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Old 01-07-2011, 05:11 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Re: cc please Alter ego shots
Old 01-07-2011, 11:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Poses and composition look fine, but I think your lighting is a little flat. Are you using on camera flash?
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Re: cc please Alter ego shots
Old 01-08-2011, 12:52 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I agree. just geting the hang of using strobes wife went out and bought a little cheap set up Interfit ex150 flash kit. I am not sure if they are powerful enough I know the recycle time is s l o w. I am getting a couple of:
The AlienBees B800 Flash Unit
• 320 true Ws, 800 effective Ws, 14,000 Ls
• 6 f-stop power variability, Full to 1/32nd power
• 2.9 pounds total weight

what do you think? will this help?
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Re: cc please Alter ego shots
Old 01-08-2011, 07:27 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm sure the new lights will help with recycling, but where the lights are at play a much larger role. If you're just getting used to studio lighting, you can get some 300w hotlights and just practice positioning them. If you look at lighting diagrams in books or websites, don't look at the brand and model of lights being used, but the size and distance to the model, and power. These are what ultimately determine what the image will look like.
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Re: cc please Alter ego shots
Old 01-08-2011, 12:33 PM   #5 (permalink)
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One of the other things that would help these images is the choice of background. While there was a lot time and effort spent in dressing and posing the models, the what looks like concrete walls behind them does not flatter the subjects very well. This also creates the sense (whether it true or not) to me that these were taken in you basement. While there is nothing wrong with using your basement, using at the very least a black or white sheet(or several) and controlling your depth of field so that any wrinkles present will not show will go a long way in creating a studio look.

Another thing that I notice a lot is the light spill on the back ground. Careful aiming of the main light can reduce the spill received by the background, and then light the background with a separate light. This will help create some of the depth that your looking for.

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Alien Bees are great lights and should serve you well. If your just learning lighting, I would suggest just using one light and a reflector at first. Put the light on a stand and move it around your model. Very the distance between the light and model. Change the size of the modifiers. Try anything and everything until you know what that one light will do. Using one light your going to get some harsh shadows, use a reflector to bounce light back in and soften them up a little. After you can get everything you need with one light start introducing additional lights a little at a time.
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Re: cc please Alter ego shots
Old 01-10-2011, 12:07 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Shot one, the bodies are both cropped wrong, look more in the photo tips here, my books and at http://www.lensdiaries.com for proper cropping techniques. The subjects are too close to the background and the lighting is off. Image two, lighting is not that great, the cropping is bad on the the subject sitting on floor, "Above the knee or above the elbow, otherwise you have an amputee look." Note: Not making fun of people with disabilities. Again, read the rules of cropping as noted in image one.

On Alien Bees--I would never buy lights from that company after the CEO made what I consider racist remarks about me and others, see this post: http://rolandogomez.net/2007/10/no-n...-industry-ceo/ Go with something like Dynalite or Hensel. All the best, rg sends!
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Old 01-10-2011, 06:24 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Shot one, the bodies are both cropped wrong, look more in the photo tips here, my books and at http://www.lensdiaries.com for proper cropping techniques. The subjects are too close to the background and the lighting is off. Image two, lighting is not that great, the cropping is bad on the the subject sitting on floor, "Above the knee or above the elbow, otherwise you have an amputee look." Note: Not making fun of people with disabilities. Again, read the rules of cropping as noted in image one.

On Alien Bees--I would never buy lights from that company after the CEO made what I consider racist remarks about me and others, see this post: http://rolandogomez.net/2007/10/no-n...-industry-ceo/ Go with something like Dynalite or Hensel. All the best, rg sends!
Wow! That is concerning...
I'm glad I went another way with lighting. And I guess I will move in a different direction for upgrading as well. Good looking people!
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Old 01-11-2011, 08:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Shot one I agree with the cropping is off and the second shot just looks too average. If I were you I'd try shooting more at hip height with the models. Is their attire something that was chosen for them or thats just what they picked? I think if they were both wearing white would have helped a lot too. I don't like how you cropped the leg out of Shot 2 either. Something huge you gotta watch for when shooting.
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Thanks for the informative Critiques I really appreciate them
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