighting setup is not bad just about 1/2 stop under for the face. Try metering at the chin with the dome pointing at the camera. I copied your image and was able to punch it up with just a slight adjustment to the curves.
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Re: Need Help with model light-one photo
Old 06-08-2007, 05:28 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Agree- face looks underexposed. Also, the red background suggests more dimension to the photo which I would think requires a more contrasty lighting- the way you have her lit, there are almost no shadows to give any clue as to her features.
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Re: Need Help with model light-one photo
Old 06-08-2007, 06:23 PM   #6 (permalink)
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The face is properly exposed in this shot (contrary to what others are saying). Here is a face mask histogram of the shot:



The problem is the lighting ratio and contrast. If the light off to the side is the main, then the fill needs to be about half that power to obtain a lighting ratio that will probably work well for this scene. Put the main light higher so that the nose shadow falls below the nose (not off to the side).

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It also might help to warn the image up a little.

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Re: Need Help with model light-one photo
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Every one is taking you in the right direction, it seems (correct me if I'm wrong) your main is camera left, your fill is the in/on camer a flash and then you have a back light. The recommendations are correct about moving your fill light up or to the other side, but if this is your built in flash you cant move it. So turn it off and use a foam core/pop out reflector to build your fill light on the opposite side of the flash; that will change your lighting ratio and create depth to your shots. Check out www.vividlight.com for some other techniques.
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Re: Need Help with model light-one photo
Old 06-09-2007, 07:33 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone, it helps me......,
Light adjustment is my first priority for now and I want to learn as much as possible......
Appriciate your comments.....
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