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Old 12-11-2007, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi all, This is my first post, i feel happy to find this site by accident.

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I have got a studio background stand and 3 different colors backgrounds [White, black, and soft or light gray], now which one do you prefer to use mostly?

I have small umbrella [White with Black Backing - 32"] and small softbox [45x65cm], and one reflector [5-in-1 42"], how can i use them for better results? i always got something wrong, either unwanted shadow, or hotspots, under/over exposures ...etc, i got some nice results for sure, but i want to get that glamorous looks [for my children and maybe my wife or anyone in the future].

If above are not good enough to work with in studio lighting, so give me better accessories or tools to work with [i hope you stick with Hensel brand], but just recommend me if really i need to upgrade or replace.

I use that studio upstairs Hall in my house, the dimensions are not so great ideal but enough for a while [5m(W)X8m(L)X3.5m(H)], white painted walls.

just to be so clear i have only 2 lights.

I am hobbyist, and i shoot my kids only, my wife rarely do accept to be a model but i think i keep working with children now.
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Old 12-11-2007, 04:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You should be able to shoot beautiful portraits with what you have. The softbox at 25" x 18" would light the face and upper body. It should be moved in close to the subject to get the best softness from the box. Suppose you put it at 45 degrees in front of the model. The reflector goes on the opposite side and is moved in and out to define your lighting ratio. Your second light goes on to the background or can be used as a hair or rim light. You can allow part of the second light to spill on to the background for extra separation.

There are many good lighting books that show how to set up these sorts of shots.

Post a few examples of your work --- one that you think is good and one that you think is bad and perhaps we can gives some direct feedback.

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Old 12-12-2007, 02:06 AM   #3 (permalink)
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You should be able to shoot beautiful portraits with what you have. The softbox at 25" x 18" would light the face and upper body. It should be moved in close to the subject to get the best softness from the box. Suppose you put it at 45 degrees in front of the model. The reflector goes on the opposite side and is moved in and out to define your lighting ratio. Your second light goes on to the background or can be used as a hair or rim light. You can allow part of the second light to spill on to the background for extra separation.

There are many good lighting books that show how to set up these sorts of shots.

Post a few examples of your work --- one that you think is good and one that you think is bad and perhaps we can gives some direct feedback.



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Ah ok, thank you very very much for your answer.

i will check my photos and post few examples of what I've got and see what i need to improve.

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I too am learning. Try looking at this site for some ideas:
http://photoflexlightingschool.com/L...oor/index.html

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I used a softbox and umbrella light for this photo similar to the way RFS describes. I am sure I could have done better, but I wanted to try my hand at low light photography and setting a mood. I am going to keep trying.
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Old 12-13-2007, 07:29 AM   #5 (permalink)
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OK, here we go


























I am very sorry, i know those are too much, but please forgive me, i just show some of what i've got so far, i have too much more but i don't think i should show more, those above can give general idea of what i have done so far, so what are your comments & critiques? i need to improve and as always i just practicing and experimenting.
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