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Old 09-21-2008, 02:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
I'm an amateur photographer and still much to learn....therefore I;m not satisfied with my photos and start to think about position of the light, specially the main light.
I do not know what should be the teoretical best position of the main light that I should look for.
Here I show some of testing photos I did. These photos are just as were taken, without any sinlge change-directly from camera just resized. Camera Canon350D.
For the first photos I was using as main light Beauty dish 40cm on 600w, backlight on 60x40cm softbox on 300w and 430ex flash for camera left backlight. For the last photos I was using octagon 120mm as main light...Small room 6m with 3,5m with lot of furniture.
Question: Where are my mistakes, how should I know that I position my main light propretly.
Question 2. when I set up the light what is my begining: first I set up the main light or first I do the backlight....what are the steps to do it right.
For example, the last photo I show have the problem with highspot on her head... and my camera doesnot making any critical point on histogram.... How should I adjust the light to avoid it.....
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Old 10-17-2008, 09:34 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe you have too many photographs, with too many questions. Perhaps you can post one or two at the most with a specific question about each one.

Just my opinion.. I get confused easily when I have too much to think about.
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Old 10-17-2008, 11:33 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The light is too high. Just turn off all the lights and use just one to see how it shapes your model. You can preset your fill light, but keep your modeling light off so you can better judge the shadow placements. Both models need better make up.
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Zak,

Like you I'm an amateur, but unlike you I still haven't shot a girl...yet!
From what I've learned about lighting the key light drives where the shadows appear in an image. As mentioned start out with one light and see where the shadows are and build up from there.

Ben E has point with his post. If you post just one image or two images with the same (or similar problem) it could help folks point you in the right direction. You certainly are posting you questions in the right place for sure! Keep shooting and remember this is supposed to be fun!

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Old 10-17-2008, 04:31 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Zak

Just keep working with the setups and paya ttention to the results.

There is NO right way if there was we woudl all be taking the same pictures. Find what works for you to obtain the results you are after and then post asking for opinions and you will get many different answers - some of which you want to pay attention to that help you reac YOUR goal and others you ignore because they do not help you reach your goals.

This is an art and as such there cannot be a RIGHT way to do anything especially since we all have different budgets, and various resources, different sizes and shapes of our studios, and a variety of models, styles tastes and lighting equipment.

So just keep perfecting your ability to get the shots you want and you will find what works for you.

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...Hey people, thanks for support and your kind words... I keep in mind your suggestions with hope to show some nice work here soon...
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