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Old 11-07-2009, 03:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm new to this whole thing but am trying to learn. Any help would be appreciated!
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Old 11-07-2009, 09:24 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Welcome to GG. Looks like you might be using and on camera flash for these. That is causing the images to look a little flat. The biggest thing you can do to improve is get the light off the camera.
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Re: New and wanting to learn
Old 11-07-2009, 10:15 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Experiment with the contrast levels and see if you can't improve the look of these.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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thanks to you both. I'm working on getting some affordable, off-camera lighting to practice with. Any suggestions? Also, I see what you mean... I think... by playing with the contrast levels but what exactly is it I'm looking for in doing so?
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I think Steve is just talking about boosting the contrast a little to compensate for the flat lighting. Here's your after I applied an S curve in photoshop.
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks guys! I'll try to work on this. Really appreciate the input!
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Picture #2 goes without saying. Could use a little work on the lighting but that will come with experience. The subject matter is great needless to say. I like the whole gun/tattoo idea. A background would be nice as there's some distraction that seems to be a wall, or a door, or something. These sort of things, if you're not careful, will distract from such a beautiful model. Picture #1, again could use a little work on the lighting, maybe a little adjusting as mfharper was suggesting in photoshop. Just don't over do it. I do love the eyes though. Eyes, in portraiture, can be everything and these are a lot. The rest will come in time. You have beautiful model(s) (I'm not sure if both pictures are one person or not) but work more with them. Photograph, photograph, photograph... which translates to practice, practice, practice. You have potential so hang in there. A lot will come with practice. Just keep an open eye and an open ear.
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If you are using on camera flash you can look into a cord that hooks to your camera's hot shoe but allows you to take the flash off and put it to one side. That will give you dimension. If you are using available light ie. window or lightbulb you can position the model so she isn't straight on.
As for the subject matter of #2 - I think you need something more than just the model in her panties against a blank wall but why guns? Why not something more sensuous like a single rose or a piece of clothing?
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l but why guns? Why not something more sensuous like a single rose or a piece of clothing?
Well RH some people think dangerous women are sensuous.
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Old 11-18-2009, 07:41 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I can't tell how close you are to your background but keep some distance to avoid shadows.
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