Originally Posted by kgphoto
Pretty girl, but the lack of make up really effects the images. You could by a $5 compact at the drugstore and knock down the shine on her face. Keep it in your camera bag and use it when ever they don't have their own.
My EIXF reader doesn't work with Firefox III, so I can't tell for sure, but these images look underexposed. Since you have main and fill, there is no reason for that to happen.
While a lot of detail loss in the hair is due to no "hair light" there is very little detail on the front of her hair, which is why I think they are under exposed.
Shoot her again and if you fix those things and she works on her posture, you will have much stronger images.
Thanks KG, when I did corporate events and photographed for the U.S. Navy I always kept a box of tissues handy for later in the evening. The people I photographed first never had any problems with 'shine' but as the evening wore it became an issue.
As far as a lack of makeup that is partly my issue. I advise models that I work with to not put on additional makeup. I try to photograph models looking as natural as possible. Still camera is not video so I don't generally think extra make up to be necessary but i will keep this in mind for future shoots.
As for the images looking underexposed that is a continuing and ongoing frustration of mine with my digital cameras. I have a calibrated, accurate light/flash meter that I trust with my life and I set up the studio lighting (two Alien Bee 800's shooting into 36" softboxes) to give me F8.0 at 125 sec and when I checked the in camera Histogram it indicated underexposed but I have had so much trouble with digital cameras and in camera histograms that I just ignore it and go with what looks right to me.
This is why I still have my film camera (Canon EOS 1-N) and on several occassions I have thought seriously about chucking my digital cameras for portrait work and only using my film camera and I almost did it yesterday but I didn't have enough film to do the shoot. Digital cameras are only good for sports where you have to fire off 100 shots to get 1 good one and nobody cares about quality because it's sports and it's supposed to be that way.
In the future when I absolutely have to use my digital cameras for portrait work I may add half a stop as a safety factor.
You wouldn't have been able to see the EXIF data because I use the PhotoShop Save For Web function which removes the EXIF data.
Thanks for your comments, they are appreciated.